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  • 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, [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • 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 [...]

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  • Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 7: Three Chord Songs

    Step 7: Three Chord Songs In Step 7, we get even more involved with three chord songs. If you have not mastered prior steps, you may start to notice at this point. Three chord songs open up a whole new world of playing, but you need to ensure you have the foundation! Now, Bernadette brings [...]

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  • Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 6: Two Chord Songs

    Step 6: Two Chord Songs You’ll find more two chord songs in Step 6, where Bernadette takes us through some techniques to switch between chords. She says “If you put your mind on the next chord, you’ll be able to switch on time”. It is encouraged to spend some time on this step, maybe pause [...]

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  • Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 5: Your First Song!

    Step 5: Your First Song Step 5 is where you may start to feel like you’re really playing; it’s time for your first song! Although it’s a simple song, “Frere Jaques” is a great place to start as you will be more successful playing something familiar with only two chords. Additionally, in this step you [...]

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  • Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 4: Fingering Chords

    Step 4: Fingering Chords In Step 4, we start to get a little more involved and ready to play! This step is highly involved, and essential to master before you move on to Step 5. You’ll learn how to read chord charts, correctly finger, and activate the strings in new chords. This step includes a [...]

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  • Happy Helpful Guide to the Ukulele – Step 3: How to Tune Your Ukulele

    Step 3: Tuning Step 3 is a slightly more technical step, but more than essential for successful playing. In this video, Bernadette breaks down the process of tuning your instrument. To prepare for this step, we recommend you grab a clip on tuner. The clip on models work the best because they pick up the [...]

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