Ukulele is becoming more and more popular in millennial population. Almost every social media platform is filled with influencers playing different tunes and songs on this instrument.
But what is the reason behind this new found respect for the ukulele.
Here are some reasons why.
- They are small and easy to carry
Ukulele is one of the tiniest musical instruments found in the world. Their small size makes them easily portable. It is much easier to hold compared to various other instruments. Imagine taking your guitar or a piano to your next trip. It’s a cumbersome task. In case of ukuleles, you just have to pack it into its small case and voila, its ready to travel the world with you.
- Most songs can be easily played on the Ukulele
Almost any song, even with complicated chords can be simplified for the ukulele because of its simple construction. This enables you to try out various new songs, and widen your horizon.
- They are user friendly
Its small size, its light weight and nylon strings, all these factors make the instrument very user friendly. It’s much easier to press down ukulele’s strings as compared to guitar and it doesn’t leave you with blistered fingers. Even your kid can pick up your ukulele and try his/her hand at it. You can learn to play chords on your ukulele just after your first ukulele lesson. Due to which ukulele lessons are comparatively cheaper than guitar lessons.
- They are not expensive
The cost of ukulele lies somewhere between 75$ to 300$, whereas the range for guitar is between $400 to $500. Ukuleles are cheap because its size is just 1/8th of an average guitar. Therefore, it requires less material and labour.
- Ukulele cords are easier to play and learn
Since it has only four strings, ukulele’s chord shapes are pretty easy to play and not at all difficult to memorize. Chords which are played with three or four fingers on the guitar are often played with just one finger on the ukulele.
- Ukuleles are not so common
Instruments like guitars, pianos etc have become a little too common in pop-music. Ukulele, however, is relatively unique and has a different sound which is deemed as new and novel in the current music soundscape. Whether you are an experienced musician or an aspiring new comer, ukulele can be a great addition to your musical repertoire.
Ukulele is a beautiful instrument which is not so complicated, yet highly versatile. A lot of us want to play guitar or any other instrument, but since these instruments are pretty expensive and so are their learning lessons, we often hold back because of the kind of investment that it requires.
Therefore, for such people ukulele can be a great starting point since both, the ukulele and ukulele lessons, are not very expensive and its pretty easy to learn. This can help you build confidence for playing other instruments as well and could act as a great motivator to pursue your interest in music.