First published here
Sat 14 Mar 2015 14.00 GMT
We’re in the midst of a mini ukulele boom – sales are surging and children are more likely to pick up a ukulele at school than a recorder; perhaps because they sound better and they’re even easier to learn. Taylor Swift plays, as does as does Meghan Trainor, with her ukulele acoustic version of All About That Bass.
“They’re so simple, they’re the obvious instrument to get started on,” says Will Grove-White, member of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
“You can play all the songs in rock’n’roll with just three chords, so you’re quickly busting out tunes.” All you need is C, F and G7. Then you can play Twist and Shout, Rock Around the Clock and most blues songs. Singin’ in the Rain takes just a C and a G7. “It’s all about chords, playing four notes at once and strumming them, then singing melody over it,” says Grove-White. “In this quick fix world where you want instant results, the ukulele is ideal.”