If you are a music-loving geek, you will know that Alabama boasts a very rich history in particularly bluegrass, country, and old-time music. There is no better way to pay homage to the music culture of the region than by becoming a part of it. Although supporting the local music scene is one way to show you allegiance, learning to play a musical instrument such as the ukulele is an even better idea. Apart from the praise you will receive when you master Lynyrd Skynyrd’s ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, here are another three reasons why you should learn to play the ukulele this year.
They are Small in Size and Easy to Handle
If you want to play an instrument but are looking for something that is small and easy to carry around, the humble uke should definitely be near the top of your list of options. The Soprano, which is the most popular type of ukulele, is only 21 inches long and weighs in at under a pound, making it almost weightless when compared to larger instruments such as keyboards and even guitars. Despite being small in size, ukuleles are also surprisingly robust and have been known to survive a fair amount of drops, bangs, and knocks. Due to its small size, the uke is the perfect starter instrument for people of all ages as even children with very small hands are able to handle it expertly. You can even learn to play from the comfort of your home by signing up for online lessons from reputable platforms such as Uke Like the Pros.
Ukes are Budget-Friendly
Although playing an instrument may be both enjoyable and beneficial, many, including the piano, drums, and guitar, come with a hefty price tag. At present, the price of a guitar is in the region of $616 while a standard upright piano costs, on average, between $3,000 and $6,500. On the other hand, you will be able to pick up a decent ukulele for about $50. Although there are cheaper options available it is important to remember that not all ukes were created equally. If you buy a ukulele for $20 over the internet you can hardly expect to receive an instrument that is of good quality. Before parting with any money, put your research skills to good use and find an instrument that is both affordable and of high quality.
Ukuleles are Interesting Instruments
If you are going to learn to play an instrument, you might as well make sure it is an interesting one. The ukulele is definitely unique – both in appearance and in sound. Another very special feature of the uke is its ability to put a very simple spin on complicated music. With just four strings and a tiny fretboard, the ukulele is much easier to learn than the guitar. You also only need to learn three chords in order to literally play hundreds of melodies. Because the ukulele is considered to be such a cool instrument, learning to play one will also immediately boost your street cred.
If you want to learn to play an instrument this year, consider choosing the ukulele. Not only is it great fun to play but it will be easy on your budget as well.