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Despite its very low price, the Rogue Hawaiian Soprano Ukulele has excellent playability and makes a great introduction to the fun of playing a uke. It produces somewhat deeper and louder output than the soprano, but still offers a sound similar to that of the soprano. The Martin C1K Concert Ukulele is crafted in beautifully grained koa wood and typifies the superb build quality the company is renowned for. Its roomier fingerboard can accommodate larger hands more easily. With its spruce top and rosewood body plus abalone binding and rosette, the bold tone of the Oscar Schmidt OU53S Baritone Ukulele is matched by its attractive cosmetics. Top-Selling Ukuleles Because of their affordable prices, ukuleles are popular with both gift buyers and musicians looking for a budget-friendly addition to their collection. Here are some of the most popular ukulele models we sell: The hand-built yet affordable Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele has all-mahogany construction for rich sound and sports deluxe touches like a fully bound body and fingerboard.

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Sometimes this extended to the fretboard and headstock, sometime to the sides and back. There were two ways that applied this decoration, one was by transfer decal and the other was painting using a stencil. The decal method was more expensive and so used less and the Harmony canoe Ukulele is a classic example of the stencil method, though of course the Harmony Logo on the headstock is a decal transfer so technically it’s both , and probably the most common.

Mine is a single colour stencil but as you can see from the one on the right there are also 2 colour stencil versions and some later versions of this theme had a natural soundboard and a red painted stencil. I have also seen the Water Skiers motif in exactly the same colours as mine, including the white plastic fretboard, on a Silvertone branded Harmony Ukulele My Canoe is in fair shape for its age.

Earliest string instruments. Dating to around c. 13, BC, a cave painting in the Trois Frères cave in France depicts what some believe is a musical bow, a hunting bow used as a single-stringed musical instrument. From the musical bow, families of stringed instruments developed; since each string played a single note, adding strings added new notes, creating bow harps, harps and lyres.

In alone, Martin sold nearly 2, ukuleles, which was roughly the same number of guitars and mandolins it had sold in the previous ten years combined. This year, Martin is celebrating its th anniversary of publicly offering ukuleles, with a beautiful new display in its museum in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, as well as with two new Centennial ukulele models. By , when guitar maker Christian Frederick Martin and his family left Germany to start a new life in America, a number of tourists to the Portuguese island of Madeira had already returned home and spread reports of a small four-string guitar that was the characteristic instrument of the island.

Nobody could have guessed at the time that Frank Henry and the ukulele would have a long and important relationship many years later. In the late s and early s, the popularity of the ukulele in Hawaii was undeniable. It became an icon of the islands, despite its Portuguese roots. Beginning in the s, a series of events led to the popularization of Hawaiian music on the mainland. More exposure came from a Broadway show called The Bird of Paradise, which featured native Hawaiian musicians, and which toured the country for years after its Broadway run in Its multiple music acts at the Hawaiian pavilion introduced large crowds to Hawaiian music and its characteristic stringed instruments.

Hawaiian music soon became a national craze, and the demand for Hawaiian instruments, especially ukuleles, grew quickly. In , James W. Bergstrom of the Bergstrom Music Co. It seems likely that he was the first to introduce the ukulele to Frank Henry, who was always willing to take on new projects at Martin. In December of that year, Bergstrom ordered six ukuleles from Martin as a trial to determine the price that Martin would charge.

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How does one know it’s early 50s? I worked on one a couple years ago that I swear was from the first batch, very late 40s, that was fantastic. I’ve only played two since then this being one of them that came close to that mark. Anyway, while there are no cracks, I had to do some of the usual work I expect to do on these when I buy them for fixing: While you can’t really see it in the pictures, there are little scratches, scuffs, and patches of finish checking throughout the instrument.

Still, it looks pretty darn good. It doesn’t hurt the instrument but it is there. The fretboard and bridge are Brazilian rosewood and the frets are brass. The dots are faux-pearl plastic. The only decorative touches are the single-ring rosette and tortoise top binding.

