10 Reasons why the ukulele is the perfect instrument

Why do I love the ukulele? Let me count the ways…

1. Ukuleles take up less space than a standard sized guitar. Below you see the case for my Collings OOO2H in the background and my Pono concert sized ukulele in the foreground. The Collings is a small body guitar, so as you can see, you could store 2 or 3 ukes in the same space that a guitar requires πŸ™‚

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2. Whenever you tell someone that you play a ukulele, they give you the same kind of look that your dog does when you are trying to tell him something really wise and profound. You know that look, it’s kind like this:

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3. The ukulele has four strings. Playing an instrument with four strings is easier than playing one with six strings. So, if you’ve ever tried the guitar and ended up frustrated, you should give the uke a try! You’ll most likely be able to play a song within minutes of picking one up.

4. You know the uke is cool when you tune it by singing “My dog has fleas…”.

5. A ukulele will fit easily into any car, no matter how small.

6. The ukulele online community is a great group of people that are supportive and helpful! Check the forums links section on my home page…

7. The ukulele comes in various shapes and styles. There are regular classic style ukes, like the Kiwaya KTS-7. There are also ukes made of plastic, banjo ukes, cigar box ukes, boat paddle shaped ukes and probably lots more that I don’t even know about yet.

8. A ukulele can elevate a goofy person to uber-stardom. Case in point:

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Tiny Tim of Tiptoe Through the Tulips song fame. If you think I’m making fun of goofy people, I’m the goofiest goof you’ll ever meet. So there πŸ™‚

9. Loving the ukulele gives you a perfect excuse for making a trip to Hawaii! Every self professed uke enthusiast, must make a trip to the mother land at some point in their life.

10. No matter who you are, your physical size, your age or your prior musical experience, you can learn to play the uke. And once you pick one up, you’ll never want to put it down. πŸ™‚

Ok, now it’s your turn. What are your reasons for loving this little instrument?

8 Responses to “10 Reasons why the ukulele is the perfect instrument”

  1. I am guessing I will love it because it is small enough to carry around on vacation and will undoubtedly be a conversation starter and a way to meet new people.

    And also, because all the cool kids have one! πŸ™‚

  2. I’ve been a children’s librarian / storyteller / puppeteer for a long time; I’ve taken a uke with me all over the place, and I know there’s no better way to charm a rowdy group of kids than to start singing with a uke. The sound is whimsical and happy – it catches people’s attention through its simplicity. Its coolness comes from its lack of coolness / pretension.

  3. 11. Potential for more ‘ukuleles to be built out of a given chunk of our dwindling supply of Koa, Honduras mahogany, Madagascar ebony……

    12. Happy Children. Everytime I’ve played with young children around it creates a smile on their faces, laughter in their voices and a twinkle in their eyes. They may not be impressed with my playing, but are at least happy! Makes me feel happy. Something about the sound & size that attracts them. Let them play your uke. Teach them a chord. They are hooked. The next generation. Gen’Uku.

  4. koa:
    That’s what I think is so cool about some of the new ukes that I keep seeing on eBay lately. Different woods are being used everyday. Mango, Acadia, Zebrawood, even bamboo!

  5. because i LOVE IT! =)
    simple as that. hahahah
    my kala mango soprano always brings a smile to my face.
    And i agree, the ukulele community are a great bunch of people, really grrrrreat.
    Cheers
    Don-Singapore.

  6. Joseph Thomas on June 27th, 2009 at 10:49 pm

    I agree with reason #3. I put down the guitar twice in my life. Now I’m picking up the ukulele.

  7. The ukulele satisfies all my musical tastes and ability: you can chop bluegrass, use classical arpegios, twang cowboy songs, play rapid jazz chord riffs, and finally, because of its micro range its a great instument with which to figure out meolodies. AND my family has more patience when I sit a noodle on it for some reason.

  8. Ummm…I have so many instruments laying around here, and I reach for the Uke all the time…
    It is impossible to have a bad day when the Ukulele is at your side

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