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Ukulele playing has one very distinctive feature – you can perform in a group, smaller or largest, according to your preferences! THIS is what makes ukulele very popular and attractive musical instrument.

 

Playing in a ukulele group helps you develop new skill and:

-          You will learn new songs

-          You will be in a supportive environment

-          You will be promoting one of the most interesting musical instruments

-          You will meet new people and musicians

-          In some groups you will help collecting money for the charity

-          You will hear great music

-          You will have fun J

 

As you see, there are many reasons to start playing the ukulele! It does not matter, if you are a good player or not, if you play in a group or solo. This little instrument will bring you lots of happy moments.

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FREE delivery on ALL European Union orders!

“It’s getting hot in Europe, so help us bring Flight ukes to the beach!”

 

And that’s why we give you FREE delivery on ALL European Union orders! Just make your order and at the end you will receive your ukulele without shipping fee.

 

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Your favourite travelling companion

There are couple of things you need to consider, when taking your ukulele on vacation with you. If you are travelling with a plane, you can check your uke as a baggage or you can carry it with you in the cabin. So, what to do?

** If you check it as baggage be sure to have a good hard case for your uke. Why? Because it will probably be tossed around couple of times. Or you can stash it inside your luggage, with lots of clothes.

** If you will carry it with you in the cabin. But, check with your airline company first! Why? Because many airline companies have their own guides of luggage size, and you know biggger gig bag or case could cause a problem. One more thing – do not forget to remove things from the little pocket.

Many players prefer to take their ukulele with them. But as said, please check with the airline about the intstrument size. One more advantage for taking in on the plane with you – you can play it, while waiting for boarding!

 


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NEW FLIGHT UKULELES for 2015: Mango and African Burl!

Last month we have finally rolled out two of our new babies - exotic wood ukuleles!

 

Exciting new models feature Mango wood and African burl. Both Mango wood  and African burl are a kaleidoscope of colors. Mango's heartwood is usualy golden brown, while other colors such as yellow and streaks of pink and/or black can also occur. African burl has more greenish/greyish shades, with dark streaks of burl, giving it an original and special outlook.

They are also valuable lumber with great resonance and clear bright sound.

 

NEW ukulele will come in TWO  sizes, Soprano and Concert:

Flight DUS450 MAN/MAN Soprano Ukulele, Mangowood Top, B&S, w/Bag

Flight DUC450 MAN/MAN Concert Ukulele, Mangowood Top, B&S, w/Bag

Flight DUS420 AB/AB Soprano Ukulele, African Burl Top, B&S, w/Bag

Flight DUC420 AB/AB Concert Ukulele, African Burl Top, B&S, w/Bag

 

All FLIGHT ukuleles come with a  padded Gig Bag, of course these two will not be exeption. 

 

 

 

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Ukulele – The jumping flea

Ukulele, 4-stringed instrument, appeared in the late 19th century  on the islands of the Hawaiian archipelago, located in the northern Pacific Ocean. It's creators are Portuguese immigrants, who have taken ukuleles as a basis for their folk instruments. Today, the ukulele is common in many countries, but in Hawaii it is truly a folk instrument, associated with Hawaiian music and culture.

The name "ukulele" has two origins. In one, it means jumping flea, because musician's hand movement reminiscent this jumping insect. According to another version, it means the gift that came here, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come).

The general public heard the ukulele For the first time at the Panama-Pacific International Exhibition in 1915, San Francisco. Hawaiian musicians literally infected the public interest with their culture and music. Also a big role in popularizing the instrument played by the simplicity of its development, the relatively low cost and ease of manufacturing (for instance, box of cigars).

Construction and Materials

The materials used in the manufacture are a little different from the materials used in the manufacture of acoustic guitars. Less expensive models are made of plywood and the more expensive of the same wood as the classical guitar. Such as:

• Ash

• Agathis

• Koa

• Mahogany

• Maple

• Rosewood

• Spruce

• Walnut

Traditional design is reminiscent of the design of the guitar, only simplified. It should also be noted that the body and the neck are made completely separately from each other. The neck is then glued in specially prepared seat on the body. Adjusting to the demands of customers, manufacturers produce ukulele most bizarre shapes and colors.

