How To Buy That First Ukulele!
How To Buy That First Ukulele! – Buying your first ukulele can be daunting as all four sizes are similarly priced and each one plays differently. Usually, new ukuleles will come with a basic instruction booklet, a case, and a bag or case with the guitar in it, but a set of these up on their own will work just fine. You don’t really need the case, it’s just to hold all the various pieces of the ukukulele. If you want to be extra sure that your ukulele will last the full six years, then you should invest in a case that will hold a ukulele.
If you’re at all in tune with your ukulele, you should also consider purchasing an instrument tuner. You don’t need to spend a lot of money — typically, you can pick up a tuner for less than $20 — but it seems to me that having one will make it much easier to play and to keep in tune. You can never have too much accompaniment.
There are four different types of ukuleles. The soprano ukulele is the smallest and was developed in Hawaii. The concert ukulele was introduced in the 1920’s and was greatly popularized in the United States. The tenor ukulele came about in the 1940’s and was more or less foreign to people with some knowledge of Italian ukulele music. The baritone ukulele which was introduced in the 1960’s was generally associated with the festal season, and also created quite a stir among traditional ukulele players.
What are the different types of ukuleles?
Sopranino (or the Italian “An instrument for singing”)
The soprano ukulele is the smallest and was developed in Hawaii. The soprano has the highest pitch and the importance of melody in ukulele playing is very high. To create the soprano ukulele, the shape of a guitar’s body is a guitarero, or round-bodied. The top of a soprano ukulele is known as the soundboard (or bracing). A soprano ukulele can usually play between D5 and D7.
Concert (or the English “chard”)
The concert ukulele is the smallest of the four, and was developed in California. The concert features a smaller body and a deeper tone. The fingerboard, called the pinch, a thin, usually white compound that improves the tone and volume of the ukulele. A C10 concert ukulele has a soundboard, pinching Retro-Hex shape.
The tenor ukulele is the highest, and was developed in Hawaii. The tenor ukulele is similar to the C and Sopsrano, but is larger, with a rounded or boomerang shape. Mallets were made just larger for the tenor ukulele, and used to come up with the boomers, but today, these are all made in sink-mounted boxes. Bands often use the tenor ukulele, such as Alie efforts.
Ukuleles are typically tuned in four different pitches: C, G, E and A. The highest pitch is called the concert pitch (what a musician is mostly interested in achieving). Traditionally, ukuleles have been made with either a boomerang or a clarinet on the soundboard. More recently, though, more and more ukulele players have chosen the concert pitch, which is said to have a sweeter sound. Tuning advice for the baritone ukulele doesn’t exist, so it’s up to you.
How much to spend on a ukulele?
The cost of a ukulele can vary quite a lot, and it is a very personal choice. Traditionally, ukuleles were made from Luthite, but more expensive materials are available these days. Some makers offer ukuleles made from Birch, while others use Maple (used for the fretboard). Below $100 is the cutoff price for most ukuleles. If you are not sure what you want, it’s safe to stick to the under $100 range.
Making a purchase, such as a ukulele, can feel strange and overwhelming. Trying something different can be fun, but you don’t want to make a huge investment and you don’t want to regret it. Shop around and test out many before you make a purchase.
Lastly, don’t rush when making a purchase. Consult dealers, and knowledgeable people at your local music store before you make a purchase. How To Buy That First Ukulele!