The ukulele, sometimes abbreviated to uke, a small four-stringed instrument of Portuguese origin, was patented in Hawaii in 1917, deriving its name from the Hawaiian word for "jumping flea". Immigrants from the Madeira Islands of Portugal first brought to Hawaii a pair of Portuguese instruments in the late 1870s from which the ukuleles eventually developed.
Developed from a four-string Madeiran instrument and built from Hawaiian koa wood, ukuleles were popular among the Hawaiian royalty in the late 19th century. Although the ukulele is still associated with traditional Hawaiian music and culture, the development of different types of ukulele has led to the popularization of the instrument in many different musical settings. The ukulele built up a reputation as a good beginner's instrument because of its relatively low price and small, portable size.
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DO YOU WANT TO PLAY THE UKULELE?
Join us at Newlands Community Centre and you can learn to play the ukulele in 7 lessons.
Our course covers :
- The essential chords for strumming,
- Different keys to suit the singer’s voice,
- Playing solo melodies, reading music and
- Most of all having fun in our lessons!
- Bring your own instrument!
: to be announced
: Newlands Community Centre Youth Room.
For enrolments, please contact Irene : 0223001884
or email us