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Ukuleles - Which Size is Right for You?

Ukuleles are affordable, fun to play and, with just four strings, relatively easy to learn. Since they come in four different sizes, knowing which one is best for you will make the whole experience more enjoyable. Here are the four common sizes of ukuleles and what you can expect from each of them.


When people visualize a ukulele, the soprano is the image they most likely see. The soprano is the traditional size (about 20 inches) especially in Hawaii and delivers that classic uke sound. This size is perfect for smaller adults as well as children, whether beginners or more experienced players.  The smaller fingerboard of a soprano ukulele can be challenging for those with larger hands.


At 23 inches, the concert uke’s body is a little larger than the soprano, has a slightly longer and wider neck and weighs a bit more. Because the neck is longer, it allows for increased space between the frets. The larger body produces a sound more developed in its mid-range and a bit louder than its soprano cousin. Those just learning the ukulele and seasoned players alike will enjoy this instrument.


Bigger still is the tenor ukulele. Heavier, with a wider body and a few inches longer than the concert uke, the tenor is loved by experienced players but suitable for teens and adults. With a fuller and louder sound than the soprano or concert, this instrument is especially great for those accustomed to fingerpicking due to the wider fret spacing.


Soprano, concert and tenor ukuleles are tuned the same way: G-C-E-A from the top string to the bottom.  The baritone is the largest ukulele, with a sound and feel closer to a half-sized classical guitar.  Standard tuning for a baritone ukulele is the same as the top four strings of a guitar: D-G-B-E making it easy for guitar players to jump right in and play without much additional learning.

Play a Ukulele Today!

The Denver Folklore Center is happy to stock a large selection of new and vintage ukuleles with prices ranging from the very affordable to rare collectibles. Contact us or come in and let our team help you choose the ideal instrument in your price range. Learn more about the rise of the ukulele here. And take our Virtual Ukulele Tour on YouTube!