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Q – Dating website harmony brother has a Harmony Meteor in great shape but the the serial number is 84H Warren closed unprofitable international operations, switched advertisers, made changes to the board, [13] and bought back stock from Sequoia Capital and Technology Crossover Ventures. These are supposedly the manufacture date of the electrical harness or pickguard assembly, by Rowe Industries, but should give a close guess to the year of production of the guitar itself.

ALL Harmony acoustics were made from solid woods, even the lowest of the lower grade student model, made from solid birch. The larger one is the serial number, and the part after the “H” letter is the model number.

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Pentatonic scales are very common and are found all over the world. Because of their simplicity, pentatonic scales are often used to introduce beginners to music. Pentatonic scales are great start for song writing and improvising. In this tutorial instead of using note names I’ll refer to scale degree numbers of the major and minor scales. This makes it easy to transpose the scale into different keys and gives you a much wider view for learning.

You’ll notice that it’s a major scale without degees 4 and 7 F B. When you remove degrees 4 and 7 from the major scale there are no more half steps; for this reason pretty much any note in the major pentatonic scale sounds good over a major chord progression. Since I’m a sucker for examples let’s throw a few out there. C major pentatonic scale:


Music once designed for the parlor, the back porch, the barn dance, or the church was now the creature of the radio studio, the Victrola, the fiddling contest, or the vaudeville theater. Musicians used to playing for a local audience composed of friends and family now found themselves playing on records and on radio for unseen thousands, strangers they could not hope to know, who lived in towns and counties they had never visited.

By it had already happened to jazz and to blues, and it was about to happen to country music.

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If you can’t see a menu bar here, then allow blocked content! Lyra ukuleles I’m not sure what possessed me to drive to Toronto to look at this uke, but when a woman called me at home, earlier this month, and asked if I was interested in it, I said sure. I had never heard of Lyra, so I was curious. Besides, I wanted a second baritone. And the price was right. Lyra is a hard company to track. The name was used by a New York-based instrument distributor and reseller not manufacturer called Bruno C.

Bruno and Sons , in the s and s. Lyra was their trademark for a Hawaiian-made, all-koa ukulele, possibly built for them, some suggest, by the Richter Company, in that era. Another site suggests that in the decade after WWI, Bruno apparently put the label Lyra on a line of Oscar Schmidt-built instruments, mainly string guitars, and on their koa ukes. The site also says the Bruno name itself turns up on budget Regal-made instruments in the s and on novelty ukes in the s s.

None of this I can substantiate yet. Bruno seems to have been in business through WWII, and beyond, It may still survive, although I have yet to locate them. They used to sell banjo-ukes under the name Maxitone, and a line of mandolins, as well.

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Stromberg-Voisinet Aero- uke c. In , later president Henry Kay “Hank” Kuhrmeyer joined the company, and in , with the help of an investor, [9] he bought the company and started producing electric guitars and amplifiers. Activity on Kuhrmeyer-era — [ edit ] The company initially manufactured only traditional folk instruments,[ citation needed ] but eventually grew to make a wide variety of stringed instruments, including violins , cellos , banjos , upright basses —and a variety of different types of guitars , including classical guitars , lap steel guitars , semi-acoustic guitars , and solid body electrics.

Kay Musical Instrument Company was a musical instrument manufacturer of the United States, in operation from the s until the s.. Kay was established in in Chicago, Illinois, by Henry Kay Kuhrmeyer, from the assets of the former Stromberg-Voisinet (founded as Groeschel Mandolin Company in ).. Kay offered their first electric guitar in — five years after the Rickenbacker.

So if you play the chord shape that is an “E” on a standard guitar it would be a “B” on the baritone. Sign up for martin guitar emails. Our Baritone Ukulele strings are made with clear fluorocarbon, I recently started a discussion about the baritone ukulele I re Browse the best selection of popular ukes at the guaranteed lowest price. Guitar Center Mobile App. Baritone-size Ukulele Gig Bag Musical … of results for Musical Instruments: A site that is for passing on my Ukulele Songbook including Baritone If you are not keen on using our guitar tuner to tune your baritone uke, you can use our Online Chromatic Instrument Tuner instead.

