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Normagal
10-24-2012, 02:33 AM
I read this somewhere. Do you agree?


I have a Yellow Makala Dolphin with Aquila strings.

dnewton2
10-24-2012, 02:43 AM
I dont think there is one answer for this question. For me I learned on a concert and it is the prefered size for me. It is an indemediate size and can have more frets (some of them have 14 to the body).

But really everyone is different. If one comes from a gutiar background a tenor would probably be easier. If someone has short fingers maybe a soprano. It really seems to depend on the individual.

bodhran
10-24-2012, 02:56 AM
I have got to agree with dnewton2 - it is very much a case of what suites the individual best. Having said that the Dolphin is good soprano starter ukulele and you have some decent strings fitted.

Are you having some specific problem playing the Dolphin?

Normagal
10-24-2012, 03:18 AM
No, no problems. Course, I have nothing to compare it to. I just read someone's opinion on Concert size being easier, and wondered what more of you thought.

ukemunga
10-24-2012, 03:29 AM
I started on an inexpensive soprano but decided the concert scale was easier for me. After some time practicing on the concert it became easier to play a soprano. But I still prefer the concert size fretboard. Especially on a soprano body!

molokinirum
10-24-2012, 04:00 AM
I do not think there is a right uke or a wrong uke to learn on. The MAIN factor is how does the uke feel in your hands. If the concert feels more comfortable than the soprano, then there is your answer. Go to a store that carries all sizes and try them out. Trust me.....you will know which one is right for you!!

coolkayaker1
10-24-2012, 05:04 AM
Is Concert size easiest to learn on?

It just might be, yes.

PhilUSAFRet
10-24-2012, 06:38 AM
The easiest uke to learn on is a properly set up one, regardless of size, that feels good and sounds good to you....one you like and are comfortable playing. I am a relatively large man, hands not too big though, and concert is my preferred size, but I like them all. Often, someone inserts the picture of a 5 year old Chinese girl playing an acoustic jumbo guitar. Sound being equal, it's the one that feels best in your hands that seems to get the most play. some play their beginner uke just because it feels better as their "go to uke."

kaizersoza
10-24-2012, 08:35 AM
if you can try the different sizes out, you will know for yourself, concerts do offer more room on the fret board and as previously stated after playing one you will probably find the soprano easier to play as well, i enjoy playing all sizes, Tenors are great for fingerpicking as well as strumming and they are very loud, Concerts are a great intermediate size and if I am playing with my band they are easier on the fingers than a tenor, less stretch, Soprano's are the most fun when you are strumming songs, going hiking/camping or on a flight coz they are so small and easy to transport, I love em all

BBert
10-24-2012, 12:05 PM
I have nothing new to add. But I'll add it anyway. :)

I started with a soprano. I found I had a hard time with certain chords on the tiny scale, so I got a concert. It was, for me, more comfortable. Just this week I got a tenor in the hopes of learning low G fingerpicking. Some day. I'm a bit surprised with how much more space there is between the strings. I'm sure I'll get used to it.

As others have said, the soprano is now easier than when I first struggled with it. But I much prefer the concert size.

In the end, it's personal preference.

stevepetergal
10-24-2012, 12:16 PM
Is Concert size easiest to learn on?

It just might be, yes.

Excellent answer. It's been the easiest for me. For you....

Nickie
10-24-2012, 05:25 PM
Yep! It is.

Freeda
10-24-2012, 05:29 PM
Eh. I have a lot of sopranos, one concert and one tenor. I like the concert the least.

foxfair
10-24-2012, 06:41 PM
Eh. I have a lot of sopranos, one concert and one tenor. I like the concert the least.

I have some tenors and concerts, only one playable soprano. I like the concert most.

See..... this question is all about personal preference. Try to find a concert uke and play it, then ask yourself first :)

mo9090x
10-24-2012, 08:19 PM
I am still a beginner and have tried and played soprano, concert and tenor. I'm ok with all three, but definitely favor the concert size so +1 on "yes" for me.

uke42
10-24-2012, 10:05 PM
Started on a concert but prefer tenors. That's probably why I only have one concert, one soprano, and five tenors including one super concert which has a tenor scale. But I do like to play them all. I like the sound of my tenors the most.

Don't go by what other people play. Go by what feels natural to you. In time you may decide to change.

frisbee fred
10-25-2012, 06:00 AM
Just started myself last Christmas and started out on a Lanikai 21c concert uke because the dealer recommended it. I'm sort of either an "advanced beginner" or "beginning intermediate" now and am trying out other sizes, tunings, etc. I liked that uke a lot to start but am finding that I like different ukes for different types of songs (i.e. I may be getting a tenor uke for the blues).

Paul December
10-25-2012, 06:03 AM
Yes it is.

jamz
10-25-2012, 06:05 AM
I must be the exception to the rule. I have large hands (XL or XXL gloves), a guitar background, and the soprano seems to me to be the easiest to learn on, unless you are playing way up the neck of the fretboard. I only recently picked up a concert, and it's been noticably more difficult.

