Ukuleles have been steadily maintaining another surge in popularity for the last 10 to 20 years, but they’ve enjoyed several resurgences over the previous 130 years or so. This four-stringed instrument has its roots in both European and Hawaiian cultures, and has enjoyed alternating popularity and shunning within the pop music community for decades. You might associate it with Hawaiian luaus or twee characters played by Zooey Deschanel, but it’s a popular—and fun—instrument to learn, whether you’re a seasoned guitar player or a total musical newbie.
Read on to learn how to choose the right size ukulele for you, and then come check out the ukuleles for sale in Woodward, OK at Devine’s Electronics Authorized Radio Shack Dealer.
History of the ukulele
The ukulele came to Hawaii from Portugal in 1879, where it was called a cavaquinho. An instant hit, Hawaiians glommed onto the instrument, the sound of which is practically synonymous with island life and tiki kitsch. The instrument faded in and out of popularity—there have been resurgences on the mainland in the 1920s, 1950s and the early 2000s.
Choosing the right size ukulele
There are four main types of ukuleles: baritone (largest), tenor, concert and soprano (smallest). The right kind of ukulele will depend on your budget, what you’ll be using it for and the size. The smaller sizes will also have tighter fingerboards than a larger tenor or baritone ukulele.
The best way to figure out what size is right for you is to physically handle the instrument yourself. You need to be able to hold it comfortably and reach the frets strings, so come to Devine’s Electronics and try them all on for size. Baritone ukuleles have 18 or more frets and are tuned differently, but since they’re spaced out more, they’re often more comfortable for larger hands to play. Compare that to soprano ukuleles, which are significantly smaller and only have 12 to 15 frets.
If you’re a beginner, you might opt for a less expensive option that won’t break the bank, especially if you never quite get the hang of playing. For more advanced players, you might want to invest in a nicer model that will give you the sound quality you desire. Unless you’re planning on performing or recording, you can safely purchase a fully acoustic ukulele—but if you want to be the next YouTube star or perform at your grandparents’ Hawaiian-themed vow renewal, consider an acoustic-electric model that will allow you to plug it into an amp or recorder.
Ukuleles for sale in Woodward, OK
Devine’s Electronics Authorized Radio Shack Dealer has a selection of quality, affordable ukuleles for sale in Woodward, OK so you can get started learning your new favorite musical instrument. We also offer computers and computing equipment, cell phones and other premium electronics. Still not sure which type of ukulele to choose? Our friendly staff can help you find just the right instrument. Call or stop by today to learn more and check out our selection!
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