What are the Different Sizes of Ukulele – Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone(I)

- Mar 21, 2019 -

Ukulele sizes mean a lot visually and sonically, but almostnothing when it comes to actually playing music (except for your familiarity with the feel of the instrument). Different strokes for different folks. It’s a matter of personal preference what sized uke you decide to call your own then could you be loved ukelele.


Soprano Ukulele

What is a soprano ukulele?The most common and standard type of ukulele is the soprano ukulele. It’s the smallest ukulele and is known for its thin, jangly sound so commonly associated with ukuleles. Because it’s so small, its perfect for traveling.


Sometimes people with larger fingers or hands have trouble playing the soprano ukulele because thefretsare closer together. Because the strings have less tension on a soprano uke, you might find it easy to accidentally bend a string out of tune.


Despite these relatively minor downsides, the soprano ukulele is probably the best bang for the buck. In comparison to other types of ukuleles, it can usually be had for the cheapest price.

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Concert Ukulele

The concert ukulele, sometimes referred to as the alto, is just a little bit bigger than the soprano and some would consider it to have a fuller sound. It’s commonly tuned in standard like the soprano uke although some people will opt to tune their G down an octave (linear tuning).


Because a concert uke is longer than a soprano, there will be more tension on the strings. This can be beneficial if you find yourself bending strings out of tune as you press your fingers down on the strings against the frets.


The frets are a bit more spaced on a concert ukulele than the soprano, so folks with larger fingers might find it easier to play. There can be up to 20 frets on a concert ukulele which allows players to navigate to higher notes on the fretboard.


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