This is a very common question and the short short answer is that this depends on who you are listening to, what they are singing, and where you are. You have your old friend soprano ukulele for beginners; you also have a newbie ukulele player with a short chord progression and a few riffs, who can really give you insight into the potential in these instruments. If you’re a beginner who doesn’t know which instruments are for you, you can always spend some time with a teacher who can point that way out to you.
The other thing that is usually discussed is whether a solo ukulele in a solo ensemble will be an enjoyable experience for you. When a teacher says they’re happy, that’s usually a good sign. Don’t go overboard and think you can always get a solo ukulele in an ensemble. A small repertoire will usually keep a beginner happy, but if you’re a singer who enjoys large, varied repertoire, there are going to be some parts in concert that might turn people off – especially the solo part.
Do ukuleles offer a wider range of possibilities or can you only get a narrow range? Or maybe you want to get a ukulele that you can play in two octaves – but you just don’t feel like learning five or six notes because of your busy schedule at the moment.
I’ve been singing in my soprano ukulele since I was twelve years old. I’ve played in ukulele-flavored groups since then, but I’m mostly a bass player now with some occasional solo work in ukulele as well. I have learned to play this beautiful instrument more slowly than I had any right to.
The first ukuleles I ever loved were the ones I picked up when I was in elementary school. My mother’s father taught me to play basses in an orchestra, so I could use my dad’s old collection of ukuleles and basses that he had saved in an old piano, to teach me to play basses in that instrument. When I went to university, I was given the opportunity to audition for the orchestra and to audition for the chorus; when I won the latter, I decided to pursue ukulele lessons in the university music department.
The first ukuleles I ever loved were the ones I picked up when I was in elementary school. My mother’s father taught me to