Ukuleles are a thing of joy. They are fun to play and easy to carry around, however choosing one can be challenging.
Especially for starters, they need to know what factors to consider upon getting a uke for themselves. I’ve bought and helped some people get their first ukuleles, so I’ll rally up five tips to consider before your purchase.
It’s what the title suggests: you would want to spend efficiently for ukes as a beginner. To my mind, a budget of $50 to $100 should be comfortable for your first instrument.
Ukuleles in that range are well-made and sound fantastic. Of course, you can spend as much as you want, but spending exceeding is somehow unnecessary.
Paying less doesn’t mean settling for low-quality stuff, but ukes with surprisingly low prices could be risky.
You won’t want anything that would cost less than $20 – they’re poorly made and can affect your learning experience significantly. What is more, I wouldn’t even classify them as musical instruments at all.
Anyway, if you can only afford that range, try to reach for your friends who sell second-hand ukes. At least there’s a trust factor.
I know it’s tempting to think that you can save a few bucks buying dirt cheap ukuleles. However, a low-end instrument is discouraging for your learning process as they sound and look terrible.
That shouldn’t be the case while learning any new musical instruments. A decent uke makes you want to pick it up and practice regularly.
Determining the best fit for you is necessary. When I started playing, I had no idea about different sizes and ended up getting a soprano ukulele. That was one of the first mistakes that I make, as my fingers were too big for the soprano’s frets.
There are four main sizes of ukulele: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone, which ranges from the smallest to biggest. It’s important to know that tenor and baritone ukes can cause more stress to your budget.
A concert ukulele should be the right choice if you want an affordable option. It’s essential to be as comfortable as possible.
Don’t give me wrong on sopranos. I didn’t intend to create a false impression about them. A lot of people love their cute little design and sparkly tone. They also cost less than any other ukuleles.
A soprano is exceptionally suitable for infants and those who have small hands.
Knowing sizes is a good thing, but try not to be so obsessed with the ‘right’ size. Once you are confident about your skills or have the love for the Hawaiian instrument, any size works.
First, it’s necessary to declare what you’ll do with your ukulele. Will it travel along in your backpack, or be placed on walls for decorations? Each serves different purposes and requires thorough planning. You won’t want to spend exceedingly for a ukulele if you play for leisure.
This is familiar with outdoors conditions, which are not so friendly towards any musical instruments. The uke needs to stand extreme temperatures and humidity, and you’d want yours to be made from the best material possible.
I’ve heard of a carbon fibered ukulele that is waterproof. Anyway, I don’t think that’ll possess the right spirit in terms of sound, and they cost a bunch too. As a beginner, it’s unnecessary to get one of those models.
You can perform even though you’re new to the ukulele. There are options for touring machines, but they cost a lot and not suitable for any starters.
Within $100, you can get some decent sounding ukes that have a built-in pickup. It amplifies your sound, and you’re ready to go loud.
If you don’t like the idea of an electric pickup right on your instrument, you may opt for standard models and ask stage owners for a couple more microphones. By doing this, your money will go to the improvement of sound quality, rather than the amplifier.
For a start, mahogany wood is your best bet. It offers full and resonant sounds. Avoid getting ukuleles built with laminate wood.
As it is a combination of thin wooden sheets, your ukulele may sound off-key after a while. Frequent tuning is therefore needed, but sometimes frustrating for beginners.
Plastic is another thing, though. Many consider it to be a low-cost low-quality thing, but plastic ukuleles have a lot to offer. Lots of models in the $50 – $100 range are in plastic and work fantastically.
Anyway, relying on material alone is not sufficient for determining the quality of a uke. However, if budget is your top priority, plastic or mahogany put up just fine.
There are hundreds of ukulele brands nowadays. As a result, it can be confusing to know where to begin.
You should try to play a uke before purchasing, but if that’s not possible, get advice from someone you trust. I had the chance to try ukes by Kala, Lanikai, and Ohana. All have good reputations and are welcoming to beginners.
Also, brands mainly target casual players, so their range of products is broad within the $100 limit. You should have no problems getting one if you spend some times for research.
There you go, five tips you can consider upon getting your beginner ukulele. It’s crucial to dedicate time and effort into learning, and I wish you the best! Share this article if you like it!
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