What’s the first instrument that pops into your head when you think of Hawaii?
You probably think of the humble ukulele thanks to the song “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Although the song was originally recorded for The Wizard of Oz, Hawaiian ukulele player Israel Kamakawiwo’ole released his cover that has earned over 500 million views on YouTube.
There’s a reason why it’s nearly impossible to find someone who hasn’t heard his song. His beautiful voice complemented by the simplicity of his melodies touches everyone.
You may not think of the ukulele as glamorous, but this tiny instrument has wormed its way into the hearts of millions of people.
If you’ve always wanted to learn how to play an instrument but felt too intimidated, the ukulele can be your perfect match. Besides being undeniably charming, the ukulele has so much more to offer.
Here are 15 reasons why you should learn to play the ukulele.
1. Ukuleles Are Affordable
You’re probably asking yourself, “Should I buy a ukulele?”The answer is definitely yes!
Unless you plan on starting a professional band that tours around the world, you don’t need to break the bank when you buy a new ukulele. Depending on how much money you’re willing to spend, you can get a great ukulele for around $50.
Be aware that there are super cheap ukuleles out there for $20, but you get what you pay for. The best thing to do is search for reliable sellers who have good reviews and fair prices.
Other instruments usually cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars. It doesn’t make sense to pay that much money when you’re trying something new. What happens if you don’t like the instrument or you only want something to play casually as a hobby?
If you do decide to get more serious about your ukulele playing, you can always upgrade while still paying a reasonable amount.
2. They’re Easy to Learn
With all of the information and tutorials online, learning to play the ukulele has never been easier. You don’t need to spend countless hours trying to decipher sheet music. There are plenty of videos that demonstrate how to play certain chords, tabs, or offer other helpful tips.
If you’re a visual learner, then watching someone else play can be helpful. If you need to read something, then learning how to decipher tabs is a painless process.