In recent years, the popularity of the ukulele has skyrocketed tremendously. Masterful uke players such as Jake Shimabukuro have proved the uke to be an incredible instrument with plenty of sonic versatility and tonal character. The beautiful, distinctive sound of the uke can even be heard on the tracks of some of today's most popular bands and artists, including Train, Bruno Mars, and more recently, the 2016 winner of America's Got Talent, Grace Vanderwaal. And of course, we've all heard Israel Kamakawiwo'ole’s iconic rendition of “Over the Rainbow” that's been featured in countless movies, TV shows, and commercials.
Learning to Play Ukulele
For beginners, the uke serves as a fantastic stepping stone into the world of fretted instruments. Its small body makes the ukulele extremely comfortable to hold while its four-string design and short scale length make it easy to play and switch between chords. If you want to learn more about the history of the ukulele, the four main types of ukes, and which uke will fit you best, be sure to check out our informative Ukulele Buyer’s Guide that will teach you everything you need to know and help you find the perfect instrument! Sam Ash also offers a wide selection of ukulele music and instruction books to help you enjoy your new instrument.