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Types of Ukulele You Should Know

tenor ukulele

A Ukulele is basically a plucked string musical instrument, usually with 4 strings that can be doubled and resembles the shape of the guitar, although it is quite smaller. Its tuning and sound are peculiar, so it stands out a lot among other instruments.

tenor ukuleleGenerally made of wood, this is what gives it the resonance: German fir, mahogany, mango, koa, rosewood, cedar, monchorus, etc. You should also understand that there are many ukulele brands, so you should look for the right type. Popular brands include Luna, Mahalo, Kala, Cordoba, Amahi, Bamboo, Flight, and Ohana.

Types of Ukulele

The common types of Ukulele include Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone.


concert ukuleleThe soprano ukulele is the smallest and usually measures around 53cm. This size is usually considered the standard, and they are usually the cheapest. Its tuning is G, C, E, A (GCEA), which matches the four strings of a guitar with the nut on the 5th fret. Although the C is an octave lower than it should be, it has the highest sound.


The concert ukulele is the next size to the standard, about 58cm. It has more volume and depth of sound due to its greater soundboard. Many musicians prefer this size to the Soprano as it has more open frets, which makes it much easier to play.


ukulele instrumentWith the tenor ukulele, which is approximately 67cm in size, it brings even more comfort when playing, especially in techniques such as strumming or fingerpicking. With this size, you will enjoy even more volume and more bass. But it must be borne in mind that the tension of the strings is higher because of using steel strings in addition to the usual nylon ones. Its tuning is the same as in its smaller brothers but with the difference that the low string is the 4th (G) instead of the third.


Finally, the largest of all, the  Baritone Ukulele, which measures about 76cm. It is the one with the longest scale length. Its tuning is totally different from the rest of the ukuleles, and it is exactly the first four strings of the D, G, Si, E guitar. Its sound is somewhat different from the previous ones as it has a lower register.

You should therefore look for a good Ukulele that will help you bring out the best sound for quality music. The type of sound you need from them will guide you in choosing the right type.