In this article we’ll go over 10 reasons why I think everyone should play the ukulele. I really believe the ukulele to be an instrument for everyone. And this would be regardless of age or whether or not you are musically inclined. So you could totally be 3 years old or 83 years old with or without musical knowledge or experience – and you’d still be a great candidate for the ukulele.
As I’ve stated before on my blog, If you want to learn how to play an instrument, the easiest one to get started with is the ukulele. There are so many types of instruments you can choose from, but there is something about the ukulele that makes it unique for those that want to start playing their first instrument. Even if its your second or third, it’s quite a cool instrument to pick up. It has become common, for example, for guitar players to pick up the uke. Many of them get so caught up with the ukulele that they end up spending more time playing it over their other instruments.
So here are 10 reasons why you should get started on the ukulele today.
1. You Can Learn Your First Song in Less Than 3 minutes
This is huge! I mean, I know the feeling of being intimidated or overwhelmed with music lessons. So the learning curve is something to consider. The easier you can learn an instrument – the better, and the faster you can start actually playing it – is even better!
I’ve learned most types of musical genres and styles with a variety of different instruments. As I’ve probably mentioned before – some of the instruments I learned to play are piano, saxophone, accordion, guitar, bass, and some percussion. After years of playing music I can say that none are as beginner-friendly as the ukulele.
I think it’s worth repeating that. The ukulele is probably the best instrument for beginners to play.
With 3 simple chords you can play hundreds of easy ukulele songs. You can do this on other instruments as well. I would say that the simplicity is more unique to the ukulele because not only is it really small, but it only has four strings.
So in my opinion for the purpose of learning, getting aquainted with music and learning sounds by ear I would go for the ukulele hands down. The four strings and smaller fretboard means it’s easier to learn, less intimidating, and you’ll have more time to play fun tunes. And since your limited to fewer strings and to the smaller fretboard, you will be more versatile when you try other instruments. This is only reason number one folks! Ready for number two?
2. It’s Incredibly Fun To Play.
Did you know that when you’re having fun playing an instrument your skills form multiple times faster? Speaking of skills… What if we had a chance to speak with Michael Jordan and see what he says about having fun, now wouldn’t that be incredible? Here’s what MJ has to say: “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”
His advice is simple yet it’s the reason he became who he is today. His biography on the NBA website states that Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. He has truly marked a legacy that will never be forgotten… all because, well, he had a lot of fun playing basketball.
So having fun is a big factor in learning and being consistent with practice. There’s really nothing like having fun playing an instrument. That should be one of the reasons why you play it in the first place! Just ask my buddy Brett McQueen who grew up playing piano and guitar. Once he picked up the ukulele, he had so much fun he couldn’t put it down… and then his website Ukulele Tricks was born.
The ukulele is naturally fun. The sounds you strum will captivate you and others that are listening. I mean, watch and listen to the Gardiner Sisters having fun with a cover song. It makes me want to stop typing and start playing!
3. Small and Easy To Handle
The most popular type of ukulele is the soprano which is only 21 inches long. So handling a ukulele would be significantly easier than handling larger instruments. Using the guitar as an example again, you’ll be working with 6 strings and if we’re talking acoustic guitar then that’s 5 times the body size of a ukulele. The advantage it has of being smaller in size and fewer strings makes it easier for people of all ages to play.
This brings back some nice memories because its the reason I got into the ukulele in the first place. My daughter Abigail turned 3 years old recently. You can guess which instrument suited her really well. Later on she will be able to easily handle larger instruments like drums, electric guitar, bass, etc.
4. Easy For Kids To Play
Speaking of children. It gets me really happy to see kids all the way to seniors playing the ukulele. There are quite a few really young ukulele players that post videos on youtube. Take a look at this one which is a ukulele cover by a 7 year old named Gail Sophicha playing the ukulele really well!
If a 3 year old can handle the uke, you can handle the uke. Tell me that you can’t play ukulele after watching this video… you know you can do it. DO IT, DO IT!!!
5. Easy For Seniors To Play
How about an 83 year old playing the ukulele? Yes, that is Warren Buffett the most successful investor of the 20th century.
He loves playing the uke for fun and does an amazing job as well.
So if he can play the ukulele, why would you think you can’t? Check him out playing ukulele and be inspired to learn and have fun.
6. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Plays Ukulele
Yeah, he’s totally a great reason why you should pick up the ukulele if you haven’t already. It’s no wonder that the ukulele is such a beloved instrument. The sounds it creates invites a happy and feel good vibe that relaxes you and makes you forget about the troubles and pressures of life. This may sound a bit cliche but its the truth. When I get home from a long day, I get refreshed with just a couple of minutes playing.
This is why even celebrities enjoy playing the ukulele. If you’ve seen the movie Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, than you probably noticed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson sporting a nice ukulele and playing the great classic What A Wonderful World. Interestingly enough, it wasn’t just an act for the movie. He really does know how to play the ukulele!
Check this video out and see for yourself:
7. President Obama Can Strum Some Chords Too
Okay – I don’t know exactly to what extent he plays. But I would venture to guess he probably does in his leisure time. President Obama goes to Hawaii often with his family so he’s gotten as close to the heart of the ukulele as can be.
It’s inspiring to see not only the President but celebrities as well and people from all walks of life playing the ukulele. The following pictures shows John Lennon, Dwayne Johnson, Bill Cosby, Elvis Presley, Taylor Swift, James Franco, President Barack Obama, and Ryan Gosling.
Some of them in these pictures actually played the ukulele often in their career, especially Taylor Swift. Whether you want to learn the ukulele to become a star or just want to learn for a fun learning experience, the ukulele is for everyone.
8. You Will Be A Happier Person
Life is serious. Life is also very tough. Maybe your having a horrible day at work, or stressed out about the bills and other stuff you’ve got to take care of.
Worry not my friend… I dare you to whip out the ukulele and play “What A Wonderful World”.
I guarantee that this will change your perspective and shift your focus to the goodness around you. While you’re at it, your stress will run away from you because, uh yeah, it’s that scared of the ukulele. Seriously.
It also helps to make funny faces when nobody is looking.
9. Easy To Buy At Low Price
You can buy the best ukulele for beginners at a very decent price. Prices range from $30 to about $100 for a beginner ukulele. The most popular to buy go for about $50 for this Kala or about $80 for this Lanikai. But the key here is that starter ukuleles for beginners are very economical.
When I was looking to get my first saxophone, guess what, I found out that the Yamaha student model for the alto saxophone costs around $1,500. To get a decent piano or guitar you would have to shell out a couple of hundred bucks for a Yamaha or Fender.
So starting on the uke is that much easier. My first ukulele was a Kala for only about $50 and I’ve learned a TON on this ukulele just having fun and learning different techniques.
10. Very Portable – You can take it anywhere!
You can take the uke anywhere you’d like without the hassle. It’s extremely lightweight so the size makes it easy to take to any occasion you want. Here’s a true story… When my wife goes shopping, I often take the uke and just wait for her in the car while playing some tunes. Let’s just say she knows how to take her time 🙂
If you ever travel with a ukulele, you’ll be able to take it as your carry-on. I’ve heard horror stories of musicians who go on tour and leave their instruments with other fully loaded luggage being transferred at the airport. Those instruments sometimes come back damaged or missing altogether. So you can play it safe by carrying it with you. Isn’t that cool?
So these are 10 really good points as to why everyone should play ukulele. Get started on learning how to play ukulele today with easy ukulele songs to help you along the way.
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