My Mainland Ukulele

Here is a picture of my Mainland Ukulele.

The Ukulele sometimes abbreviated to uke; is a member of the guitar family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings.

The ukulele originated in the 19th century as an Hawaiian interpretation of a small guitar-like instruments taken to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants.It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally.

The tone and volume of the instrument varies with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.

I  have big hands , so,  I’m playing a Diamond Head baritone ukulele, but one strung with extra-long concert tuned strings. (GCEA) This allows me to play along with smaller ukes.  I like my baritone because there’s more room for my fingers to play smoothly as I move up the neck. Also the large body resonates with a bigger sound. That’s nice for playing jazz chords.

Playing with a low G string on your ukulele

I like to use a low G string* on my ukulele when I’m playing jazz standards or blues. Playing with the typical high G is cool but I prefer a low G string myself because it brings out a more true sound for the jazz chords. There are various ways to put a low G on your ukulele. You might want to try it out yourself sometime.

Ukulele great Benny Chong

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