Over the past few years, with movie recognition and a solid pop culture foothold, the ukulele has grown in popularity. They’re fun, portable, relatively simple, and give that island feel that all of us can use. We’ve spent enough time on social media admiring ukulele players. Why not learn it ourselves? If you take a look at all the possible instruments to learn, ukuleles check all the possible “go” boxes. If you’re thinking of learning something new, playing the ukulele should be at the top of your list. Here’s why. (Image Credit: Freepik)
1. High Quality for Less Cash
There’s a pretty low barrier to entry with a ukulele. If you try to learn the drums, you can probably find a decent used drum kit for a few hundred dollars. If you’re into guitar, you might be able to find a reliable instrument for about the same price. A ukulele? Cut that price by half. You don’t need to search for hours trying to find one in your area. You can get immensely beautiful, well-crafted ukuleles for sale for a fraction of what any other brand new one would cost. Most people can afford it. It’s no wonder that its popularity has grown.
2. Ultimate Party Addition
Nothing in a party is worse than dead air. That’s the real party killer. While the host struggles to find means of entertainment, the real source should be the guests themselves. It doesn’t mean you’ll be the “ukulele gal” or the island crooner. But when you hear the noise dying down and the light clinking of cups on glass coffee tables, that’s the perfect time to get the party back up with some impressive strumming.
3. Keeps Your Brain Sharp
Skill acquisition isn’t just fun, it’s necessary. As we get older, our ability to learn things declines. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. This is only half true. Past our teen years, you can still stay sharp and learn with the same veracity by adding an artistic element to it, like music. This is called neuroplasticity. What better way to keep our brains sharp than to take up the ukulele? Between chord progressions and fun designs, you can put all the fun back into keeping your brain tuned and on key. Motor skills, artistry, reading music, timing—all of these activities together use the entirety of your cerebral cortex. Ukuleles keep it all in sync.
One of the best things about a ukulele is that it’s highly portable. You’re not going to end up looking like a roadie, lugging around cymbals and kicks. Ukuleles easily fit in a backpack with clothes. Traveling with a ukulele is a breeze. There are not sharp and dangerous parts that have to be checked in. You don’t have to explain why your usage is so massive. You don’t even have to pay extra. It can be your travel buddy anywhere on earth.
There’s no downside to learning how to play the ukulele. Maybe a few small calluses on your fingers, but nothing compared to a guitarist’s. They’re perfect for all ages and make the best party starters. Want to remind your friends about their beach Holiday in the Philippines? Want to keep your mind sharp and your ears tuned without breaking the bank? Ukuleles are the answer.