History and Information about the Ukulele
The ukulele was developed in the 19th century in Hawaii, as an adaptation of a Portuguese instrument called a machete. The most common ukulele is the soprano variety, but it also comes in several other sizes and tunings. The ukulele is used quite a bit in folk and pop music, and a lot of classical, blues, or rock music written for guitar or other instruments can be adapted for the ukulele. So when you learn the ukulele, you will have a wide range of songs and music to choose from.
When to Start on the Ukulele
You can start ukulele lessons as young as age 5 or 6, depending on a student’s dexterity and fine motor skills.
Getting a Ukulele
Please call us for a recommendation of a store from which you can purchase or rent a ukulele. For very young students, it is recommended to rent 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 will provide repair services for instruments that they rent out.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Ukulele
Most books and many supplies are available online. Give us a call for a local store recommendation. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help you find the best stores or dealers in your area and provide you with additional resources.