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Flight Uke Tip: Ukulele Sizes, Part 2

In this Flight Uke Tip, we will discuss tenor and baritone ukuleles.⁠⁠The tenor ukulele was a natural progression for the instrument—if you’re going to make a concert ukulele, why not make it a little larger? The first tenor ukuleles were introduced in the mid 1920s. While the tenor ukulele is larger than soprano and concert …

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Wear on the Enya Nova

Someone posted this image of an Enya Nova today. I love the Enya Nova–I think it is a great product. At the same time, I have seen a few pictures like the one above, where there is significant wear on the polycarbonate frets. The ukulele world often reacts to images like this with panic and …

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The Peripole Classic Ukulele by Enya

This evening, I received news that Peripole, Inc., a specialist with gear for elementary music education classrooms (or anyone else) has an exclusive model with Enya Music, a company that I like very much, and every one of its models sits at the high end of my ratings scale (use the search feature at YouTube.com/ukestuff). …

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Flight Uke Tip: Ukulele Sizes, Part 1

Ukulele sizes can be confusing for new players. We classify ukuleles by their scale length–the distance between the nut and the saddle of a ukulele. Ultimately, larger scale instruments offer more space between frets than smaller scale instruments. You can play any size of ukulele, but you may develop a preference for a particular size. …

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Flight Uke Tips: Straps

One of the most helpful ukulele accessories is the ukulele strap.⁠⁠Straps have three benefits. First, they assure that you won’t accidentally drop your ukulele while you’re playing. Second, a strap frees up your playing. You can move your left hand as necessary, which is great for people who are learning barre chords. A strap makes …

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Lava U Review

The Unboxing The Lava U came shipped directly from Hong Kong, and while individual ukulele dealers are selling them (such as The Uke Republic), you can also buy them direct from Amazon. The Lava U comes in the most protective shipping packaging I have ever seen.  The external box is heavy and large.  The ukulele …

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The Story of the Lava U

At the 2020 NAMM Winter Convention, a new ukulele captured the attention of the ukulele word—the Lava U.  The Lava U is a modern-looking ukulele, closest in shape to a pineapple ukulele or like a small dreadnought ukulele.  It is injection molded, made of a mixture of polycarbonate and carbon fiber, and formed with a …

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Flight Uke Tip – Strings (Part 3) Low G

If you play ukulele, you are familiar with its special sound which is due to its traditional tuning, GCEA. When the G is tuned above the C, this is called “reentrant tuning.” ⁠⁠Why is the ukulele tuned this way? The ukulele was developed in the late 1870s by immigrant wood workers who moved to Hawaii …

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Happy Birthday (Maybe)?

I’m using Noteflight to arrange some music (just for fun) and they have an embed option. I wanted to see if I can get that to work in WordPress. If so, you’ll see it below. If not…I’ll provide a link (click for score in Noteflight).

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