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Ukulele vs Cavaquinho

by Alan Ruiz Zavala 06 September, 2019

Ukulele vs Cavaquinho

What are the differences and similarities between a Ukulele and Cavaquinho?

Who came first?
Do they have the same tuning?

What are its dimensions? And most importantly or not ... Which is better?
These are some of the questions that began to arise in my mind thanks to the comments and doubts of our followers.

It all started with a message from a friend who wrote this to me:

Personally, I found it interesting that he said he was originally from Brazil, this was because he became super popular in his music and that he was well received in Brazil, by its inhabitants. Now some believe that there is the place where he was born, as well as that the ukulele originated in hawaii.

El cavaquinho He is the direct father of the ukulele and dates from an era older than the 20th century. The origins of this Portuguese instrument are elusive.

The author Gonçalo Sampaio argues that the cavaquinho and the guitar may have been brought to Braga by the Biscay, as a remnant of Greek influence.


Cavaquinho is thought to be a portable version of the Spanish guitar and can also be used with different strings including metal strings, and tunings which can change their sound depending on the geographical region and the style of music.


In comparison the context of the ukulele is more fantastic and many of us know the wonderful story that we have already told in our blogs and that if you are curious to know a little more you can do CLIKC IN THE IMAGE

They are very different in both their sound and structure, the ukulele has a more compact soundboard in the soprano models, the cavaquinho has a wider mouth which acoustically changes the tone and resonance.

Let's start with the most important part the different tunings, these change Much the character and sound of any instrument, including the ukulele can be used with different tunings, then we present a table with the different tunings of the ukulele.

The standard tuning of the cavaquinho is a bit different from the intervals we commonly use on the guitar, this makes it a slightly more complex instrument by changing all the tonal references on your fingerboard that the guitar, ukulele and bass share.

Usually you will always listen to it with its metal strings that, due to its sweet and bright sound, tend to be a samba setting, joining the harmonic parts with sweet and bright melodies.

If you have never heard the sound of a cavaquinho in this channel you will find a small demonstration of its sound that we found in the Rockandplay Daniel channel and that tells us a little more about this instrument.



Alan Ruiz Zavala
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