Monthly Archives: February 2015

So close, but not quite!

This weekend very nearly saw the aquistition of a new ukulele. I’ve been looking for a while at a new Tenor Uke and I thought I had found the very thing, a Kala resonator uke and looked amazing!

A resonator is basically a metal cone which takes the place of the sound hole and amplifies the instrument so you can hear it. They were originally designed and used in acoustic guitars before the development of amplification, it allowed them to be heard in a dance hall above the crowd and other instruments. They’re not that common on ukuleles, and this one did look nice – it had ‘f’ holes above and below the neck as replacement to the sound hole.

However, to my ear the sound was slightly dull and my fingers kept catching on the f holes, making a clicking noise, which would eventually drive me mad. It was with great sadness that I put it back on the shelf and left the shop. I intend to keep looking, and if nothing else it just proves how important it is to try before you buy!

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National Ukulele Day

It’s been all over the news today, Ukulele sales in Britain have doubled to around 250,000 in the last five years. The papers are saying it’s because of the band ‘Mumford and Sons’ but I think it’s more than that. The uke is such an accessible instrument and brings fun and enjoyment so quickly, it’s hardly surprising it’s popular.

I teach it to my students at school, more and more Music teachers are doing the same, and the kids love it! They pick it up so quickly and then can’t wait to get them out again. This has got to be where the boom is stemming from – enthusiastic Music teachers passing on their love of the instrument and the joy of making music to their students. So, on what is supposedly ‘National Ukulele Day’, why not put the success of the instrument down to the hard working Music teachers and other tutors instead? Even if I do say so myself