Music from Kawika’s Ukuleles

Music from Kawika’s Ukuleles

 Ho’olono ana i ke kani honehone a ka ukulele (pause to listen to the sweet sound of the ukulele…)

Playing our ukuleles…

Many, many people have remarked on the ease with which our ukuleles are played, the clarity of tone, the sustain of the notes and the projection of the instruments. These qualities are no accident. As outlined in the Building section of the website, we take great care with each instrument to insure these qualities. Depending on the top wood and the subtleties of wood combinations within each instrument, each ukulele will have its own voice, but all of our instruments have the above qualities.

What follows is my first attempt to characterize tonal differences among Kawika ukuleles of different sizes and stringing patterns (see Sounds and Strings discussion sections). No fancy recording equipment this time around; I’ve just played the instruments a few inches away from the microphone associated with the sound card on my computer.

In the first section we’ll perform several strums in different keys and rhythms for each size, then in the next section play the same tune with each of them, then in the third section slowly sound the notes and a few chords of the different size instruments.

I. First we compare concert, 4- and 6-string tenor, and baritone Kawika ukuleles using different tunes and/or strumming patterns

A Concert ukulele using the traditional (high)G,C,E,A tuning —

CONCSTR1.mp3 is my simple version of “Miloli’i” in C — (to download double-click or option-click)

CONCSTR2.mp3 an attempt at “Green Rose” in A — (to download double-click or option-click)

A 4-string tenor ukulele using (low)G,(low)C,E,(high-440)A tuning, and attempting a portion of the tune “The Boodle-Am-Shake” —

4TNRBASH.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)

A 6-string tenor ukulele using the (high)G,(low & high)C,E,(low-220 & high-440)A tuning — showing a couple of strum styles…

6TNRSTR1.mp3 and 6TNRSTR2.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)

II. Second we compare concert, 4- and 6-string tenor, and baritone Kawika ukuleles using the same song, “Shortnin’ Bread”

A Concert ukulele using the traditional (high)G,C,E,A tuning —

CONCSHBR.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)

A 4-string tenor ukulele using (low)G,(low)C,E,(high-440)A tuning —

4TNRSHBR.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)

A 6-string tenor ukulele using the (high)G,(low & high)C,E,(low-220 & high-440)A tuning —

6TNRSHBR.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)

A Baritone ukulele using the traditional D,G,B,E tuning, that is, the same as the first four strings of the guitar–

BARISHBR.mp3 (to download double-click or option-click)