A `Ukulele is:
- Light Weight, Portable, and Affordable
- Easy on the Fingers with Four Strings and Four Fingers - a perfect match
- Less Need for Strumming Accuracy
- There isn't a lot expected from a ukulele player
- And, Where else can you go and jam with like minded friends, play poorly, sing poorly, and have a blast.
The music you play can be as simple or complex as you want. The Ukulele is a powerful musical instrument for communication and expression in its own right.
And, did I mention it’s a lot of fun to play and explore.
Common types of ukuleles include:.
Less common are the sopranino (also called piccolo, bambino, or "pocket uke"), Bass , and contrabass ukuleles. The soprano, often called "standard" in Hawaii, is the smallest and was the original size. The concert size was developed in the 1920s as an enhanced soprano, slightly larger and louder with a deeper tone. Shortly thereafter, the tenor was created, having more volume and deeper bass tone. The baritone ( resembling a smaller tenor guitar ) was created in the 1940s, and the contrabass and bass are recent innovations (2010 and 2014, respectively).
Super Tenors, Long Neck ( insert uke size here )
There's a trend of putting the next sized uke's scale length neck uke on a smaller sixed body and call it a "super" or "long next".
It can also simply be the longer baritone 19in scale length neck on tenor body for a a Super Tenor and using C Tuning.
Standard - this is the size that most people not already familiar with the ukulele family of instruments.
- Typical Length: 21 in (53 cm). This is helpful if yu need a gigbag or case.
- Scale Length (range): 13in (330mm), 14in (356mm)
- No. Frets: 10 to 12
- Common Tunings: G4 C4 E4 A4
- Alternate Tunings: G3 C4 E4 A4 ("Low" G), A4 D4 F♯4 B4
- String Tension (approx.): 21 lbs
Here is a Lesson on Selecting a Soprano `Ukulele .
This is the next size up from the standard soprano ukulele. The concert size was developed in the 1920s as an enhanced soprano, slightly larger and louder with a deeper tone. Actually created to be louder in un-amplified situations as was typical in the 1920s and 30s.
- Typical Length: 23 in (58 cm). This is helpful if yu need a gigbag or case.
- Scale Length (range): 15in (381mm), 16in (406mm)
- No. Frets: 15 to 18
- Common Tunings: C Tuning: G4 C4 E4 A4, D Tuning: A4 D4 F♯4 B4
- Alternate Tunings: C Tuning: G3 C4 E4 A4 ("Low" G), D Tuning: A3 D4 F♯4 B4("Low" A)
- String Tension (approx.): 33 lbs
Here is a Lesson on Selecting a Concert `Ukulele .
Created shortly after the concert ukulele was introduced.
- Typical Length: 26 in (66 cm). This is helpful if yu need a gigbag or case.
- Scale Length (range): 17in (432mm), 19in (482mm)
- No. Frets: 17–20
- Common Tunings: C Tuning: G4 C4 E4 A4 ("High" G), G3 C4 E4 A4 ("Low" G)
- Alternate Tunings: D Tuning: A4 D4 F♯4 B4 ("High" A), A3 D4 F♯4 B4 ("Low" A)
- String Tension (approx.): 40 lbs
Here is a Lesson on Selecting a Tenor `Ukulele .
Resembling a smaller tenor guitar was created in the 1940s. Author Godfery's instrument of choice.
- Typical Length: 29 in (74 cm). This is helpful if yu need a gigbag or case.
- Scale Length (range): 19in (482mm), 20in (508mm)
- No. Frets: 18 to 22
- Common Tunings: G Tuning: D3 G3 B3 E4
- Alternate Tunings: C Tuning: G4 C4 E4 A4 ("High" G), G3 C4 E4 A4 ("Low" G)
- String Tension (approx.): 52 lbs
Here is a Lesson on Selecting a Baritone `Ukulele .
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