Continuing my series in the A to Z of Ukulele - and in this edition, the letter B!
The back of the ukulele, with the sound hole facing the floor, this refers to the single piece of wood that makes up the rear face of the instrument.
The largest scale of ukulele (19 inches) developed in the 1940's and usually tuned DGBE]
A sub-division of time in musical notation.
The action of placing a finger (usually the forefinger) across all strings of the ukulele at a certain fret to effect the action of moving the nut down, and shortening the strings. This allows for chords to be played at a higher register.
A technique when plucking a note on a string, created by pulling the string across the fingerboard whilst still holding it at the fret creating a slight sharp tweak to the note.
The term given to a cosmetic finish applied around the edges of the ukulele body (where the top and back meet the sides) usually in a contrasting colour and used to hide the join between the woods. Binding is also common along the edges of the fingerboard. It is not essential and only employed to add to the attractiveness of the instrument.
The term given to the part of the ukulele that the neck connects to - the part with the soundhole in it! The body is made up of three main parts, the top, the sides and the back, and holds the bridge on the top.
The wooden piece glued on the top of the ukulele below the sound hole which usually holds the saddle. The strings pass over the saddle and this acts as the end point for the vibrating end of the string. Some ukuleles have a one piece bridge without a saddle, where the saddle is moulded into the bridge itself. The term bridge has become
For previous A-Z entries, see below