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spookelele
12-21-2014, 05:40 AM
How does a uke make a sound? I'm talking high level, not like.. laminate vs solid, koa vs spruce, or anything like that.

We strum the string.. and then where is the sound coming from?

resonance through the hole:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Unuq5nTXu0

or.

induction through the bridge/saddle to the soundboard:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvQzxcYZuss (fast forward to 3:10)

Is the hole for resonance? Or is it to open the body to release sound reflected off the walls from the back of the sound board?

Would a saddle that rests directly on the soundboard be better for induction? Like.. a saddle that goes through the bridge, or a floating bridge like a violin?

Sven
12-21-2014, 06:39 AM
I'm told there are tiny fairies inside the body, one for each note. They sing when you tickle them.

ksquine
12-21-2014, 07:08 AM
The answer to all these theories is yes...maybe even Sven's. Sound is produced by anything that vibrates. The body provides a resonance chamber to amplify the sounds. The uke parts also modify the sound so it sounds like a uke and not a violin.
Its all a very complex sound system

Brian1
12-21-2014, 08:30 AM
http://entertainment.howstuffworks.com/guitar.htm

above is a link to "how guitars work" from "how stuff works (dot) com" it is pretty much the same for the ukulele.

IamNoMan
12-21-2014, 08:48 AM
I'm told there are tiny fairies inside the body, one for each note. They sing when you tickle them.They say that fiddles have kittens inside crying for their mothers when they hear the vibration of the catgut strings.

Ukulele: Short version: Key of D

The finger bones connected to the string bones
String bones are connected to the bridge bone
the bridge bone is connected the saddle bone
The saddle bones connected to the sound board
the sound boards connected to the sound box;
Now hear the word of the Lord:

Modulate to key of C:

The vibration goes down to the sound (box) Oh OH OH
Bounces round in the sound (box), Oh OH Oh
Turns to sound Oh OH OH
And it comes out here:

The sound hole.

Induction works here too. some of the sound comes directly from the sound box but the sound hole projects it outward. Less sound energy is absorbed by your belly that way.

Inksplosive AL
12-21-2014, 02:53 PM
With no ears to around to hear does a falling ukulele still make a sound?

kkimura
12-22-2014, 03:48 AM
I'm told there are tiny fairies inside the body, one for each note. They sing when you tickle them.

Menehune in the "K" brands. Maybe Black Forest elves in a Brueko.