How long does it take to learn guitar?

One of the most common questions that potential beginner guitar players have about the process is, how long does it take to learn guitar?

The answer to that question depends on a few factors:

  • Your personal definition of being a “guitar player”
  • The level of advancement or competency you wish to achieve
  • How much time you have to dedicate to the craft
  • The goals you want to achieve
  • The tools available to you for learning
  • Baseline of musical knowledge

Even with those parameters defined, it is difficult to accurately pinpoint the moment you have learned guitar. For some people the moment they are able to play through a song is their version of success. For others, it might be learning all the chords or mastering the scales.

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What are the different types of ukuleles?

The ukulele is one of the best beginner instruments. It is inexpensive, a portable size, and just loads of fun!

Although it has Polynesian roots, with a strong tie to Hawaii, the ukulele has expanded beyond island tunes to encompass all genres of music. Popular artists like Jake Shimabukuro, Jason Mraz, and even Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder have brought the ukulele into a more popular music spotlight. It is no wonder it has become such a phenomenon in recent years.

If you are looking to purchase your first ukulele, you may not be aware that there are different types of ukuleles. Each one is a different size, makes a slightly different sound, and can be tuned differently. With each type of ukulele comes a slightly different experience and sound that will appeal to new and seasoned players differently.

what are the different types of ukuleles? The different types of ukulele are, in order of size, the soprano ukulele, the concert ukulele, the tenor ukulele, and the baritone ukulele. All types of ukulele can provide that tingy, island sound you desire, but each type will also provide a certain playing experience.

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Ukulele Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Instrument Sounding Great

Whether you’re somewhere over the rainbow or can’t help but falling in love– you’re ukulele is the instrument to get you there.

Over the past six years, the ukulele’s popularity has steadily grown. From its appearance in blockbuster movies to its fan-base on YouTube, the instrument is a staple in folk and indie music today.

Like any instrument that gains popularity overnight, new musicians are unaware of how to properly maintain it.

Starting out with a new instrument is intimidating enough while learning how to play. Friends, family, and instructors will have different opinions about proper care and maintenance.

We have assembled some straight-forward maintenance tips to help keep your ukulele in great condition.

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How to do a Guitar and Ukulele Duet

play guitar and ukulele together

In a gathering with your friends or family, some of them might know how to play the guitar, and some might know how to play the ukulele or bass guitar or maybe there is already a piano player.

Where to begin? Well, playing music with different instrumentation is always a tricky subject. Guitar and ukulele are two different instruments but they can complement each other very well. With this article, I would like to share with you how to play music with a guitar and ukulele together harmoniously.

How to do a Guitar and Ukulele Duet: When playing guitar and ukulele together or any instrument, one must always keep the sound in mind. Have a balanced sonic palette or simply balanced sound with your instrument. Even at the early stage of your playing, always be aware of the sound that you are creating or playing. 

Similar to a painting. No one would appreciate a painting that has no balance in color shades or organization. One might say it depends on the eye of the beholder or the ear of the beholder.

To better understand what I mean about balance in music playing, let me introduce you some simple concept. When playing with two or more musician, one should ask a question like “should I play: louder or softer, higher or lower, longer or shorter, faster or slower, more or less, or not play”. Or probably ask who is playing what? Me or you? Listening to each other’s playing is also essential in achieving a balanced sound.

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Can You Tune a Ukulele with a Guitar Tuner?

tuning a uke with guitar tuner A reader asked me a question recently on whether or not it was possible to use a guitar tuner to tune a ukulele. I figured it seemed to be a common question and decided to put together this article to answer this question more in depth.

Can you tune a ukulele with a guitar tuner? There are a variety of guitar tuners on the market.  Clip-on tuners are the most versatile tuners used for guitars that can also be used to tune a ukulele. This multi-instrument tuner is very useful for getting your ukulele tuning just right every time.

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