Ukuleles are small guitar-like string instruments originally from Portugal, however have been popularised in Hawaii. They typically have four strings that are made from Nylon. The ukulele has a much shorter scale to a normal guitar and has a higher standard pitch with a percussive tonality. There are a variety of ukuleles available such as soprano, concert, tenor, baritone, bass and resonator. 

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All about the ukelele

Despite being less common than the likes of the guitar and piano, the ukulele is pretty much universally loved and has experienced a huge boost in popularity in the last couple of decades. Here at RimmersMusic, we’re going to present to you a brief introduction to the ukulele, and showcase our choice of ukuleles finished with premium materials and brilliant designs. The ukulele or ‘uke’ is a four-stringed instrument commonly constructed from word and belongs to the lute family; some of the oldest, traditional plucked string instruments.

The ukulele was adapted from the smaller, Portugese ‘machete’, which was introduced to Hawaii by Portugese immigrants. Ukeleles can typically be found in four different sizes or classifications: baritone, concert, soprano and tenor; and the ukuleles sound depends largely on the shape and design of the individual ukulele.

Hit songs which have utilised the ukulele

Many will immediately think of George Formby when asked to name a ukulele player, but the instrument regularly features in today’s vast world of music. Eddie Vedder is well known for his love of the ukulele, and regularly brings out the ukulele on his solo tracks. You can hear the light melodic tones of the ukulele on the track ‘Can’t Keep’. RimmersMusic has available ukuleles from the acclaimed names in the uekele industry, such as Brunswick, and Berkeley.

Visitors might also like to see out RimmersMusic’s ‘ukelele, banjo and mandolin’ parent department, for more great-sounding entries.