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Having the right equipment to ensure success is essential to playing any ukulele. This guide is to help you become confident with what the essential items are. If you want help in selecting the right gear for you we’d be happy to guide you toward a good selection, just call us at 435-673-6000 or email us at email@example.com.
Instruments will sometimes come with a case but often they get worn out and need to be replaced. Lightweight cases are available that provide more storage and are easier to carry such as ProTec cases.
The strings we use on our instrument greatly affect the sound coming out of it. Better quality strings will give us a more mature, richer sound that projects further into the hall. Cheaper strings are available but will reduce the tone quality. We’re happy to help you select the strings that are right for you.
Sizes of Ukulele:
There are 4 common Ukulele Sizes: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, Baritone.
The Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles are all strung and sound exactly the same. There are no differences in the notes they play accept that the Concert and Tenor have a longer neck so more frets are installed which gives you the ability to play more notes up high. The Baritone is strung with different strings giving us a different notes, they are the same notes as the top four strings on a guitar.
Sopranos are great for young players. Concerts are the size most often sold as they are still small and easy to play but with the longer neck you get more notes. The larger body on the Concert size also gives you more sound. The Tenor is a great option for guitar players wanting to play uke as this size feels more normal to them. The Baritone is the size you get as a “serious” ukulele player and is not the typical players first choice.
Playing in tune is not an option; it’s essential but it’s a skill that needs to be developed through the use of a tuner. Several tuners are available, some specific to the instrument but most are universal and are very easy to use.
You can play the right notes but if you don’t play them at the right time nobody knows what you’re playing. A metronome will give you a steady beat at the tempo you choose and is an essential practice tool for every musician.
We hope this short guide helps you be aware of the needs of your player and possibly spark the perfect gift for them.