Traditional Music for the
The ukulele started out as
an instrument in Portugal. It was taken to Hawaii
by sailors where the Islanders adopted it.
The Traditional Hawaii way
of playing the ukulele is very relaxed and laid back. In recent times
the instrument has become most well known for accompanying the popular
Over the Rainbow' sung by Israel
|Take a listen to Iz's
hauntingly beautiful playing of this famous piece...
England there was one man responsible for the rise of the ukulele, and
the banjo-ukulele. his name was George
made many records and films through 1930 - 1940.
Here he is singing probably his most famous song 'Leaning on a Lamp
Post' from the 1937 film he made called 'Feather Your Nest'
(If you would like to have a go at
click here... )
At the same time as George Formby was making films and recording music
in England, in America there was an amazing string virtuoso called Roy
like George Formby, Roy Smeck was inventing new and exciting ways to
play the ukulele. He was fast! He did tricks throwing the instrument
around. He was 'The Wizard of the Strings!'
we have seen both styles of playing from George and Roy it's time we tried
some of their tricks for ourselves!
let's go and have a 'Smeck-Slap-Smile-Time!'