It’s been an exciting year in the world of ukulele. As it comes to an end, we take a look back at the most read and shared stories on ukulelemag.com for 2015. Read them all here and get to know the music, musicians, and instruments that matter!

 

5. How to Get Heard with Ukulele Pickups

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Even if you’ll never fill auditoriums with adoring fans, the way Jake Shimabukuro does, you might find yourself in a playing situation one day that requires you to plug in to be heard.

 

4. Uke Basics: Explore the Blues with Thumb Fingerpicking

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Because the ukulele and guitar have so much in common, uke players like me, who started on guitar, are inclined to adapt their guitar skills to the uke. The result can be pleasing to the ear, and can even push the envelope for ukers, creating new styles and sounds in the process.

 

3. The Birth of the Ukulele


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The belief that Hawaii lays sole claim to the ukulele—the instrument that would seem to have grown up over centuries in relative obscurity among the descendants of the Polynesians—is a widely held misconception, and one that I’ve often been obliged to dispel.

 

2. Friday Fun: Dublin Uke Group Nails ‘Psycho Killer’

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If you happen to find yourself in Dublin’s fair city and you fancy some ukulele music, head over to Ukulele Tuesday at the Stag’s Head Pub, just a five minute walk from bustling Grafton Street.

 

1. A Guide to Four Basic Moveable Dominant Chords

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A dominant chord is rarely written as “dominant” (for example, C dominant 7 or F dom 7). Instead, you’ll see it notated as a chord name followed by a number (such as C7, D11, or E13). To keep things simple, I’ll discuss only the basic dominant-chord voicings, or “seven” chords.

 

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