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Manuel Marino Music Composer

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If you’re looking to learn a musical instrument, I must tell you that there are few instruments easier to grasp than the Ukulele. This type of acoustic instrument is not only cute, but also easy to carry around due to its small and lightweight nature. Now, before I tell you a few words about a learn how to play Ukulele program, let me share some fun facts about this charming instrument.

Things to Know About the Ukulele

The Ukulele is most commonly associated with Hawaiian music, but it is known to have evolved from two different Portuguese instruments: the braguinha and the cavaquinho. The exact development of this new hybrid in the late 19th century remains unclear, but legend has it that a Portuguese voyager arrived in Hawaii with a similar guitar, which captivated the hearts of the Hawaiian people.

The name “Ukulele” actually means “jumping flea” in the Hawaiian language. Whether it refers to the original Ukulele player, the instruments’ history, or the fact that a player’s fingers jump up and down the fretboard as quickly as possible, nobody seems to recall exactly.

Today, the Ukulele is a popular instrument found in almost any Hawaiian music and is internationally recognized as “the Hawaiian instrument.” There are currently four types of Ukulele: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.

How to Play the Ukulele – A Really Neat E-Course to Learn the Ukulele

The course designed to master this simple acoustic instrument is called “Speak Ukulele.” It offers the following features: reading sheet music, over 160 chords with instructions on their names and finger positioning, access to hours of hands-on lessons, a section that teaches you to play the instrument entirely by ear, and finally, a component where you learn how to create your own exercises, lesson plans, and quizzes.

The core concept of the tool is to help you learn how to play chords, but more importantly, to identify them by ear. The play-by-ear style is quite cool, where the chords are played a few times, and you have to deduce which chords are being used.

The tutorials are excellent and a must-watch. At the beginning, a helpful guide explains how to navigate through the course. It was really beneficial and gave me the confidence to start right away. The interface also includes a few key screens, such as the tuner assistant that teaches you how to tune your strings, the fret sounds chart that displays chords and plays all the notes on the fretboard, and the Main Stage where you can hear the chord, see its name, view the finger positions and movements, and actually play the chord.

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