Ukulele and Ukulele Lesson Giveaway
To celebrate our finished Ukulele course, we are giving away a Ukulele along with access to our Ukulele video lessons created by Brooke Palmer Music. Enter the giveaway and learn more below.
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Find out more about the Ukulele the winner will receive on Amazon. Giveaway ends Friday at midnight, April 8th. Winner gets (1) Ukulele and will get to choose the color (not to exceed $40- the prices change based on color!)
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How a king made the Ukulele famous
The Ukulele is a Hawaiian adaptation of various similar Portuguese instruments. The uke was developed in the late 1880's, which means it is a relatively young stringed instrument.
King David Kalakaua of Hawaii was very concerned about the deterioration of Hawaiian culture as more and more missionaries and immigrants moved to the country. Because the ukulele was developed in Hawaii and he was fond of the instrument, King Kalakaua promoted its use at formal and informal Hawaiian functions. Everything from formal, royal events to hula dancing was accompanied in part by a ukulele. In this he was successful- who doesn't imagine the tropical islands of Hawaii when they hear the Ukulele?
From Royal instrument to child's play
Although the Ukulele had grand beginnings and in still an instrument for serious musicians, J. Chalmers Doane, a Canadian educator, saw a different use for the instrument. Because the Ukulele is small and simple in it's construction, the instrument could be purchased in bulk and distributed throughout the public school system at a fraction of the price of other instruments. Because of Doane's efforts, more than 10,000 Canadian children learned to play the Ukulele during the 1960's. The rippling effect of the Ukulele as a beginning child's instrument can still be seen today- many schools around the world incorporate ukulele lessons into their curriculum.
Because the Ukulele is so well suited for children to use, we wanted to include Ukulele lessons on our website. Unfortunately, I do not play the Ukulele, but we were blessed to find a professional ukulele artist who was willing to collaborate with us. Brooke Palmer has done an incredible job putting together a Ukulele course for children and I am excited that we can offer her lessons on our website. While a person can play several thousand songs with only three chords, there is much more to playing the ukulele well. Brooke teaches us different strumming techniques and plucking tips to give you a much fuller experience with your new instrument. Watch a sample lesson below!
Find out more about the Ukulele Course here:
The hidden danger of buying online...
A note on the Ukulele I have chosen on Amazon: The best way to pick out an instrument is to hear it in person and feel it. This was not feasible with our giveaway. I have found that with internet purchases, it's a bit like gambling- one might end up with a great instrument, and one might end up with a dud. Odds are very much in the buyer's favor, but there is a risk. I looked at several ukuleles online and the one I picked out has 4 stars overall with more than 600 reviews. It seems to me like these are good odds. There are a lot of very happy customers who have said that the ukulele they bought had a great sound, and who can resist the fun colors?
However, I would caution the winner, and anyone else buying online, that if the instrument doesn't stay in tune or has a bad sound, the child will not have the maturity to know that it's not THEIR fault that they can't make the instrument sound nice. Kids aren't stupid- they know what a nice ukulele sounds like, and if theirs doesn't measure up, they'll know. Some kids will know it's a bad instrument, but others will think that they simply are not good at music. This goes for any cheap instrument you might be buying for your kid. For example, NEVER buy recorders from the dollar store! Just don't even go there. Chances are you'll get a nice ukulele if you buy one online, but in case you don't, even if you can't buy another one, make sure you tell the kid that you're sorry you ended up with a bad instrument. Blame any tingy or off-key sound on the instrument. Make a big deal out of it. Use the Uke as part of a costume. Hang it on the wall- it's pretty and light. Just don't encourage the child to plod along with a faulty instrument.
Having given that warning, again, chances are you'll end up with a great instrument. You can buy 2-3 cheap instruments for the price of a more expensive one. For that matter, you can sample 2-3 different kinds of instruments to give your child a taste of what is out there. After the child has learned the basics and has shown a keen interest in the instrument, then you can upgrade to something better. Be brave. Take the risk. Failure is an option, but success is more likely.
Have fun playing the Ukulele!
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