I play electric and acoustic bass and guitar and I wanted something to add a different musical colour.
One of my friends had raved about the Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain so I investigated, found that ukeleles come in four sizes from soprano, the smallest, through concert (alto), tenor to baritone.
And although ukeleles are tuned differently from a guitar I realised I could easily transpose the chord shapes, so I bought one.
Portability was also a factor so I opted for a soprano ukelele based on a Harmony Vita ukelele; a 1920s Art Deco style with the performing seals sound holes. (I think it looks more like the Scream mask).
The small size was a challenge for my long fingers but I liked the shape, which is different from the miniature guitar or the pineapple shapes, and it’s a lovely instrument with a solid spruce top and a built-in pickup.
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