The saxophone, the violin, the tuba and the trumpet, let’s talk about them. All of these instruments are regularly given as a first instrument for kids in school, but they all have a few negatives in common. Sure, once they’re mastered they sound beautiful as part of a perfectly arranged orchestra, but let’s be real for a second. How many of these instruments actually make it that far?
Why not the norm?
Now we’re not knocking these instruments for their value as ways in which to encourage children to look after their belongings, or to foster a practice, practice, practice mentality, but what are the drawbacks they all share?
Well, firstly, they’re pretty expensive. Not just to buy in the first place, but to maintain and replace as the months and years go by, you can find more info about that here.
Lessons can be expensive too. They’re often quite hard to carry about and take up a fair bit of space when left just lying around as well. Parents who want to encourage their children to learn an instrument might want to think outside the box a little, and the ukulele gives them the opportunity to do this.
Why try the ukulele?
Firstly, you can buy a ukulele for a very small amount of money as you’ll see at The Ukulele Site. Check out the ranges at any online store though, as there are prices to suit all budgets and all preferences. You can take a look at a comprehensive list of providers at Ukulele Music Info. If you want to go for brand name and quality, you could go for a Kala but you absolutely don’t have to. The sound is still sweet from a more affordable option.
Risk Free Variety
Whether going for a Hawaiian classic, or a Disney themed little number, you can take the risk of your kid falling out of love with the instrument at a relatively low cost.
In terms of practicing, there are a host of tutorials online that should take the hassle out of finding a tutor that your kid likes. The twang of a misplayed chord is much less harrowing on the ears than an out of tune saxophone. There’s no doubt about that!
Finally, we’re highlighting a fact that no parent needs reminding of. Kids break stuff. Al the time. If a saxophone is dropped, it can need replacing entirely. If a ukulele is dropped, it might be salvageable, and if it’s not, well, it won’t be that expensive to replace. The positives outweigh the negatives by a million to one, and for parents looking to encourage their children to take on some responsibility or partake in some extra curricular activities, give the ukulele a try. It’s a risk free alternative to the traditional options. It has to be worth a go!