When we think of ukulele, what first comes to our mind is a mini-size guitar that’s often associated with beaches, Hawaiian clothes, and lei. Its tune puts you in a good mood right away. This four-string instrument is highly sought-after among kids as it is easy to learn and play. Read below for more information about the beginner ukulele.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Buying and Playing the Ukulele

Is a ukulele easy to learn?

Since a ukulele only has four strings, this gives the instruments a limited range of notes or chords. This also means its chords are not difficult to memorise. Often times, guitars will require three or four fingers for a chord shape, whereas the uke will only require one finger to play for the same chord. With constant practice and simple chord memorisation, you can easily get acquainted with the uke in no time. Many beginners have expressed about the ukulele’s low level of difficulty which is a good reason that keeps them motivated and interested to play it as their pastime.

While kids may need guidance from a ukulele teacher to learn about the chords, young adults or adults that are enthusiastic about music can just pick up the skill over time by watching YouTube tutorials and practising with ukulele chord sheets available online. After learning the basic chords, one can then move on to adapting their favourite song to the ukulele.

In addition to being easy to be familiarised with, the ukulele is a great musical instrument for writing music or acoustic singing. It is light and portable; hence as compared to the guitar, it takes up less space physically and intellectually. Travelling around with a ukulele is definitely a breeze, take the soprano ukulele, for instance, weighing only 400 grams; even the heavier ukulele - tenor ukulele weighs merely 600 to 700 grams. If there’s one musical instrument you want to try your hand at today, it has got to be the ukulele!

Types of Ukuleles

As we mentioned soprano and tenor ukulele, now we provide a quick overview of the three types of ukuleles commonly found in the market. This can help to discern which type of ukulele suits your music preference or skills better.

  1. Soprano (51 cm) - The most traditional ukulele for beginners. Less volume and bass, lighter tune.
  2. Concert (58 cm) - The sound produced is louder and slightly deeper than the Soprano. It has a longer neck and a bigger body, making it easier to handle.
  3. Tenor (66 cm) - It produces a sound that’s much deeper than the Soprano and features a large fingerboard. Commonly used by professional ukulele players.
  4. Baritone (76 cm) - The largest size of all. It has a different, low-pitched tuning - D-G-B-E, as opposed to the regular tuning G-C-E-A, as seen in the first three ukuleles.

What is the best ukulele for a beginner?

Some of the best ukuleles for a beginner include:

  • Makala Dolphin Soprano Ukulele
  • Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele
  • Mahalo MR1BU Soprano Ukulele
  • Donner Concert Mahogany Ukulele
  • Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele
  • Kala KA-TE Mahogany Tenor Ukulele

How much is a ukulele in Singapore?

A cheap ukulele price starts at S$35.00 in Singapore. For a good-quality ukulele that has the most value for money, look no further than Cristofori ukuleles. Their price ranges from S$38.00 to S$229.00. On the premium end, Martin ukuleles are priced between S$393 and S$760. Most Martin ukuleles come with a soft gig bag that can protect the instrument.

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