The Ukulele at Mesquite


Leslie Collins


The Ukulele is a member of the lute family of instruments. It generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. Some strings may be paired in courses, giving the instrument a total of six or eight strings. The ukulele is very popular and known for playing hawaiian music. The first ever ukulele was made in 1879.

There are four sizes of ukulele, the standard size, which is a soprano, which is around 51cm. Then you have the concert size, which is around 58cm. Next you have the tenor size, which is around 66cm. Finally you have the baritone size, and this ukulele is around 76cm. You may have heard that ukulele means “jumping flea” in Hawaiian.

However, the last queen of the Kingdom of Hawaii, Liliuokalani, translated ukulele as “gift from afar”. The cords for a ukulele are very different from a regular guitar, but they are easier to learn and play. In my opinion i would rather choose a ukulele over a guitar, but everyone is different.

Mrs. Cosner and her students held a car wash to raise money to buy new ukuleles for the students. They raised a few hundred dollars. Nine people earned new ukuleles.