If you’re a fan of Ukuleles we now have both acoustic and electric ones from Tanglewood.
In case you didn't know,
Tanglewood are acoustic guitar and Ukuleles specialists.
These are the four main types of standard ukulele sizes from smallest to largest… soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone.
The Soprano Ukulele.
The soprano ukulele has 12 – 15 frets. Is around 21 inches (53 cm). Scale length 13 inches.
It has a standard tuning of GCEA.
If you’ve never played a ukulele a good place to start is with a Soprano because it’s small and the least expensive.
It’s easy to start learning, in the Bridport Music Centre there are some great ukulele tuition books to get you started.
The Concert Ukulele.
These have longer and broader necks. Which means you get more frets. Usually between 15 – 20.
The Concert Ukulele is 23 inches (58 cm) in length. And a scale length of 15 inches.
The concert ukulele, sometimes called the alto ukulele, is also for beginners.
It’s also perfect for people with bigger hands because of its wider frets.
Important note. The sound of the concert ukulele is similar to the soprano ukulele, except that it is rounder, deeper, fuller sound.
A beginner may want to move up to a concert ukulele once they master the basics of playing a ukulele.
The standard tuning is the same as the Soprano GCEA.
Both the Soprano and the Concert Ukulele’s are best when playing chords.
The Tenor Ukulele.
This ukulele is best for musicians who prefer the finger picking style of playing.
It’s fret board is a bit longer than the Concert,
This type of ukulele has a standard length of 26 inches or approximately 66 centimeters,17 inches scale length, and can contain 15-20 frets.
It’s for a more accomplished musician. it has an even richer, fuller, and deeper tone. It has this sound because it is bigger than the Soprano and the Concert Ukulele’s.
Another unique advantage of tenor ukuleles is that they have more frets. Which means you can play more notes at the higher end of the fretboard.
That’s great if you want to sound more like a guitar.
By the way, the “de
facto” tuning for Ukulele’s is GCEA. (Except the Baritone.)
For the professional. The top of the line Ukulele.
With wider frets and a wider neck makes playing easier. And you can play more complicated pieces.
Its usual length is 30 inches or approximately 19 inches with 19 frets.
The baritone is tuned DGBE, which is precisely the same with the highest four strings on a traditional guitar.
The sound is that of a rich deep baritone, and nothing like the bright, high pitched sound from a soprano ukulele.
The baritone ukulele sounds similar to traditional guitars.
They produce the highest sound quality among the four standard ukuleles.
They are likely similar to conventional guitars in size, sound, and tuning making the baritone ukulele perfect for musicians transitioning from 6-string guitar to ukulele.
There are two kinds of electric ukulele.
1. The electro-acoustic ukulele
2. The electric ukulele
Forget the cutesy sound of a standard soprano ukulele,
an electric ukulele uses a pick-up and sends vibration
signals to an amplifier producing electric-style sounds.
This powerful, yet compact portable amp runs on batteries. So you can play wherever you want.
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