Arguably the most popular size of ukulele, the concert ukulele is a great choice for all. Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or George Harrison-esque multi-award winning superstar, a concert ukulele is always going to feel comfortable in your hands. A concert uke is slightly larger than the soprano and has a longer scale of 382mm and, typically, four nylon strings. Here at Kenny's Music we have a lovely selection of the best concert ukuleles, from Leho to Tanglewood and Fender, we will have something to suit you and fulfil your George Formby dreams!
The concert ukulele, a delightful and versatile musical instrument, has captured the hearts of musicians and music enthusiasts worldwide. Evolving from its Hawaiian roots, this pint-sized wonder has established itself as an emblem of joy and merriment. With a unique blend of charming sound and portable design, the concert ukulele has left an indelible mark on the world of music.
The concert ukulele's small size and lightweight nature make it a beloved companion for musicians on the go. Its portability has led to its soaring popularity across the globe, making it accessible to people of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Its cheerful, uplifting tunes have brought smiles to audiences in intimate gatherings and grand stages alike.
Q: Are concert ukuleles good for beginners?
A: Concert ukuleles are a fantastic option if you're a beginner looking to dip your toes into the world of ukes. Concert ukuleles are a little bit bigger than their smaller sibling, the soprano, meaning there is some more space between the frets. If you have slightly larger fingers, this will feel a little more comfortable as you won't have to cram your fingers between smaller frets. From our experience, concert ukuleles are the most common and most popular, so you have a lot more choices when it comes to this body size. If you appreciate trying a lot of different models out for size, you'll have much more to choose from.
Q: What is the hardest part of learning the ukulele?
A: Although the ukulele offers quite a quick learning progression there are still factors that beginners will have to overcome. Chord changes will take a complete beginner some time to feel comfortable, like any stringed instrument, it'll feel a little alien at first. Next up is painful fingers, granted, ukuleles use softer nylon strings which are a bit more finger-friendly than steel strings but if you've not built up those calluses they will still nip a little after long playing sessions. Lastly, is finding time! Modern life is busy, but always try and set aside 15/20 minutes a day as short and often practice is way more beneficial than less frequent longer sessions.
Q: How much should a beginner spend on a ukulele?
A: Now this answer will be different for everyone since there are varying budgets out there. If money is no object, then you should spend your money on the ukulele that feels most comfortable for you, regardless of the price tag. If this happens to be a £300 ukulele then go for it! You're learning will come on leaps and bounds if you go for the one that feels the nicest in your hands. However, if you want to keep things a bit more strict then a budget between £50-£150 is a good spread that will cover a lot of good quality ukuleles.