Playing instruments is one of the best ways to reduce stress. But sometimes it’s not easy to afford a piano. Or a cello is too big for your tiny body maybe. And you may get bored with guitars because too many people are playing it. So what are you waiting for, pick a ukulele and play. This small and easy-to-play instrument with an acceptable price won’t let you down.
The ukulele sometimes abbreviated to uke, is a member of the lute family of instruments. It appeared in the 1900s as a Hawaii version of Cavaquinho, Braguinha and Rajao – small guitars taken by Portugal immigrants to Hawaii. Ukulele generally employs four nylon or gut strings or four courses of strings. Because of these elements, it’s quite easy to learn and play ukulele. Ukulele teachers even make sure that you can play it after just 1 month! There’re also four main types of ukulele which makes it comfortable for anyone and any purposes of using, they’re the soprano, the concert, the tenor and the baritone.
The soprano is the most common type of ukulele, which also makes that real typical classic ukulele sound. Its common size is about 53 cm with 12 to 15 frets. The soprano is the smallest type of ukulele. The soprano is known for its thin, jangly sound so commonly associated with ukuleles. Due to its small size, the soprano is perfect for picnics and traveling (if you still want to travel this summer). There’s a disadvantage of soprano. Sometimes people with larger fingers or hands have trouble playing the soprano ukulele because the frets are quite closer together. But that’s the reason why you should know about the last 3 types right after.
The concert is a little bigger than the concert . Its length is about 58 cm, the body’s bigger and the neck is longer with more room between the frets, which makes it easier to play for people with big fingers. Besides, because a concert ukulele is longer than a soprano one and have more frets (about 15 to 20) and this helps players to play high notes. The concert has, like the soprano, that typical and classic ukulele sound but a little louder.
The tenor ukulele is just a little bit bigger than the concert ukulele, about 66 cm and its number of frets is more than 15. The tenor sounds a bit deeper, like a classical guitar than the soprano and the concert ukuleles. The tenor ukulele is just a little bigger than the concert ukulele, about 66 cm and its number of frets is more than 15. This explains why most professional and well known ukulele players choose the tenor ukulele. It’s just so great for performing a solo.
The largest of the 4 types is called the baritone, with the length about 76 cm and have 19 frets or more.
This ukulele sounds even more like a classical nylon stringed guitar. Baritone ukulele is going to produce a deeper sound so is great for blues players and finger pickers, or those who prefer that deeper and fuller sound.
Which type of ukulele should be chosen? If you just start to play, the Baritone, of course is not a good idea. The soprano is the most typical, also is most common for newbies and its price is also lowest of the four. But if you like and have a little bit big fingers, you can choose the concert. It’s all fine. The concert and the Tenor will be a good choice for professional players (especially the Tenor) because these ones require higher level of skills. However, choosing them for your first time is no problem because learning to play ukulele is not too hard. Saving money right now and don’t forget to take someone know well about ukulele to an instrument store and pick a stuff which is too perfect for you and this summer.