Ukulele types

Scale Length of the soprano ukulele(distance from the top to the bottom of the nut) measures 33 centimeters. The same version, but with a greater scale length, is called a concert ukulele, with a length of 38 centimeters. Somewhat later, in the twenties of the last century,  a tenor ukulele also became popular, wit the 43 cm scale length. And finally in the forties, a baritone uke (48 cm) came. It is a rare bass ukulele.

Thanks to the original sound, timbre and the look, ukulele has become accepted far beyond the borders of it's homeland. In the twenties of the twentieth century uke was also used in the to jazz ensembles. And surely, many of you will remember Marilyn Monroe from the film "Some Like It Hot," playing her little instrument. The huge popularity of the ukulele acquired in England, and partly from "Ukulele Orchestra", where musicians  perform in brilliant and  different music genres.

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What's that popular instrument?

What is it?

Member of the lute family of instruments; it generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings.

Where does it come from?

The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the machete, a small guitar-like instrument related to the cavaquinho, timple, braguinha and the rajão. During the early 20th century it gained great popularity in the United States and from there spread internationally very quickly!

How many ukulele sizes are out there?

Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.

How to play it?

Ukuleles come in four flavours: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone. The most common tuning is C – so the strings are tuned G, C, E, A.

Who plays it?

One of the most famous ukulele player was of course Elvis Presley. Then, the other came: Rocky Marciano, Paul McCartney, Eddie Vedder, Roger Daltrey, Amanda Palmer, Will. I. Am, Zooey Deschanel, Ryan Gosling, The Rock, Pierce Brosnan, Taylor Swift, Barack Obama and others.

 

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What's NEW in 2015?

For over 22 years, FLIGHT MUSIC is continuing to produce instruments with style, quality and excellent price. The range of our musical instruments has never been wider and better than in 2015.

For this year we created new guitars and ukulele models, with the best wood selection and with impeccable style.

 

The 2015 new models are:

·        Flight C-120 NA Classical Guitar's top is made of spruce wood, with Sapele back and sides.

·        Flight C-150 NA Classical Guitar has an attractive back and sides, all made from Zebrawood! Quite unique looking classical guitar.

·        Flight F-230C NA Folk Guitar with good quality, nice finish and attractive price!

·        Flight D-350 ZZ Acoustic Guitar's special design with zebrawood makes this one an eyecatcher. Stylish one!

·        Flight D-100 SS Acoustic Guitar is all made out of Sapele wood, it also has open grains, satin Finish.

         

Zebrawood guitars are our personal favourites, especially because their exotic looks are matched by serious sound. We are very excited to present them THIS SPRING and we hope that you like them as much as we do!

Pssss! Getting a FLIGHT instrument has never been easier. All instruments, new and previous ones, are just a click away in our ONLINE STORE. Our goal is to make them available to everyone, who wishes to play.

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7 tips for ukulele beginners!

  1. Think which ukulele size you wish to have, depending on your playing skills and preferences.

  2. Buy yourself a nice ukulele.

  3. Tune your uke. See The Ukulele Teacher's video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dl7uzySXUSw

  4. Learn how to play your new instrument. Best way through this channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1HlihY-iNtOemAlYQq3GXQ

  5. Practise. Play slowly and keep a steady flow.

  6. Record yourself. It will help you help you hear, what and where you are not playing that well. You can easily improve your playing!

  7. Invite a friend. Or two. Besides having fun, getting new ideas and learning new techniques, they can give you some great tips!

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Helping hand: Quick guide to explain you all the main parts of the ukulele

 

Sound producing parts:

·         Body is divided into three main parts:  the top, the back, and the sides. The soundboard is the most important part.

·         Strings are mostly made from synthetic fibers.

Other parts:

·         Bridge: Located on the bottom of the ukulele.

·         Saddle: The piece, which sticks out form the bridge.

·         Neck: The neck of the ukulele is attached to the body.Uke necks are usually more fragile than the necks of other similar musical instruments.

·         Soundhole: Shape and placement determines the sound of the ukulele.

·         Fretboard: In order to receive notes, you must push down against fretboard.

·         Frets: Pieces of metal, across the fretboard, helps us to get proper pitch.

·         Fret markers: Dots on the fretboar.

·         Headstock: At the end of the fretboard. Also holds the tuner.

·         Nut: The end of the fretboard. Guides strings to the machine heads.

·         Tuners: Attached on the headstock, they hold the strings.

 

 

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