Maybe you are confusing with the question: choosing a soprano or concert ukulele for a beginner?
This post is the answer for you.
But first, here is the main point you should remember:
A good quality soprano ukulele will obviously be better than a low-quality concert ukulele and vice versa. The ukulele strings are also impacting the sound.
Now let’s get to the point
Should I get a soprano or concert ukulele for a beginner?
If you are looking for a ukulele for kids under 10 years old, the soprano ukulele is the BEST choice.
If you are seeking a ukulele for beginner adult, both soprano and concert ukulele is great for starting. It is just a matter of hobby, if you love the small size of soprano ukulele, let do it.
Personally, I prefer and recommend concert ukulele for adult beginners. Why?
Here are some questions you just ask yourself:
- Do you like to get more resonant and more sustained sound?
- Do you want more room between frets for your fingers to make chords?
The answer is YES, go to the concert size.
I prefer concert ukulele because:
- It is easier to hold and more finger board room between frets.
- More notes to play, meaning that you can play more songs because the fingerboard is longer with more frets.
I personally have a Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele that I love. It is a really beautiful looking and nice sound. Highly recommend it to beginners.
- Mahogany Top
- Mahogany back & sides
- Concert size
- Satin finish
Soprano vs Concert ukulele sound
The soprano sound is a bit brighter, more high-pitched than the concert ukulele.
Demo concert ukulele sound: https://soundcloud.com/user-21091212/soprano-ukulele-sounds/s-bmTFzprHplv
Demo soprano ukulele sound: https://soundcloud.com/user-21091212/concert-ukulele-sounds/s-JBqWONbfRQA
The key difference between them is body size. The concert size is bigger and gets more resonant than the soprano size.
- The soprano ukulele is the traditional size.
- The concert ukulele is a bit larger and more resonant.
However, both sizes are still tuned to the same pitch.
That is all the answer to the question: Should I get a soprano or concert ukulele for a beginner?
I would recommend a soprano ukulele if you don’t want to spend much money on the first instrument or just buying it for kids.
The Cordoba 15CM is one of the best concert ukuleles for beginners and serious players alike. If you buy a ukulele that is more expensive it will sound a lot better.