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Aloha, my name is Jarret Delos Santos and I was born and raised in a little town called Hana on the east side of Maui. Playing the ukulele and teaching the ukulele gives me a chance to perpetuate our culture. So today, we're going to be talking about the ukulele. Okay, we're going to be talking about the different types of accessories that you can purchase when you get your ukulele. The music stand, like this one here. They are small and portable. They fold up really nice and they will fit into a ukulele case. The other type of accessories would be your various types of books on chords. You have different types of examples of music to play. That should also be an accessory for you. A lot of people have a hard time holding onto their ukulele. So there are straps, like a guitar strap. You strap one end here and one end there on the very bottom, and it will provide you a way of holding up the instrument when you play it. Very valuable for your music book is to have clips, lots of them available, in case it gets windy. Again, we talked about the various types of tuners. This is a type of accessory and you can get various types of instruments between your ukulele. Here in Hawaii, we sing a lot of Hawaiian music and having a Hawaiian pocket dictionary is a good thing to have when you're playing Hawaiian music. When you trim strings on your ukulele, instead of carrying scissors around, just carry a nail clipper. It serves two purposes. You can always trim your nails with it and you can also clip your strings. It's very easy with this instrument here. I like carrying around a pen that is silver. Because it allows you to write on your black ukulele cases, or stands, or tuners. You're able to write your name on it using a silver pen. Another type of accessory is a pick. There is a whole various types of picks that you can use. We have here our cases. We have a hard shell case here, which is nice to have. And there are also soft shell cases to use here. Either one will work depending on what you would want to use.