Ukulele

The ukulele (/ˌjuːkəˈlli/ YOO-kə-LAY-lee; from Hawaiian: ʻukulele [ˈʔukuˈlɛlɛ], approximately OO-koo-LEH-leh) is a member of the lute family of instruments of Portuguese origin and popularized in Hawaii. It generally employs four nylon strings.[1][2][3]

Ukulele
Martin 3K Ukulele
String instrument
Classification Stringed instrument (plucked, nylon stringed instrument usually played with the bare thumb and/or fingertips, or a felt pick)
Hornbostel–Sachs classification321.322
(Composite chordophone)
Developed19th century in Hawaii (introduced by the Portuguese)
Playing range
C4–A5 (C6)
Related instruments
Sound sample
Soprano ukulele being played.

The tone and volume of the instrument vary with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.


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