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The ukulele is a small four-string guitar derived in Hawaii in the 1870s from the Portuguesemachêtetaken 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
Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits Of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele by Amanda Palmer


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

Gagga
by Anders Krakan Agren
 
Regn
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
 
Dragon
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
 
BiRd-BrAiNs
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
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