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The ukulele is a small, four-stringed instrument that originates from the Hawaiian archipelago. While played with a similar technique to guitar, the ukulele has a more limited range and produces a softer, more focused tone. We tend to associate its tone with a tropical paradise, due in no small part to its popularization by artists like Israel Kamakawiwoʻole. The ukulele comes in four different sizes. From smallest to largest, these are called the soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone ukuleles. The first three have the same tuning: G-C-E-A. The baritone ukulele has the tuning of D-G-B-E. Interestingly, while the baritone’s tuning makes it identical to the guitar’s four highest-pitched strings, you can play guitar chords on all sizes of the ukulele — provided you play only those frets you’d play on the four highest strings of the guitar. This is because the particular note intervals between the ukulele’s strings mimic those of the guitar.