What is Koa Wood?

Koa is a high-quality wood often used for making instruments. Koa wood is rare and sought after by many ukulele makers. What makes this wood so unique? Location, Location, Location Believe it or not, the Koa tree only grows on the larger islands of Hawaii. Koa trees actually grow in soil from Hawaiian lava! This wood protected, and the only legal way to harvest it is from fallen, dead trees. The state of Hawaii protects these trees, and prohibits them from being harvested by traditional plantation methods. As a result, the wood is rare to come by, as it is […]

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Concert Ukulele Beginner Kit

Our Ukulele Beginner Kits

Stay home, stay safe, and learn how to play the ukulele! It’s never too late to learn, and Uku Global’s Beginner Kits are a great place to start. Our kits are a one-stop-shop for all you need to get started and strumming. Here’s what comes with your kit: A ukulele. You can choose from few different models depending on your preference! A bag. The Soft Case is an essential for any ukulele player on the move. It is made with 5mm of cushion and waterproof material for your special instrument. Uku Global Tuner. This clip-on tuner will make your learning […]

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Beginner Ukulele Guide

The Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele: Reviews 

The reviews are in! Uku Global’s Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele has been out for a few months now. We are ecstatic to witness the success of our customers and community in learning the instrument! Our Guide has made quite the journey in the last few months, reaching from England, back to the US, and upwards to Canada.   From England Author Paul Mansell, a well-known ukulele artist, performer, and author based in England had many kind words to share about our Guide:  “The main reason I like this book so much is that it is very clear and precise, […]

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HOWL FEST DENVER COLORADO

Uku Global & Handoff Present Howl Fest 2020

THIS FRIDAY (4/17) at 4pm MST Uku Global and Handoff will be taking you on a live-streaming musical journey on Instagram Live with some of your favorite artists to help benefit Colorado’s COVID-19 Relief Fund via Mile High United Way! We’ve teamed up with amazing artists, local breweries, and local businesses to bring to you the ultimate online music festival experience and uplift the community in these trying times. Viewers will have the ability to donate to Colorado’s COVID-19 Relief Fund throughout the show for a chance to win prize packages provided by official Howl Fest sponsors Uku Global, Lems, […]

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pineapple ukulele

What is a Pineapple Ukulele?

Ukuleles truly do come in all shapes and sizes. The pineapple ukulele is a popular choice for players looking for something a little different in the shape of their instrument. But, looks aren’t the only thing that set the pineapple ukulele apart—there is a lot more to this special little instrument! History In 1916, a Hawaiian by the name of Samuel Kamaka had a ukulele store. Samuel was passionate about making quality instruments and wanted to create a body with a unique and different sound. In 1927, he came up with a rounder body that reminded his friends of a […]

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Bass Ukulele

What is a Bass Ukulele?

You may be seeing this instrument hitting the ukulele scene more often, but what is it? History The bass ukulele didn’t really become popular until the mid-2000’s. The Bass Uke began to make its debut with the rise of ukulele orchestras. These ensembles required an instrument round out their groups and offer the fullness of a range of instruments, without compromising the authentic ukulele sound. Perhaps the most influential ukulele orchestra is the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm65dbcietQ  Higher and Higher, features bass in the beginning frame. Specs The Bass Uke is essentially a mini-electric bass. It is something […]

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ukulele songs

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 10: Songs

Step 10: Songs Step 10 is the culmination of our Guide, teaching you to play “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”. Congratulations on completing this learning journey! We chose this song because of it’s universal appeal and recognition, in addition to it being a beautiful sound on the ukulele. Bernadette takes us through the strumming pattern for “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and offers a variety of playing techniques to wrap up your 10-Step experience. By now, you have learned all the chords and strokes needed to play what is the most popular ukulele song of all: Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow […]

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Ukulele chords

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 9: New Chords

Wow, we are already on Step 9! Now that we’ve addressed strumming, it’s time to get back to learning chords. In this video, you’ll learn more complicated chords necessary for a variety of songs. After this step, the hope is that players will be able to tackle and switch between any chords they find. Now that you have conquered the G and G7, you are ready to look up and learn other chords to allow you to explore more songs and also play the same songs in different keys. transposition and singing Transposing, or transposition, is another way of playing […]

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popular strumming patterns ukulele

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 8: Popular Strumming Patterns

Step 8: Popular Strum Patterns Now that you’ve mastered three chord combinations, numerous songs are at your fingertips! At this point, the trick is not only switching between the chords, but also strumming the correct pattern to accomplish the style you are looking for. Strumming patterns are an opportunity to be creative and bring your own style into a song. In Step 8, Bernadette takes us through popular strumming patterns to get your creative juices flowing. Besides the up and down strokes introduced so far, there are two other strokes essential to master: the air stroke and the wham stroke. […]

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