The ukulele is commonly associated with music from Hawai‘i where the name roughly translates as "jumping flea", due to the action of one' s fingers playing the ukulele resembling a "jumping flea". According to Queen Lili' uokalani, the last Hawaiian monarch, the name means “the gift that came here”, from the Hawaiian words uku (gift or reward) and lele (to come). The ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian interpretation of the cavaquinho, a small guitar-like instrument brought to Hawai? i by Portuguese immigrants. The ukulele, sometimes abbreviated to uke, is a chordophone classified as a plucked lute; it is a subset of the guitar family of instruments, generally with four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. It gained great popularity elsewhere in the United States during the early 20th century, and from there spread internationally. Ukuleles commonly come in four sizes: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Tone and volume of the instrument vary with size and construction.
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