What is the difference of ukulele and other four-string instruments?

by Eduardo Mendoza November 07, 2017

What is the difference of ukulele and other four-string instruments?

The amount of musical instruments that exist is surprising and is even more so when similar instruments are called differently, do they really make a difference? Is your sound similar to others? Today we are going to review some four-string instruments similar to the ukulele without more ... let's start.

Ukulele

Ukulele

The ukulele is the four-string instrument in which we specialize and what features does it have? Well, let's get them right

- It is the national instrument of Hawaii
- It has four strings
- Its tuning is G, C, E and A
- You find it in 4 different sizes [Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baritono]
- The tuning of the baritone ukulele is [D, G, B and E]

The ukulele can be used for muschos music styles such as pop, rock, rumba etc. It is a very versatile instrument with a very happy sound.

Venezuelan Four

Venezuelan Four

The four is a typically Venezuelan musical instrument. There is knowledge of similar instruments of Iranian and Egyptian origin but that is another issue.

- It is a folk instrument of Venezuela
- It has four strings (Obviously)
- Its tuning is [A, D, F # and B]
- The size of the four is similar to that of the guitar, only thinner because of the amount of strings it has
- Typically it is played with strumming and charrasquidos.

This instrument is used to play musical genres such as: the malagueña, the parranda, waltz, gunboat music and the emblematic joropo

Cavaquinho

Cavaquinho

El cavaquinho It is a Portuguese four-string instrument, a relative of the guitar and timple and direct antecedent of ukulele and of the cavaco.

- It is an instrument originally from Portugal
- Also four strings
- Its tuning is [D, G, B, D]
- Its size is small as is a soprano ukulele (From this instrument comes the ukulele).
- It is played strumming

Cavaquinho is used in traditional groups in the northern half of Portugal, and is usually used by tearing it with your fingers to accompany the voice. It is also used in popular music of Brazil, Cape Verde and Mozambique. In Brazil it is used in samba, the congadas of San Pablo and is part of the choro sets.

Violin

It is the smallest and most acute from the family of classical stringed instruments, which includes the violathe cello and the double bass.

- Its closest ancestor is Italian viola and the farthest is the Greek zither
- It's four strings
- Its tuning is [G, D, A and E]
- It's almost the same size as a concert ukulele
- The technique to play it is stringed with a bow

The violin is mainly used in classical, pop and folk music.

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Eduardo Mendoza
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Answer 1

alberto
alberto

January 22, 2020

Hello, I would like to know if the fingering of the ukulele corresponds to that of the banjo or that of the bass…. excuse my ignorance;)

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