Fun_People Archive
23 Feb
Flea Jumping!

Date: Thu, 23 Feb 95 13:13:25 PST
From: Peter Langston <psl>
To: Fun_People
Subject: Flea Jumping!

From: Hal Glatzer <>

Two intriguing facts about the ukulele, which I learned while
writing an article for the (now defunct) Frets magazine:

It came from the Portugese Azores, with immigrants.
The most celebrated ukulele builders, working for the Kamaka company
in Honolulu, are deaf.  They test the tone by thumping the (carved) top
and feeling for just the right vibration pattern.
(And, of course, it's pronounced--with no stressed syllable--
    oo-koo-lay-lay      NOT yu-ka-lay-lee)

Make that three intriguing facts.

[Perhaps you would settle for "three facts"
 or "one intriguing and two so-so facts?"

[=] © 1995 Peter Langston []