Plugging in a piezo ‘ukulele pickup has always been a compromise. But can impulse responses help the situation? Good as a piezo might be, there’s always a trade off in sound. In a head-to-head contest, a microphone will always sound better. The pickup element just can’t reproduce the same frequencies in a musical way. With [...]
I couldn’t believe my eyes the first time I ran across an ‘ukulele website. Someone somewhere was providing songs for me to learn for free! I strummed my brains out, trying out all the possibilities that were available.
Now, all these years later, I’m grateful to be able to provide a similar experience for other budding players. Because of it I’ve connected with people from across the globe and have been part of the ‘ukulele web scene for almost 12 years.
‘Ukulele Learning Materials
There are almost 300 pages of lessons and info available here. It’s a lot to sort through so let me give you the run-down of how things are (mostly) organized:
The best of my teaching materials have been turned into books or PDF downloads and are available in the Store – including ‘Ukulele Chord Shapes, which has sold over 2,500 copies. My albums of original ‘ukulele music are also available for listening!
If you’re learning how to play the ‘ukulele, you’ll want to check out the many pages of lessons I’ve created. These cover all skill levels and the index page can be found via the link.
Chord charts can be downloaded here if you’re not sure how to hold a certain shape.
The ‘Ukulele At A Glance
- Hawaiian Pronunciation: oo-koo-le-le and spelled with an ‘okina (‘) – like this: ‘ukulele
- English Pronuciation: you-ka-lay-lee
- Four Strings, though sometimes five, six, or eight
- Usually Tuned: GCEA, ADF#B, or DGBE
- Range: about two octaves for a high-g soprano and 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. Its 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.