Smaller than an ordinary guitar, it is also differentiated by the unmistakable sound that recalls the slightly languid sweetness of the Hawaiian Islands, from which this instrument originates. Although there are different types, the most famous is the soprano.
ADM 21 economic soprano ukulele review
Ukulele is a style that came back, a trend that seems to stay for a long time. This small four-string instrument which is always related to the Hawaiian roots is not only present in the recitals of great musicians. But it managed to become one of the favorite options who want to take their first steps in music.
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The ukulele is a simple and versatile instrument, suitable for children and adults, which allow anyone to approach the music and take the first steps to “play together”. The possibilities offered by this instrument are many, its flexibility in fact allows you to play any kind of music, from traditional Hawaiian music to pop, from rock to blues to classical music, or even just to accompany a voice. Anyone can play this instrument.
The ADM ukulele is produced in China by skilled artisans specialized in the construction of these products. Light and compact, it emits a sweet and melodic sound. The ADM ukulele is particularly suitable for beginners, both children, and adults thanks to the ease of tuning.
The ADM 21 economic soprano ukulele is not an expensive instrument. Given the good quality of materials and sound, the ukulele is available at an optimum quality-price compromise. It is not a very high price for an instrument that will give you years of enjoyment. It’s not much money for a dust-trap either, if that becomes the case. Also, unlike guitars, ukulele maintenance is not that demanding. However much you use it, a good set of strings can last up to a year.
- The design particularly striking not only the wide range of colors proposed, but also the shape that recalls the electric versions.
- The soprano-sized ukulele comes packaged nicely. In the cardboard box you will find the kit everything you will need to get started.
- Except the soprano ukulele kit includes neck strap, 2 picks, electronic tuner, polishing cloth, and gig bag.
Among the best-selling ukulele online this model is among the cheapest. As with any musical instrument, materials and wood in particular have a fundamental importance for sound quality. But the strings also have an impact on sound. That’s why it’s important to choose well, based on your tastes and needs.
How to choose the best ukulele for you
To choose a good model, it is good to pay attention to the quality of the materials, to the reviews of the users, who indicate to us without fail if the sound is good, and to the producer’s reputation. In this regard, some specialized houses like Mahalo, aNueNue, Kala, mahiMahi, Ohana, are considered the best brands, in addition to the great producers of guitars such as Fender, Ibanez and Yamaha.
The good news is that it is not only easy to obtain but also fits any pocket. Of the four major types that exist in the market (soprano, concert, tenor and baritone) the cheapest is around 50 euros. Although according to the brand, the wood and the model the most professional can be worth more than 300-1000 euros. Already its name denotes that it has a magnetic sound incorporated in its roots. From the Hawaiian “the jumping flea”, it is very difficult not to get trapped for a while under its melody.
The tuning of the ukulele
Probably everyone knows that the ukulele is a Hawaiian instrument but not that its origins are to be traced in Portugal and, in particular, in an instrument called cavaquinho. The ukulele can remember a small guitar but the similarities between the two instruments are less than you can imagine. It’s true, they are two stringed instruments, but while the guitar, in its classic version, has six, the ukulele, like the bass, has four strings.
Like all stringed instruments, even the ukulele needs to be tuned. To do this, you first need to know how each string sounds empty. Also here we will notice the differences with the guitar. The strings are, from first to last, La, Mi, Do and Sol. To tune the instrument it is necessary to act on the frets, which must be turned one way or the other according to the note to be reached. Traditionally, for the basic ukulele D6 tuning was used though C6 tuning is now most common. The tuning can be done by ear, using another musical instrument such as a headboard or an electronic tuner. The best ones are enough for the ear but here we talk about real musicians, who know the exact sound, or rather, exact frequency of the notes.
However for absolute precision, we invite you to use electronic tuner with battery included helping you find the correct notes on each string.
To know origins of ukulele, we will have to go back to the end of the 19th century and, specifically, to the Portuguese island of Madeira, where a British ship with more than four hundred crew set sail to Hawaii to work there in the sugarcane plantations. According to the story, one of the crew took his cavaquinho, a four-string instrument popular from Portugal (also called braguinha), and began to play a song with it which left the locals totally captivated by its sound. The natives called it “ukulele” which literally means “jumping flea” (“uku” is “flea” in Hawaiian and “lele” is “jump”).
The crew members, once the contract in the sugarcane plantations was finished, settled in Honolulu and started working as carpenters. They made furniture, but also musical instruments. At a certain moment, they decided to create a hybrid from the cavaquinho and it is believed that that was where the ukulele was born, an instrument that today is considered essential in any traditional Hawaiian group.
The ukulele had its moments of great popularity during 1920s and 1930s. The typical orchestras of Hawaii like the one of Sol Ho’opi’i until figures of the jazz took this instrument to the highest thing. From 1970s, there is a revival of the hand of artists like Herb Ohta, Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe to reach Israel “IZ” Kamakawiwo’ole. Already with Eddie Vedder and Paul McCartney, it became more common for music lovers, finds it in different contemporary albums and began to gain more “popular” landscape. Little by little, the youngest began to value their virtues and more and more are deciding to buy one to try. It is very easy to transport and has a sound that adapts to any genre or musical style, it is striking and versatile.