Music Festival Darlings: The Magic of the Simple Ukulele

Whenever you think of rustic music festivals, thoughts always conjure up the sound of guitars and ukuleles. Join us as Kent State Folk Festival looks into the magic of the simple ukulele. Somehow country music and ukuleles are fairly inseparable.

Let us look into just what makes the rather simple ukulele an ever present fixture in folk festivals!


They are easy to pick up and play

If you ask any virtuoso in music about what sort of instrument you should pick up and play, they will pretty much tell you this: choose something that you can bring with you. When you fall in love with music, it is something that you carry with you. Often, the urge to play will hit you pretty hard. When the instrument you play is something as large as a piano or a drum set, getting to play out to your heart’s content can be pretty hard.

Ukuleles are small and easy to bring along anywhere. So if you ever have the urge to play your ditty, you can just bust out your ukulele and start strumming on the strings.


Playing is not complicated

As the ukulele has only four strings instead of six, the pieces that you can play are not that complicated. While it does have the large range that a guitar would usually have, it has its own charm. The uncomplicated style of playing is a great way to relieve stress.

As the play style is not complicated at all, it is something that even very young children can learn how to play. If you already know how to play the guitar, picking up the ukulele will be as easy as pie.

Ukuleles has options to choose from

A common misconception about the ukulele is that it only comes in one small size. The truth is there are four options that you can choose from: soprano, concert, tenor, and baritone. Much like the range of a human voice, ukuleles have them as well!


They are sturdy little things

Another fairly common belief is that ukuleles are fragile things. As with all musical instruments, they should all be handled with care in order to last you quite a while. Of course, this is not to say that there are not flimsy ukuleles out there. There are.

Just like when you purchase anything, you need to be sure of the quality of the product. Superb ukuleles do exist. You just need to know where you can find it. Reputable vendors will help you check for signs on flimsy designs.


Ukulele players look more approachable

A study conducted by our own team of writers has concluded that ukulele players are more approachable than other instruments that are commonly played. Respondents have reported that there is something whimsical and fun-loving about the ukulele—so it sort of follows that the person who has one is approachable as well.

So there you have it! Do you guys think that Ukuleles are pretty magical as well? Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think.



Post Author: Ernest Bouie

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