The baritone ukulele is nine inches longer than the standard 21-inch ukulele, according to EasyUkulele.com, and typically has four strings. More expensive than other ukuleles, the baritone uke has a fuller and deeper sound than its siblings in the ukulele family and uses the same tuning as the top four strings on a guitar. If you already play guitar, the baritone ukulele is easy to learn, but it's also very accessible to non-guitar players. The chords are simple, the technique is relatively easy and with diligence you'll be playing in no time.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Baritone ukulele
- Ukulele pick
- Beginner's book or chord chart
Tune your baritone ukulele. This four-stringed instrument can be tuned to a piano or guitar, with strings from low to high tuned D-G-B-E. Other tunings are sometimes used, but this standard tuning is the most common and best for beginners.
Practice strumming techniques with a ukulele pick, which looks like a thin guitar pick. When strumming your ukulele, always keep your hand moving---jerky hand motions will make songs sound choppy and sloppy. Even if you don't know any chords, practice strumming the open strings.
Place your middle finger on the top (highest-pitched, or E) string at the third fret. Press down firmly but gently and strum to play a G chord. Experiment or check a chord dictionary to learn more chords.
Play your baritone ukulele with other musicians. Find musicians who consistently get together to play and whose skill level matches yours or is a little more advanced. Foster an encouraging, educational and positive atmosphere in the group.
Play along with songs. Find some good ukulele music, download it and play along with it. Playing with a recording will improve your rhythm, timing and technique. This is a great way to prepare for your group sessions.
Tips and warnings
- Buy a beginner's book. Books can provide important insight to a beginner that you might not learn on your own. If you can read a chord chart, you can play any song on the baritone ukulele. A chord chart shows the formation of your fingers on the frets of the instrument in a way that is easy to understand.
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