Best Ukulele for Beginners

For someone just starting out playing the ukulele, it can be difficult to find the right one for you.

One of the many great ukuleles is the Oscar Schmidt OU5 Koa Concert Ukulele. Its perfect for beginners and has a five-star rating. Ultimately, the instrument you choose should be based on how comfortable it is along with its quality.

Choosing the best ukulele for a beginner should be based on three questions. What size do you want? What is your price range? And what make, and model are you looking for? Answering these questions will help you find the right one for you.

Never choose a ukulele just because it has a cheap price. Most often, low priced instruments sound bad even for the most experienced musician and the person learning will not want to continue playing. A beginner should budget between $25 and $75 for a decent, yet affordable ukulele.

As a beginner, you never want to purchase a high-end ukulele for several reasons. One, you won’t know if you truly have a passion for playing this instrument until you have learned how to play. It would be foolish to invest in an expensive instrument only to realize you hate playing it. You also don’t want to invest in a high-end version until you learn how to properly care for and maintain the instrument.

It is also important as a beginner to understand that the size of the ukulele affects how the instrument will sound. A bigger body means a bigger tone. Concert and tenor size ukes tend to have a warm and rich tone where sopranos are quieter sound in comparison.


It is recommended that has a beginner you invest in a concert or tenor because of the better tone and the fact that its easier to play. These sizes can make learning to play the uke much easier for many beginners.

Once you advance in your lessons you can begin to upgrade your uke, but just as you did for your first purchase, proper research will ensure you get the quality fitted for your play level.

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