Want to play the Ukulele, but you haven’t mastered the skill quite yet and you’re still a beginner? There is more than one type of ukulele and if you are looking to buy one then you will need to choose the best one for you. Ukulele’s come in soprano, concert, tenor, baritone, or hybrids. I would steer clear of baritones and hybrids for a newbie. Here are the top 5 ukuleles that are recommended for beginners.
Best Christmas Ukulele Picks
Makala Dolphin Soprano Ukulele
Priced under $50 this ukulele comes in 9 different colors. They are made out of plastic but have a great tone and they are easy to play. It is suggested that you upgrade the strings but this one is easy to through in your backpack and get playing.
Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele
The Lanikai is priced approximately $100 it’s easy to play and has 12 frets (the string you play). If you are looking for a ukulele with the look of a “real” ukulele then this one is for you. The Lanikai has laminate wood; the only drawback is that you may have to tune the strings often depending on how hard you play.
Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele
Just a side note; soprano ukulele’s are the closest to the real thing fashioned in Hawaii in the 1800’s and they are most recommended for youth because of their size. If you have bigger hands moving up to a concert ukulele maybe a better option. However, the Cordoba also comes in soprano and tenor sizes. The finish is mahogany.
Kala KA-T Mahogany Tenor Ukulele
This is another easy to play ukulele for people with bigger hands. The Kala is easy easier to hold with bigger hands and the Kala brand is well known. This is another one that is available in soprano and concert sizes.
Lanikai S-T Solid Spruce Tenor Ukulele
This Ukulele is solid wood with spruce on top and a mahogany back and sides. A solid wood ukulele will sound better than the laminate versions especially when they age. The Lankai is approximately $260, but shop around for this one you can catch some pretty good deals and pick one up for under $200.
Final thoughts on buying a ukulele for Christmas
One thing’s for sure, if you are new to purchasing a ukulele and you are taking learning to play seriously you do not want to purchase a model that is too cheap. Also be conservative about spending one of the worst things that can happen is you find out you hate playing the ukulele and you spent tons of money on it. Sound and quality are most important when you are learning to play. Another thing to steer clear of is anything to weird or heavily decorated.