Saturday, March 10, 2018

How to Choose a Ukulele

Whether you are looking to get one for yourself or you want to select one of the nicest gifts that an audiophile can receive, the fact is that choosing a ukulele can be challenging, particularly if you have no experience with musical instruments, in general.

To make it slightly easier for you to make up your mind either on a particular model or on the features that the instrument should come with, we’ve created a simple guide you can read below.

Start with the price
If your friend is a well-seasoned musician, you might have to devote a lot of time to an extended research process that should allow you to pick the right instrument. However, if the person you are trying to impress with your present is a newbie in terms of playing the uke or the guitar, you can start with a budget-friendly alternative.

Most ukuleles for beginners are priced at around seventy-five to two hundred dollars. The cheaper the model, the less likely it is for it to perform well, and thereby, the higher the likelihood of the musician having it replaced over a given period of time.
There are some ukes that can cost as little as fifty dollars, but we suggest you steer clear of those as no decent musician can play such a cheap instrument. Unless they are toys made for children, that is, in which case you can select the most affordable option without any second thoughts.

There are three main types of sizes when it comes to ukuleles - soprano, concert, and tenor. With a bigger body, you will get a more powerful tone. Tone and concert ukuleles produce a richer and warmer sound, while a smaller instrument is virtually incapable of doing the same.

If you do love a tingly sound or have nothing against it, it might be a good idea to choose a soprano ukulele. There’s nothing wrong with it. You might just not be able to play a wide array of genres, or the sound of the uke might not go well with other kinds of instruments when playing with another musician.

Other pieces of advice
If you really have no knowledge when it comes to picking a musical instrument in general, and a uke in particular, one of the resources that we can recommend is YouTube. There are heaps of ukulele players that make their lessons available and that put together in-depth reviews of various models and thoroughly explain what features are musts and which ones you can do without.

If you have buddies or family members who also play the uke, you can always go for the easy way and ask them how they managed to get a decent instrument. Even though it might seem a weird idea, you can get valuable advice from music instruments consultants who work at specialized stores. You don’t even have to buy anything.

Last, but certainly not least, we would also like to point out that the age of the user also matters quite a bit. Children might find it impossible to work with a tenor ukuleles, and that’s because the neck can be too thick for their little hands to wrap around it.



kate mills said...

I would love to get one for my daughter to be taught by my husband. She loves watching ukulele videos.

jjmon2012 said...

I did not know that ukuleles were so expensive. I guess I just think of them as that thing they play in Hawaii movies. Now I am aware

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