Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 19

Thread: Wanted - v. small child's uke (dwarfism)

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Posts
    2

    Default Wanted - v. small child's uke (dwarfism)

    My perfect 6 year old girl (with dwarfism) is constantly picking up my soprano but it is too big, especially the nut width. Does anyone have a small uke or can advise on an inexpensive one available to buy new?

    Thanks,

    Buntoni

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    U.K.
    Posts
    500

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Buntoni View Post
    My perfect 6 year old girl (with dwarfism) is constantly picking up my soprano but it is too big, especially the nut width. Does anyone have a small uke or can advise on an inexpensive one available to buy new?

    Thanks,

    Buntoni
    @ Bunton, welcome to the forum. It’s a great place and almost everybody here is kind, helpful and considerate; it’s predominantly a USA based group but there are many members here in the U.K. too.

    There are sizes smaller than the Soprano Uke that might suit your daughter, some are at the gCEA standard pitch but some are pitched a little higher ( http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...pranino-tuning ). I suggest you investigate the Sopranino size and the Caramel make of those, the iUke is another small one and Barry Maz has a review of them on his website.

    Edit. This search of eBay UK for 17 inch Ukes might help: https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_f...;&_sacat=16224
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 03-01-2018 at 06:52 AM.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Upper Hale, Surrey/Hants border, UK.
    Posts
    4,991

    Default

    I think you will have a problem trying to find a nut width less than 34mm, the smallest I've seen in any info. It may be possibly to find a toy guitar with a narrower nut, but it would be unlikely to play well.

    I'm guessing that it may be the size of her fingers making it difficult to reach the strings, all I can think of at the moment is to attach a strip of something along the length of the back of the neck, so that her thumb would sit below the middle of the neck, so that she could reach all the strings. A strip of wood held in place with some sticky tape would suffice too try it out.

    Edit: A strap would help too.
    Last edited by Croaky Keith; 03-01-2018 at 02:05 AM.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    384

    Default

    Alternatively you could find a shop that has the steel strung Seagull soprano uke and see how she gets on with that - it has a narrower nut width.

    https://www.southernukulelestore.co....prano-ukulele/

    Not cheap but might do the trick?

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Twin Cities Area, Minnesota
    Posts
    1,597

    Default

    I just bought the Ohana Sopranissimo Pineapple. It is quite lovely. Instruments at this scale prefer a higher tuning at ADF#B (or higher). The Caramel for $29 (see their website) is also decent when tuned up.

    This does lead to challenges when playing with others, as the natural first chord is D versus C, and all the songs (at written pitch) are available in ukulele friendly C6 tuning. C becomes
    Bb and that becomes an issue for a starter (There are schools throughout Canada which teach D6 tuning. If this is just for home, you might want to keep one of your ukuleles tuned to D6 to make playing together much easier.

    It also might be worth checking out Andy’s nano ukulele. In this case, the instrument is tuned a whole octave higher in C6. He normally auctions them off, but if you contacted him about a special situation, he might be able to do a special project. Hearts are generally pretty big in this ukuleles community.
    Playing ukulele since January 2016.

    Have you participated in the thread, "How the Ukulele Found You?" If not, please consider adding your story--they are just fun to read.

    http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/...lele-found-you

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Posts
    21

    Default

    These might be too small, but both options appear completely playable and look like a lot of fun.

    http://www.ukulelemag.com/stories/ne...yable-ukuleles

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    1,763

    Default

    I'd get one of these for her:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yAeap6s--Q

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ka_bZfV8SC8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7hZ0ZFmNvA

    In the last video you can see it compared to a soprano. The nut width is 1 inch, approximately 25 mm. Overall length is approx. 15 inches.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2015
    Location
    Rochester, Kent UK
    Posts
    146

    Default

    +1 for Andy's nano uke - https://www.facebook.com/andysukuleles/ he may well be willing to do a special with a thinner neck width - not really inexpensive - but very good value.

    Alternatively - how about these - also excellent....http://djmorganukuleles.co.uk/portfo...neapples-sale/
    Last edited by JesterBlod; 03-01-2018 at 10:53 AM.
    T Ziegenspeck, P Howlett, K Mulcock, R Morgan, Hamano, Blackbird, WOU, Cigar Box, Enya, Makala

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    st. paul, MN
    Posts
    326

    Default

    A little off track, but I wanted to make sure you and your daughter don't miss Minnesota's own Gaelynn Lea, winner of the 2016 NPR Tiny Desk Concert competition.
    Her musicality, songwriting, use of layered tracks, and the way she's able to play a violin that is taller than she is are brilliant:
    https://youtu.be/n6oSeODGmoQ

    Good luck with the uke search, we'll be excited to see what she ends up with!
    Last edited by ukeinfused; 03-01-2018 at 02:30 PM.
    Tracie

    Island Koa Instruments, prototype soprano, Peter Howlett #153
    Weymann soprano, 20's or 30's?
    Martin O, 1960's
    Kiwaya KTS-7
    Kala Elite 1Koa-SG
    Kanile'a K1 Concert
    Kamaka 1969 Tiki Concert
    Larrivee UT40MHO spruce/hog Tenor
    Guild Bari

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Feb 2015
    Posts
    146

    Default

    One easy possibility might be to remove the g string. Three strings is more than sufficient to get started. All the regular three note chords can be played with less stretching and your daughter can focus on the strumming hand which is the most important and fun bit. IMO quickly getting her making some music and rhythms is the key to getting her interest not holding down jazz chords.

    With three strings I suspect tuning up a whole step to D, F#, B might sound better than C, E, A just because of the higher tension but then that is something to play around with.

    If you are concerned that somehow three strings would not be a serious instrument then check out all the stuff played on 3, 2 and even 1 string guitars. Three strings and some talent is far better than being tone deaf and banging away on four or six.

    HTH
    Last edited by ErnieElse; 03-01-2018 at 09:48 PM.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •