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Ukulele Playing
Written by Catherine Davis   

The cheerful sound of a ukulele can lift the spirits and provide great entertainment. The word 'ukulele' translates from Hawaiian as 'dancing flea', possibly because of the image conjured by the player's fingers jumping over the strings.

There are plenty of reasons why ukulele playing is currently enjoying a revival. As well as creating happy, evocative music, ukes are inexpensive and easy to learn to play.

Ukuleles are most popularly played 'finger style', or else with a plectrum. Start by practising strumming technique and the three basic chords and you're well on the way to playing simple songs in a short space of time.

For more information, check out web sites and DVD tutorials, or contact a ukulele society and go along to a beginner's workshop.

Ukulele News

COME AND PLAY YOUR UKULELE WITH THE UKES AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL!
On Tuesday 18th August 2009, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain are playing at the BBC PROMS at the Royal Albert Hall. You can buy tickets by clicking here. They are inviting Ukulele players to join them on the night for a mass Ukulele rendition of Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy'. All are welcome, from beginners to experts. You can find out how to play the piece on the BBC Radio 3 website by clicking here (the videos display in UK only, but you can download the music as PDF files).


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