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Sergio — Jan 29, 2015 03:41AM HST

Hi, what would you suggest is the best ukulele for a beginner? Soprano or Concert?

Thank you very much

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Andrew Kitakis - Jan 29, 2015 at 06:45PM HST

The Ukulele Site Agent

Depends on their size. Some people find the soprano too small. For others it's perfect. Most of the time I suggest concert or even tenor though. On soprano it's easier for beginners to squeeze the strings out of tune especially when chording. Soprano take some finesse.

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Jody Bennett - Jan 30, 2015 at 12:02AM HST

I teach beginner ukulele to seniors. I find that concert or tenor sizes are easiest to learn on. I also recommend a strap. Makes playing while standing so much easier.

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Morris Bagnall - Jan 30, 2015 at 04:43AM HST

My wife started a year ago on an inexpensive Soprano and fell in love with the sound. When it came time to get her a Christmas present I asked her music teacher if I should go up to a Concert size and he said no. His feeling was that she was gaining skill playing the Soprano size and thereby was used to it but more than that the sound of the Soprano is what she spoke of often.

Of course, different instruments in the Soprano range will sound different but she believes there is a Soprano sound and THAT was most important to her.

So maybe have a listen before you buy and see if a particular sound gets you.

Good luck!

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Annemarie - Jan 30, 2015 at 07:49AM HST

I am a beginner and have currently got a Koaloha KCM- 00 and am extremely pleased with it, I would definitely recommend it to everyone trying his hand on an ukulele.

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Don Howarth - Jan 31, 2015 at 04:52PM HST

Personally, I started with a borrowed Ohana soprano. The short scale was less of a bother than the narrow width at the nut. Today I play a Koaloha Super Concert and one of the things I like best about it is the wider fingerboard it has.
Good luck!

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Wendys O'KIll - Feb 09, 2015 at 01:35PM HST

Interesting comments. I have been playing for just over a year now, I have 2 Sopranos and a Concert. I love my concert, it has a lovely tone. I got a fairly cheap Soprano to start with to see how I got on, then treated myself to a decent Concert. Will definately be getting myself a Kala now I have the Ukulele bug. I was surprised by Andrew's comment that the Soprano needs a bit of finesse. Now I think about it, that makes sense. I had a lot of tuning issues at first!

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Kate Lo - Feb 09, 2015 at 01:35PM HST

i teach 10-12 year olds, and there are some that could benefit from a concert size. Their finger placement is too crunched or smushed for a soprano. They like when they get a chance to play my concert size, which I decided on because my fingers were too crunched on a soprano, too. You need to go to a music store & try them out. Then you will know which one is best for your hand size and body type.

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Peggy Hankins - Feb 09, 2015 at 01:35PM HST

Try before you buy. I am still very much a beginner. I am a small person so I thought the soprano would be best for me. The music store let me try both soprano and concert size and the concert just felt better. I think the important thing is that it feels good and you will want to pick it up and play it. Once you get going though, they are like potato chips, you won't be happy with just one!

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Katriin P - Feb 10, 2015 at 12:23PM HST

I just tried ukulele for the first time and instantly fell in love. Tenor felt the best for me, but that might be because it feels the most similar to the guitar, which I've played before.

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Justin - Feb 26, 2015 at 05:35AM HST

I started with Concert since it's right there in the middle. I like it. I don't think there is a "best" answer here though, except to just get one of all four sizes.

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Nathan - Feb 26, 2015 at 05:35AM HST

I've got particularly big fingers, and am looking for a new uke as I try to learn. I own two sopranos that I've been trying to work on, but I find that the real-estate on the fretboard get's pretty tight pretty fast. Based on only owning sopranos, I'd say as an adult go for a concert or tenor.

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