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So You Want to Buy a Ukulele......
Ukuleles have steadily been gaining popularity among kids, students, adults and musicians of all types looking to expand their musical skillset. Ukes are fun to play, easy to tote around and come in a variety of beautiful woods. For those looking to tiptoe through the tulips with their first uke, this guide will help you identify their main features and questions you may want to ask yourself before purchasing.
Things to Consider:
  • How big are your hands? Age doesn’t really make a huge difference, but you can feel when a uke is too big or small for you.
  • What style are you looking to play in? You can strum, fingerpick and more. You’ll be playing Hawaiian traditional songs or classic rock covers in no time with a little practice.  
  • How much do you want to spend? Ukuleles are typically very affordable. Upgraded features like specialty woods, electronics (for plugging up with friends) and unique design features can increase the price and quality.
  • Do you want a loud or quieter ukulele? Woods like mahogany typically have a warmer sound, whereas spruce top instruments can be punchier and brighter. The bigger your uke—the fuller your sound and volume.
Four Types of Ukuleles:
There are four main types of ukuleles: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone.
  • Traditionally tuned to GCEA
  • Size: 21”
The Soprano is the smallest, most popular ukulele style. It’s a perfect travel uke and is known for having a thin, jangly tone. People with big hands may find this style difficult to play. Typically, soprano ukes are the most affordable option.
  • Traditionally tuned to GCEA
  • Size: 23”
Slightly larger than a soprano, a concert uke is also sometimes called an alto uke. The longer scale means the strings will have more tension and a brighter, louder tone. This is helpful for beginning players that tend to bend strings out of tune. The bigger gaps between the frets make this easier to play for adults.
  • Traditionally tuned to GCEA
  • Size: 26”
Performers and accompaniment musicians prefer the volume and longer scale of the tenor uke. It’s the biggest and loudest of the standard tuned ukuleles, and easiest to navigate for guitarists looking to play a new instrument.  
  • Traditionally tuned to DGBE
  • Size: 30” +
Baritones are the biggest of all the ukuleles. They are tuned the same as the bottom four strings on a guitar. Although they are less bright than soprano ukes, their size means they carry a lot of bass and fullness. Blues players and fingerpickers can appreciate the large frets and familiar playability.
Start Playing Today!
Now that you’ve got a good idea about what to expect, the best thing you can do is to go to your favorite music shop and try out different sized ukuleles. Beyond the four main uke types, dive into fun designs and tones with banjo, guitar and resonator ukulele hybrids. Find a fit that reflects your personality.  
At Harry’s Guitar Shop we have a wide selection of ukes to choose from. Let our helpful staff guide you in the right direction. We also have ukulele lessons available for any age or experience level. Get started today!

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