Four Reasons Why To Choose Ukulele
The small size and light weight of a ukulele makes them very easy to pack around. There are many situations where you would love to have an instrument, and people around you would love to hear live music. Many times it is not practical or there just isn't the room ro carry an acoustic guitar around with you. Perhaps you don't want to risk your expensive guitar in changing weather, or around (shall we say) inebriated individuals. Another risk is checking an instrument in airlines.
The compact size of a ukulele makes it possible to take as a carry on. This way you don't have to lose sight of it, or expose it to extreme temperatures in cargo spaces. This way the chance of breaking something is minimized.
2. 4 strings and short fretboard:
Having four strings instead of the 6 strings the guitar has makes the ukulele easy to tune, and allows for simple chords forms. The strings when strummed open create an Am7 chord, this is quite a bit easier to remember the sound of than the open standard tuning of a guitar's E 6. The chord shapes are easily remembered on the ukulele. This makes it excellent for a novice to learn chords and start playing songs. Beginners can quickly learn the basic chords that can be combined for common rock and pop songs. It's possible to play many popular songs with the knowledge of just 3 to 4 chords. This rapid learning potential is the best boost for confidence with music, and helps keep the interest in music growing. Another reason ukuleles are great for beginners is the use of nylon strings instead of steel or copper. The nylon strings are much easier on fingers new to playing, and helps limit the frustration of painful fingers.
While the short fret board might mean you won't be shredding on solos, it does contribute to keeping the size of the instrument down.
3. Cost and Collectability:
The great thing of ukuleles and why people can collect loads of them is that they are less expensive than a guitar. They use less material, and so are cheaper to produce. You can get a great deal on a good quality ukulele for much less than you would have to shell out for a guitar. There are many variations of ukulele available; the most commonly known being a soprano which is the smallest. There are also concert, tenor and bass models readily available. As well as ones completely set up for amplification as an electric guitar would be. In addition there are many unique variations in ukuleles that don't exist with guitars: you might have a taste for a pineapple, watermelon or kiwi ukulele. In addition you can find options with cute designs for the sound hole like dolphins, birds, bunny rabbits and bears.
Diy ukulele kits are also a fun way to create your own completely original instrument. They can be painted, covered with sparkling gems, or whatever you can imagine. The internet is full of inspiration!
4. Conversation Piece:
With so many people playing guitar, it seems hard to stand out as an aspiring musician. Just check out American Idol auditions, it seemed like every budding vocalist added guitar to their skills. I didn't notice one ukulele. You may remember Grace Vanderhal from America's Got Talent. She got a gold buzzer , and continued to win the whole competition with her ukuleles and original music. The small size, and cutness factor of a ukulele draws people to it. There want to know where you got it, how you started, is it easy, ect....
It also invokes a relaxing setting as it brings to mind tropical days, whiled away in a hammock or on a beach. People are likely to share their fond memories of Hawaiian vacations. So you are likely to meet some interesting people toting around your uke, and stand out from the crowd of guitarists.
There you have my 4 reasons for picking up a ukulele over a guitar and why I wouldn't invite my guitar on vacations. - The great thing of ukuleles and why people can collect loads of them is that they are less expensive than a guitar. They use less material, and so are cheaper to produce. You can get a great deal on a good quality ukulele for much less than you would have to shell out for a guitar.