Guess I'm just weird!

ukuhippo
10-25-2012, 07:56 AM
I must be the exception to the rule. I have large hands (XL or XXL gloves), a guitar background, and the soprano seems to me to be the easiest to learn on, unless you are playing way up the neck of the fretboard. I only recently picked up a concert, and it's been noticably more difficult.

Guess I'm just weird!

Not at all, big hands here to, and soprano is the way to go. Unless we get at fret 12, it's getting difficult there.

momento
10-25-2012, 08:28 AM
I started on a concert which was bought as a present for me so I had no real say on my first uke. It instantly felt 'right' though and I think you'll probably feel the same. Saying that, I have seven ukes/banjo ukes of varying sizes and I love playing them all. Just because you start on one size doesn't mean you have to stick to it.

Mandarb
10-25-2012, 08:35 AM
I read this somewhere. Do you agree?

Nope - its all personal preference.

mooney
10-26-2012, 12:52 AM
How about the difference in sound vs the size?

I'm new and bought a Ohana CK-50GS concert as my first Uke. Love it. I looked at all the sizes and the soprano just felt too small and the tenor looked too big and un-Ukulele like if that makes any sense. And as Goldie Locks said....the concert felt just right.

I'm getting better and now thinking I want a second Uke, but a really nice higher end one from Hawaii. So would it be stupid to spend the big bucks on another concert because i like the size, or should I get the tenor. Like everyone is saying they go to the Uke that feels the best, but if I'm spending a lot of money on one shouldn't I go for one with the better sound? I see all the big name players using Tenor size? Is Tenor better for sound overall or just the current trend favorite? I'm afraid I'll reach for my cheaper concert because i like the size more then the difference in sound of a higher end Tenor.

What do you all think?

mooney

Pukulele Pete
10-26-2012, 12:59 AM
Sopranos only for me . Anything larger is cheating. I played guitar for many years and when I first started playing ukulele there were chords I thought I could never do ( Dm for example ) because there wasnt enough room for my fat fingers on that tiny fretboard. Practice practice practice and now they are easy. Its funny now, a guitar feels like a jumbo jet on my lap and a concert uke seems to have a guitar size fretboard.

coolkayaker1
10-26-2012, 01:29 AM
I think you should borrow someone's tenor for a few days first before spending the money, mooney.

BlueLatitude
10-26-2012, 06:26 AM
I think you should borrow someone's tenor for a few days first before spending the money, mooney.

What he said. My first was a concert, too, and I found it comfortable right away, but then for my second one I got a tenor because "everyone else plays them." But (although I love it very much) it's too big for me to reach the things I can reach on my concert. I also like my soprano. If I ever get a custom I'd be hard put to decide which I like better -- concert or soprano.

For me it's a matter of hand size, though. I don't know how I'd feel about a tenor if my hands were bigger.

If you can't find a tenor to borrow, maybe you could buy an entry level one. You can always pass it on, or have it around for friends to try, or string it with a Low G for a different kind of sound.

BlueLatitude
10-26-2012, 06:28 AM
....Its funny now, a guitar feels like a jumbo jet on my lap and a concert uke seems to have a guitar size fretboard.

LOL, when I see a guitar unexpectedly my first reaction is "WOW! That is one HUGE ukulele!!!"

Joe90
10-26-2012, 06:38 AM
LOL, when I see a guitar unexpectedly my first reaction is "WOW! That is one HUGE ukulele!!!"

I get the same feeling now! I could never play the guitar, ukulele however is easier in some respects for me. My stand on the learning front is the one thay feels right in YOUR hands, be it soprano, concert or tenor..... youll know.

tomorrowville
10-27-2012, 09:27 AM
My first uke was a soprano, and I play tenors now. Come to think of it, I think I've only played a concert once, in a store (but I liked the size).

I'll echo the others - it's not a question of which size is "best" or easiest, it's a matter of what feels comfortable to you.

---
Kevin B.
Tenor uke player, songwriter - The Diabolical Machines (http://diabolicalmachines.bandcamp.com)
Indie rock/power pop from Texas

mooney
10-27-2012, 02:30 PM
I happened to be near a Guitar Center on Friday afternoon. They had a Martin T1K Koa Tenor and some Riptide Tenors hanging on the wall. I put the concert next to the tenors and they looked huge, but when I was playing the tenor is really didn't feel bigger, and in fact I was able to play it easier, felt really good with the extra space on the fret board. I was really surprised, it was noticeably easier to play then my concert. I have fat fingers and large hands. The Koa wood sounded awesome, never played or even heard koa wood in person. It was very warm and loud to boot. Is that normal for koa or was it just this particular Martin Uke?

