Yes I do mean everyone. Not just musicians. And if you’re thinking “but I’ve never played an instrument” just keep reading as you may find the argument very compelling.
First let me share some background…
I’ve been playing guitar from the age of 16, and learned electric guitar soon after. I’m finally formally learning keyboards and have gotten fairly proficient at percussion and drumming but never have I encountered an instrument that’s so easy and fun to play, with and for others as the Ukulele.
I recently got a good one for my birthday.?
Here’s what she looks like.
I had purchased one 6 months before for my 2 1/2 year old son. He loved it of course but I started playing it seriously and loved the sound and it was only then that I finally noticed what a gorgeous, fun instrument they are.
So now that I have a good Ukulele I realize just what I’ve been missing out on.
And so I give you…
5 reasons why everyone needs a Ukulele
- They’re cheap
- Easy to learn and play
- You can take it anywhere
- Happy chemicals – No-one ever felt depressed playing a Ukulele
- Easy to get into a singalong
1. They’re cheap
Compared to every other instrument out there Ukeleles are super cheap. If you’re running on a tight budget you can still get your hands on one for $35 like I did at a small guitar shop. ‘
Here’s a pic:
2. Easy to learn and play
It’s still an instrument so yes it does require some training but out of all the instruments I play I can easily imagine a beginner picking it up pretty quickly. The frets are close together and with only 4 strings learning the chord formations, especially for the simple ones is much easier.
A good guide for learning Ukulele can be found on ukuguides.com.
For learning songs and chords you really can’t beat Ukutabs.com. It displays the chords at the top of the page and easy to read charts with the lyrics that also scroll slowly as well. Love it!
Another excellent resource for easily printed songs for Ukulele can be found on BruceWatsonMusic.com Uke song page.
3. You can take it anywhere
The standard size Ukulele is 21″ tall. It’s a good idea to get a case if you have a more expensive instrument but at that size you can throw it in your backpack easy peasy!
When something is that portable you really have to excuse for not taking a guitar on that next camping trip.
4. Happy chemicals!
Even before you’ve started playing chords it sounds happy. It’s as if the thing just wants to cheer you up.
And once you learn some of the basic chords for Ukulele you’ll find a whole world of easily accessible music opens up to you.
It’s well documented how musical training affects the brain but it’s even more so when you combine it with…
5. Singing is good for you
When you start singing that’s a powerful combination of psychological and physiological changes that affects your state of mind in a positive way. Not only that, it’s something you can share with family and friends.
So even if you’ve never touched an instrument in your life I urge you to pick up a Ukulele. You only really need to learn a few chords and be wiling to open your mouth and sing and share it with some friends and you can open a whole new aspect of life. Music.
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