Of course, we all love playing crushing heavy riffs, doing pinch harmonics, and blasting some pentatonic solos, with amps turned up so high that our neighbors are thinking of moving away. But at some point, you kind of get tired of all that loud noise. So why not try something else? Perhaps something more peaceful. Does ukulele sound good? Just think of it as a four nylon string guitar without pickups, and then learn a ukulele song or two!
The instrument originates from the 19th century when Hawaiians modified the Portuguese machete. Later on, during the 20th century, it got popular in other parts of the USA, and after some time it even got some international popularity. Ukulele has four nylon strings, although sometimes it can have coursed strings, making it a total of six or even eight in some cases. You can find it in four different sizes, soprano being the standard one. Other types include concert, tenor and baritone. The most common and most popular tuning is GCEA.
Now turn off your amp and overdrive/distortion pedals, put your guitar down, because in this article we will cover some popular ukulele songs and go a bit into how to play them. Before we start, you should check out this guide for guitar players here, which will help you with some ukulele covers of popular songs presented below. It practically shows you how to turn your guitar into a ukulele with a capo. Or just buy a ukulele!