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These ’60s Harmony baris are built just a little heavier than their ’50s counterparts and can often sound a little stiff. This one did, for sure. This is something I’ve done on tenor banjos in the past and I figured it would sound really good on this instrument. The tension is just a pound or three heavier than DGBE baritone nylon strings so I figured it couldn’t hurt to try.

It’s nice to have the familiar GCEA uke tuning and fingering but with guitar-style sustain and ring. It also plays very well with fingers and nails and, when strummed with them around the fret zone, gives that same uke-like springy feel and timbre that a lot actual tenor guitars lack.

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Ukulele Picture Gallery Two ukuleles from the ‘s: The one on top is a plywood Harmony uke and the one on the bottom is a Mauna Loa, an inexpensive line made by Lyon and Healy. Both of these have wooden tuning pegs which mostly were not used after the late twenties. The Mauna Loa is made out of nissa wood which was not used by any other company than Lyon and Healy as far as I know.

You should resist your initial inclination to replace the wooden tuning pegs because they belong on these models and work fine when you get used to them. This type of ukulele probably from the ‘s is not rare or expensive. The brand is “MayBell” but this gives no real information about who actually made it because identical ukes were sold with other brand names. As is common the 12th fret was missing and was replaced with steel since I couldn’t find brass.

This uke plays well and has a good tone and intonation. It is solid mahogany. Banjo ukuleles were very popular during the ‘s. The one pictured here with the blue ribbon is an infamous Dixie banjo uke usually said to have been made in the ‘s, but in this case, judging by the tuners it may have been from much earlier. Contrary to the usual description, the Dixie banjo ukulele appears to be made of cast zinc with chrome plating. For more about the Dixie banjo uke look at the Repair Gallery page of this website.

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Using a Baritone Ukulele Chord Chart A baritone ukulele chord chart is a must for the beginner and pro alike! It’s good to have around when learning a new song with difficult chords. Chord charts are usually among the first things that beginning players purchase to help them learn an instrument. There are also electronic versions, of course, but they have more or less the same designs, in most cases.

A chord chart design includes a graph, which represents the strings crossing a section of the fretboard. Dots on the chart indicate the position of the fingers to play the indicated cord.

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Among the four common sizes of ukuleles—soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone—which one is tuned differently? So, where did this variant of the ukulele universe come from? The two names most closely associated with the origin of the baritone uke are Arthur Godfrey and Herk Favilla. Godfrey was an avid musician, radio personality, and early television star of several programs including Arthur Godfrey and His Friends and Arthur Godfrey and His Ukulele.

Herk took over the family business in and continued to build ukuleles, mandolins, banjos, and guitars until he retired in As to which man is the true father of the baritone uke, we must rely on a pair of oft-repeated stories with only a handful of facts to support either one. A baritone by any other name strums just as sweet.

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Soprano, Concert, Tenor, Baritone from smallest to largest The soprano ukulele is also known as the standard ukulele because it is the closest in size to the original ukuleles made in Hawaii in the late ‘s. The soprano ukulele is the most well-known ukulele, and the vast majority of music stores will stock them. The soprano uke is usually around 21 inches long, and has only frets depending on model.

This gives it the smallest playing range of all of the ukulele types, with a twelve-fret model having a range of only twenty-two half-tones C4-A5. The soprano ukulele is favored as a learner instrument for children because of its small size and thus the small distance between frets.


From until the close of the business, they were owned by the Sears Roebuck company. The particulars about this situation, however, reveal that the ukulele has come a long way in terms of its role in music over the years. They were most popular during the s and the s. During this time, Hawaii was gaining a reputation as a great place to go on vacation and people on the mainland were very curious about the culture and the experience of visiting the islands. Ukuleles offered a way to bring a little bit of the islands back and, also during the 20th century, ukuleles became popular with vaudeville performers and performing musicians.

These ukuleles are not actually particularly high quality instruments. They were still part souvenir and part novelty.

1960’s Harmony Baritone Ukulele

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