StringVibe's Ukulele Guide
Who doesn't like the ukulele? Seriously. It is hard to even find someone that doesn't smile or crack a grin at the sound of this fun little instrument.
StringVibe has put together this ukulele guide to give you a great overview of all things Ukulele and there are two ways to use it. First, if you know what you're looking for we've included a table of contents that will take you directly to the section you're interested in.
If you aren't sure what you're looking for you can browse the article until you see something that peaks your interest. We've included links to many other pieces of ukulele related content that dive more in depth on the given subject!
Still here? Great! Keep scrolling through and we'll have more information about each of the headlines above.
Each of the articles we've linked too are very detailed guides about the Ukulele and different topics. We try to update the list as often as possible too so come back and look for new articles if you've read through what is here!
Types of Ukulele
One topic that people new to the Ukulele is the number of sizes and configurations that are all fairly standard and common.
First of all, as far as size goes, you have four main sizes. From smallest to largest: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, Baritone. The Soprano is more of your traditional ukulele, very small, high pitched, and tropical while the baritone is almost like a small guitar (and is often tuned that way!).
Next is the shape for the ukulele. The traditional, and most common shape, looks like a horizontal 8 with the neck sticking out of the body. There plenty of less common shapes though, the "Pineapple" and the Fluke and Flea are popular examples.
Finally is the materials used to make the instrument. Like most stringed instruments, wood and laminated wood variations are the most common material you'll find. But ukuleles are also found in cheap plastics, high-end composites. Recently we've even seen animal and conch shells being used!
Check out the articles below for more detailed information on each topic!
Popular Ukulele Brands
The Ukulele has seen a resurgence in popularity in the last 5-10 years. An instrument that sometimes has been seen as a toy, the use of it for major records has helped it gain respect and attention with musicians of many genres.
With that popularity you get a LOT of manufacturers that never before made ukuleles start to produce them. You have companies formed for the sole purpose of making a better uke, or one that's is original in some way.
Some of these manufacturers are good, some bad, some.... well, are to be avoided all together.
We've looked at a lot of these ukulele brands so we could recommend them to you! It is important to keep in mind that almost all of the brands we've reviewed are for beginner and intermediate players. In fact, the only high end company we've reviewed is Martin.
We figure that by the time you want decide or want to spend high-end money on an instrument you'll know what you're looking for, what you like, etc.
With that being said, look down below for links to our best brands post, as well as detailed guides and recommendations for some of our favorites!
Learning to Play the Ukulele
So you've got this shiny new ukulele.... now what? Now comes the fun (sometimes) part!
There are a lot of ways to learn to play. Some people really like a program like Ukulele Buddy that will walk them through the process. It is a great course to teach you what you need to know, when you need to know it.
More of a 'do it yourself' type? Perfect. We have a ton of content for you. We recommend that you check out the articles on notes and chords first, and once you've got those down move on to the articles about easy ukulele songs for beginners.
Other Ukulele Guides
Last but not least, everything ukulele related that doesn't fit into one of our major category.
Many string instrument players will start with one instrument and pick up another later on down the road. If you already are a uke player and want to pick up the guitar, we've got an article for that.
If you want or need to replace your ukulele strings, we've got recommendations! Finally, ever want to find a great ukulele club near you? Or traveling and want to bring your Uke along. We talk about some of the most legendary and popular ukulele clubs you'll find.
There you have it! Hopefully we've given you a great look into the world of the ukulele, and hopefully you're not reading this because you've already clicked into one of our other guides.
If not, we'd love for you to contact us and tell us what we missed!
Until next time, keep strumming!