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10 Best Ukuleles

Music brings us joy, but it also enriches our lives in many other ways. The benefits of enjoying music include reduced stress and anxiety, improved memory, improved cognition, and pain relief, just to name a few. Learning a musical instrument helps us learn a number of key skills like improving academic performance (including math and language skills), develops physical dexterity, cultivates social skills, refines patience and discipline, and boosts self-esteem. Finding the time and place to practice can be challenging. It helps when you have a truly portable instrument. Ukuleles great instruments to travel with and they are becoming increasingly popular. Below are 10 of the best ukuleles for beginners.

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1. 23-inch Professional Wooden Concert Ukulele Instrument Kit by Ranch


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This 23-inch concert ukulele boasts affordable quality. This ukulele is made of the elegant Sapele wood to create a darker, warmer tone that ukuleles made from conventional wood combinations. This ukulele features polished frets, smooth curvature, and sturdy construction. This complete instrument kit one 23-inch ranch-style concert with Aquila strings installed, one gig bag, one digital tuner with battery, one extra set four Aquila strings, one ukulele strap, and one polishing cloth. Learn to play your new ukulele with the 12 free online lessons included.


2. Official Kala Learn to Play Ukulele Soprano Starter Kit

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When it comes to ukuleles, Kala is one of the most trusted names. Kala ukuleles are played by some of the most renowned contemporary artists and serve as the ukulele of choice for many schools. Kala’s Learn to Play Starter kit includes a beautiful mahogany soprano ukulele. Soprano ukuleles are the smallest, most common size for a ukulele, featuring shortest scale length and tightest fret spacing. The official Kala ukulele comes with Aquila strings from Italy pre-installed. Simply tune them to G C E A with the open gear tuners for quality acoustic sound. This ukulele also features quality a GraphTech NuBone nut and saddle for durability. Starter kit includes ukulele, Kala logo tote bag, a 20-page Quick Start Guide, and free online lessons through the Kala Brand Music website.


3. Donner 23-inch Concert Ukulele


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This traditional concert ukulele African boasts a mahogany body for a richer, brighter tone and an Indian rosewood fingerboard and bridge for comfort. The fingerboard features 18 brass frets with fret marks at fifth, seventh, tenth, and twelfth positions. Four advanced carbon nylon strings come installed and can be easily and reliably tuned with the Donner patented chrome-plated guitar style tuner. This concert ukulele comes with ukulele bag, ukulele strap, and digital clip-on tuner.


4. Starry Blue 23-inch Professional Wooden Concert Ukulele


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This stunning starry blue concert ukulele pops against the ebony-colored fingerboard and bridge. The ukulele neck and headstock constructed of Okoume wood while the fingerboard and bridge are made of durable rosewood. Fingerboard includes 18 silver nickel frets with fret position marks at fifth, seventh, tenth, twelfth, fifteenth, and seventeenth frets. Light and well built, this ukulele makes the perfect travel instrument. This fabulous concert ukulele comes with a luxuriously padded gig bag and quality Aquila strings.


5. Hola! Music HM-21BU Soprano Ukulele Bundle


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The Hola! Music HM-21BU Soprano Ukulele is inexpensive and bundled for a great value. The Hola! ukulele has a beautiful maple body and a walnut bridge and fingerboard. The Hola! Ukulele comes in a variety of colors. The ukulele comes with premium Italian Aquila nylgut strings pre-installed, canvas tote bag, ukulele strap, and three picks. This bundle also includes two months of live Ukulele lessons from

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6. Kmise 21-Inch Vintage Hawaiian Ukelele Starter Pack


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If you’re a ukulele beginner searching for a traditional looking ukulele, this soprano vintage Hawaiian ukulele is the perfect match. The Kmise ukulele features a AAA mahogany body and walnut fretboard and bridge. This sturdy ukulele is built with the beginner in mind with cupronickel fret wires and sealed 18 to 1 pure copper gear turning pegs for durability. The D’Addario nylon strings come with a lifetime free string replacement and online installation instructions. The starter pack comes complete with gig bag, tuner, strap, strings, and instruction booklet.


7. 22.5″ Kangaroo Ukulele


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Kangaroo offers an inexpensive ukulele for kids that is sure to please any budding musician. Made for ages three and up, this functional ukulele is made from special plastic and faux wood. Geared tuners and premium strings make tuning this ukulele a breeze. Ukulele package comes with ukulele, electronic tuner with batteries, ukulele strap, carrying case, two picks, and a 46-page step by step instruction book with songbook.


8. Hola! Music HM-121BU+ Deluxe Mahogany Soprano Ukulele Bundle

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Hola Music’s deluxe soprano ukulele is made of high-quality materials. The body is made from luxurious mahogany while the bridge and fingerboard are made from fine walnut. The neck is made out of durable nato wood to provide greater stability. Unlike other ukuleles that have plastic bone nuts, this ukulele features a genuine ox bone nut and saddle to improve the tone and sound of the strings. Speaking of strings, this ukulele features premium Italian Aquila strings. This ukulele comes with a padded gig bag, strap, and picks, making it an excellent combination of value and affordability.


9. Aklot 23-Inch Solid Mahogany Concert Ukulele


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This ukulele is perfect for gift giving. Made of pure Mahogany, this ukulele has better reverberation, and therefore, a longer sustain than ukuleles with laminated bodies, making this instrument sound warmer and cleaner. The 18:1 premium tuner machine with pure copper gears resist wear and premium Italian Aquila strings hold there tune longer once stretched. This ukulele comes in a gift box with a full set of accessories: start manual, tuner, strap, picks, gig bag, and an extra set of strings

10. Kala MK-CS-GRY Makala Shark Concert Ukulele


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Looking for a ukulele with a little flare. Check out the Kala Makala Shark. This concert ukulele has a Kauri top, composite back and sides, and mahogany neck. The matte finish and the shark-shaped bridge give this ukulele its unique look. This bundle includes a gig bag, tuner, Austin Bazaar instructional DVD, and polishing cloth.

Buying a ukulele with a case is one of the easiest ways to bring your music with you. Practice anywhere at any time. Whether you take pride in the craftsmanship of your ukulele or you want to find a starter instrument for a small child, ukulele bundles come in a variety of styles and price points to please any consumer.

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By BCR Staff

October 2019