By Liam Gordon
There are four main types of ukulele, starting with the smallest and most easily recognisable soprano. This iconic instrument has the sound most people associate with the ukulele. It is the smallest of the family making it the most accessible and easy to begin learning how to play the uke and at a tiny 51cm (20 inches) you can see why this is more ideal for children.
The next size up is the concert ukulele. With a bigger body and slightly longer neck, usually measuring 58cm (23 inches), with more room between the frets it the concert uke is a little more comfortable for bigger hands to play. The cool thing about the concert ukulele however is that regardless of its larger size it still makes the (almost) the same tone as a soprano - only louder!
The tenor size ukulele, In my opinion is most accessable for guitar players due to the scale length of 66cm (26 Inches) providing more room on the fretboard to play chords and scales. This makes the tenor uke a good first choice when purchasing a ukulele for any adult. It's larger body size gives it a more mellow sound than the concert & soprano ukulele.
The guitar and ukulele combine to make the baritone. The largest size in the ukulele family it's scale length is 76cm (30 Inches). The baritone has a deep, warm like tone & sounds similar to a nylon classical guitar. Tuning is also different to the other types of ukulele, being the same as the top for strings of a guitar (E,A,D,G). Not the most popular size as people usually choose to play ukuleles for their portability and the guitar like features make it more guitar than ukulele.
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