Saturday, February 26, 2011

Small guitar called Ukulele.

How to pronounce Ukulele? it just simply like this (ew-ke-lay-lee) but some people pronounce (ew-ku-ley-ley). Sometimes it can be abbreviated to uke. It is a chordophone classified as a plucked lute; it is a subset of the guitar family instruments, generally with four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings.

Tone and volume of the instrument vary with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.

It is absolutely gives you a different sound than a normal guitar, how it sounds? you can check it out on youtube. The pattern of how you strumming the uke is obviously and absolutely different than a normal guitar, and the chords are also different. Moreover, the standard tuning for uke is also different than a normal guitar.

The standard tuning for soprano, concert, and tenor ukuleles is C-tuning, g'c'e'a'. The g string is tuned an octave higher than might be expected. This is known as reentrant tuning. This standard tuning is often sung to the mnemonic "My Dog Has Fleas." Some prefer "Low G" tuning, with the G in sequence an octave lower. The baritone is usually tuned to d g b e' (low to high).

Four sizes of ukuleles are common: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. There are also less common sopranino and bass ukuleles at the extreme ends of the size spectrum.

The soprano, often called "standard" in Hawaii, is the smallest, and the original size ukulele. The concert size was developed in the 1920s as an enhanced soprano, slightly larger and louder with a deeper tone. Shortly thereafter, the tenor was created, having more volume and deeper bass tone. The largest size is the baritone, created in the 1940s.

If you are interested to can easily find it in music stores, Bentley, Yamaha, etc and I also bought one at Bukit Bintang. Here are some photos of ukulele.


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