No matter what the genre, Less is More is my preferred music style in performing or for therapeutic music. I took up with the ukulele 5 years ago to bring a happy, harmonious accompaniment for memory care sing a-longs. With only 4 strings, instead of 36 to 52 strings like my harps, and weighing less than 3 lbs, it quickly became a favorite instrument of mine. While I was seeking more overtones for therapeutic music, I discovered the harp ukulele.
8 String Irish 100% carbon fiber harp ukulele
(ukulele + 4 harp strings)
The harp strings on this 8 string harp ukulele is played more as bass notes enriching the harmony.
10 String Ukrainian maple wood harp ukulele
(ukulele + 6 harp strings)
With 6 harp strings on this 10 string harp ukulele, melody can be played in addition to bass notes.
Wild Mountain Thyme
Harp Ukulele combines the sweet ukulele sound with harp like resonance and overtones. Christina Cotruvo’s article Harp Ukulele for Therapeutic Music in the Folk Harp Journal Summer 2020 issue: Harp Ukulele_Folk Harp Journal Summer 2020 article
Ukulele Helper Colored Chord Guided Song Cards
You don’t need to read music to play and sing along if you use the Ukulele Helper. First developed for patient use in rehabilitation facilities, this can be used by anyone who wants to play and sing along on a ukulele without reading music notation. Christina teaches beginner ukulele through Duluth Community Education.
Ukulele for Beginners class next session will be Fall 2020 offered through Duluth Community Education via private lesson Zoom sessions. No music reading ability is needed. Ukulele Helper Songcards will be used.
If you are age 18 or older and have a ukulele that you would like to play along with others, join in our strummin’ fun! We are an easy going, wanna play my uke group. All types of ukuleles invited along with “Friends” who are other instruments and voices who just gotta be around ukulele players. There is no charge. We meet the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm in Duluth, MN. 6/4/2020 UPDATE: DUCS will be taking the summer off and hope to reconnect in the Fall. Visit our Blogspot.