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Five Easy Songs for Ukulele Beginners

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

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

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

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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How to Strum the Ukulele

How to Strum the Ukulele

When you start playing the ukulele, the hand on the frets might make you anxious — it can be hard to switch fingers and chords quickly! But the strumming of the strings pulled over the sound hole is really the foundation of creating music: It’s through the strum that the rhythm and melody comes to life.    Strumming isn’t always easy for everyone at the beginning, but your body and mind are amazing tools and will learn quickly through muscle memory. The key is practice. You can practice on your Uku ukulele, but you can even practice without any instrument […]

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Camping With Your Ukulele

Camping With Your Ukulele

Longer days and warmer temperatures have awoken our inner adventure here at Uku Global. Our calendars have been blocked off for epic summer trips and outdoor escapades. Music and adventure go hand-in-hand, so what’s a road trip without the perfect playlist? The ukulele is the perfect musical companion for any adventure. The packability and convenience of having a stash-and-go instrument means that “ukulele” is always at the top of our packing list. Our Soprano Ukulele is only 20-inches long, so it can fit conveniently into any backpack. We promise — we know from experience! Campfires and beaches are best paired […]

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Soprano vs. Concert Ukulele

Soprano vs. Concert Ukulele

What’s The Difference Between A Soprano & Concert Ukulele?   You may have noticed that ukuleles come in many different shapes, sizes, materials and colors! It can be intimidating when looking for your first uke but fortunately so much of the decision making process is dependent on your personal preference. There’s no “wrong size” ukulele,  it’s just a matter of picking one that you’re comfortable with. And we’re here to help!   There are four different sizes of ukulele: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone, from smallest to largest. Think of the small ukes as giving you a brighter, lighter, more […]

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Stay Human in the Park Recap with Michael Franti

Stay Human in the Park Recap

Happy Monday! We had an incredible weekend in Colorado with Michael Franti and friends.   As you may know, we’ve partnered with Take Note Colorado this summer. Take Note is former Colorado Governor, John Hickenlooper’s non-profit established to put instruments into the hands of every K-12 student in Colorado. Through our collaboration, we will be donating hundreds of ukuleles to children across the state, in addition to hosting a series of library events, providing music education for kids over the summer.   On Thursday, June 6th, musician and social activist Michael Franti hosted a “party in the park” — a […]

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