Friday, March 1, 2013

Blue skies, Ukeleles and Hawaii

A little musical trivia here inspired by blue skies and bright sunshine today (unlike yesterday) over Kuala Lumpur.

We all know what a ukulele is and when we think of ukeleles, we do think of  Hawaii, don't we?

Did you know that this cute little 4-stringed guitar-like musical instrument was introduced to Hawaii by the Portuguese immigrants? I learned of this on Wikipedia.

The tone and volume of the instrument varies with size and construction. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.


Image source: Wikipedia

7 comments:

  1. A very similar instrument WAS introduced to our islands by the Portuguese, but it was adapted to create the true ukulele. The name is from the Hawaiian language: Uku is a flea, Lele means to leap. The sound of the instrument reminded the Hawaiians of a flea leaping about. We are proud to share our instrument with the whole world! Jake Shimabukuro is probably the best artist today:
    http://youtu.be/Pt6KwvZrx9A



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    1. Aloha, Cloudia! Thanks for the extra information. I didn't know about Jake Shimabukuro until now. Oops! Thanks for the link. Went on to watch others. He is incredible!

      Thanks for visiting.

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  2. That reminds me of Elvis the Pelvis with his fleas leaping about in Blue Hawaii..;),

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    1. We all miss you Elvis

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    2. Good old-fashioned music!

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  3. Yeah yeah yeah blue skies in KL for two days in a row

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