The most common and standard type of ukulele is the soprano ukulele. The soprano ukulele is usually around 21 inches long, and has only 13-15 scale length depending on model. Scale length refers to the distance of the ringing string – from the nut to the saddle. The strings are standard-tuned to the re-entrant tuning of G-C-E-A(from left to right). Sopranos are smallest, and generally work well for small hands and new students. With it being the smallest, there’s less stretching for notes, which suits a beginner. The small soprano can also be harder to play for people with larger hands, who may struggle to navigate around such a condensed fretboard.
The soprano has the recognizable plinky sound that everyone associates with the instrument. Their small scale and compact body are also perfect for travelling. Generally, beginners will start out on a soprano ukulele because you can usually find a decently playable one for a low cost.
Most well-known Soprano Ukulele brands
- MAHALO Soprano Ukulele
- KALA Soprano Ukulele
- KOHALA Soprano Ukulele
- Lanikai Standard Soprano
- MAKALA Traditional Soprano
- LUNA Soprano Soprano Ukulele