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Ukulele Considerations

   Since ukulele’s are relatively inexpensive, they are a great instrument to start out with. We advise not going with the cheapest one available.

   Tuning and staying in tune is often a big issue. It stands to reason that the cheaper the lower the quality of the tuning mechanism. Nothing is more frustrating than having you chords sounding off key. You also want a good sound quality and that comes from better build instruments made with quality materials and craftsmanship. Beginners often give up thinking that they just can’t do it when in fact it is a sound quality issue with the uke itself.

   Next consideration is the size. The ones everyone think of is the soprano. Yet the concert and tenor ukes have the same tuning – meaning the chords are the same for all three. The difference is the size.
   • Soprano – 20 inches
   • Concert – 23 inches
   • Tenor– 26 inches
The larger the size the richer the tone. The large models also give you more room to place within each fret. You might not think 3 inches overall would make that much difference but it really makes a huge difference especially if you are a beginner, your fingers are not as nimble you might desire (this will improve with practice) or you don’t have skinny fingers.

        I started out with a Diamond Head Soprano as pictured here. The body and neck are maple which has a good resonance. Another feature that is really helpful is the fret markers that are on top of the neck and visible while playing. These markers help you identify where you are on the neck. This is not a big deal for the beginning chord player as most of the beginning chords are on the first three frets. However, if you want to play tabs style music notation with individuals notes these markers are extremely helpful. Another plus was the price was right.

   I was very happy with this uke. A friend and mutual beginner upgraded from her soprano to a concert because of her finger size. I liked the sound quality of her instrument but could not justify the price tag as these early stages. I came across a good sale on a concert model made by Mitchell. I was apprehensive as it is made of lindenwood which I never heard of. The walnut finger board was a plus. I also read schools often use Mitchell ukes to teach with which indicates they are likely durable. The sale price was so good I thought I would take a chance on the Mitchell 40C ukulele. I am super happy that I took that chance! Update: I have more than one now! This is my travel instrument.

   The sound quality is superior on my concert uke. The only thing that I miss is the fret markers are absent on the concert model. I recently took out the soprano to play and had trouble fingering the chords due to the lack of space.

   Bottom line is you get what you pay for, assuming you buy from a reputable dealer. If you have a little patience you are likely to find sale price on a good concert uke that reviles the price you will pay for a decent soprano. With the easy of playing and the richness of sound, a concert is worth waiting for.

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Ukulele?

    Less than 2 months ago I started attending a weekly group of people interested in playing ukulele I had zero experience. Check out this video to see how far I have come in this short amount of time.

    I want to share this journey with you and show you how you can learn as well even if you have never played anything before. I will share all the things I have learned along the way including tips that most others don’t share.

    Why? I keep reading that learning new things is great for keeping your mind sharp ♯ and active. Think of it as exercise for your brain. It is said that learning to play music makes new connections in the brain’s communications system. Ukuleles can be quite inexpensive making them a great place to start.

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