Stringed instruments give more life to your Christmas celebration- whether you’re at home, work or any other place, they come in handy, easy to grab and play. Without songs and music, Christmas is not fully-lived up to its spirit. There are two instruments that can best partner with your party, but which would you like to learn? Ukulele or Guitar?
Choosing which instrument you should invest time learning depends mostly on your purpose and the time you’re willing to spend on the learning process.
For starters or those who don’t have any experience with musical instruments, the ukulele would be a better choice since it is much faster to learn. You can produce good music in a short amount of time with ukulele. It is composed of only four strings with lower tension, as opposed to steel strings of the guitar. These four basic strings make chord-forming easier for beginners. Some ukulele chords are very easy: one or two fingers are all it takes.
The ukulele is recommended for people who don’t have the amount of time needed to learn more complicated instruments like the guitar.
In comparison, a ukulele is significantly smaller and lighter than a guitar. It is much easier for young children to pick it up, hold and play. It has lesser and shorter strings and is mostly made out of a different material. It also produces fancier, high-pitched sounds than the guitar.
Ukuleles are less expensive and are much easier to transport. They require much less strength and toughness-of-fingers than a guitar. They are a bit easier to understand – less strings means less notes which means fewer things for your mind and fingers to remember.
The guitar on the other hand, while takes more time to learn, produces significantly better music than ukulele because of its six strings and longer fingerboard. It is able to produce a wide variety of note combinations or chords. It produces more professional and vibrant rhythm of sounds. Being able to master the guitar will make it easier for you to master the ukulele also.
The guitar is recommended for those who are willing to invest more time learning. It requires a lot of hand movement and a great deal of patience to be able to produce your own music. The guitar is also bulkier and comparatively heavier than a ukulele.
Perhaps one advantage a guitar has over a ukulele is probably being easily able to find a guitar teacher than a ukulele teacher. Guitars are more commonly used and has more spare parts sales center. Google search results for “guitar teacher” is 316,000 compared to “ukulele teacher” which is only 1,480.
Also a guitar is easier to tune compared to a ukulele. The shorter length of the ukulele strings makes it trickier to get in tune. A slight tweak of tuner can send it wildly out of tune.
Whether Ukulele or Guitar, take time to see which one fits your learning style and bring in the sounds, rhythms and joy to your Christmas celebration.