Love the Ukulele

Love the Ukulele



“What is that small guitar in the corner of your room?” “Oh that's my ukulele.”
- Broughton Dulin

The ukulele is a 19th century instrument that is an adaptation of the Portuguese machete (not the same machete). It gained its popularity by the musician Israel Kamakawiwo’ole whose medley of “Over the Rainbow” and “What a Wonderful World” is widely used in television, commercials, as well as films. Most people who use the ukulele today are younger musicians and hobbyists. The ukulele has a distinct sound that depends on the type that you’re using. It has four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. A majority of people play/use the tenor ukulele because it’s in a key of C, which is used in almost every song. The ukulele is a relatively cheap instrument to buy, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t more expensive models out there. Some ukuleles are almost works of art with their extravagant make and style.

The ukulele has four strings which makes it simpler than a guitar. That being said, the ukulele isn’t just a simple little toy. If you want to see the full capability of the ukulele check out Jake Shimabukuro and his rendition of Bohemian Rhapsody that is so gorgeous and smooth. That’s the great thing about the ukulele. It can be extremely advanced and technical instrument or it can be easy and smooth. One of our writers, Amel Alyamani, said “I like it because it's easy to learn and remember cords because I am trash at learning instruments.” While I audibly laughed out loud to this- it is a good point. The ukulele has many notes that are only one finger on a string. A lot of people enjoy that because either their hands are small, or because they cannot remember all the placements for guitar chords. The ukulele also allows you to hear a slightly different version of the song you play. It might be a little higher, have different twangs and sounds, and of course- your singing if you are so inclined. I love the ukulele because of its uniqueness. It is small and simple, but so complex. It can brighten up any song by giving it a higher happier tune, but it can also be so beautiful with the sounds of the nylon strings and the different strumming patterns. The ukulele is an instrument I believe everyone should try. So I recommend you grab a ukulele and immerse yourself in the music.