Guitar vs Ukulele

Guitar and ukulele are two very similar instruments. However, they both have certain differences which make them unique in its own way. 

Here are some differences between the two instruments. 


Guitars without a doubt can play a variety of genres. From calm acoustic to full on rock, you can play anything on your guitar. Therefore, when it comes to range and tone guitar offers a much wider variety. On the other hand, ukulele doesn’t have that kind of variety. Ukulele has a Hawaiian tone, since it was originated in Hawaii. Its sound range is limited but you can play a lot of songs on a ukulele. Therefore, if you are confused between guitar lessons or ukulele lessons then you should ask yourself what kind of music do you want to play. 


Learning any instrument requires you to invest a lot of efforts and money. But if we compare the two then ukulele is cheaper. A ukulele of good quality ranges between $60-$80. On the other hand, a good quality guitar will cost you somewhere between $150-$200. 

So, if you don’t want to invest much in an instrument or you can’t afford a guitar then ukulele can be a good choice for you. 


There are some very obvious differences when it comes to appearance of these two instruments. Ukulele is smaller than a guitar. Ukulele has four strings whereas the guitar has six strings. The fretboard of a guitar is much wider than a ukulele. Since ukulele is much smaller than guitar it is easier to play this instrument. Strings of an ukulele are made of nylon which are easier to press down compared to the nickel-plated strings which are found on the guitar. 


The popular opinion is that ukulele is easier to learn. As its frets are quite small and it has lesser strings it’s easier to manage. You’ll be able to play tunes on your ukulele with just few ukulele lessons. Therefore, ukulele is easier to play for beginners. 

Guitar is a pretty famous instrument. Therefore, it is easier to find good guitar lessons and teachers. You can take guitar lessons even online. Ukulele even though easy to learn, it could be challenging to find a good teacher. 


I hope this information helped you decide which instrument to choose but if you are still unsure about it, then book a demo class for both of them and try your hand at it. This will help you understand which one is more comfortable for you and works the best for you. 

To conclude, both of the instruments have different characteristics and choosing between the two can be a challenging task. Before deciding on what to play you should definitely weigh the pros and cons. 

If you want to learn the instrument properly it is always better to take classes for it. Toronto offers a great range of both, guitar and ukulele lessons. So, what are you waiting for? Book yourself a demo class now!