The ukulele and the guitar are two amazing instruments that have a lot in common, but also many strong differences. Both instruments are easy to carry and easy to play, but everything from size and construction to tuning and playing chords is completely different. If you know how to play one instrument you can certainly play the other, but there are many small differences that you need to know to become familiar with the ukulele and/or guitar.
The ukulele is an instrument that offers much of the same variety as the guitar, except that it has a certain character that the guitar does not have. Ukuleles are of course much smaller than guitars. This makes them accessible to both young people and people with smaller hands. Plus, they can be taken and played anywhere. Their size makes it much easier to learn and play for beginners. Therefore, many chord shapes and finger movements are the same on the guitar and ukulele. Because of this, there is a lot of overlap between the skills required to learn the guitar and the ukulele.
- It’s Easy to Learn
- It’s Affordable
- It’s Portable
- It’s Fun and Friendly
- They Just Sound Great
- Songs Easily Adapt to the Ukulele
The guitar is an instrument that many people fall in love with at a young age. It gives the player plenty of room to roam. By this, we mean that the guitar is an extremely versatile instrument that offers the possibility of a lot of expressions. You can also purchase pedals, amps, tools, and enhancements to tweak the guitar’s tone. Even the simplest distinction between guitars – acoustic and electric – offers the player a clear difference in sound and leads to different playing styles.
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Which One Should You Play
Guitar tone qualities
Guitars are louder and have more bass than ukuleles. This is mainly due to the guitar’s larger body, larger pitch range, and high tension steel strings.
Ukulele sound qualities
Compared to the guitar, ukuleles have a quieter, softer sound that focuses more on the highs. I’ve seen people describe the tone of a ukulele as smooth, sweet, or harp-like.
- Made of metal (usually)
- High tension
- The loud, bright tone
- Made of nylon or similar flexible synthetic material
- Low tension
- The softer, warmer tone
The ukulele is smaller, easy to carry, easier to learn, has a higher-pitched tone, and is cheaper to buy. On the other hand, the guitar is bigger than the ukulele. A standard guitar has six strings attached, while a standard ukulele only has four strings attached. The ukulele can be more difficult for people with large hands, the range is limited. Guitars are suitable for different styles and tones of music, but they are more expensive, less portable, and have a steeper learning curve.
There are only two types of guitars: acoustic and electric. The ukulele, on the other hand, has four classic types: soprano, concert (or alto), tenor, and baritone (the largest ukulele).