Ukulele is one of the most popular instruments these days.
The reason for its popularity is
(1) light and portable, easy to practice in the house
(2) the comfort and fashion of the gentle tone
(the atmosphere of the room changes even if it is decorated as an interior),
and it is one of the musical instruments that can be matched to the lifestyle of older people, women, and children who want to start playing musical instruments in the future.
In addition, it is recommended to start with parents and children in the home where there is a child.
This time, for those who are thinking of starting such a ukulele, I would like to introduce what kind of ukulele should be purchased first and how to practice.
1. Where to buy ukulele and how to buy it
First of all, where on earth should I buy a ukulele?
There are some shops that specialize in ukulele, but even ordinary musical instrument shops around them should generally deal with it, so I recommend that you actually take it in your hand there.
The reason is that it is a “sense of size” described below or it is different for individuals.
You can also purchase the actual purchase in the online shop.
In addition, I think that there are some people who do not have an instrument shop nearby, so if you search on YOUTUBE, you can check the review videos and sounds.
2. How to choose your first ukulele
If you look at the musical instrument shop in the shopping mall once, you can see that the ukulele corner has a wide variety of exhibits next to piano and guitar.
The price range is about 2,000 yen to tens of thousands of yen in any shop, and there are more than 100,000 expensive ones, and the size and shape are slightly different, so what to choose as the first one is the best place to wonder.
Therefore, I will describe the recommendation together with a simple overview.
2-1. Ukulele size
First of all, the size of the ukulele is roughly divided into the following four.
The lower you go, the larger your physique, and the more volume and sound you’ll have.
soprano size (standard),
For the first time is recommended soprano size.
The size that is the basis of the ukulele is the one that is commonly used in the soprano type.
I think that the image of the tone and appearance of the so-called ukulele is a soprano.
However, since the ukulele is something to play with it, it becomes important to have a sense of hold that suits the individual’s body.I think that there are times when the concert is more suitable for those with large hands and bodies, so if you are worried about yourself, it is a good idea to actually try it in the shop.
In addition, if it is better to be smaller, such as in the case of children and women, the smaller the physique, the more likely it is to produce sound and the stability of the tuning of the pitch becomes severe, so the soprano is still just right.
2-2. Manufacturers and Prices
The manufacturer’s name and its symbol mark are written on the head (head) of the ukulele.
There are various manufacturers, but it is available at a general musical instrument store, and the made in JAPAN brand named FAMOUS (Famous) is typical and recommended in that there is little anxiety even online.
Is it a YAMAHA-like position in the piano and the guitar?
It is not particularly unique, but the quality and price are reasonable.
The price varies depending on the material and the making, but basically the better the material is used, the higher the price, and the better the tone.
In a rough image, I think that the quality and the quality of the sound change remarkably around 5,000 yen or less, around 10,000 yen, 2~30,000 yen or more.
I do not recommend the one of 5,000 yen or less because the making itself is miscellaneous, and it breaks immediately.I think that there is no problem if it becomes more than 10,000 yen.
In particular, from around 20,000 yen or more, the main difference in specifications, such as whether the making of ukulele is veneer or plywood.If you want something good or care about specs, you can check the difference between the single plate / plywood, and try to listen and compare the difference of the actual sound.
I think that even beginners can understand the difference in sound if you listen to it and compare it, but I think that the rest is a balance between the commitment and wallet circumstances of whether or not to add 10,000 yen to the difference.
In addition, there is also a price difference due to rarity and brandability of more prices, and it has already become a world of real preference.
When my son was one year old, he gave us a ukulele for children, but we decorated the 2,000 yen ukulele from MAHALO, the cheapest musical instrument store, with stickers from Disney’s Cars, which my son liked.
At the same time, I purchased a ukulele called FAMOUS FS-5 for myself.
From the time my son became a kindergarten student, he began to understand how to handle ukuleles and began to play it a little, and he began to use mine.
Even children seem to understand the difference, and after starting using FS-5, it has become the main machine of children exclusively, but above all, it is easy to play and the sound is good.
So, as one of the recommended is FS-5 of FAMOUS!
In addition, if it is for really small children, it may be possible to customize and use the super cheap ukulele for the time being like our home.
The material affects the appearance and tone.
For now, you should think of this as a matter of taste.
3. What else you need besides the ukulele body
One of the good things about ukulele is that it is OK as long as there is a main body.
Therefore, you can start the rest while watching YOUTUBE on your smartphone.
Still, as a good thing to buy at the same time as the main body, it is around the tuner, teaching book and sheet music for tuning the strings and sounds.
Because the tuner and the string are not at the stage to stick to the special, I think that there is no problem with the one that it is a set and the recommended one of the clerk.
It is good to try the score to what you like, but for what was just right to work with the child, I hope that beginners and children can refer to the article of the recommended practice song.
How did you like it?
This time I introduced how to choose the ukulele for the first time.
Get your favorite first ukulele!