What is the most versatile Ukulele?

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I am new to this forum and I want to know which Ukulele would allow me to play the most songs as I see soprano has different chords than other ukuleles. If I were to look up a song I wanted to play on Ukulele would it be more likely to use Soprano or concert chords?
 

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There are no differencies, they are the same. The two ukuleles are tuned the same. It's more a question about finger size. There is a bit more room on the concert fretboard, and of course the sound.
 

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I am new to this forum and I want to know which Ukulele would allow me to play the most songs as I see soprano has different chords than other ukuleles. If I were to look up a song I wanted to play on Ukulele would it be more likely to use Soprano or concert chords?
Somebody has given you false information. Soprano, concert, and tenor all have the same chord fingerings. Only baritone is different.
 

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Somebody has given you false information. Soprano, concert, and tenor all have the same chord fingerings. Only baritone is different.
While these days that is generally true, there are still many who like D tuning on a soprano. Years ago that was pretty traditional. Some like tuning each differently to bring out different characteristics- Soprano in D or Eb, Concert in C, Tenor in Bb, B, A or G
 

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While these days that is generally true, there are still many who like D tuning on a soprano. Years ago that was pretty traditional. Some like tuning each differently to bring out different characteristics- Soprano in D or Eb, Concert in C, Tenor in Bb, B, A or G
Sure. I own a Bb-tuned tenor, but that is not standard. I think that sort of talk will only confuse the OP even more.
 

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Sure. I own a Bb-tuned tenor, but that is not standard. I think that sort of talk will only confuse the OP even more.
Yes, just trying to clarify that it may not be standard these days, but that may be where that source was coming from
 

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I am new to this forum and I want to know which Ukulele would allow me to play the most songs as I see soprano has different chords than other ukuleles. If I were to look up a song I wanted to play on Ukulele would it be more likely to use Soprano or concert chords?

I believe that you have gained some information about Uke chords already and that that information is causing confusion. The standard Ukulele tuning is (re-entrant) gCEA and that is used on Soprano, Concert and Tenor Ukuleles. Concert and Tenor Ukes didn’t exist in the very early days of the Ukulele and Baritones use a much lower tuning, Baritones are best set aside and left for more experienced players.

Tuning in gCEA is known as C tuning, at one time D tuning was common in some places and a lot of old music (from many decades ago) uses D tuning (where each un-fretted string is tuned a full pitch higher than in C tuning). That old music would have been for Soprano, the original size worked well in D tuning. A Capo applied to the neck of a Uke tuned in C can quickly turn it into a Uke tuned in D. I’ve never come across new music being written for a Uke tuned in anything other that C.

Most adults that I know find that the Concert size works well for them. Personally I’ve alternated between Concert and Soprano for years and now find that the Soprano (the original size Uke) meets my needs best, it is also an ideal strumming instrument (it works well with songs). As a beginner I played a Makala Concert sized Uke for a few years and was very pleased with it. It did everything that I needed and it cost me little.

TLDR; a standard gCEA tuned Concert size Uke is an almost ideal place for adults to start off from.
 
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You’d be surprised how versatile just about any ukulele can be if you spend enough time with it. Play a lot and focus on what you’re doing and you’ll learn how to pull different tones from the uke by adjusting how you play it. Even the soprano is less held back than most believe.

That said, the soprano is the tightest of the traditional sizes and some folks find them uncomfortable for more than strumming.

I like tenors, but think this is more rooted in my guitar background than anything else. A concert is a very capable, very comfortable size that won’t give you any trouble.
 

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I am new to this forum and I want to know which Ukulele would allow me to play the most songs as I see soprano has different chords than other ukuleles. If I were to look up a song I wanted to play on Ukulele would it be more likely to use Soprano or concert chords?

Soprano, concert, and tenor all have their strong and weak points. Reader's digest version I would recommend a concert size gCEA tuned uke for an adult beginner if you could only choose 1 to recommend.

Brand wise I would go with Kala as they have the best quality/price point for a starter instrument in my opinion. Concert size Kala gCEA between $100-$300 is what I would suggest to any friend starting out.