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Physics of a Ukulele



The instrument ukulele and the practice of playing the ukulele has a lot of physics involved. First of all when holding the ukulele there is of course the force of gravity preventing it from "floating" away, the force of my hand on the strings (both strumming and on the fingerboard) and force exerting by my hand holding the ukulele. There are also components of physics that go into playing the ukulele. If you increase the velocity of your hand on the strings, you'll get a different rhythm rather than when it is slowed down. Also, if you exert a larger magnitude of force on the strings, you will increase in dynamic and the volume will be louder (amplitude). There is also physics in the acoustic aspect of the ukulele. The vibrations of the strings create the sound that we can hear. These vibrations cause the medium or surroundings (air) to vibrate which are traveling waves and that allows us to hear the sounds. Although this can apply to most string instruments or sounds in general, the ukulele is obviously the best :bow:


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