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The ukulele is a small four-string guitar derived in Hawaii in the 1870s from the Portuguese machête taken there by sailors. Being small, lightweight, relatively cheap, and easy to learn, it became very popular in the USA and Europe, especially in the first half of the 20th century, for the strummed accompaniment of singing.  Currently enjoying a renaissance here in the USA, we invite you to explore the musical variety of the ukulele.

Amanda Palmer
Performs The Popular Hits Of Radiohead
On Her Magical Ukulele

Streaming Audio Songs Featuring Ukulele:

*These streaming audio sites are available "on demand" both on and off the Berklee campus to enrolled Berklee students, as well as Berklee faculty and staff.

Songs of the Open Road 
by The Kennedys

Sweet Island Music
by Glen Medeiros

It's All Good News
 performed by
Ed's Redeeming Qualities

Glory on the Big String
produced by Rafe Stefanini
A Truckload Of Blues
by Bob Brozman
Kid Ory & His Creole Jazz Band 1922 - 1947

The Blues is Life
by Victoria Spivey

Play Your Instruments and
Make a Pretty Sound

by Ella Jenkins

Music of Indonesia, Vol. 20: 
Indonesian Guitars
Musics of Hawai'i: 
Anthology of Hawaiian Music

Amérique Latine
Air Mail Music

Tahiti-Turai 1973
performed by Fetia

Early Hawaiian Classics 1927-1932
by The Kalama Quartet

Calypsos: Afro-Limonese Music of Costa Rica The Dø: A Mouthful Songs of the Volcano
performed by the Papua New Guinea String Band with Bob Brozman

by Anders Krakan Agren

by Urban Forsgren and Bengt Soderhall

The Very Best of 
Ian Whitcomb

Red Trees
by Lisa Papineau 
Safety in Numbers
by American Blood

CDs on display:

69 love songs
by The Magnetic Fields
CD 19379-81

Rough Guide to the
Music of Hawaii
CD 26129

The Secret of Life
by The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
CD 32828

Save me, San Francisco
by Train
CD 31415

The Beatles Uke
by Greg Hawkes
CD 32812

by Jake Shimabukuro
CD 28299

I've Never Seen a Straight Banana
by Tiny Tim
CD 32810

A Night of Ukulele Jazz: Live at McCabe's
CD 32811

Gulag Orkestar by Beirut
CD 32825

A Flying Leap
by James Hill
CD 32827

by the tUnE-yArDs

DVDs on display:

Israel Kamakawiwoʻole:
the man and his music
DVD 1182

Learn to Play Ukulele
LVD 448

Blue Uke: blues, rags, and jazzy dance tunes
LVD 449
Ukulele tunes & techniques:
Hawaiian & American styles
LVD 450

Books and Scores on display:

Jackson Browne:
eight songs from his first two L. P.'s
for voice, piano, uke, guitar, etc.
MP1630 .B7696 J3

Criterion's Hawaiian 
song book
for voice, piano, uke, guitar, etc.
MP1844 .H3 C75 1965

The cat's meow : 
ukulele favorites from the roaring twenties
compiled, written, and produced by Ian Whitcomb
MP142 .U5 W5

Ukulele : the world's friendliest instrument
by Daniel Dixon with Dixie Dixon and Jayne McKay
ML1015 .U5 D59 2011
Ukulele heaven:
songs from the golden age of the ukulele
by Ian Whitcomb
MT645 U5 1999
How to play the ukulele:
a beginner's guide to the soprano ukulele
by Larry McCabe
MT645.8 M33 2004