The Ukulele – How can 4 strings bring so much joy?

Four strings, Each tuned to a different note, But when played together they can all harmonised with each other so beautifully. This is like a metaphor for a family or a friendship group.

Music is like a metaphor for the relationships we have in our lives. If the strings go out of tune, the harmony loses it richness. If the fingers go in the wrong place, the harmony can become dissonant. If the fingers don’t push down with adequate force, some strings won’t resonate at all. And if the strumming is out of time, the beat of those resonating strings will be disjointed. Yet, if we can coordinate all of these elements, the music is beautiful.

I love the ukulele for its simplicity. The ukulele is really just a little guitar with two strings missing. The reduction of size and the number of strings cuts down on the complexity, making it more accessible than the guitar.

Although I’m a fan of the low G-string, the tradition ukulele tuning (G – C – E – A) means that strumming all notes together without any fingers applied to the fretboard means that you get a lovely C6 chord.

The smallness of the ukulele makes it a fantastic travelling companion. When I went to Japan, I easily fit a ukulele into my luggage. It became a wonderful way to connect with the locals. I could go to a bar, and the ukulele case would create intrigue with local drinkers. Once their attention was appropriated, I would take it out and sing a few songs. The language barrier was broken with music.

As I wrote in a previous blog post, the ukulele is a great companion in the car. It easily fits on the passenger seat. Every red light is then a opportunity to play a song. Here’s a link to my previous blog post – https://sugarmanslim.com/sydney-ukulele-players-best-tip-for-learning-ukulele/

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