Learning an instrument: Ukulele

If you are new to learning instruments or music, the most common instrumentation choices are either guitar or piano. Why?

Ukulele arrangement of The Beatles 'Something', arranged by Josh Embling.

1) They have been featured in popular music for over 100 years. 
2) They are generally seen everywhere e.g. in music stores, buskers always play them, your favourite band has them on stage etc.
3) They are statistically the 'coolest'. 

However, a new musical renaissance started to form in the late 2000's. This was the feature of the ukulele in popular music. The ukulele is a fantastic little instrument, and of course I mean that literally. 

If you didn't already know, it has 4 strings standardly tuned to 'G, C, E, A' and is a really easy instrument to start learning for anyone of all ages. It is about half the size of an acoustic guitar, and the base pitch is a lot higher. Like any instrument though, if you want to play something to a decent level you have to put in the hours of practice every week, stay dedicated and committed to achieve some minor or major success. Ukulele is no different. 

You can purchase a beginner ukulele for less than £30 via any music retailer* and start learning straight away. I recommend either a soprano or concert ukulele to begin with. Soprano's are smaller than concert's but not by much.

Here's a basic chart showing the basic chords C, Am, F and G. You should be able to get these sounding clean within an hour or so. 

Common ukulele chart seen for a lot of pop songs.

Common ukulele chart seen for a lot of pop songs.

If you're interested in ukulele lessons, I teach within the South Wales area covering Tonypandy, Porth, Pontypridd, Treorchy and the rest of Rhondda Cynon Taff, Vale of Glamorgan, Cynon Valley, Cardiff and more. Click the link on the text content to the right for more info! >>>>>>

 

* I recommend any of the following retailers: 

             Bournemouth, England

             Bournemouth, England

Guildford, England


Guildford, England

      Portsmouth, England

      Portsmouth, England

                  Pontypridd, Wales

                  Pontypridd, Wales

         11 stores across the UK.

         11 stores across the UK.

             Online retailer. 

             Online retailer.