National Ukulele Day 2024 (US): Five Simple Ukulele Songs to Learn

National Ukulele Day 2024 (US): The Hawaiians modified the four-stringed ukulele, a Portuguese invention, in the nineteenth century. Varying in size, larger instruments produce deeper tones. During King Kalakaua’s reign, the ukulele gained popularity in Hawaii and was integrated into official state assembly performances.

Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley further popularized it in recordings. National Ukulele Day on February 2 sees enthusiasts nationwide strumming their favorite melodies.

National Ukulele Day Events and Activities

1. Enjoy ukulele tunes.

2. Explore ukulele music compilations, such as Eddie Vedder’s “Ukulele Songs” and Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii.

3. Discover the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

4. Learn to play the ukulele—affordable instruments are widely available.

5. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture by visiting Hawaii, where live performances showcase the ukulele’s significance.

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Five Simple Ukulele Songs to Learn

1. “Tears in Heaven” by Eric Clapton (tribute to his late son).

2. Vance Joy’s “Riptide” with straightforward chords

3. “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” (a Wizard of Oz classic) for novices.

4. “Upside Down” from the “Curious George” soundtrack by Jack Johnson.

5. “Hey Soul Sister” by Train—an excellent introduction.

Why National Ukulele Day 2024 (US) is Unique

1. The ukulele features in popular tracks like Elvis Presley’s “Blue Hawaii” and Bing Crosby’s “Mele Kali Kimaka.”

2. Portuguese immigrants introduced it in 1880, which was a crucial time in the development of Hawaiian culture.

3. The ukulele arrived on the mainland in 1915 with George E. K. Awai and his Royal Hawaiian Quartet.

4. Its simplicity makes it an ideal instrument for beginners, benefitting young musicians in musical education


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