Questions tagged [ukulele]

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

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Left hand thumb position for ukulele

Some people: place the thumb behind the neck (more freedom for fingers) some let the neck fall deep between the thumb and index finger, and the thumb is visible above the fretboard Which position ...
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How will these 3 very similar strings sound different when tuned to low C on a baritone ukulele?

I prefer to use a nylon core, wound strig for the low C on my baritone ukulele. I had trouble finding just the right thing, and the closest I found at my local shop was a set of classical guitar ...
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Ukulele - tuning the C string

I just bought an inexpensive Ukulele — the model is Aklot Concert Ukulele — I bought one for my niece as it sounded so good. I am having a problem with tuning. When I try to tune the C string, the ...
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Does it matter which direction the tuning pegs turn on a ukulele?

Does it matter which direction the strings on my [older, Harmony] baritone ukulele? Three are are wound around the pegs clockwise (as you look at the headstock) and one is wound counter-clockwise. ...
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Comparison between different Ukulele exam boards / certifications

I am looking for Ukulele exam boards and I can find LCM and RockSchool. I wonder if I am missing any of if because Ukulele is quite a niche instrument there aren't any others in Europe? Thanks.
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Looking for name of a forgotten country band [closed]

The band never made it very big. They were comprised of 2 male siblings- 1 was known for a distinctive text tattoo on his (left?) forearm and 2 women who were not related - 1 blonde and 1 brunette. ...
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Which ukulele harmonic corresponds to which fret position?

According to this page, ukulele natural harmonics can be played on the 12th (octave), 9th, 7th (octave+fifth), 5th (2octaves) and 3rd frets. Which interval is obtained at the 9th and 3rd frets?
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What do these letters and punctuation (d .s, :l, .s,) mean on this sheet music? [duplicate]

I’m trying to understand the letters and punctuation in an old piece of music (from around 1910). It’s a piece for ukulele and I’m assuming it’s a fingerpicking pattern, however it doesn’t use letters ...
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Ukulele prodigy said Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol took him three months to learn - what does this mean?

In this video, at around 18 seconds, ukulele guitar prodigy Feng E said his father taught him how to play ukulele, and he learned Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol in three months, which, according to him, might be a ...
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Is it possible to play an electric ukulele slap-bass-style?

I love the sound of slap bass and want to get something like that out of an electric ukulele, specifically a Risa Solid. I tried techniques from slap bass tutorials and can't get much sound out. Is it ...
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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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String gauge for baritone ukulele

I own a baritone ukulele that I tune (lowest pitch to highest) C-G-B-D [plectrum tuning]. The lowest string, the C, is missing. I would like to order the proper string to replace it. I believe it ...
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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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What happens when a fret wears down?

So I'm playing on a very old Harmony baritone ukulele. It has not been treated terribly well, and it is probably from the 50's. I'm having two problems. First, the lowest string (I play plectrum ...
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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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Ukulele strumming pattern and meaning of chords in square brackets and normal brackets (using Lemon Tree as example) [closed]

Hi I'm new to playing ukulele (and never studied any music theory) and I'm trying to learn to play along this arrangement of Lemon Tree. The Intro goes like Am Em Am Em Dm Em Am [Em] (Am) As far as I ...
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Using chordmode in tabstaff for ukulele shows the wrong fretted strings

I'm pretty new to music and trying to use lilypond. I want to write some chords and have the tabstaff match up with the chordnames and fretboards on a ukulele. Here's my lilypond file: \version "...
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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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Is strumming and finger picking universal for all the instruments?

I am self taught Ukulele Player and playing Ukulele for almost one and half years now and can play almost all the open chords. Learnt everything with internet resources. And this is my first string ...
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Alternative to to C# minor to G# minor progression on ukulele?

I'm a beginner on the uke, and I'm having some trouble with a chord progression my brother wrote for a song on guitar. Essentially, the trouble I'm having boils down to a quick couple quick moves ...
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I need to learn some songs on ukulele for a school play, which are the easiest to begin with? [closed]

The school play is in a month, but we'll have a rehearsal soon, so I would like to learn the most common chord for the show. I got the suggestion for the soprano tuned in high-G, but I'm new to this, ...
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Fretting string is muted

I bought a ukulele recently and have tuned it using a tuner.But , I have a doubt.When I hold the 3rd fret 4th string for the C chord I am unable to hear the sound of the same string i.e it is muted , ...
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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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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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Ukulele: G major chord with partial barre

I am playing on a gCEA concert ukulele. As a relic of probably incorrect self-taught guitar playing (D major), I am faster to a G major chord by playing a partial barre chord. That's index finger on ...
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How to chose a ukulele chord tab?

