The ukulele is a fretted instrument fitted with four nylon strings tuned to G C E A. (Note: this is the normal tuning for the ukulele) The instrument can be played with the bare fingers, this method of playing is known as finger style. Another way of playing the ukulele is by strumming it with a ukulele plectrum. But the most popular method of playing the ukulele is with the bare fingers using complex strumming techniques.
The Ukulele is a musical instrument, which many people associate with Hawaii, but it originally was a Portuguese musical instrument, called the braguinha, having been taken to Hawaii in the latter part of the 19th. century, it soon became part of the Hawaiian culture. It was the Hawaiians that gave this musical instrument the name Ukulele (UKU meaning 'Flea' and LELE meaning 'to dance') In the early part of the 20th.century the ukulele became very popular in America. It was about this time that the ukulele-banjo was invented, due in part to the popularity of the banjo, and the lack of volume obtained from the soprano ukulele. The ukulele-banjo or banjo-ukulele or even banjulele, as they are known, were made popular by the English comedian George Formby, who even today is the person who most people associate with the banjo-ukulele. By the second half of the 20th. century the popularity of the ukulele had declined. Today the popularity of the ukulele is kept alive by the efforts and enthusiasm of a few people worldwide that still listen to, and play the ukulele. (Information about ukulele societies etc. can be found on the Ukulele links page.)
Ukulele Society of Great Britain
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The George Formby Society
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More information about Ukulele societies etc. can be found on the links page.
Ukulele Society of Great Britain Magazine
Published by the Ukulele Society of Great Britain
The George Formby Society Magazine
Published by The George Formby Society
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Andy Eastwood is one of the finest Ukulele Banjo players in the world today.
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Elias Sibley is one of the finest finger-style ukulele players in the world today.
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Steven Sproat One of the best Ukulele players and Ukulele Teachers in the world today is Steven Sproat.
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For more information about playing and tuning the ukulele, also books and CDs etc. Click here or go to the ukulele Links page on this website.