The concert ukulele, also sometimes called an alto ukulele, is a mid-sized ukulele. The length is 23 inches, compared to the soprano, which is the smallest ukulele at 21 inches in length. Unlike the soprano ukulele, this type of ukulele can come with six strings as well as four. It produces a deeper, more alto sound than the soprano ukulele, which is the reason some people prefer it to the standard ukulele. The price is not as inexpensive as the soprano ukulele, but it won't set you back hundreds either. It is bigger and, some say, easier to hold than the smaller standard ukulele.
The part of the ukulele called the scale is the length where the strings are playable. Usually it can go from the nut at the top to the bridge of the ukulele. This differs among the four standard types of ukuleles. The soprano has a 13" scale whereas the alto ukulele has a 15" scale. This gives you more room for your fingers, and can make it more comfortable to play for people with larger hands.
It really is an individual choice as to whether you want the standard soprano ukulele or you want to upgrade to the alto ukulele right away. You can start with a soprano, if you want something very inexpensive, or you can go straight to the alto ukulele if you know that your hands would be more comfortable with a longer scale. There is no right or wrong decision when you are buying a ukulele. All the different types have their own unique sound and are fun and easy to learn and play.Return to Types of Ukuleles