ukulele information

History and Information

The ukulele (“uke” for short) was developed in the 19th century in Hawaii. It is based on a Portuguese instrument called a machete. The most common size is the soprano, but it also comes in several other sizes and ranges (including tenor and baritone). Many different genres of music use the uke, including folk and pop music. A lot of classical, blues, or rock music written for guitar or other instruments can be adapted for it as well. So you have a wide range of choices when it comes to repertoire for your ukulele!

When to Start

Students can start ukulele lessons as young as age 5 or 6, depending on a student’s dexterity and fine motor skills. Most instructors will incorporate reading music into their lessons, so students should know at least some reading and counting fundamentals. The ukulele is great for anyone who is interested in learning a fretted instrument (like a guitar) and wants to start small.

Getting a Ukulele

For very young students, we recommended renting instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most stores provide repair services for instruments that they rent out. We can give you recommendations for places near you to buy or rent your ukulele. Please contact us, and be sure to include your location!

Books and Supplies

Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate. Most books and many supplies, including strings and cases, are available online. We can recommend stores near you where you can purchase supplies and music for your ukulele if you prefer to do so in person. Please contact us, and again, remember to tell us where you live!

**Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.**

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