Ukulele Sizes : Which is right for you?
In this article we’ll discuss different ukulele sizes and which one is right for you. We discuss soprano, tenor, concert, and baritone ukes. Each one fits different needs. And not only are they sized differently but each sounds different as well.
Low G vs. High G Tuning
Before we look at each of the different ukulele sizes, we should first talk about the tuning. Three of the four instruments we will discuss share the tuning G C E A. Only the baritone uke has a different tuning. More on that below.
However, the “G” in the G C E A tuning is sometimes tuned differently. The standard, most common tuning for ukulele is the so-called re-entrant tuning. (Sometimes this is also called “high G.”) In this tuning the G is higher in pitch than the other strings. So if we play the strings low to high, we’ll have a high note followed by lower notes that get higher with each string.
While this is the typical tuning for soprano, concert, and tenor ukuleles, some of these instruments will tune the G down an octave for a “low-G” tuning. Each tuning offers a different sound and resonance on the instrument. Both can be used well for different kinds of music on ukulele.