What is an Ukulele
Ukulele is a guitar of a distinctive shape and sound which certainly can give a lot of positive emotions and uplift your mood. A lot of people mistakenly think of ukulele as of a children's toy guitar and this is not surprising, considering its small guitar-like design. Yet, it's a full-fledged musical instrument with several tunings. Due to its compact size, the ukulele is convenient to hold and you can take it anywhere with you. This instrument can also be called a uke. If you want to join the ukulele revolution, our review will help you choose a suitable model. Also, our review will be of use for avid musicians.
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Firstly, we will recommend you to consider the type and size of ukuleles. Depending on the size there are four main types, each with its own name: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone ukuleles. Soprano uke is 21 inches long, and it is a standard length for ukuleles. This is the most popular type, and also the best possible ukulele for beginners who only start to learn this instrument. The Concert ukulele is a little bigger, it is over 23 inches long, a very convenient size to play. This type of ukulele has more frets. The next type is the Tenor, a ukulele of the convenient size for those who are used to a guitar fingerboard, about 26 inches long. These ukuleles have a deeper and louder sound as against the Soprano ones. The last is the Baritone uke. It is 30 inches long and it will be tuned like a full-size guitar. There are also Bass ukuleles which may be of the same size with Baritone ones, but they are slightly rarer and intended for giving out the low-frequency sound. Bass ukuleles are kind of resemble the sound of a contrabass, but you do not need to hold them vertically to play. Apart from the size, there are a lot of different shapes of ukuleles. They can be in the shape of a pineapple, paddles, in a triangular and square shape. The most popular are guitar-shaped ukuleles that resemble the number "8".
After deciding on the size, you should pay attention to the material which ukuleles are made of. The traditional Hawaiian guitar is made of a koa wood, it is a local wood similar to mahogany. Nowadays, manufacturers often substitute it with ash, Agathis, rosewood, or mahogany. Sometimes soundboard may be made of spruce, walnut or maple - less expensive types of wood, but nonetheless perfect from the acoustic point of view. Also, there exist ukuleles, completely or partially made of plastic. Those are good ukuleles for beginners.
Ukuleles also can have different peculiarities like bright drawings or paintings, photos, or varnish covering to reveal the wood structure. The tuners can be chrome or gold plated, wood, of various shapes and designs - to make your ukulele stand out. Also, the more frets your ukulele has, the more melodic and the richer sounding will be. Depending on the guitar size, the fingerboard may have from 12 to 20 frets. The strings' scale length (the maximum length of a string between the nut and the saddle) affects the melody too. The longer it is, the more tones and sounds your ukulele will be able to produce.
Nowadays you can find electric ukulele models. The housing might have a miniature battery-powered amplifier. This type of ukulele can be connected to the combo amplifier, to play the sound through the speakers. It is a perfect solution for those who play on the stage or who love the amplified sound of their musical instruments.