"If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place." - Jake Shimabukuro
Playing Ukulele is becoming increasingly popular. The instrument often gives a summer feeling to people, is easy to learn, to play and is much cheaper than an equally sufficient guitar.
A ukulele has the same sound as an acoustic guitar with a capo on the fifth fret, but since an ukulele only has four strings, this is easier to play for many people. Whether you want to play 'I'm Yours' from Jason Mraz, or learn the songs from Jake Shimabukuro or Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, there is something for everyone!
Different types of ukuleles
How a ukulele should be tuned depends on what you have, since you have different ukuleles. The different ukuleles that you can find on our site are: Bass ukulele, Baritone ukulele, Tenor ukulele and Soprano ukulele. The standard Soprano ukulele is tuned to: G C E A.
The Concert ukulele was developed in the 1920s as a slightly larger variant of the Soprano ukulele, with a fuller and deeper sound. This is tuned the same as a bass guitar, so in E-A-D-G.
Not long after, the Tenor was introduced, with more volume and a deeper bass tone. The Tenor has a slightly longer neck with more space between the frets, making this ukulele ideal for fingerpicking. Usually the Tenor is tuned in G-C-E-A. The Baritone ukulele came on the market in the 1940s. The neck of the Baritone is even longer than that of the Tenor variant, and therefore also suitable for players with larger hands and fingers. Unlike other types of ukuleles, this variant is tuned just like the higher four strings of a guitar, so to D-G-B-E. A Baritone can therefore be played like a guitar without the lower E and A strings.
Buy a Ukulele
Curious or do you want to try something different? Then stop by at TFOA, we would love to give you more information and show you how great the Uke can be!