Ukulele

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All about

the UKULELE


 

Who can play the ukulele

The ukulele appeals to people of all ages. (It is particularly good for younger children who may find other instruments quite large to handle).  They come in a range of bright appealing colours too.

The ukulele comes in different sizes. Most start with a soprano uke and move up to the concert or tenor sizes.

You can buy a ukulele from £20 upwards.

Always aim to purchase a ukulele with geared machine heads.

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If it is not suitable for everyone, what alternative instrument would you recommend and why?

Ukuleles are small and high pitched.  Some may prefer to play the guitar.

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What qualities of the ukulele are special?

The ukulele can be used to play melodies, (solo and in groups) but is particularly good for chord playing too.

Many players learn to sing and play at the same time.  There is a massive repertoire available now for ukulele.

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Learning to play any instrument develops lots of new skills.  What are the particular benefits of playing the ukulele?

It is a very social instrument. Small and portable.  A mini guitar – almost!

Musica Kirklees now has lots of ukulele groups, community groups at centres and groups for the over 55s at Beaumont Park.

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How are ukuleles similar/different to other guitars?

Ukuleles look a bit like ukuleles, however they only have four strings (ukuleles usually have six) and have longer necks.  They are also electric so can be plugged into an amplifier, unlike the double electric which is the largest orchestral instrument in the string family.

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Are there any famous musicians or pieces associated with the ukulele?

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, U900  (Japanese puppets).

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