Types Of Ukuleles

By Roy T. Cone

How to play the UkuleleThere are many different types of ukuleles available on the market today and are played in a variety of different venues as well as for different types of music. Many of them are shaped like guitars and some are shaped round and called banjo ukuleles.

Ukuleles were introduced in the United States in 1915 and since then have become a popular form of musical entertainment. They were predominant in Vaudeville acts as well as in the Jazz Age. They have even found a way to modern music.

The types of ukuleles range in sizes as well as shapes. The standard ukulele is the soprano ukulele that is also the smallest. It measures 13 inches long, has four strings that play notes g, c, e, and a.

The second oldest of the ukuleles is also a bit larger. The concert ukulele measures 15 inches and also plays the same notes.

Tiny TimIn the 1920s, a tenor ukulele was created. This was even larger at 17 inches and also played the same notes. The Baritone ukulele is the newest of the instruments and measures 19 inches long. Unlike the others, the baritone has four different notes, d, g, b, and e. The baritone ukulele is a bit different than the rest as it is tuned like a guitar from low to high.

An oval ukulele is often called a “pineapple ukulele.” This comes from the Hawaiian roots. There are also those that are shaped like boat paddles and even some made out of cigar boxes.

There is also the Tahitian ukulele. This is a different type of instrument in that it does not include a sound box. The neck and head is made from one piece of wood and there is a hole in the middle. This can also be carved out of three pieces of wood. The Tahitian ukulele also has a very distinct sound.

Not all ukuleles have only four strings. There are some that have double strings, giving them a wider variety of notes. There are also ukuleles with only three strings and, when doubled, have six strings. Because of the variety of the instruments, it is possible to have quite a variety from which to choose when picking a ukulele.

Eddie Vedder plays the ukuleleUkuleles are made out of wood and are produced in a variety of different places. Many people like these instruments because they are smaller than a guitar and easier to learn to play as they have less strings. Because they are light weight, they are a lot of fun to work with.

Anyone thinking about purchasing a ukulele should take a look at the variety of the instruments online. This way you can discover the type of ukulele that best suits you. You can find all types of ukuleles either in music stores or online. You can generally get a better price online as there is no overhead.

You can also find lessons and tapes on how to learn how to play the ukulele of your choice. Once you have mastered this charming instrument, you will probably want to learn more about the different choices as well as their distinct sounds. The good thing about learning how to play the ukulele is that it is not difficult and once you play one instrument, you can learn the others easily.

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