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Frequently Asked Questions
The traditional Hawaiian way to pronounce Ukulele is 'oo-koo-lay-lay'. Most of us in the club pronounce it 'you-koo-lay-lay'. Either pronounciation is acceptable. Tomato, tomato!
The best way to learn is to come jam with us! Members are happy to take time out to show you a chord or to help you with a tricky strum pattern. Playing the uke is fun, but playing with others is even more fun!
Our jams are free, but we ask for a $5 donation to help cover our expenses.
Other events will be noted as to cost. A typical workshop with a touring ukulele instructor runs about $25/person. A typical concert runs about $10-$15.
Donations to the club allow us to subsidize workshops, concerts, and other events we host!
The ukulele is a small 4-stringed instrument from Hawaii. It was originally developed from a Portugese instrument called the 'machete'. It is typically tuned GCEA with the G being tuned above the C. This is called 'reentrant' tuning.
The Allegheny Ukulele Kollective (or Allegheny Ukes or AUK) is simply a group of people who love playing the uke. Our members are from all walks of life and we're open to players of all ability.
We do not have a formal membership structure as of Jan 2014. Once we're more established we may pursue something of the sort.