In case you haven’t noticed, there’s a whole lot of uke-in’ going on. Ukes are everywhere. From movies to TV and radio commercials to popular artists (Eddie Vetter, Paul McCartney) to high school lunch rooms ukes have become the hottest instrument since the guitar. We think this has gone far beyond a fad(think hula hoop) and ukuleles are here to stay.
There are many factors that have contributed to the huge popularity of such a humble little instrument.
Ukes are user friendly.
There is no other instrument that is so easily picked up and played by first time musicians. This includes children, failed piano lesson folks, grown ups who never thought they had a musical bone in their body and everyone in between. It has four strings and most folks have four fingers and a thumb. Right there you’ve got an advantage, compared to ten fingers and 88 keys on a piano or 21 frets on a guitar! Here at the Denver Folklore Center we often show people their first chord or two and within minutes they are strumming a uke and their faces are saying, “Maybe I can play a musical instrument.”
Ukes are affordable.
We have very decent ukuleles starting in the $60 to $75 range that can get anyone well down the path of playing music. There are countless sources of learning materials available so you can quickly improve your playing.
Most of these a very Do-It-Yourself-able.
We have lots of great books (most with an accompanying CD) that cover everything from total beginners to Elvis For Ukulele. There are literally thousands of “how to” videos on YouTube. Just search “beginning ukulele” and you will be amazed.
For folks who would like someone showing them hands-on how to improve their uke skills we have some excellent teachers here at the store. One of the most powerful factors that have made ukes so popular is “The Cute Factor”. People are just drawn to the little guy. They think, “How can something so little and cute be hard to play?” And they’re right.
It’s fun to strum.
Down here at the store we would love to help you with any of your uke questions. We’ve got the largest selection of ukuleles on the Front Range and we’d love to have you strum a few. Take a look around our website to see the different makers of ukes we have or feel free to give us a call to see if we have that special instrument you’re looking for. Aloha!