The soprano ukulele is the smallest and most common size of ukulele. It is the ukulele that almost everyone starts on.
Why is it so popular? And is it the right ukulele for you? Here are some of the advantages of soprano ukuleles.
The Soprano Sound
I think the biggest appeal of the soprano is the sound it makes. It has the traditional ukulele sound. It can also be played in a very forceful and punchy way. The larger the size of ukulele, the more you lose this and the sound becomes more guitar-like.
The soprano ukulele is the world’s most natural instrument to strum. It feels exactly right.
Price and Availability
Most of the least expensive ukuleles for sale are sopranos (although there are certainly many expensive sopranos around). If you are on a tight budget (or don’t want to spend to much before you know if you’re going to keep playing) then you’ll have a much greater choice of soprano ukuleles than you will any other size.
With it being the smallest uke, the soprano is a perfect instrument for kids and is very popular in schools. But the advantages stretch to full size people as well. It makes it relatively easy to stretch for notes and to form chords.
There is the other side of the coin as well. The soprano might be great for strumming, but it is not quite so suited to fingerpicking. I find my fingers have a tendency to trip over themselves fingerpicking on the soprano. And sopranos tend not to have the sustain of the larger ukes.
And many players find the soprano a little too small. They find it easier to play with more room on the fretboard. Although this doesn’t seem to be related to hand size as you might expect.
Is It Right for You?
The soprano ukulele is the perfect ukulele for many people. If you are a beginner, I’d recommend you start with a soprano. It is easy and natural to play, sounds fantastic and it’s cute!