If you are interested in raising your Uke appeal without spending a lot of time learning new techniques, you can add a lot of vibrancy by stepping up to an 8 string Ukulele! These Ukes feature four sets of strings which are tuned in pairs. Each set of 2 are meant to be plucked as one string and their close proximity to each other makes it almost impossible to do otherwise guaranteeing ease of play. They have an unmistakable chime that shares similar characteristics with the 12 string guitar. This variation gives the Uke an almost Chorus type affect and results in a more volume and a fuller sound.
While these Ukes have 8 strings, the tuning is the same as a regular 4 string Ukulele with these differences. The top two are both tuned to “G” an octave apart giving you a Low G and high G note. The next set is tuned to ‘C” also an octave apart, the next is tuned to “E” in unison and the bottom strings are tuned to “C” also in unison.
So there you are nothing new to learn! Play the same chords and notes that you already know and sound cool doing it. (Check out the Eddy Finn EF-98T pictured above.)
Anyone who fancies themselves a moderate to good singer at sometime will think about an accompaniment instrument to play while they sing the melodies that they have learned and love.
Some musicians choose piano, some choose guitar or others like to play them all. However, in recent years more and more people are choosing the ukulele or “uke”. The Uke is arguably one of the easiest of the stringed instruments to learn with some chords using only 1 note at a time fingering! This renders the uke a great choice for even the most musically challenged!
Scholars agree that learning a musical instrument can ward off life threatening stress and induce a state of ‘well being’ which is often missing from our fast paced world.
Here are 3 ways that the Ukulule can literally change your life!
#1 Reduce stress and induce a sense of well being. Playing music will lower your heart rate and release endorphins in your brain that will bring you to a relaxed state.
#2 Provides a measure of accomplishment. Mastering any musical instrument will elevate and increase your self confidence and self worth.
#3 Enables you to add dimension to your social activities. Just start playing and watch your friends and family jump in and sing along!