Article provided by: Musicworks Canada
Learning to play the ukulele is, without any doubt, one of the best decisions you can make. This is a social instrument and a song machine that draws people together. You can always count on having encouraging and happy people cheering you on.
At Calgary Musicworks, we’re at the forefront of offering the best ukulele lessons in Calgary and the surrounding areas. For years now, we have been guiding students at all skill levels to master their preferred musical instrument. Our teachers are RCM certified and work one-on-one with students to achieve the best results.
What Kind of Ukulele Should You Buy?
There are different ukulele sizes, and all offer their unique share of benefits, drawbacks, and tone. The best type of ukulele will depend on your playing level, desired sound, and the kind of music you wish to play.
Soprano Ukuleles – This is the most popular and most recognized ukulele. Its sound is what most people associate with the ukulele. It is also considered the ‘standard’ ukulele in Hawaii because it’s closest in size to the original one.
The soprano has 12 to 15 frets, which are narrower than those on other ukuleles. This feature makes it easier to play different chords and is thus an ideal choice for beginners.
Concert Ukuleles – This is the next size after sopranos. While it has the traditional-sound, the concert ukulele is deeper, fuller, and louder than the soprano. Because the concert ukulele has wider frets, they’re an excellent choice for beginners with bigger hands.
Tenor Ukuleles – Being bigger than both soprano and concert ukuleles, the tenor ukes are louder and offer a deeper and fuller sound. The tenor is much popular among professional musicians. It can be fitted with a lower G string and high G string, unlike the concert and soprano that only use a high G string.
Baritone Ukuleles – The size of this ukulele is close to that of a standard guitar. The baritone ukulele is also tuned in the same way as the highest four strings on the guitar. Although the baritone ukulele retains the same uke sound and feel, it doesn’t sound as light as the concert or soprano ukuleles. The chord shapes and tuning is different from that of other ukuleles. As a result, the baritone is recommended for skilled players.
Why Should You Learn to Play Ukulele?
With the right instructor, it’s fairly easy to learn how to play the ukulele. You should also note that learning to play the instrument comes with many benefits.
- Playing ukulele helps ease boredom.
- Learning to play a musical instrument increases discipline and gives a strong sense of accomplishment.
- The ukuleles are small and portable. You can take them with you anywhere without feeling like they’re a burden.
- Most songs can be adapted for the ukulele.
- Ukuleles are quite inexpensive.
Find the Best Ukulele Teacher
With a team of RCM certified teachers, you’re guaranteed to get the personal attention you need when taking ukulele lessons in Calgary. Moreover, our students enjoy the convenience of being able to learn at their own pace. You can register with us at any time or talk to us directly on 403-516-1003.