Christmas Ukuleles

6 Christmas Songs to Play on Your Ukulele

‘Tis the season for gathering with friends and family, eating food that warms your soul, and making memories to last into the new year. Whether your hosting a gathering in your home or traveling to another state to visit family, there’s always room for your ukulele. Bring your ukulele along this holiday season and serenade your loved ones with holiday carols! Here are some well-known traditional tunes to get your group singing along. Before you start, here’s a tip: assuming you already know the melodies of these songs, allow your prior knowledge to guide you through the chords. Sing or […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Ukulele Picks

The Complete Guide to Ukulele Picks

Traditionally, ukulele players do not use picks. Yet, just as music evolves over time so do the styles of playing it. Nowadays it is very common to play ukulele with a pick. Picks can be a great tool to make a style all your own. In this article we would like to outline the positive and negative features of picks that may draw a player to them or pull them away. In this “Complete Guide to Ukulele Picks”, we would also like to present the different types of picks so you can select the one that best fits your playing […]

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Best Ukuleles For Beginners

Best Ukuleles for Beginners

Uku Global offers several options for purchasing a ukulele. We are proud of the fact that these instruments are made with sustainability in mind. All wood used is acquired from sustainable sources. We hope you are as inspired as we are by the instrument’s quality, sound, and artistic designs. Each size ukulele has its pros and cons depending on the type of player you are. Are you transitioning from the guitar or uke? Or, are you new to playing all together? Perhaps you are purchasing for a child in your family to give as a gift. All of these factors […]

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What Is a Soprano Ukulele?

What is a Soprano Ukulele?

There are four primary sizes of ukulele, starting with soprano and increasing in size to the concert, tenor, and baritone. The soprano ukulele is the smallest of the ukulele family, but, arguably the most popular. A Standard When ukuleles are played and portrayed in our culture, it is generally the soprano that holds the spotlight. You may see this little instrument on a beach, in the sun, while hearing the sound of relaxing waves and laughter of friends. Interestingly enough, ukuleles did not originate from Hawaii, as we tend to generalize. Ukuleles were brought to Hawaii from Portugal in the […]

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Reading Lead Sheets

Tips for Reading Lead Sheets

Lead sheets are a wonderful and accessible means to learn favorite songs on your ukulele. Although they do not contain actual musical notation, they do provide a simplified version of the chords and lyrics. Lead sheets are great if you already know the melody and rhythm of a song, but don’t know what chords to play. They are like cheat sheets when you don’t want to spend the time figuring out all those chord changes for yourself. Because a lead sheet doesn’t provide the rhythm, strumming patterns, or notes of a melody, they are not as helpful in learning songs […]

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Tips for learning ukulele in a group

Tips for Learning in a Group 

When you’re learning how to play an instrument in a group, the experience can be very up and down. Although, it certainly has its benefits! Learning with others can be inspiring, motivating, and overall a great time. On the downside, you may find your pace is too fast at times or too slow during others. While some may thrive learning in a social environment, others may find it awkward to learn on the spot with people watching. If you’ve recently found yourself in a group ukulele class, here is our advice to you:  Find a Buddy If you don’t already […]

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Teaching Others How To Play Ukulele

Tips for Teaching Others

If you’re reading this article, chances are you already know how to play the ukulele and you’re ready to share the joy with those around you. Learning to play an instrument is a great feeling. Yet, we often find it even more joyous when we can share the experience with those around us. Uku Global values community, and we want to make sure ukulele players feel they have the tools and knowledge to teach themselves and others.  It can certainly be difficult to teach another person how to play an instrument. People who don’t typically play might find it intimating […]

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What Ukulele Size is Best for You?

What Ukulele Size Is Best for You?

For those just beginning their ukulele journey, you may not know that there’s more than one size of the instrument. After you’ve made the decision to learn to play, the next step is to decide which size ukulele is best for you.  There are four common ukulele types, differentiated by size starting with soprano being the smallest. After soprano, the next largest is concert, then tenor, and the largest being baritone. Most ukulele players opt for the most popular sizes: soprano or concert. Truthfully though, choosing which size ukulele to play shouldn’t be about which is the most common. You […]

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ukulele vs guitar

Ukulele vs. Guitar: What is Easier to Learn?

If you’re trying to decide between learning the ukulele or guitar, Uku Global would love to help. First of all, both instruments provide wide open doors to creativity, community, and lifelong learning. Here at Uku, we are partial to the ukulele for a few reasons. When you’re first learning and you want to get to playing quickly, there’s no foul in taking the “easy” route. Here are some plus sides to the ukulele that make it a great starting point:   Size  The ukulele is significantly smaller than the guitar. While there are a range of both guitar and ukulele sizes, […]

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