Learn Ukulele: The Perfect Instrument for Summer Fun

The sun is out and summer is in the air! Looking for a fun way to beat the heat and pick up a new skill at the same time? Bring the vacation to you and learn Ukulele!

What is a Ukulele?

Did you know? The Ukulele is actually a member of the lute family of stringed instruments. It’s origin in the late 19th century and introduction into the Hawaiian culture can be dated back to late August of 1879. In the early 20th century, the ukulele became more popular around the world. It was introduced to the United States mainland popular culture by a guitar and ukulele ensemble called George E. K. Awai and his Royal Hawaiian Quartet. Fascinated? Read more about the history of the Ukulele.

Is it difficult to learn?

It’s not as hard as you might think. Though very similar to guitars, Ukuleles are much smaller, and they tend to be easier to play. Because ukuleles have fewer strings, they are able to play fewer notes, which makes them a bit easier to master for anyone who is new to learning music. We asked a few of our Ukulele instructors at Music & Arts what they thought about learning the Ukulele. Here’s what they had to say:

Alyssa Menes, Private Instructor, South Paramus / Millburn, NJ Music & Arts






“It only takes knowledge of a few chords to open students up to a myriad of songs. Ukulele is such an accessible instrument, both at its price point and ease of play. It’s a fun instrument for students of all ages and musical experience levels. ” – Alyssa Menes, Private Instructor,  South Paramus / Millburn, NJ Music & Arts


Justin Berdeguez, Private Instructor, Arundel Mills, MD Music & Arts







“The Ukulele is a great instrument to get started on because the neck is small and the strings are soft. This makes the strings really easy to press down. You literally only need one finger to get started on your first chord. It only takes learning a few easy shapes to begin playing songs right away.  My favorite thing about teaching ukulele is seeing my students progress and begin to develop the same passion for music I have. ” – Justin Berdeguez , Private Instructor, Arundel Mills, MD Music & Arts


How do I get started?

Ready to get playing? Check our Ukulele Buyer’s Guide for all you need to know about picking out your new instrument! Also, don’t forget a case! Need a little extra help getting started? The summer months are a great time to sign up for Music Lessons with Music & Arts. Our expertly trained lesson instructors are ready to help YOU have an unforgettably musical summer of FUN!




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