Friday, June 15, 2007

Learn to play like John King

From a great recent article by John King, titled The little twanger has a voice and, yes, indeed, it sings
“Let me tell you a secret. The ‘ukulele is Portuguese. It’s true. A trio of Portuguese woodworkers from the island of Madeira, who emigrated to Hawai‘i in 1879, began making the little four-string guitars in Honolulu in the 1880s. But they didn’t call them ‘ukuleles back then; instead, they used the instrument’s Portuguese name: machete (pronounced mah-SHET)….”

read the whole article.

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