So, You Want To Play the Ukulele?

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So, You Want To Play the Ukulele?

Tiffany Chen, Staff Writer

The ukulele is an instrument originally developed back in Hawaii during the 19th century. It has 4 strings (usually made out of nylon) and looks similar to the guitar. It also comes commonly in 4 sizes (ranging from smallest to largest: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone). Most people usually pronounce the instrument’s name like yoo-ke-lay-lee, but the correct way of pronouncing “ukulele” in the Hawaiian language is oo-koo-leh-leh. I have been learning to play the ukulele ever since May of 2018. I find it a really fun and enjoyable instrument to play. I learned to play many different songs on the ukulele, then I began to write my own songs. The ukulele allowed me to become more interested in music once again.

The ukulele is a very popular instrument. I have had several friends that either already plays the ukulele or want to play it. Well, what about you, the reader of this article? Have you ever wanted to learn to play the ukulele? If you said yes to the previous question, then I can offer you some advice, based on my experience with the ukulele.

The first thing you should learn is how to properly tune your ukulele. The standard tuning for a ukulele is G-C-E-A. You can tune your ukulele through a tuning app such as Guitar Tuna, or tune by ear. As a beginner, you should also learn some basic chords to help progress your ability in playing the instrument. You should also learn strumming patterns/techniques so you have a basic sense of rhythm and tempo while playing your music. As you become more advanced, learn scales and helpful chord progressions.

You can visit ukulele websites if you are interested in teaching yourself how to play. Some of the websites I would recommend are ukutabs.com and ukuleletricks.com. All in all, the ukulele is a fantastic instrument! I feel like everyone that has an interest in learning to play an instrument should pick up a ukulele and start strumming along. The ukulele is small and easily portable, plus it is also pretty simple to learn

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