General ‘Ukulele Information

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.

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Chord diagrams, fretboard charts, and tab.
The Correct Spelling of ‘Ukulele
A letter from Auntie Anuhea about the use of the ‘okina at the beginning of ‘ukulele.
Ideas for being unobtrusive at jams and lessons.
The “bests”, low-g vs. high g, and what are the chords to:______?
History of the ‘Ukulele
From Nunes to Kamaka and how it got it’s name.
History of Kamaka Hawaii Inc.
A brief look at the Hawaiian company that’s lasted through many a storm.
Kani Ka Pila Circle
The basics of a Hawaiian-style jam session.
My favorite ‘ukulele websites.
Parts of the ‘Ukulele
What each part is called, where it’s located, and what it does.
Recommended ‘Ukulele Stuff
Albums, songs, DVDs, and books that probably should be in your collection.
User submitted ideas about practice and more.
My favorite videos on Youtube.