The ukulele has been riding a wave of resurgent popularity lately and has earned new respect as a musical instrument. Ukulele virtuosos like Jake Shimabukuro have demonstrated the versatility and tonal richness of this instrument. By now, everyone has come to know the rendition of "Over the Rainbow" performed by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole in countless movies, TV shows, and commercials.
Learning to Play Ukulele
For beginners, the Ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to learn. Its four strings and short length make it easy to switch from chord to chord. As we demonstrate in our Ukulele Buyers Guide, you can be playing songs on the uke in as little as 20 minutes. We also have a short video there to help you tune your uke. We have a wide selection of ukulele music and instruction books to help you enjoy your new instrument.
The ukulele was first developed in the 1870s and '80s in the island of Madeira, off Portugal, where it was an offspring of the guitar. Portuguese immigrants brought the instrument to Hawai'i and were among the first ukulele manufacturers. King Kalakaua, an ardent supporter of Hawaiian arts and culture, further established the ukulele by incorporating ukulele performances into royal gatherings.
Ukuleles are like potato chips, one is never enough. Sam Ash has everything you need to feed your Ukulele habit. We carry all the important brands, including Cordoba, Boulder Creek, Lanikai, and Kala, as well as ukes from great guitar makers such as Martin, Ibanez, Fender, Gretsch, and Epiphone. We have ukes in all shapes and sizes including the traditional soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone ukes, electric ukes, resonator ukes, and novelty models. We love to talk ukulele! So, give us a call at 1-800-472-6274 for personalized, knowledgeable customer service from one of our professionals at Sam Ash Direct.