Variations of Standard Ukulele Types

- Apr 05, 2019-

There are a lot of other kinds of ukulele that you may like to investigate. There are many variations in the body of traditional sopranos, and each body’s preferences are mainly attributed to personal opinions. Here we have highlighted some of the changes you may encounter with ukulele, but this is not a complete list – it is worth noting that different types of ukuleles are constantly being developed, and the popularity of each type can come and go, depending on who is picking them up and playing them!

8-string ukulele

The 8-string ukulele is very similar to the mandolin or 12-string guitar because it has 4 sets of 2 pairs of strings that can be tuned in several different ways ,depending on the individual ukulele settings. 8-string ukule can be tuned with string pairs in the same octave, each pair is octave, or (most commonly) between two types of tuning the mix of. The most common 8-string mixing tuning for soprano, concert or tenor 8 is: G4-G3, C3-C4, E3-E3, A4-A4. Tuning in this way helps maintain the unique ukulele sound while still enriching the range. The 8-string ukulele is mainly used for playing rather than picking.

Cutaway Design 23 Inch Sapele Wood Ukulele

Section ukulele

The term “cross-sectional view” is used to describe a stringed instrument in which the right hand shoulder is “cut” to make it easier to play on the top part of the instrument. Cutaway ukulele can usually be found in music stores because this style feature is often added to all four major types of ukulele – although it is more common in concerts, tenors and baritone not a soprano.

Electric ukulele

Ukuleles can produce sound electronically either through using a pick-up or a plug-in, or by being designed as a fully-electric instrument without a resonant body. Pick-ups or plug-ins on ukuleles are quite common, whereas fully electric instrument are a little rarer, possibly due to their lack of flexibility (and price) as compared to a semi-acoustic. You may wish to use an electric ukulele, or a pick-up with your usual acoustic uke if you perform in front of a large audience, or if you perform in an area with low acoustics where sound can easily be ‘lost’ (for example, outside).

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