More and more people are getting fascinated by the ukulele instrument. In our markets today, there are already a lot of ukulele types available. These numerous types have developed due to the growing number of beginners and experienced musicians alike who are starting to have a fondness for this instrument. These different types were also developed in order to accommodate interested buyers who come from different musical backgrounds and skill levels. The different types of ukulele can be mainly categorized into three groups: the standard ukulele, the hybrid ukuleles and different variations of the standard ukuleles.
The Standard Ukuleles
The standard ukuleles are divided into four main kinds – the soprano ukulele, the concert ukulele, the tenor ukulele and the baritone ukulele. Among all of these, the most common and well-known is the soprano ukulele. It is also the smallest and its size makes it perfect for people who are interested in doing a lot of chord strumming and are interested in hearing the traditional ukulele sound. The concert ukulele is pretty similarly built to the soprano, but it is larger and has more frets. You will still be able to produce the traditional ukulele sound, but you will have more room on the fret board. The tenor is larger compared to the standard and concert ukuleles. It has a longer neck which allows more intricate strumming and playing. Due to its larger body, you will be able to produce a full and guitar-like sound. Lastly, the baritone ukulele is typically seen as more like a guitar rather than a ukulele. This is because it is usually tuned using linear tuning and its strings are also tuned similar to the tuning of the top 4 strings in a guitar. The baritone ukulele is roughly about 30 inches long and has more than 18 frets – depending on the model.
The Hybrid Ukuleles
The hybrid ukuleles are a mixture between a ukulele and another instrument such as a banjo or a bass guitar. Beforehand, these instruments were not possible to construct, but with the help of the advancement of our technology, and due to the creation of different synthetic materials, hybrid ukuleles have been developed. Hybrid ukuleles are not easy to find, even in music stores. However, the bass ukulele is pretty popular since it accurately covers the same range as that of a bass guitar. Due to this, it can be used as a practice bass – this means that a bass player can practice without using the full sized and heavy electric bass. Hybrids were engineered in order to create a different sound, feel or style to music. Samples of hybrid ukuleles include the bass ukulele, the harp ukulele, the banjo ukulele, the lap steel ukulele and the guitar ukulele.
The Variations of the Standard Ukuleles
Aside from the standard and the hybrid ukuleles, there are a lot of other kinds of ukuleles that you might be interested in. Due to different demands, there are many body distinctions on the traditional soprano ukulele and etc. Each body type of the ukulele can also be altered and it ultimately depends on the preference of the buyer. Variation of standard ukuleles may include ukuleles which are varied in body shape such as the cutaway ukulele or the pineapple ukulele. There are also ukuleles which have more strings like the 8 stringed ukuleles. Some other variations of standard ukuleles includes the piccolo/sopranino ukulele and the electric ukulele.