Back To School: Beginner Ukuleles

Published on 03 September 2020

Sometimes, it’s not all about the guitar.

Woah, I know. A pretty bold statement to make considering our name but sometimes you just can’t beat busting out some happy tunes on the humble ukulele

There's no denying the ukulele's charm, with its happy tone and playability, it sure is the perfect pick-me-up instrument and one that is super fun to play. The ukulele has enjoyed a huge resurgence in popularity over recent years, with some of our favourite singer-songwriters taking to the stage armed with nothing but a ukulele. 

The ukulele is a great introduction to playing an instrument. It’s small, easy to play and extremely fun to learn. Let’s not forget, they are also super portable, meaning you can bring some Hawaiin sunshine to your day, no matter where you are!

Have you thought about learning the ukulele? Maybe you're a parent of school-age kids, and conversations are beginning to be made about your children earning? 

We want your ukulele experience to the right one for you, or indeed your child. We’ll be looking at two ukuleles from Alvarez who renowned for their quality and value. Today we're be focusing on two models that are more than ideal for any beginner looking to kickstart their ukulele journey. For some background information, ukuleles come in four main varieties: soprano, concert, tenor and baritone, which are all different in size, tonal output and projection. For smaller hands or for a beginner we would recommend either a soprano or concert uke, which is what we will be looking at shortly. 

A little fun fact for you before we dive in: The word Ukulele means ‘jumping flea’ in Hawaiian. Cool, eh? Every day is a school day with guitarguitar.

Okay, let's dive in. 


Alvarez RU22S Soprano Ukulele


Say hello to the Alvarez RU22S! This little guy may be small, but it sure is mighty! This soprano sized ukulele which is the smallest and lightest of the uke family and has that classic 'plinky' sound. Soprano models have a shorter scale length meaning that they’re suitable for beginners and easy to play for even the smallest of hands The shorter scale length also means that it is super straightforward to learn chord shapes and patterns, meaning you'll be able to bust out your favourite tunes in no time!

The mahogany top, back and sides give this uke excellent amount of projection, volume and a soft yet bright tone - all very impressive for such a small instrument. Also, let's not forget the fact that it's super portable - the perfect instrument that you can take virtually anywhere and transport from A to B with ease. Yahoo! 


Alvarez RU22CCE Concert Electro Ukulele


This Concert Electro ukulele from Alvarez is the next size up from a soprano uke, so this model is a little bigger than the RU22S. While still providing that classic bright uke sound, being of the concert variety it offers a slightly different tone to its smaller sibling with a little added depth and richness to it. Its compact, comfortable body size means that it's perfect for someone starting out their ukulele journey, learning chords and ultimately having fun!

Similar to the RU22S, this ukelele has a mahogany top, back and sides - resulting in crisp tonal quality and great sound projection. 

Just because this guy is small in size, doesn't mean you can't plug in and rock out. Yes, you read that right... plug in! With a built-in AUE-20 pick up, EQ and digital tuner, you'll be able to amplify your sound with ease through an acoustic amp or PA system meaning you'll be heard loud and clear every time. Perfect for playing at home (sorry neighbours!) or taking your tunes to the stage! So turn that amp up to 10 and let us here ya!


Final thoughts

Learning to play the ukulele is fun and exciting and is a great introduction into playing an instrument, learning chord shapes, chord patterns and jamming to your favourite tunes. Thanks to it's small, compact size and accessibility, the uke really is a charming instrument and ideal for any beginner. 

Whether you're buying for yourself or someone else, we believe that these two models are a great start to any ukulele playing journey. 



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