sketch of a ukulele
The ukulele offers a unique, cheerful sound that is unmatched by other instruments in the guitar family. The high pitch and percussive tone of the ukulele lends itself to a variety of musical styles, from country music to acoustic vocal accompaniment to electronic samples. For students new to guitar methods, the ukulele may appear simple to play, but you may find that it is easier said than done. At Sloan School of Music, we offer comprehensive private lessons to help you learn everything you need to know about playing the ukulele.


Interested in taking up the ukulele? Or perhaps you’re a seasoned player looking to hone your craft. Either way, Sloan School of Music has instructors for all skill levels. Check out our ukulele instructors below!

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Characteristics of a Ukulele

A close cousin of the acoustic guitar, a ukulele is a smaller fretted instrument that is played by strumming with either the fingers or a pick. The smaller body of the ukulele lends itself to higher pitch and lower volume, which helps to create the ukulele’s distinctive sound. You will often hear the ukulele in pop, rock, folk, and even classical genres where its clean, high tones create a unique atmosphere. 

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girl playing ukulele and boy playing guitar

At Sloan School of Music, we offer comprehensive instruction to help you reach your ukulele playing dreams. Whether you are interested in playing live shows with your local band or recording some studio samples, we can help you build your musical knowledge to ensure that you can perform at a professional level. A new player will learn strumming and fretting techniques, posture, and instrument care. Scales, chords, and exercises will help you get comfortable with the instrument and build a level of technical expertise. As your skills progress, your expert instructor will provide you with songs and exercises of increasing difficulty, to help you hone your playing skills. 


In addition to taking on the technical aspects of your playing, you will learn music theory, including keys, rhythm, and meter. You will learn to read charts and sheet music, so you can play anything that comes your way. Your instructor will further assist you with performance techniques and practice, so that you can be confident with your playing, whether you’re in the studio or on stage. 

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learning The ukUlele

little boy playing the ukulele at home
Although the ukulele offers a unique sound all its own, it has some additional benefits. Particularly for young players, it is a great way to start building guitar skills without risking damage to their less developed muscles and tendons. Children who want to learn the guitar can start early with the ukulele, as many of the skills and techniques are similar. Then, once they have developed sufficient hand strength, they can graduate to larger guitars. The ukulele is also easy to travel with, due to its compact size, which makes it easier for kids to take to lessons and practice sessions. The size of the instrument also affects the cost of ukuleles, which are significantly less expensive than their guitar counterparts. This makes them an excellent first instrument for students who want to get the hang of the technique before deciding on a guitar to invest in. To learn more about the benefits of learning this plucky instrument, contact the experts at Sloan School of Music today!