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Why Does the Ukulele Have a Reputation as an Easy Instrument?

The ukulele has a reputation as an easy instrument because it is an excellent entry level instrument, especially for children. It's small, which makes it easier to hold. It's small, which makes jumps ...
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Do I need to learn music theory to play the ukulele?

No need. An awful lot of players - of just about any instrument - get by or become excellent players with no special theory knowledge. I believe that the theory side comes later, after you've been ...
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

I'm sorry, but I'm going to have to vehemently disagree with some of the answers so far that want to make spurious claims that "left-handed people have an advantage when playing right-handed ...
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

Some 'left-handed' modifications are worth fighting for. This one isn't. You won before you started! EVERYONE plays uke 'left-handed'. The left hand does the clever stuff, the right hand just has ...
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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?

It is a 4/4 measure. Below I marked the quarter-note groups. Perhaps you're confused by the dots below two of the notes. They indicate staccato articulation, rather than dotted note (1.5 duration) ...
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Why Does the Ukulele Have a Reputation as an Easy Instrument?

Self-Answer: The ukulele has this rap as being inferior mostly because almost all people who "learn to play ukulele" never get much more advanced than learning how to strum a few basic ...
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Ukulele: how to avoid hurting my hand on the nut?

I agree with the other two answers, knocking that corner down a bit with either sandpaper or a fine file will help but I would like to also offer two tips on your technique. There isn’t a reason for ...
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How can I make two chords on the ukulele sound interesting for a whole song?

You could try lots of things. Changing the rhythm pattern is one, but you could also try things that work with tone (timbre) and dynamics too. Here are some ideas that come from guitar, but I think ...
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Do I need to learn music theory to play the ukulele?

Many musicians choose to learn to play their instrument without studying music theory. I compare it to learning to drive a car without studying auto mechanics. you step on the accelerator to go, step ...
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What makes the same note sound different on different strings?

The gauge and material of the strings gives the same note a different timbre on different strings. If you are hearing different pitches, then it may be a product of an untrained ear. The longer you ...
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Ukulele: how to avoid hurting my hand on the nut?

Sandpaper. It sounds like a joke, but the nut is there to hold the string, and the sharp edges are not necessary. Round it down for comfort.
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

Little background: I play the guitar (and uke!) left-handed. left handedness...is connected to the right hemisphere of the brain - which is the location for creativeness and abstract thinking Less ...
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

I'll put my 2 cents in as well. All this discussion is particularly interesting and relevant to me. I am naturally left handed. My introduction to instrumental playing was when I received a guitar ...
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Can a U-BASS be considered a serious bass replacement in a band?

I've used one in a normal covers rock band, and found it great fun, but not massively flexible. They don't sound like a conventional bass guitar as the sound doesn't have a lot of highs or sustain, ...
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Does ukulele chord often use inversions instead?

Simply put, it has to do with how ukulele is played in common practice. It's similar to guitar in that you strum chords both up and down in rapid succession, the difference being someone had the ...
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Is it OK to play a G chord on the Ukulele differently than the standard finger position?

TL;DR: you should probably play it the standard way, not the way you're playing it, because it promotes a poor left hand position. You should never have a higher finger coming in "under" a lower ...
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Is it OK to play a G chord on the Ukulele differently than the standard finger position?

With all fretted instruments, there are several ways of fingering certain chords. The criteria are where you've come from and where you're going to. The fingering may well vary and you'll maybe have ...
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Are some pop songs not able to be played on the ukulele?

Any song can be adapted to be played on any musical instrument.* That having been said, some musical instruments have more limited abilities than others, and require more adaptations from the ...
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Why Does the Ukulele Have a Reputation as an Easy Instrument?

Essentially, because it IS an easy instrument to play, as far as technique goes. The ukulele and recorder can certainly be entry-level instruments (bit unfair to class them with kazoo I think!) They'...
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Ukulele: G major chord with partial barre

It is probably a good idea to get confident with one fingering first. As you progress you can learn other variants. Your fingering of the G chord is for example practical, if you change from a G to a ...
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Do I need to learn music theory to play the ukulele?

As others have already said, theory isn't necessary to play an instrument, including uke. But theory explains the why, and while it's not immediately obvious, theory is incredible useful as you learn ...
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Left Hander forced to learn ukulele and guitar right handed

I'm a lefty, and my dad convinced me to learn right handed as a teenager (back in 1986) over my strong objections. And he was right! If you play left handed you basically play a different instrument ...
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How to chose a ukulele chord tab?

Some pretext: In my answer, a tab, short for tablature, is a form of music notation for an entire song that plots the individual notes marked as fret numbers on each string. A chord diagram is the ...
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Which ukulele harmonic corresponds to which fret position?

The 3rd fret is two octaves plus a fifth. (see https://liveukulele.com/lessons/techniques/harmonics/#natural) The 9th fret is two octaves plus a major third. (see https://fretsource-guitar.weebly.com/...
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Fretted to fretless guitar

With basses, the usual way to make the fretted ones fretless was to carefully lever out each fretwire, and sand down any edges left. Don't try to file the wires away. The action may need tweaking ...
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Fretted notes consistantly ~10cents sharp across the fretboard compared to open

If all the fretted notes are in tune (pretty much) with each other, the problem is most likely at the nut, not the bridge. Either the strings are too high in the nut or the distance from the nut to ...
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Ukulele tone factors

Try this with your ukulele while holding the C chord: Strum the strings down with your thumb. Downstrum with your index finger, using your fingernail against the strings. Strum up with your index ...
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