The ‘Ukulele At A Glance:
- Hawaiian Pronunciation: oo-koo-le-le and spelled with an ‘okina (‘) ‘ukulele
- English Pronuciation: you-ka-lay-lee
- Strings: 4 (sometimes 5, 6, or 8)
- Usually Tuned: GCEA, ADF#B, or DGBE
- Range: about two octaves for a high-g soprano, 2 3/4 octaves for a low-g tenor
- Origin: Hawai’i, from the melding of the Portuguese braguinha and rajão
The ‘ukulele comes in many forms with more emerging all the time. It’s signature small look and happy sound have garnered it fans from all around the world and more join the ranks every day. It’s a simple and straightforward instrument that appeals because of its low entry price (in money and also time spent learning). But despite that, I believe we’ve only scratched the surface of the possibilities the instrument has to offer.