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Questions tagged [ukulele]

One of a family of small four-string chordophones with nylon or gut strings, originating in Hawaii.

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How do I play difficult ukulele chords (B major)? [duplicate]

How do I play the harder chords on the ukulele? I'm self taught and am having a hard time with B.
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What is this sequence and why does it play with the melody in such a distinct way?

I play ukulele and can't read notes very well, so I play with tabs. Luckily, the arrangement am asking about is duplicated in standard notation as well. This is a line from the Christmas carol "...
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Is it advisable for a beginner to wear finger guard?

Is it advisable for a beginner to wear finger guard when playing the guitar or ukulele? Picture taken from Google Images
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Can a piccolo guitar (Ibanez ewp32) be tuned to standard?

Is there a way to string or tune a piccolo guitar (the Ibanez ewp32 in particular), which comes tuned in A naturally, be tuned to standard? And would that increase or decrease the string tension? I ...
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Are some pop songs not able to be played on the ukulele?

Since the ukulele has only 4 strings, which is less than the guitar, does that mean that some pop songs are not able to be played on the ukulele?
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Is the body of the ukulele structured for right-handed people?

Is the body of the ukulele structured for right-handed people? Can left-handed people play the ukulele without discomfort?
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Does anyone know if this is notated properly, or how to properly notate this rhythm?

I wrote this little melody/riff here: And while it sounds correct, I'm not sure if it's notated properly, with the correct time signatures and all. Could both the first 3/4 bars and the 2/4 bar be ...
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Do I need to learn music theory to play the ukulele?

Is it necessary to have music theory knowledge to play the ukulele?
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Lifting my fingers off the fretboard [duplicate]

Ive been learning uke for about 2 weeks (a long time, I know) but I only bought my first one today. I find that whenever I lift my finger(s) off the fretboard, it makes a noise, like I've strummed. Is ...
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How do we decide whether to use soprano ukulele or concert ukulele?

There are many types of ukulele available like soprano ukulele and concert ukulele. How do we decide which type of ukulele will be suitable for us?
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Does learning the ukulele first help in making the learning of the guitar easier in the future? [duplicate]

If we learn and master the ukulele first, will the knowledge help in learning the guitar easier in the future?
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Ukulele tone factors

"Tone is in the fingers." ~lots of people Obviously not all of tone is based on technique, but right now I'm asking about the part of the tone that is based on technique, particularly for ukulele. I ...
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Can Regular Ukulele Tab be Used for a Baritone Uke?

I have read about how the chords on a baritone ukulele differ from those of the first three sizes, and so the regular chords for an ukulele song need to be transposed for a baritone ukulele. But can ...
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Is Learning Guitar and Ukulele side by side a good idea?

I'm trying to decide whether it's a good idea to learn playing the guitar while I am also learning the ukulele. I've been playing ukulele since about six months and I'm making really good progress. ...
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How to make 9th chords (and beyond) easier on ukulele?

The ukulele only has 4 strings. So if I were to want to make a 9th chord, is there an easier way than the way I've been trying? I've been doing things like 3-0-0-5 as a C9, which isn't too bad until ...
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Between a guitar and a ukulele what should one consider when choosing a new instrument to learn?

I really want to learn to play a musical instrument. Ever since my "keyboard" lessons as a kid 3 decades ago - I have been put off. I learned songs on keyboard by "rote" i.e., the instructor ...
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What happens if you anchor your pinkie and how do you avoid it?

Beginner at Ukulele and thinking of doing guitar someday. I've read some places where it's a bad habit to leave your pinkie resting on the surface of a guitar... I tend to leave my pinkie in the air, ...
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Proper ukulele strumming technique

I've browsed the internet and found a few different techniques mentioned. Generally, they involve either the index finger, thumb, or multiple fingers. Are all these techniques correct and just used ...
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Ukulele: I'm having the typical keeps-getting-untuned problem, but it's only with the lowest G String

[No Pun Intended] I know that stringed instruments have this problem, and the Ukulele is relatively new. I'm just scared that the problem is with the bridge or the neck, but is that likely if only ...
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Why are ukuleles tuned like they are? [duplicate]

Why is ukulele tuned as it is? I play violin and have started the tenor uke to play chords and such. But I am so used to the order of the violin tuning that the uke seems like chaos.
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Fretted notes consistantly ~10cents sharp across the fretboard compared to open

I have a baritone ukulele, which is basically a classical nylon-string guitar except missing the 2 bass strings. I've noticed when I tune I can either have fretted notes in tune or open notes in tune ...
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How should I target learning chords?

My goal is to be able to accompany a song with chords by ear on my ukulele. Now, irrespective of keys: Should I try to learn all of the diatonic chords of each key, or just certain important ones? (...
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Writing a Strange Ukulele Tune - Need Chord Help :) [closed]

I'm writing a strange little ukulele tune that goes G-G7-C-Cm and then repeats, basically. But I'd like it to repeat to a different last chord/last two chords but I'm having an issue finding a chord ...
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Fretted to fretless guitar

I was thinking of trying to start playing a fretless guitar so I could eventually use this knowledge to learn classical instruments. I already can play a minimal amount of double bass and that is ...
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Does ukulele chord often use inversions instead?

As a long time guitar player, I'm a bit confused, it seems on ukulele, it's quite common to use inverted chords (i.e. the root note is not necessarily the lowest note, in term of pitch) in substitute ...
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Can I tune an Ukulele in DGBD without damaging it?

