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I thought it about time to collate my various Ukulele A-Z posts in to one single uke glossary / dictionary. Confused by a term? Look no further!



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ABALONE


A highly prized shiny material obtained from shells and often used on ukulele fret marker inlays, on headstocks, or on binding around the edge of the instrument or around the soundhole.



ACOUSTIC


The term that means the ukulele makes it''s and usually tuned DGBE


BAR


A sub-division of time in musical notation.



BARRE


Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for The action of placing a finger (usually the forefinger) across all strings of the ukulele at a certain fret to effect the action of moving the nut down, and shortening the strings. 

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BENDING


A technique when plucking a note on a string, created by pulling the string across the fingerboard whilst still holding it at the fret creating a slight sharp tweak to the note, proving expression to the playing.

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BINDING

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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for The term given to a cosmetic finish applied around the edges of the ukulele body (where the top and back meet the sides) usually in a contrasting colour and used to hide the join between the woods.  Binding can also be found on the edges of some fingerboards and around headstocks. It is not essential and only employed to add to the attractiveness of the instrument.



BOAT PADDLE


A style of ukulele shape that has no Waist and resembles a Boat Paddle. Similar in shape to the Pineapple.


BODY


The term given to the part of the ukulele that the neck connects to - the part with the soundhole in it! The body is made up of three main parts, the top, the sides and the back, and holds the bridge on the top.


BRACING


Thin wooden strips inside the ukulele on the underside of the top and often also on the back which give the woods strength whilst still allowing them to vibrate. They are applied in a variety of layouts which can alter the tone of the instrument.


BRIDGE


The wooden piece glued on the top of the ukulele below the sound hole which  holds the saddle. The strings pass over the saddle and this acts as the end point for the vibrating end of the string. Some ukuleles have a one piece bridge without a saddle, where the saddle is moulded into the bridge itself. There are four main types of bridge - slotted, tie bar, through body and pin bridges.



CAPO

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A device the 1 last update 2020/07/12 which attaches to the ukulele at a certain fret which, when tightened, has the effect of moving the nut to that fret, thus shortening the strings and raising the register of the instrument. Usually used by those wishing to play the same chord patterns to a song that is otherwise to deep for them to comfortably sing to.A device which attaches to the ukulele at a certain fret which, when tightened, has the effect of moving the nut to that fret, thus shortening the strings and raising the register of the instrument. Usually used by those wishing to play the same chord patterns to a song that is otherwise to deep for them to comfortably sing to.


CHORD

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Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for A combination of notes played in harmony,  effected on a ukulele by holding strings at different frets allowing the individual strings to play complimentary notes.


CHORD CHART


A diagram showing a range of chords and how the fingers should be applied to the strings (and at which frets) to play the particular chord.


CHORD PROGRESSION


Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for A sequence of chords played for 1 last update 2020/07/12 one after each other.A sequence of chords played one after each other.


CONCERT

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One standard size up from a Soprano Ukulele allowing slightly easier fingering due to a slightly longer neck, usually tuned GCEA and with a 15” approx scale length.



DECAY


Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for The decline and fade in the volume and reverberation of a note


DOUBLE BAR LINE

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The double vertical lines on a for 1 last update 2020/07/12 stave of musical notation that signifies the end of the piece of music.The double vertical lines on a stave of musical notation that signifies the end of the piece of music.


DOWN STROKE


The strumming action across the ukulele strings, moving from top to bottom.



EIGHTH NOTE


In musical notation, this signifies the time value of the note as being an eighth of a whole note ( half as long as a quarter note)

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EBONY


A hard dark wood favoured for fingerboards and in some cases, nuts and saddles.


ELECTRO ACOUSTIC


The term given to a ukulele that looks and plays just like a standard acoustic ukulele with a sound hole, but is fitted with a pickup system allowing the uke to be plugged in to an amplifier.


END BLOCK


A solid piece of wood inside the ukulele construction at the base of the instrument to provide structural support to the instrument, and in some cases support for a strap or end pin.


END PIN


A (usually) metal button fitted to the base of the ukulele into the end block for the attachment of a strap, or in the case of electro instruments, the jack socket for connection to an amplifier.



FIGURE


Woodworking Planshow to Woodworking Plans for The distinctive pattern produced by a wood''Highly figured''flatpicking''a.



LAMINATED


The term applied to a type of wood used in construction of the ukulele - a laminated wood is made from very thin veneer strips of wood glued together and pressed flat. This is opposed to a solid wood which is simply a very thin cut of a solid, single piece of wood. Laminates are cheaper and as such more prevalent on cheaper instruments. Solid woods are preferable for their tonal qualities, though some very good laminates do exist.



LEGATO


A playing technique that purely consists of playing hammer ons and pull offs on the strings.



LOWER BOUT


The term for 1 last update 2020/07/12 given (on a traditionally shaped ukulele) to the bottom "" in the shape below the narrower waist.
The term given (on a traditionally shaped ukulele) to the bottom "" in the shape below the narrower waist.



LUTHIER


The name given to one who for 1 last update 2020/07/12 makes guitars and ukulelesThe name given to one who makes guitars and ukuleles

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MACHINE HEADS


The term given to tuning pegs the 1 last update 12 Jul 2020 that work using a gearing system to turn the string post.The term given to tuning pegs that work using a gearing system to turn the string post.


MAHOGANY



A commonly used wood used in ukulele manufacture - dark, bright yet warm sounding and gives a good volume.  Often comes with an attractive grain pattern.


MAJOR CHORD


A combination of the first, third and fifth notes of a scale played at once.


MELODY


A succession of notes played one after the other - creates the tune for a piece of music.


METRONOME


A device that creates an audible clicking sound that can be set to any beat to assist with timing of a musical piece.


MODULATE



To change key within a piece of music


MOTHER OF PEARL


A material made from the glossy inside of shells used for the 1 last update 2020/07/12 making fret markers, binding and decorative trims on a ukulele.A material made from the glossy inside of shells used for making fret markers, binding and decorative trims on a ukulele.



NATO


A hardwood used as an inexpensive substitute for Mahogany.



NECK

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The piece of for 1 last update 2020/07/12 wood that holds the fingerboard, and runs between the Body of the ukulele and the Headstock.
The piece of wood that holds the fingerboard, and runs between the Body of the ukulele and the Headstock.


NOTATION


A written system of notes, figures, and symbols used to represent musical tones and dynamic values in a composition.

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NOTE

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