Ukulele Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Instrument Sounding Great

Whether you’re somewhere over the rainbow or can’t help but falling in love– you’re ukulele is the instrument to get you there.

Over the past six years, the ukulele’s popularity has steadily grown. From its appearance in blockbuster movies to its fan-base on YouTube, the instrument is a staple in folk and indie music today.

Like any instrument that gains popularity overnight, new musicians are unaware of how to properly maintain it.

Starting out with a new instrument is intimidating enough while learning how to play. Friends, family, and instructors will have different opinions about proper care and maintenance.

We have assembled some straight-forward maintenance tips to help keep your ukulele in great condition.

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How to Play Guitar and Ukulele Together

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In a gathering with your friends or family, some of them might know how to play the guitar, and some might know how to play the ukulele or bass guitar or maybe there is already a piano player.

Where to begin? Well, playing music with different instrumentation is always a tricky subject. Guitar and ukulele are two different instruments but they can complement each other very well. With this article, I would like to share with you how to play music with a guitar and ukulele together harmoniously.

Now you might be scratching your head and asking hmmm, so “How to Play Guitar and Ukulele Together?” When playing guitar and ukulele together or any instrument, one must always keep the sound in mind. Have a balanced sonic palette or simply balanced sound with your instrument. Even at the early stage of your playing, always be aware of the sound that you are creating or playing. Similar to a painting. No one would appreciate a painting that has no balance in color shades or organization. One might say it depends on the eye of the beholder or the ear of the beholder.

To better understand what I mean about balance in music playing, let me introduce you some simple concept. When playing with two or more musician, one should ask a question like “should I play: louder or softer, higher or lower, longer or shorter, faster or slower, more or less, or not play”. Or probably ask who is playing what? Me or you? Listening to each other’s playing is also essential in achieving a balanced sound.

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Can You Tune a Ukulele with a Guitar Tuner?

tuning a uke with guitar tuner A reader asked me a question recently on whether or not it was possible to use a guitar tuner to tune a ukulele. I figured it seemed to be a common question and decided to put together this article to answer this question more in depth.

Can you tune a ukulele with a guitar tuner? There are a variety of guitar tuners on the market.  Clip-on tuners are the most versatile tuners used for guitars that can also be used to tune a ukulele. This multi-instrument tuner is very useful for getting your ukulele tuning just right every time.

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How to Compose a Song on Ukulele

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Composing your first song/music using ukulele is not suppose to be a daunting task that requires you to get a four year college degree.

It depends on how complex` or catchy (hook) you want your music/song to be. Sometimes those simple catchy tunes are the one that top the charts. Not to mention that once your creative juice starts flowing, Ukulele is a very handy instrument to write with, in comparison to using a piano or a guitar.

How to compose a song on ukulele? Composing a song on ukulele consists of having an idea for a singable melody, developing chord progression that fits your style, the lyrics for the song, a song form and finally the combination of your voice and your ukulele playing.

You could be riding a train or bus when that melodic, rhythmic, or harmonic idea hits you. The ukulele is your best friend. An instrument that would allow you to hear your melody and harmony (chords) right away.

Of course, a recording device like your smart phone can be very handy too so you would not loose that idea when inspiration hits you. For me, If you can hum a melody that’s already a good start. Otherwise, the ukulele can aid you to jumpstart either a melody, a chord, or simple rhythmic pattern, or a combination of all of them.

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