Ukulele Vs Guitar

by Pete · 9 comments

I’ve been asked so many times “Why ukulele? and why not just pick up the guitar?” Here’s my take on the argument.

Ukulele Pros

  • Easy to learn
  • Relatively cheap
  • Social
  • Fun
  • Flexibility to become technical if you want
  • Portable
  • Relatively uncommon (for now) It’s just a matter of time before it goes mainstream.

Ukulele Cons

  • Some stigma/uncool
  • Lack of depth in sound
  • Limited to a few octaves on the fretboard
  • Lack of books in music stores
  • Some songs just don’t sound right with the uke

Guitar Pros

  • Range and depth of sounds
  • Easily accessible books
  • Popular “Cool”

Guitar Cons

  • Difficult to learn, requires months/years to get any good
  • Expensive
  • Way too common

What really does it for me is that it’s easy and fun. I spent months learning the guitar years ago and I found it difficult and frustrating. On the uke it took all of 10 minutes to learn my first song, I haven’t put it down since. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already got a uke that you’ll be abusing so you’re on my side.

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Jeff Jones March 14, 2010 at 12:33 pm

Exactly! I’ve played guitar for years but find the ukulele to be much more ‘user friendly’. It’s portability is awesome! I love the ukulele!

Audrey September 15, 2010 at 9:17 am

If you know how to play the ukulele, can you play guitar? And vice versa?

Pete September 15, 2010 at 11:00 am

Nope, the theory is all the same, as in chord progression, key changes, circle of fifths etc. but chord shapes are different, and tuning is different. If you can play one proficiently, it will be easier to pick up the other.

Magic Purple Cat December 5, 2010 at 6:47 am

Haaa yeah. Ukes are awesome. I’ve been wanting to play my mom’s acoustic guitar for a while, but then I ran into a ukulele and looked up how to tune it online and then looked up some songs with tabs online and I was like WOAH I CAN PLAY DIS. My first song was the FUN song. :3 that was Thanksgiving break and now I’m gonna play Don’t Stop Believin for the talent show. It sounds surprisingly decent on the uke.

Aline March 15, 2012 at 6:32 am

At first, acoustic guitar players were ok, but soon the guitar wasn’t enough… then they made the eletric guitar, wich openned alot of musical ways to improve your own style.
Nowadays musica is getting banalized. Only crap at tv, radio and internet, and the same is happening with instruments.
Instead of getting more, you guys go for a downgrade, picking uke instad of guitar, because “it’s enough”…

Keanu May 7, 2013 at 5:21 am

The ʻukulele isn’t a “downgrade” of the guitar. It is a higher pitched version of the instrument, which is the reason there is only four strings compared to the guitar. There are many things that an ʻukulele do that a guitar canʻt, vice versa. ʻUkuleles can go all the way down to bass, just like a guitar.

NDFries January 3, 2014 at 3:51 pm

hi . can someone use the guitar chords provided by the net but instead of using it in a guitar he will use it in a ukulele ?

maikah March 13, 2015 at 6:53 am

ukulele is way easier to larn than guitar

maikah March 13, 2015 at 6:54 am

ukulele is way easier to learn than guitar

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