What’s The Difference Between A Soprano & Concert Ukulele?
You may have noticed that ukuleles come in many different shapes, sizes, materials and colors! It can be intimidating when looking for your first uke but fortunately so much of the decision making process is dependent on your personal preference. There’s no “wrong size” ukulele, it’s just a matter of picking one that you’re comfortable with. And we’re here to help!
There are four different sizes of ukulele: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone, from smallest to largest. Think of the small ukes as giving you a brighter, lighter, more sparkly sound, and the large ukes giving a deeper, richer, more guitar-like sound. At Uku Global, we hand-make Soprano and Concert ukuleles, the two more common sizes.
While there are some differences between the Soprano and Concert ukulele, it’s important to note that they’re both played the same way and tuned to the exact same notes (g-C-E-A). Because the notes are the same, the chords and scales are the same as well. This makes it easy for you to switch back and forth between the two — if you can play one, you can play the other! The versatility of this powerful instrument is one of our favourite things about it.
Now, let’s go over a few differences that might make your decision easier:
- Size. The Concert is larger by a few inches. This can be easier for someone with larger hands and arms.
- Sound & Tone. Generally speaking the larger the body, the more volume, bass, and warmth. This can mean that Concert ukuleles have a fuller, richer sound, at times even louder. In contrast, Soprano ukuleles have a brighter, more sparkly tone.
- Scale Length. This is the distance between the nut and the saddle. A Concert ukulele will usually be about three inches longer than a Soprano ukulele, which then determines fret spacing.
- Fret Spacing. The spacing between each fret can be a determining factor when choosing the right uke, as it’s going to affect how easy it is for your fingers to make chords. If you have smaller hands, you might prefer a Soprano ukulele.
No matter which ukelele you choose, you can be sure that you’re entering a whole new world of music and connection. It is very simple and easy to learn your first few chords (start with C major, trust us!) and you can be picking out your favourite songs within an hour or two.