Do you want to learn to play the ukulele?
It seems like everyone these days wants to learn how to play the Ukulele. Based on the research for the annual Musical Instrument Retail Conference (MIRC) in London in 2011, a survey of 180 music shops showed that 42 per cent named the ukulele as the instrument which had grown the most in popularity in 2010. This was followed by 31 per cent on keyboards and 16 per cent on acoustic guitars.
But we’re definitely not hating! After all, at Classes A2Z, we advocate learning!
Still, the surge in popularity of the uke has got us wondering – why do people suddenly want to learn to play the ukulele? What else could we do but do some research and ask our ukulele teachers for some inside information? Here are the top reasons we found for the sudden ukelele popularity.
Affordability is often a top priority for pretty much anything. When it comes to instruments, a decent ukulele costs significantly less than other popular instruments like electric guitars and pianos.
Here’s an added advantage: ukulele lessons from a private teacher are also very affordable! If you really want to cut down costs, you can take just a single lesson to learn the basics and work your way from there!
3. Friendly community
We all know that the internet is basically one of, if not the, biggest platforms in the world right now. Typing in ‘ukulele lessons’ on Google will lead you to affordable private ukulele lessons, lists of chords and tabs for popular songs, and thousands if not millions of covers. The simplicity of the instrument means there is no hierarchy of advanced players, so no one’s really trying to outdo the other.
2. Anyone can play anywhere
Almost anyone can learn to play the ukulele.
Your cousins. Your parents. Your grand parents.
You could be 60 years old and still be strumming alongside your 12-year-old granddaughter. According to Gordon Taylor of Musical Instruments Cheltenham “It is really a worldwide phenomenon. I think it’s just because it’s a fun instrument, people don’t take it too seriously, there’s no big snobbery around it, but people can still play incredible stuff on it,”
Because it’s so small and portable, the uke is easy to carry around for small gatherings, family outings, or even a trip to a nearby coffee shop!
1. Easy to learn
Are you a beginner musician who wants to learn to play the ukulele? Will Grove-White of the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain seems to think it would be a great idea. “They’re so simple, they’re the obvious instrument to get started on,” he says. “You can play all the songs in rock’n’roll with just three chords, so you’re quickly busting out tunes.”
Learning to play the ukulele is so simple that three to four chords are all you need to start. Take for example this beautiful cover of the song You are my sunshine by Jimmie Davis.
Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it? The only chords you need to know are C, C7, G, and F!
Take heed though – it may be easy to learn to play the ukulele, but it is known to be difficult to master. Perfecting your strumming and chording techniques are going to be so much easier when you take lessons from a ukulele teacher near you!
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