You may know this music instrument as no different with guitar. Ukulele actually a mini guitar originally comes from Hawaii. It was discovered in 1879 when the immigrants from Portuguese came to Hawaii. One of the immigrants brought a small guitar called braginho which was popular instrument in his native country. In Indonesia, ukulele is a part in our traditional music, keroncong. The instrument produces particular sound which makes the music named keroncong. Before you start learning to play ukulele, let us know this ‘baby guitar’ better. Here is some information learning ukulele lessons for beginners worth to know.
Parts of the Instrument and Types
Recognize the parts of the instrument before you play it. Ukulele has five parts. They are body, neck, headstock, fret, and string. The body is the main part with sound hole to produce resonance. Meanwhile, neck is the long part attached to the body. There are lines to play the chord which is known as fret board in this part. Inside the neck, we can find fret with metal lines which divide the string into different tones. Headstock or head is the tip end of the neck. There are tuners on it to set the tones of each string. The last is the four strings that set vertically.
Now it is time to choose the most suitable ukulele for you. There are four types of ukulele based on the size and fret range. The first is the most commonly used, soprano. Soprano has 12 to 14 frets. For stage performance, people usually used Concert. This ukulele has more frets, 15 to 20 and measures slightly bigger than the former. The third is tenor. This ukulele has more than 15 frets. This allows the instrument to reach more chords. The last and the biggest is baritone. It has more than 19 frets so it reaches even more chords than the tenor. Baritone is suitable for professional uses because of the tones are easier to play compared to others. After choosing the right instrument let us move ahead to another basic guideline playing ukulele lessons for beginners.
Set some Preparation
Set some basic preparation for a good time playing ukulele. Adjust the string flexibility by loosing or tightening the turning key on the headstock. The more often the string is used, the more flexible it will be. Always check the strings before playing. There are four strings with different tones. The upmost is G, the next level is C, the third line is E and in the bottom is A. You can use the tuner to find the right tone.
Not less important among the basic preparation is, body positioning. Good music should be produced from a comfortable playing so you have to keep and handle everything properly. First, get yourself a comfy position, whether sitting or standing. Place the ukulele on your chest and handle the neck with your left hand while the fingers play the chords on the fret and the thumb hold the head. Your right hand is strumming the strings while keeping the instrument glued to your chest. Use your nails to strum the strings right in front the hole to produce good sound. Maintain your position and avoid bending your back. Keeping your back straight is also important to ward back pain.
Make your first practices delightful by joining a class or simply play the instrument with a friend. You may want to record every of your play to watch your skill improvement. Be patient and enjoy the process because mastery is not achieved in a blink of an eye. Have fun practicing ukulele lessons for beginners!