I found this website with common ukulele chord tabs and tried to typeset an E chord in Sibelius: The first one was added by Sibelius (G# E B) and the second one by the mentioned website (B E G# B). I ...
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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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How can I move my left hand up and down the fretboard, minimizing movements without getting lost?

Ukulele tabs show which frets and stings to play, but I still am not sure which fingers to use for each note. How does one know? For example, here is the second half of the main "Popcorn" ...
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Is there a hidden triplet here, as the notes seem to indicate 9/8 but the time signature is 4/4?

I found this strumming in a book which confused me a lot: It seems it has 9/8 but states clearly that it should have 4/4. I tried to figure it out and stumbled over triplets. So my guess is it has a ...
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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 are the ukulele chord names he played in this tutorial? [closed]

So I know he isn’t saying all the chord names correctly since they’re being altered and I was curious of the technical chord names in this tutorial.
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Why Does the Ukulele Have a Reputation as an Easy Instrument?

The ukulele, much like the recorder and kazoo, is an instrument that is commonly associated with lower-quality performances, amateurism, and a rejection of formal music education. Are there historical ...
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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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Ukulele: how to avoid hurting my hand on the nut?

I recently started playing the ukulele, but after some time practicing, my left hand starts to hurt from rubbing against the nut. It only starts to hurt after playing for some time, but it still is ...
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Ukulele note repetition

I've been getting into ukulele lately and I noticed that a 12-fret soprano ukulele with standard GCEA tuning has almost two octaves. To play a C4 major scale, you have several options, playing it an ...
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Is it possible to tune a ukulele in GDAE (Irish tenor)?

I would like to change the tuning of my concert ukulele from GCEA to GDAE. Which kind of string do I need for that (diameter) ? Is it dangerous for the bridge ? (Ref. my ukulele is a Lanikai LU-21 CE)
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Guitar Pro 7 - converting Midi to Ukulele

I am trying to convert a midi to a ukulele GCEA. But as you can see from the screnshot below it's giving me some notes that do not have such notes. There are not so many frets.... Can anybody please ...
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why are ukuleles not tuned ascending? [duplicate]

I am a guitar player and trying to figure out how a Ukelele is tuned. From what I understand, the Concert, Tenor and Soprano Ukeleles are tuned G4, C4, E4 and A4. So the lowest string is actually ...
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Beginner with claw hand

What would be the best instrument for me to play with my right hand having claw hand/MS? I have no experience but I’m interested in the guitar
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F-chord on Ukulele (hand position)

I'm a ukulele beginner and I'm finding it almost impossible to play the F-chord without my finger accidentally touching the A or the C strings. I have looked through YouTube but no matter what, I can'...
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What notes on the piano do the Ukulele strings equate to?

If you highlighted the 4 strings of the Ukulele (default tuning) to notes on the piano, where would they come in relation to middle C?
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

I just need your thoughts regarding left hand guitar players. I come from a piano- and xylophone-playing family. I am the only right hander in my family (my father, mother and 3 brothers are all left ...
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Kala U bass going from newer round wound to thunderstruck strings

Can u remove the round wound strings , save them for later and throw on thunderstruck black strings to see what they sound like . I just dont want to waste the round wounds.
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Stretching on Ukulele: How Far is Fair?

I've noticed that I play a lot of chords on ukulele with larger intervals in them, and often the chord voicings have big stretches from the lowest notes to the highest notes. Obviously, I know ...
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How to bring all fingers down at the same time learning ukelele

I’m in about 6 months in attempting to learn the ukulele. I know my basic chords but cannot, at this point, bring all two or three fingers down at the same time on an f chord or g chord (for example). ...
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How to Choose the Best Alternate Tuning

This is essentially a generalized version of this question for fingerstyle guitar, and I'm surprised I can't find it on this website: how do I find the most optimal alternate tuning for a guitar/bass(/...
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Can I put cavaquinho strings on a ukulele?

I have currently a concert ukulele that I'm not using and I would like to put on it steel cavaquinho strings in order to use it as a cavaquinho. Is it a bad idea ? Are there risks for my instrument ?
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Tremolo on ukulele pick or fingers?

I saw a few vids on tremolo on ukulele. I like tremolo on uke because the strings are so spread out. But from the videos I watched, some use one finger, some use two fingers, and some use a pick. I'm ...
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C chord - Fret Dependency

Traditionally, the C chord is shown on a ukuele as the first string, third fret. However, the third string played open is also a C. Could this be thought of as C just being played in a different ...
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What things to look for when buying my first ukulele?

I want to buy an ukulele, and I have no idea of what to expect or what to look for. Which brands have a good quality-price ratio? What types of ukuleles are there? What do I want to avoid? What to ...