I got an Ukulele as a gift. I am not a ukulele music fan, and I dislike its tuning scheme, but I like the fact that it is lightweight, small and soft enough for my kid to tinker with it, and I would ...
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How can I make two chords on the ukulele sound interesting for a whole song?

I'm accompanying my friend on one of her own songs with my uke. However, the song only has two chords the whole way through! The chords are Dm and Am - eight even beats of each. It's mostly slow and ...
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Tuning my ukulele strings

I just got my first ukulele and as I was tuning the strings I noticed it didn't sound right. On my tuner it says e when I play the c string and c when I play the e string. Someone please tell me how ...
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Are the little blocks of wood inside a ukulele body necessary for sound?

I want to make a ukulele, and I'm just wondering about little blocks of wood that are inside them. Are they for structural support, or does it help the sound somehow? I'll be making it via ...
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What does “H.=H” mean?

I came across this writing in a ukulele tab. I assume H means half and E means eighth, but what could the "H.=H" mean? H.=H Q Q. E E E E E E E E E E E E E |-7---5----10-|-...
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Identify this chord in “I google you” by Amanda palmer (on the Ukelele) [closed]

These are the chords for a song I am trying to play: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/a/amanda_palmer/i_google_you_crd.htm . This is the actual song: Most of the ...
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How to tune a ukulele to compensate for intonation issues

I'm just starting out on the ukulele coming from a guitar background. Compared to the guitar, the intonation isn't great, and from everything I've read, the shorter neck means that's the nature of the ...
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Is it OK to play a G chord on the Ukulele differently than the standard finger position?

I'm very new to learning any instrument, so the uke is my first foray into anything musical. My question is, the standard placement of fingers for a G chord is not what I learned originally and I'm ...
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How do I get a soprano sound of a ukulele using a capo with a concert ukulele?

Which fret do I put the capo on of a concert ukulele to be equivalent to a soprano?
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Stringing my Kala Concert Banjolele

I have a new Kala Concert Banjolele. I am intrigued by the tones of the device but I'm afraid that I will break the strings if I try to tune to a tone too high. Our local banjo store (with no banjos ...
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Best way to switch strumming and fretting hands on ukulele?

Alright, let me explain. I have played the Ukulele for about a year now. Long story short, I accidentally learned to strum with my left hand instead of my right. (For some reason, I could tune the ...
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Do the note positions on a U-bass correspond to a Bass guitar?

I can't find any images of the layout of notes on a U-bass fretboard. Would a fretted U-bass play the same as a bass guitar, but with a shorter scale? As far as I've found, the 4 strings share the E-...
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Can a U-BASS be considered a serious bass replacement in a band?

I'm quite taken with the idea of the Kala U-Bass - it's a bass in the form-factor of ukulele using special super-thick rubber strings. They look pretty well-built and the price suggests they are not ...
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What makes the same note sound different on different strings?

When comparing the same note (e.g. E4) from 2 (adjacent) strings, the tuner says: the same, but I hear them somehow differently. I cannot tune without a tuner because of this problem. What make them ...
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Understanding the physics of bridge pins (ukulele)

After an ultimately unsuccessful and frustrating attempt at getting a newly-installed C string on a Martin 1T tenor uke to settle in, I've been taking a closer look at what the bridge and the bridge ...
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How long for uke strings to stretch?

Three or four days ago I had a set of low-G Aquila "Red Series" strings installed on a Martin 1T tenor ukulele. (I had it done at the store because the bridge pins were giving me fits.) I have new ...
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Ukulele friction pegs are slipping

I have a soprano Favilla uke. About a month ago I replaced the original pegs, which were slipping, with Waverly's, recommended by a luthier. (To be clear, these are not "violin pegs"; rather, they are ...
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Could I turn a bass guitar into a large ukulele? [closed]

I'm a massive fan of having larger ukuleles and therefore if I got a bass guitar and replaced the strings and tuned it to a ukuleles standard tuning, would I have a working ukulele ?
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Distinction between same notes played on different strings

While playing a particular piece (not chords, fingerpicking/single note playing) on my ukulele (or as far as the question is concerned, any similar instrument), I use the standard notation and then ...
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Plastic Ukes and clip on tuners

I'm getting a ukulele for a child and was thinking of getting a plastic rather than wooden one as they are said to be more durable and have better tuning stability and intonation than cheap wooden ...
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Guitar for child

My 6-year old has shown interest in playing guitar when I am playing mine. My guitar is way too big for her small hands. Are half-sized guitars useful for learning? Or should I think about something ...
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difficulties tuning C string on ukulele

I'm having some troubles trying to tune the C string on my ukulele (the biggest of all the 4). I happen to have no issues with the other ones, but this takes so much time to to be tuned and it won't ...
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What is the practical reason for reentrant tuning on ukulele and similar instruments?

I'm intruiged by the fact that some stringed instruments, like the ukulele, are traditionally tuned in the way of reentrant tuning where the strings are not ordered from the lowest to the highest ...
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Stagg US10 TATTOO strings sound buzzy and loose

I bought my Stagg US10 TATTOO 1402/117 soprano ukulele yesterday while I was off home. The guy at the shop told me to look up on the internet how to tune it, but because I am bad at it I downloaded a ...
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What ukulele chords would go well in a song with a C-F-G7-C progression?

I am a beginner ukulele/guitar player and although I'm not a great musician I enjoy making up my own songs. I've started improvising a bouncy, twee little tune with a C-F-G7-C progression but not sure ...