AMS Music Centre are pleased to provide expert tuition on the Ukulele.
The ukulele is a member of the lute family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of the Portuguese machete, a small guitar-like instrument. It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century. The tone and volume of the instrument vary with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. The ukulele is played by plucking at its four strings. The ukulele is small, seldom more than 60cm long.
Fun facts about the ukulele:
- There is a Ukulele Orchestra in Great Britain that is hugely popular. They regularly perform worldwide to great critical acclaim.
- Neil Armstrong, the first man on the Moon, really loved to play the ukulele.
- George Harrison, the lead guitarist of the Beatles, collected hundreds of ukuleles.