from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small four-stringed guitar popularized in Hawaii.
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- n. A small four-stringed guitar.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a small guitar having four strings
The ukulele, which was based on the four-stringed braginho or cavaquinhos from Portugal is an example of an earlier small-sized European guitar being introduced to a different society; the word ukulele is Hawaiian for "flea".
The Hawaiians gave the instrument the name ukulele, which translates to ‘jumping flea.’
The ukulele is not an instrument you normally associate with the blues; nor is the blues section where you'd expect to find a Cyndi Lauper CD.
Here in Hawaii the ukulele is still a large part of our culture.
The ukulele is a cultural icon that is seen virtually everywhere here.
One of the interesting things about practicing ukulele is that since I like to sing as well, finding songs to practice is a balance between what has manageable chords, and what has a melody I already know (hopefully it fits my vocal range as well).
Godfrey learned to play the ukulele from a Hawaiian shipmate while he was in the Navy, and when he went on television to promote the new plastic ukuleles, more than 9 million ukuleles were sold, in the second great-wave of ukulele popularity.
Mr. Shimabukuro calls the ukulele "the underdog of instruments," and for much of its life it has been.
"Schools have had budget cuts and they're looking to cut costs, the ukulele is a perfect instrument for that."
The ukulele is a great leveller; I'd love to see George Osborne and his team at the Treasury giving it some welly to Teenage Kicks.
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