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Making a choice between the Ukulele and Guitar

Learning how to play a musical instrument is a great idea. However, there are so many instruments to choose from. You need to determine the sounds, what is most suitable for you and the price. Let’s have a look at two great musical instruments the Ukulele and the guitar if you had a choice, which would you, pick?

Differences in features

The guitars are quite bigger than the Ukuleles. On a regular guitar, you will find six strings while the Ukulele has only four strings. It can also be observed that the fretboard on the Ukulele is quite thinner than the board on the guitar. There are different types of ukuleles; the variance makes it easier for people with big or small hands to enjoy playing the instrument. The standard size of the guitar makes it necessary for people with smaller hands to stretch further to tweak the strings except they are playing a mini guitar.  People who have larger hands have no issues playing the guitar. The two types of guitar, electric and acoustic have distinctive styles but can be used by amateurs. For those people who like rock music, there are different models of guitar that can produce the sounds they like; there are guitars for the lovers of acoustic sounds as well.

Sound differences between the Ukulele and Guitar

The guitar produces melodious acoustic sounds, cheerful stringing tones, and rock instrumentals. You can choose to buy an electric or acoustic guitar. These two models will produce amazing sounds that will please the audience. The ukulele, on the other hand, produces less variety of sounds than the guitar. While lower tones can be achieved with a guitar, the ukulele produces a unique Hawaiian tone similar to traditional serenades you can hear on the beach. As mentioned earlier, there are different types of ukulele so you can get a variety of sound quality from the different models.

Is it easier to learn the guitar or ukulele?

This is one of the considerations amateurs have before choosing among these two instruments. Some people say the ukulele is easier to master, while it is still a topic of debate; the facts indicate that you will find it easier to learn to play the ukulele when compared to learning how to play the guitar. You can start forming tunes after only a few days of practicing with the ukulele. It has only four strings to learn, but the guitar has six strings. Music lovers who can hardly wait to start making music quickly should consider learning how to play the ukulele. However, the small fretboard on the ukulele may cause some difficulties for people who have bigger hands. For this reason, people with larger sized hands may prefer to play the guitar. Regarding learning how to play the instruments, it is also easier to find someone or a course online to teach you how to play the guitar because it is a very popular musical instrument. The guitar is more popular than the ukulele.





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  1. Uke Player says:

    Im afraid this article is UTTER TRASH..
    I have never read something quite so poor… you should be ashamed.
    You can not compare the two instruments…

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    • MeDaMCSE says:

      While Uke Player has some validity to the discussion, it’s not quite utter trash. It’s better to point out to the reader the errors. A better critique would be to say.
      The writer does contradict herself in talking about people with big hands.
      The writer should have done more research.
      a) Ukuleles out sold Acoustic Guitars in 2017 according to music industry sales reports. They have out sold Electric Guitars for the past 3 years
      b) Rather than say there are different types of Ukuleles, one should have said: Ukuleles come in different sizes the smallest is Soprano, then Concert, Tenor, Baritone, and Bass. These different sizes allow for anyone to find a size that fits their hands and their needs. People with larger hands should try the Tenor or Baritone. But even people with larger hands can play the Soprano if they are willing to work at it.
      c) Ukuleles can produce almost all the sounds a guitar can. When you get a chance check out artist like Brittni Pavia and Jake Shimabukuro as they do some amazing sounds on the ukulele. If your ukulele has a pickup installed, you can run through the same effects pedals guitars can. The difference would be the range of the octaves that are somewhat limited on an ukulele. You can change the G string from the standard G to a low G to get a bit more range.
      d) The baritone Ukulele is tuned the same as guitar so if you want to switch between the two, it makes learning the chords a bit easier.

      I have both guitars and ukuleles and find them both to be excellent instruments for playing. You can compare them Uke Player, but why. I play different ones for different reasons.

      The small size and portability of the ukulele makes it easier to travel with. Compare dragging a full size guitar through an airport with taking an ukulele. Having done both, I prefer to travel with the ukulele

      I do find teaching beginners is easier to get people started on an ukulele as the four strings are less intimidating. But if the student is willing, a guitar is not that much harder.

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