Check out this beginners soprano ukulele article, plus some notes for beginners (and a lot of extra information for masters and virtuosos)
How to make a soprano ukulele.
If you just want to make one, then this article will not get you anywhere. Here’s the basics.
The first thing you need is a standard ukulele for practice. Many beginners play the “standard” ukulele – the F,G and B clarinet – but it isn’t the correct instrument for practice. It isn’t even really an ukulele, and as such does not have the full range (it’s a lower string instrument, but not a “lower string instrument”). A much better instrument for practice is a bass ukulele, although many good bass ukulels are quite difficult to learn.
Once you have the correct ukulele, go ahead and make it the sound you want. But make it something you love. Don’t make it something you hate.
You can play the instrument by ear or through a tuner or whatever you choose. Don’t use a tape measure, because a tape measure will get in your way. But use a good tuner, or a fingerpick, and you’ll have a much better instrument. If you don’t want a particular sound, you can simply learn the notes, and move on to the next note. Just don’t do this in real time. The way to understand the rhythm is to know the notes, as you play them.
Then begin practicing. Try to find a rhythm you like – one that is easy to learn, and one that you enjoy. Don’t be worried about finding that rhythm, as an instrument can be a very natural expression of one’s feelings. Your sound will come out. Try not to let things get in the way.
Once you’re sure you like that sound, play a few other sounds you’re interested in and see how you like those. That’s it, you know. Don’t fret too much about the rhythm – only fret how you play it.
What can you do with that new ukulele? Play it, of course! But don’t use it for teaching.
Most sopranos work for practice or for playing small groups. If some particular part isn’t working, then change one or two notes as they become comfortable with the sound they’ve constructed.
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