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Why Should You Get a Baritone Ukulele?
Of all the ukulele sizes – soprano, concert, tenor and baritone – why should you choose the biggest, the baritone ukulele? Under what circumstances would getting a baritone ukulele make the most sense?
If you’re a beginner, you should know that any of these ukulele sizes would make for a great starter instrument. The soprano, concert and tenor sizes are simply the most common ones and they share the same tuning and chords. Most of the instructional materials you’ll find cater to those who have any of these three sizes.
Because the baritone ukulele is so different from the other three, it’s often described as the black sheep of the ukulele family. A shame really, because we think it’s really special. If you don’t have a baritone ukulele yet in your collection, or if you’re unsure whether the baritone would be a good fit for you, read on. We’ve got the top reasons why a bari uke should be your next instrument purchase.
It sounds different
What makes the baritone ukulele different from the other ukulele sizes is what makes it so endearing. If you’re interested in playing ukulele but aren’t much of a fan of the too-bright, too-sweet tones, the baritone size would be a good match for you. Because of its construction and tuning, it produces a lower tone – a warmer, darker, richer sound.
The deep tone the bari uke produces makes this instrument a favorite among musicians who play blues or jazz. The best baritone ukuleles also respond well to fingerpicking styles, giving musicians more range and flexibility. So, get a baritone if you want to expand your tonal range and create a more mellow, deeper sound.
It’s easy to play
The baritone ukulele is easy to play, making it a great choice for beginners. The other ukulele sizes are also beginner-friendly but could feel uncomfortable to play if you have long or thick fingers. Smaller ukes have a tighter fret and string spacing, requiring players to really squeeze their digits into frets when forming chord shapes. This isn’t a problem for kids and petite adults but for bigger-bodied players, it’s common to accidentally place their fingers on the wrong strings.
The baritone ukulele offers a wider fret and string spacing, which means your fingers will have more room to play in. If you find smaller ukes to be well, too small for you, consider getting the baritone size instead.
It’s similar to a guitar
If you play the guitar, you’ll be familiar with the tuning of the baritone ukulele: DGBE. Yep, it’s the same as the top or highest-pitched strings on the guitar. Want to play the uke? Go ahead and get a baritone, and play the same chords using only those four strings. The chords are basically the same.
This is why the bari uke is popular among guitar players. They won’t have to learn anything drastically new to be able to play a new instrument!
In a similar manner, if you already play a baritone ukulele, you’ll find it easier to transition to guitar because some of the chords will already be familiar to you. The size of the baritone – about 30 inches long – is also closest to that of a travel-size acoustic guitar.
As you can see, a baritone ukulele is a fantastic instrument to pick up whether you’re a beginner or an experienced musician. Go ahead and get one!