The 3 Best Ukulele Humidifiers (and Why You Might Need One)

If you live anywhere that goes through dry seasons, you’ve probably felt how dry air can affect your skin and make you ridiculously thirsty. If it gets cold where you live and you crank the heat at home, you may have even put a humidifier in your bedroom to make the air more pleasant to breathe.

Right?

Well, guess what—if you’re affected by dry air, there’s a good chance your ukulele is being affected, too.

In fact, all wooden instruments (not just ukuleles) are vulnerable to extreme levels of dryness and humidity. That’s where ukulele humidifiers come in.

Why Would Someone Use a Ukulele Humidifier?

If a solid wood instrument is exposed to air that’s too dry, the wood can warp or even crack, resulting in irreversible damage to your instrument. This happens because the moisture that’s remained inside the wood starts to “bleed” out into the air, and that creates shrinkage and cracking. While high levels of humidity can also affect the wood, dryness is generally the bigger problem, and damage from dry air is more common than damage from excessively humid air.

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12 Easy Ukulele Songs for Beginners (Using C, G, Am, F)

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Did you know you can play nearly an endless list of easy ukulele songs for beginners with just four chords?

The keyword here is easy, so get ready to learn just a few chords and how to go about playing almost any tune you can think of because chances are these chords will fit right in.

Here’s why it’s possible.

In every song you hear, you will notice the repetition of the chords throughout the song. All pop songs, for example, have these repeating patterns.

Here’s what this pattern looks like. Let’s suppose we are looking at the key of C.

If we number these notes from left to right we have this:

Now the reason you can play thousands upon thousands of songs is because these songs have the same chord progression. This means that when the ukulele player switches between chords they are usually switching between the same group of chords.

This same group of chords is based on what’s called the I V Vi IV chord progression. Don’t get caught up with the Roman numerals. All this means is that using the key of C for example, all you would use is C F G A as shown below.

Now this is great news because with just these chords the sky is the limit!

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Top 10 List: Best Ukulele for Beginners (Updated 2019)

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So you’re interested in buying one of the best beginner ukulele to learn on. Perhaps you’ve been thinking what ukulele to buy for beginners.

First of all, congratulations on starting this exciting learning experience! Before making your purchase, you should know that there are four main types available. The standard and most popular one is the soprano due to its distinct sound.

The ukulele is something which is a lot of fun to play and provides enjoyment to everyone who picks it up. Of course, it can sometimes be challenging to try and decide exactly what kind of ukulele you should be playing. There’s a fair number of them out there, and they all have different characteristics which make all of them a viable option in one way or another. To try and help you make sure that you do choose the correct model for your needs, we’re going to be taking a look at three different options which are all quite accessible for people who are just starting out.

The other three types are concert, tenor, and baritone. So I’ve listed out the best beginner ukuleles available for the soprano and further down you will see the best options for the other types. This article will help you find the best options for starters. Ready? Set… Go!

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A Beginner’s Guide to Best Ukulele Strings

If you’re new to playing the ukulele, you have a lot to learn. Not only do you have to practice chords, scales, and strumming patterns, you have to learn about the many parts and components of ukuleles.

One of the most important ukulele components to worry about is the strings. Choosing the right strings is vital to the overall sound and playability of your instrument.

Need help picking the best ukulele strings for you? Read on! This guide has all of the information you need.

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E Chord Ukulele: How to Get Better Playing It

Musicians have been struggling to play the dreaded ukulele e-chord for years. In fact, many ukulele players can’t play the e-chord, and choose to avoid songs that include it.

The e-chord is particularly difficult to fret, meaning it requires the hand and fingers being placed in an awkward position. The tricky nature of the ukulele e-chord means that transitions between chords also become more tedious.

How do you play an E chord on a ukulele? Put the index finger on the second fret of the first string, your middle finger on the fourth fret of the fourth string, your ring finger on the fourth fret of the third string, and your pinky on the fourth fret of the second string. This is the correct way to play the e chord on a ukulele.

Ukulele players often find it easier to avoid this chord altogether, or use a similar chord in its place (most commonly the E7 chord).

However, to be a truly well-rounded ukulele player, the ability to play all major chords is essential. Eventually, players become restricted by their avoidance of the e-chord and unable to master their craft.

Thankfully, by following these professional ukulele chord tips, mastering the e-chord is possible for even the most uncertain players. With a little time and practice, this chord begins to blend in with all the others and becomes part of a comprehensive ukulele playing skill set.

Are you ready to do what it takes to overcome the ukulele e-chord? Then let’s dive in!

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How To Read Ukulele Tablature (Step-by-Step Tutorial)

Whether you want to jam out to “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” or “Hey Jude,” you need to become familiar with how to read ukulele tabs. Fortunately, once you get the hang of it, it proves surprisingly straightforward to read and write ukulele tablature (a.k.a. tab). Expect to progress at a rapid pace, astonishing your friends and family with your newfound song repertoire.

That said, mastering ukulele tabs could feel downright frustrating without a basic understanding of how the system works. You also need to understand its strengths and limitations. So, let’s dive into everything you need to know about ukulele tab.

Famous tunes adapted for ukulele abound. We’ve already mentioned two of them above, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and “Hey Jude.” There’s also:

  • “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
  • “No Woman, No Cry”
  • “Sunday Morning”
  • “Losing My Religion”
  • “Dream a Little Dream of Me”

The list goes on and on. This gives you a taste of some of the awesome renditions you’ll perform as you progress through ukulele literature.

What do all of these songs have in common that’s central to learning tab music on the ukulele? You can probably hum most if not all of them. Right?

That’s a central concept when it comes to successfully using tab to learn music. Why? Because unlike standard musical notation, tablature does not express tempo (timing) and rhythm.

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