Should I Use a Pick When Playing the Ukulele?

Whether you’re just starting out or you’re a seasoned ukulele player – there comes a time when all strum lovers face the following question: Should I start playing with a pick? The short answer is that there isn’t really an answer. When it comes to what you play your ukulele with, the choice is up to you. But don’t worry – we’re not going to leave you hanging. To help you pick whether or not to pick, we’ve created a comprehensive pros and cons guide.   Pros to playing with a pick: It produces a lower tone. Playing with a […]

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LVDY Joins the Uku Global Family.

LVDY Music (pronounced Lady) is a duo from Denver, CO made up of Aubrey Mable and Kathleen Hooper. Although they just played their debut show at the UMS in late July, their effortless style, talent, and coherence would have you believe that they had been performing their music for years. Their meteoric rise in the local scene makes one thing clear: LVDY music is gliding into the Denver Music scene with the same sharp satisfaction of scissors sliding through wrapping paper. We caught up with half of the twosome at SloHi Coffee Shop in Denver where we exchanged hugs, split […]

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Meet Ira Wolf! Uku Global’s Newest Artist.

The American Dream was once defined as a cozy home framed by a white picket fence, earned through hard work and determination. But throughout the years, we have watched this dream transform as the idea of success gets redefined with each generation. Today’s American Dream draws influence from the ideals of individuality and creative freedom and is much more free spirited than the idyllic visions of our grandparents. The idea of forgoing a stationary home to live untethered in a van or RV has gone from a lifestyle that has been frowned upon to one that many younger generations strive […]

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Where in the UK is Kitty? Seed Festival!

What a refreshingly wholesome weekend, set in the beautiful Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, in Gloucester, West England. Bursting with innovative ideas, Seed Festival’s vision is to create a better world for now and for the future. ‘We bring together people and organizations from many backgrounds in support of creative endeavor, a flourishing community and a sustainable environment.’   Exploring the grounds upon arrival, through a biodynamic organic farm and permaculture garden, an ancient woodland and a natural spring that’s never run dry, I felt enchanted by the land, my imagination running wild with ideas of how I […]

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5 Easy Songs for Ukulele Beginners

One of our favorite things about the ukulele is how easy it is to go from picking it up for your first time to playing a song for your friends and family. There are many one-finger and two-fingers chords that are simple to learn on the ukulele but allow you to play dozens of songs.    There are a few things to remember when playing your first songs. While the left hand’s fingers are moving to make the chords on the frets, the right hand is strumming or stroking the strings to make the melody. When you are first beginning […]

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How to Hold Your Ukulele

Ukuleles come in various shapes and sizes. Unlike the acoustic guitar, whose shape has largely remained the same, the ukulele has morphed into a variety of shapes! Its four strings can rest on any number of body shapes, including the pineapple, paddleboard, lute, and cigar box.    A standard way to differentiate and identify your ukulele is by its size. The most common sizes, from small to large, are soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. It’s the “scale” rather than the total length of the instrument that determines the size. The “scale” is the distance between the nut and the saddle. […]

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An Interview with Ben Roberts of the Ukulele Death Squad

When we first formalized Uku Global, we were already huge uke fans. The instrument’s approachability and ease at connecting people through music made us fall in love. Our staff quickly acquired a list of our biggest inspirations in the ukulele world — and the Ukulele Death Squad were at the top of the list.    This 4-man band from Adelaide, Australia is not your typical rock band. Sure, they shred, they croon, they command your attention at their exhilarating live shows — all with four ukuleles and the occasional wind instrument. Self described as a mix of punk, gypsy, and […]

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Where in the UK is Kitty Stewart?

With a burning desire to explore my creative side, to write and play music in a peaceful setting, I took myself away for a weekend to a beautiful glamping site close to Bridport in Dorset. I couldn’t have found a more perfect spot, in a field of charming old renovated trailers and wagons, I settled for my very own secluded spot with a sea view at the top of the field. I couldn’t have been more at peace here, and I spent my weekend admiring the view and dipping in and out of writing, singing and playing ukulele, sitting around […]

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How to Tune Your Ukulele

Playing a tuned ukulele is essential to making music. When your ukulele is properly tuned, a simple stroke of the strings will produce a beautiful tone, and that will inspire you to play another!   Tuning can be intimidating, but fortunately with technology, anyone can tune easily. You do not need to have perfect pitch or tune to your own ear, though after some time you find yourself doing so.    When you first get your Uku Ukulele, you’ll need to tune a lot, at least once a day. This is normal for all ukuleles as the strings loosen with […]

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