Position and Posture Ukulele

Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 1: Position & Posture

Last month, we released our “Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele”. It is broken down into 10-steps to allow for a structured and accessible learning experience. To complement our Guide, Uku Global teamed up with Bernadette Teaches Music to record instructional videos to walk you through these steps! Make sure to watch the video below and follow along as your learn to play your ukulele! Good posture makes it easy to hold and play the ukulele without tension or pain. You’ll notice that experienced ukulele players often look relaxed and play effortlessly. It’s not necessary to have a strap to […]

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Anne Ku - Author of The Guide

An Interview with Anne Ku, Author of “Uku Global’s Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele”

  Anne Ku is the author of “Uku Global’s Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele”. After exploring a variety of instruments, from the classical guitar, to French horn, and cello, Anne discovered the ukulele on Maui. She taught music at the University of Hawaii College before moving to Boston where she started a ukulele club. Anne also has her composition and teaching diploma in piano from Utrecht Conservatory in the Netherlands. As you will read in this interview, Anne is incredibly passionate about the ukulele. In fact, Anne’s master’s thesis was written on ukulele song sheets and participative music making. […]

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Uku’s Commitment to 5% 

Uku Global takes great pride in being a part of the community around us. This is why it is not in our mission statement to “sell instruments”, but instead, to “serve as a unifying force in the world”. It is our mission to spread happiness, foster community, and ultimately have a ukulele in every home. We are passionate about working with disadvantaged groups, and for that reason, 5% of our profits are dedicated to these initiatives.  There is a great disparity when it comes to access to instruments and music education in our country. In response, nonprofits and private music […]

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Should I Buy A Ukulele

Why Should I Buy A Ukulele?

Uku Global was started with the vision that one day there would be a ukulele in every home. We believe that music is an amazing means of fostering community, and that access to instruments ultimately makes the world a better place. So, why did we choose ukuleles to accomplish this vision? What makes them the most ideal instrument to reach our goals? Hint: It’s not just appearances. While they are certainly beautiful in their shape and sound, the logic behind choosing this instrument is much more in-depth. Affordability Truthfully, the greatest obstacle in increasing access to instruments and music education […]

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Music Education

Educational Outreach at Uku Global

At Uku Global we are not only passionate about our instruments, but also our outreach programs for music educators. Our #1 goal is to spread joy, happiness, and give back to the community. We hope that through our work with music education programs we can take steps towards that goal every day. It is imperative that all children have access to music education, regardless of the circumstances they were born into. Music in our schools has diminished in recent years, and as a result access to learning music has decreased as well. It is often seen as a luxury subject […]

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Uku Global at the Library

Ukuleles at libraries? Aren’t libraries supposed to be quiet? Maybe, but not all the time! This past summer, Uku Global teamed up with Take Note Colorado to supply ukuleles for a libraries in Colorado. The goal of Take Note Colorado is to increase access to musical instruments for Colorado youth. They’re a non-profit that believes every K-12 student should have access to musical instruments. Uku was excited to be able to partner with TNC and assist them in their mission. In June 2019, Uku and Take Note supplied the Denver Public libraries with Uku Ukuleles!  Check out the awesome unboxing […]

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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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