The ukulele is an instrument that is rich with history and tradition. First appearing in Hawaii in the 1800s, the ‘uke’ has found a unique home for itself in both traditional and popular music. Artists as diverse as Eddie Vedder, Amanda Palmer, Don Ho, and Jason Mraz have all made use of the ukulele over the years to add a special something to their classic songs. A great starting point for musicians of any age, the uke is an easy to learn instrument that will provide a challenge, as well as musical joy, for years to come. Before you purchase your new ukulele, there are some things you will want to keep in mind. Most importantly, keep in mind that ukuleles come in four main sizes – soprano, which are the smallest and have the highest pitch, concert, which offer a rich mid-range tone, tenor, which features a deep tone and long fret board, and baritone, which produces the lowest uke tones and is tuned differently from its counterparts. Since each size is unique in tone, having an idea of which sounds work for you will go a long way in determining the right instrument for you.
If you’re a beginner who is taking their first steps into the world of the uke, you may be interested in picking up a package such as the Rogue Ukulele Starter Pack or the Alfred Teach Yourself to Play Ukulele Complete Starter Pack. Both sets offer an instrument, a carrying case, as well as educational information that will help you learn the basics. There are also starter kits specifically for children, which offer smaller instruments and lessons to help them get the most out of their uke from an early age.