Whether you are looking to buy your very first ukulele or whether it's your tenth one (yes they are addicting, I know), it can't hurt to spruce up your ukulele buying knowledge. Are you asking yourself any of these questions: Where to buy? How much to spend? Best cheap aka bang for buck ukulele? What size to pick? What type of wood? Which ukulele brand to choose? Look no further, answers will find you in the following three guides. In the last one you'll also find my favorite ukuleles, for every budget.
If you're just starting to think about playing a new instrument, it can be a bit confusing when it comes to ukulele versus baritone versus guitar. The short answer: they are three completely different instruments. Can you transfer knowledge and experience from one to the other? Yes! Read on for more concrete information.
Once you're past the tips and parts, it's important to learn how to properly hold your ukulele before getting to know the ukulele chords. If you're having trouble, you can always check out a ukulele strap if you prefer to play standing. Don't forget the very important stretching as well.
Now we can get to the real stuff, ukulele chords. These form the basis of playing any song. This is the "hard" part and will require the most practice and exercise. On the one hand to memorize the chord diagrams and on the other hand to play. Don't worry, I have some handy charts ready for you and which ones to learn first (ouf of the 300+ different diagrams).
Of course, when playing a certain chord you also want your ukulele to make some noise. That's where strumming comes in. Strumming allows you to produce a certain chord sound by hitting all four strings of the ukulele simultaneously. Make sure that your ukulele is in tune first.
When you know a lot of ukulele chords and your strumming is improving bit by bit, you can take it up a notch. Learn the E chord, try out some ukulele tablature, learn about bar chords or perhaps check out an alternate tuning. On the other hand, you can also check out a capo and how it can help in your playing style.
Nobody is perfect and unfortunately ukuleles aren't either. Sometimes they have issues, whether it's because it has been played to the fullest, or whether it's a brand new one. The most frequent and annoying issue is ukulele buzz. This can really mess up the sound and can have several causes. I have covered all of them, together with how to fix them. Other than that, it' is important to take care of your ukulele. Check out the ukulele maintenance guide for some quick tip.
Strings are not a permanent thing on a ukulele. Depending on how frequently you play on your ukulele, you should change them every few months. But what strings to buy and how to replace them? Check the guides below.
Last but not least, the general ukulele information section. These are some ukulele guides that stand on their own. Learn more about the history of the ukulele, what to keep in mind when traveling with a ukulele and more. Feel free to take a look and broaden your ukulele knowledge.