Is it a ukulele? | GOT A UKULELE - Learn Ukulele, beginners tips and reviews

9 Nov 2010

Is it a ukulele?

Well, is it?


Well, no, its actually a Cavaquinho, but there is a connection.

This instrument, like the ukulele, originated in Portgugal, and many think this may have been the origin of the ukulele.  Its now a very important instrument in traditional Brazilian music, brought their by the Portuguese founding fathers.

Also called a Machimbo or Machete, these are usually tuned DGBD, but can be tuned DGBE like the top 4 strings of a guitar (and like a uke, albeit at a different pitch),  Its believed this is probably the sort of instrument that landed on Hawaii and was turned into what we now know to be a ukulele.

More about uke history HERE

So there you go.  Pretty isnt it?


Post a Comment

Leave me a comment!

Do you enjoy this blog? Donate to help keeping it going!

If you enjoy this blog, donations are welcomed to allow me to invest more time in bringing you ukulele articles. Aside from the Google ads, I don't get paid to write this blog. Many of the review instruments are bought by Got A Ukulele then sold on at a loss or donated to charity. But buying them and keeping this going takes funds! Thank you!