World Play Your Ukulele Day
Everybody loves the sound and feel of a guitar. But those who dismiss the ukulele because it is small don’t realize how incredible its sound can be. The ukulele’s soft, sweet voice can bring joy to listeners. There isn’t a single person on earth who cannot hold a ukelele, even if they don’t know how to play it.
World Play Your Ukulele Day is open to all levels of ability. Only requirement is that everyone pick up a Ukulele and start playing!
It is undoubtedly one of the most famous sounds to have come from Hawaii, where this tiny instrument was created. This tiny guitar is charming, down to its name: “Jumping Flea”. Fleas can be a bit boring, but if you imagine them as cute cartoon fleas like the one in “The Princess and the Frog”, then it becomes the most adorable thing there is.
The ukulele is a cartoon flea that has a bright voice, and a cheerful disposition.
Although the ukulele was introduced in Hawaii in the late 1870s, its predecessor was much more charming than the ‘jumping flea. The machete was the origin instrument, which was Portuguese in origin. Sounds violent, doesn’t it? It is not violent, however, the sound and name of the ukulele aren’t. In fact, strumming it will brighten any day.
In 1915, the first ukulele craze was born in San Francisco. It was introduced at the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. It became extremely popular and the YMCA decided to ship the instruments and music to soldiers during World War I.
Although it was originally created in Hawaii, the instrument played an important role in revitalizing Canada’s music program. It was an affordable way to introduce students and it was easy to teach and foster musical literacy. J. Chalmers Doane was the creator of the Doane program. It taught almost 50,000 children how to play and love the ukulele during its existence. Although the Doane program is over, James Hill will continue to manage it in collaboration with the original Doane.
People all over the globe love this versatile instrument, which has grown in popularity over the years.
Are you wondering how to celebrate World Play Your Ukulele Day. It’s in the name! These ideas will make your day more enjoyable.
Get out and get a ukulele. Or borrow one from a friend. Then, go play! The music’s bright tone and joyful disposition will bring joy to all who listen, even those who are only laughing with you while you pick a tune.
Even the most terrible musician can sound amazing on a Ukulele. That is as long as nobody is listening too closely.
Grab a group of people who enjoy playing the instrument and get together to jam! You can find groups, societies, and bands all centered around this small but powerful instrument by doing a quick internet search. Are you looking for a local band? Start one!
This instrument is easy to learn. It’s easy to master the chords with just four strings.
You can either find a local teacher or learn online from an instructor.
Listening to another person play the ukulele can be a great way of passing the time, whether you’re taking a break or trying to get inspired. These are some great ukulele artists you can listen to online or buy a CD.