Ukulele music is cheerful, folksy and cute instrumental music that creates a joyful and comical atmosphere to its listeners. During the 1880’s when it got its kick-start, this music was associated with royalty which was the main reason for its rapid popularity. Many think of it as having Hawaiian roots but it originated in Portugal before being embraced and hyped by the Hawaiian community. They referred to it as a gift that arrived from far away.
It is used to bring togetherness; listening to the strumming of the strings keeps a large audience busy. It brings a sense of jumpiness and evokes many body movements like head shaking. It also serves to take away loneliness in quiet areas. Rumor has it that during his days of isolation, when his fellow scientists feared him to have contracted bacteria from space, the first man on the moon spent his time enjoying ukulele music.
This music has been used by cartoonists to spice up the mood attracting children audience. Experts have termed it one of the easiest music to learn. It is diverse because it cannot be associated with a specific age group or social status. It has thus broken many records as a best seller.
Ukulele Background Music for Audiovisuals, Videos and Advertising
As background music, cinematographers have preferred to use it along with a comical storyline. Human relation videos such as friendship and love also use these songs because it effortlessly blends in with the mood. It does not have guided patterns or beats, basically, any chord plucked will come out amazing. In the ukulele world, there are no wrong or right sound patterns as long as they are well fitted. The outcome fully depends on the player’s intention.
There are songs that are specifically scripted for the ukulele and others have been picked and performed with it. Both categories sound so amazing, one can hardly tell the difference without their historical information. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole and Eddie Vedder are some of the names you can’t skip while talking about this music because they have both set the pace in the industry for other artists.
The ukulele instrument is sensitive to certain things like change in atmospheric conditions, heavy strumming and slumming. One has to tune it if any of the mentioned happens to it, failure to which music will not sound s good as it should. Perhaps this is why Ukulele music captures our emotions; the instrument at hand has feelings and needs attention once the feelings are hurt.