Aug 26

3 Good Reasons to Play the Ukulele

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The Ukulele

The ukulele is a terrific instrument for many different reasons.  It is a frugal instrument extraordinaire.

Sound

First, it sounds amazing.  The best way that I can describe the sound is to ask you to imagine a pina colada playing the guitar with a straw hat and oversized sunglasses on.  Very cool, very simple, very laid back, very frugal.

Easy to Learn

The Ukulele

Secondly, it is a pretty easy instrument to learn how to play.  It is a great ‘starter’ instrument for children, teenagers, or adults alike who want to give a new instrument a try without having to struggle for years with the ‘when will it sound good’ stage (do you remember elementary school strings concerts?).  It has only four strings compared with the six or even twelve strings of a guitar.  For a good indication about how easy or complicated something is take a look at the size of a book that tells you how to do it.  The ukulele book that I have is no more than around fifty pages, the book that I have about blogging is around seven hundred pages.   It is an easy instrument to learn (especially for a blogger).

Inexpensive

Finally, ukuleles are inexpensive.  I have fallen into the trap of spending money on a new interest of mine only to find that I am no longer interested in it before my credit card statement even arrives the following month.  A ukulele is a good starting point if you or someone else (or your nagging teenager) wants to try out a stringed instrument to see if a genuine interest is there before committing the big bucks.  A good quality ukulele seems to run around $50-$60 dollars brand new.  Check out thrift stores, your attic, or pawn shops for even less expensive options.

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Author: Jason Milburn Google

Frugal dad – focusing my money and energy towards happiness and the things that matter most since around 1985.

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