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    Default Ukulele for a girl

    Hi!
    My daughter is 10 years old and she sings and plays on my Yamaha F310.

    Ukulele is a bit smaller than normal guitars so more handy for a girl, also a little quieter and with less bass.

    Recently there is a trend for the ukulelele, and she watched some videos, listened to some songs and now wants to play.

    I have considered the matter, and thought yeah okay why not. I did a bit of a research, and found that there are the following sizes of ukulelele (given in cm):

    Soprano - 53 cm
    Concerto - 58 cm
    Tenor - 66 cm
    Baritone - 76 cm

    In the movies and videos the best ukulele sound comes from the small one as in the bigger, the sound of the ukulele becomes thicker, more like a guitar.

    That is why I need your advice on which ukulele should I buy for my daughter? Thank you!

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    She could play whatever size she likes. When I was 11, I was playing a dreadnought size guitar. That being said, if it were my daughter I would probably look at concerts, unless her hands are very tiny.
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    If she can play a bit with your F310 guitar, AND since she has shown an interest in the ukulele, I suggest that you start her on a Concert-size ukulele. Since she has played a bit with a guitar, a soprano might strike her as more of a toy than a real instrument. The concert is still small enough to be easily fingered by a child, but has a bit of extra size that should appeal to her experience with a larger instrument.

    You are truly blessed to have a daughter who wants to "play music like her dad." Your daughter is truly blessed to have a dad who encourages her musical interest. In actual fact, I think the **best way** (& one that she will remember fondly even when she is grown) would be for you & she to go together to a music store that sells ukuleles & let her try various sizes, so that you & she -- together-- choose her first, very own instrument. Have a wonderful day!!!
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    A concert scale, or a 'long neck' soprano, (both have the same scale length neck).

    It has the uke 'sound' - but usually with a bit more sustain than a soprano, & bit more finger space.

    (A baritone would use the same chords as a guitar, as it is usually set up as DGBE, which may make the switch easier.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaohao View Post
    Hi!
    My daughter is 10 years old and she sings and plays on my Yamaha F310.

    Ukulele is a bit smaller than normal guitars so more handy for a girl, also a little quieter and with less bass.

    Recently there is a trend for the ukulelele, and she watched some videos, listened to some songs and now wants to play.

    I have considered the matter, and thought yeah okay why not. I did a bit of a research, and found that there are the following sizes of ukulelele (given in cm):

    Soprano - 53 cm
    Concerto - 58 cm
    Tenor - 66 cm
    Baritone - 76 cm

    In the movies and videos the best ukulele sound comes from the small one as in the bigger, the sound of the ukulele becomes thicker, more like a guitar.

    That is why I need your advice on which ukulele should I buy for my daughter? Thank you!
    Having checked on the new and second hand prices of your Guitar (what a bargain) you might be upset by what Ukes can cost ... I hope that doesn’t change your plans.

    I’m not sure what your local culture is but as far as I’m concerned here (in the U.K.) gender isn’t an issue in Uke selection - hand and frame size might be. Size wise (person) the Soprano can be played by virtually everybody but that’s maybe not so true of the larger instruments. As well as being large the Baritone has different tuning, as such I suggest it isn’t a good first choice. Concerts are very adaptable and understandably a popular choice, however I suggest that a Soprano would be a better choice and a choice that could well work well for her into adult life. Many adults choose to play Soprano rather than other sizes.

    The Soprano is the original size of Ukulele and was so for good reasons, reasons which remain valid today for very many people. The Soprano is easy to transport, is easy to store, is easy to hold, is easy on the fingers, is loud enough to sing with, sounds good and is not particularly expensive. They are perfect for strumming and singing with, but they can do so much more than that. For some things the bigger Ukulele sizes do work better than the Soprano, but I find that the ‘advantages’ of the Concert and Tenor sizes are balanced by some of their drawbacks.

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    If your daughter is comfortable with the fret spacing of the F310 get her a tenor. If she struggles to reach the frets on some chords a concert or soprano would be easier for her. Of course if she has expressed a preference for one size or another indulging her opinion would not be a bad thing to do.
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    If possible, I think you should try to get each size in her hands to see what she might take to. It is very much personal preference. Hopefully you can buy from a place that does a setup too in order to make sure the instrument plays well from the start and doesn't have any defects. I have no idea what your options would be there in Poland. I hope you find something that works well. It's always great to hear about a child taking interest in music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaohao View Post
    Hi!
    My daughter is 10 years old and she sings and plays on my Yamaha F310.

    Ukulele is a bit smaller than normal guitars so more handy for a girl, also a little quieter and with less bass.

    That is why I need your advice on which ukulele should I buy for my daughter? Thank you!
    My humble advice is let her be part of the picking process. She could play soprano or concert. Let her pick what it looks like, what shape, what color, any laser graphics on the soundboard, or stickers to put on it. If she falls in love with the way it looks, she's probably more apt to play it more. When she's ready for one with a more sophisticated sound, you can figure out what to get then.

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    Not to dissuade you from purchasing her an ukulele, but if she's enjoying guitar, have you considered a 3/4 size guitar? You could look at the Yamaha JR1, Orangewood Dana Jr., or the Taylor GS Mini (in ascending order of price). That being said, if you want to purchase her an ukulele, then by all means take her to a store and let her try them, then once she finds a size that she likes, go buy a uke from Mim so that you know that it's setup well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikhou View Post
    Not to dissuade you from purchasing her an ukulele, but if she's enjoying guitar, have you considered a 3/4 size guitar? You could look at the Yamaha JR1, Orangewood Dana Jr., or the Taylor GS Mini (in ascending order of price). That being said, if you want to purchase her an ukulele, then by all means take her to a store and let her try them, then once she finds a size that she likes, go buy a uke from Mim so that you know that it's setup well.
    Good point.
    I've played on the Yamaha JR2 (little bit of an upgrade from the JR1) and GS Mini. To me, the GS Mini doesn't feel small at all. The Yamaha is about the smallest really playable guitar in standard tuning I've had my hands on. It was a good player and definitely much more child friendly too.

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