How to Choose Your Favorite from the Different Types of Ukuleles

All types of ukuleles are very versatile instruments - you'll continue to play them for a very long time!

The four classic types that you'll come to love are: the soprano, the concert (sometimes called alto), the tenor, and the baritone. They all use the same type of basic fretboard.

You should know that each type is a different size and has a different range, so let's take a closer look at each.


How to Choose from the Four Types of Ukulele

  • Soprano - the standard ukulele and the one most easily recognized because it is the tiniest and its tone is typically the one associated with ukuleles. If you're a newbie wanting to learn the ukulele, it is very likely that you'll get a soprano ukulele!

  • Concert - also referred to as the alto ukulele, has a fuller tone, which may or may not appeal to you. It is slightly larger than the soprano model having a 15" scale compared to 13" on the soprano, so it's a better choice if you have larger hands.

  • Tenor - has an even fuller tone and is larger than the concert ukulele. This type can come with different numbers of strings, 4 strings or 6-strings; you can even get an 8-string type of ukulele as a tenor.

  • Baritone - This is the largest of all the ukulele types and resembles a mini-guitar. You even hae to tune it like a guitar. It has the deepest tone out of all the ukuleles. Once you get a hang of it, baritone ukulele music is super fun to play! Here's a baritone ukulele chord chart to help you learn the chords.

But there's more! Aside from these four classic types, there are other variations that might tickle your fancy like the Cutaway Concert Ukulele and the Bass Ukulele.

But there's more! Aside from these four classic types, there are other variations that might tickle your fancy.

There is the pineapple ukulele that has - you guessed - a pineapple shape. Then there are other shapes that look more triangular too. Some of these are called fluke ukuleles and, as you can imagine, they each have their own distinctive tones giving different sounds to the type of ukulele music that you like to play.

So here you are, you have the four classic types plus other variations to choose from, go ahead and pick your favorite!

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