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Ukulele - Hawaii's Most Famous Musical Instrument

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DescriptionUkelele ( spelled ukelele in the UK, abbreviated to uke; pronounced yoo-kuh-ley-lee [American English] or oo-koo-ley-ley [original Hawaiian]) can be a small, guitar-like lute with four to 10 strings. Developed in the 1880s, the ukulele will be the Hawaiian interpretation in the Portuguese braguinha.

Hawaii's most famous musical instrument produces big tone and sweet sound. Ukuleles usually are available in 4 sizes: Soprano (or what Hawaiians refer to as Standard size), Concert, Tenor , and Baritone. The Solid Body Cutaway is a more modern innovation.

Ukuleles are typically made of wood, though there are a couple of models made from plastic or perhaps a composite of plastic and wood. Expensive models are made of hardwood (e.g.mahogany, kulawood, spruce, and sequoia), the most expensive ones are made of koa tree.

A typical ukulele has a figure 8 shape that way of an small beginners guitar. In addition there are other interesting shape variations including oval (called pineapple ukulele), boat paddle, and square (usually made out of a well used wooden cigar box).


Ukulele was brought to the Hawaiians by Portuguese immigrants. To celebrate their arrival on August 23, 1879, Joao Fernandes played Portuguese folk songs on the wharf by using a braguinha borrowed from your friend. Hawaiians who witnessed him about the dock where so impressed not just along with his music, but in addition using the speed of his fingers: it seemed like they danced over the fingerboard. Hence, they called the instrument "ukulele," meaning "jumping flea."

(Queen Lili'uokalani, the last monarch of Hawaii, gave a different version on the origins of "ukulele". She thought ukulele meant "the gift that came here," from uku meaning "the gift" and lele meaning "to come.")

There are 419 immigrants aboard the ship Ravenscrag, but three people could be the first to establish ukulele shops. These were Manuel Nunes, Augustine Dias, and Joao Fernandes.

Within A decade as soon as the arrival from the Portuguese, the ukulele became Hawaii's most widely used instrument. It is known that Joao Fernandes was a key behind this, because he spent considerable time caught Honolulu with his instrument.

Ukelele: A royal endorsement

It was also from Fernandes that King Kalakaua first heard

the music from your ukulele, but he learned to experience it from Augusto Diaz. He encouraged it's played during royal gatherings. A patron of arts, King Kalakaua's enthusiasm over ukulele made it more acceptable to individuals of Hawaii. It absolutely was played by Hawaiian from all of walks of life--- from taro farmers to fishermen to royalties. Other royalties who learned how you can play included Queen Emma, Queen Lili'uokalani, Prince Leleihoku, and Princess Likelike.

In 1915, ukulele's popularity gone to live in the mainland beginning in San francisco bay area during the Panama Pacific International Exposition. Consequently, ukulele sales increased. Together with its sweet sound,

From US the mainland, ukulele gone after the UK and to the remainder of the world. The ukulele even became an icon in the Jazz Age.

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