I think I will get the tenor if I get a more expensive Uke as my next Uke :-) Glad I took your advice and tried one out before buying.

Mooney

Tootler
10-27-2012, 11:40 PM
I happened to be near a Guitar Center on Friday afternoon. They had a Martin T1K Koa Tenor and some Riptide Tenors hanging on the wall. I put the concert next to the tenors and they looked huge, but when I was playing the tenor is really didn't feel bigger, and in fact I was able to play it easier, felt really good with the extra space on the fret board. I was really surprised, it was noticeably easier to play then my concert. I have fat fingers and large hands. The Koa wood sounded awesome, never played or even heard koa wood in person. It was very warm and loud to boot. Is that normal for koa or was it just this particular Martin Uke?

I think I will get the tenor if I get a more expensive Uke as my next Uke :-) Glad I took your advice and tried one out before buying.

Mooney

Looks like tenor is your size, so go for it and enjoy it.

As others have said, it's a matter of personal preference and what suits.

Concert was my "follow up" to a cheap soprano and for learning, it certainly made things easier. My next one was a soprano, though and that's what I've bought since. I like the sound & portability.

johninmass
10-30-2012, 01:43 AM
Going from classical guitar and formerly steel string, but mostly all fingerstyle, my first uke was a really good tenor. I then bought a mid-level concert. I can do just about everything on both ukes, but I do prefer the tenor. I find it more comfortable for fingerstyle. Strumming chords doesn't matter, either are OK. Some chords are easier on one than the other and visa versa, but I find either one easy enough to strum.

PTOEguy
10-30-2012, 10:46 AM
To me the width of the neck made almost as much difference when I started playing. That said - I prefer concert size with a wider neck - which works for fingers that are on the short and fat side of the spectrum

sukie
10-30-2012, 11:19 AM
I happened to be near a Guitar Center on Friday afternoon. They had a Martin T1K Koa Tenor and some Riptide Tenors hanging on the wall. I put the concert next to the tenors and they looked huge, but when I was playing the tenor is really didn't feel bigger, and in fact I was able to play it easier, felt really good with the extra space on the fret board. I was really surprised, it was noticeably easier to play then my concert. I have fat fingers and large hands. The Koa wood sounded awesome, never played or even heard koa wood in person. It was very warm and loud to boot. Is that normal for koa or was it just this particular Martin Uke?

I think I will get the tenor if I get a more expensive Uke as my next Uke :-) Glad I took your advice and tried one out before buying.

Mooney
Don't forget a super-concert. That's what I play. Concert body with a tenor neck. After 2 years the tenor neck is starting to seem like an old friend.

ukuleletown
10-30-2012, 03:29 PM
First of all, don't buy a cheap/toy ukulele to learn on. I'm referring to cheap plastic kits as well as those "learn the ukulele" boxed sets you see in the bookstores from time to time. Expect to spend over $50 for a starter ukulele.

Regarding size, I recommend starting on a concert or tenor. They have more frets and thus a broader range than a soprano. They are also a bit easier for adult hands.

Also, avoid starting on a ukulele with a low G string. Most of the resources on the Internet for learning the ukulele presuppose a high G setup. If you find a ukulele you like that's setup with a low G string that's fine, just ask the seller to send you a replacement high G string and swap it out.

If you learn the instrument, you will likely have a collection of ukulele's eventually. I don't know anyone who has played the ukulele for years who doesn't have several. I say that to say don't fret too much over which size to start with. You'll likely have one of each eventually.

amiewee
12-23-2012, 08:38 PM
I learnt on a soprano but now prefer my concert. I find the concert easier to play, in that I have more room to finger the chords but it's also trickier in the beginning to stretch across the fretboard to the more complex ones. Basic answer.. Either either!

wallyboy
12-23-2012, 11:26 PM
i have a makala soprano which is great for taking around, tomorrow xmas day i have a concert uke coming, i shall use both, only difference being the concert will not do as much traveling as soproano,
when i tried concert in shop it did feel easier with chord changes,
so what i would do is go to shop and have a try with concert and see how it feels, if you are not in a hurry go to all the shops in area try ukes in each go home have cup tea relax then make a decision

Youkalaylee
12-24-2012, 02:52 AM
I've found it easier to learn on a concert size rather than my soprano. I found chords like D completely impossible to play correctly and I now have no problem on my concert with the extra room :).

TG&Y
12-24-2012, 08:05 AM
At the table in the kitchen, there were three ukuleles. Goldilocks was eager. She strummed the first ukulele.

"This ukulele is too small!" she exclaimed.

So, she picked up and played the second ukulele.

"This ukulele is too large," she said

So, she tried out the last ukulele on the table.

"Ahhh, this uke is just right," she said happily and she played her concert all the rest of the day.

NewKid
12-24-2012, 09:07 AM
I have a Kiwaya KTC-1 mahogany concert and its easy to learn on because you just want to play it forever.