There are different sizes of ukulele. Which one you choose is entirely up to you and something you will decide upon the more profficient you become. All have four strings and are generally tuned ‘G C E A’ (Good Crocodiles Eat Apples or Good Cooks Eat All). To start with, try a Soprano Ukulele – it’s guaranteed to make you smile!
This is the smallest size and is considered the ‘standard’ size of ukulele. It is very compact, and has a crisp jangley vibrant sound. The small size allows nimble fingers to move around the fret-board quickly. Strumming is often easier on the Soprano. This is a good choice when learning to play the Ukulele.
One size up from the Soprano, with a longer fretboard. The concert ukulele has a slightly richer sound, but preserves some of the sparkle of the Soprano. The longer fretboard gives a bit more scope for hitting the higher notes.
The Tenor Ukulele is still a conventionally tuned uke, but with a larger body and longer fretboard of some 18 frets. The larger soundbox gives a louder fuller sound, although less bright than the Concert and Soprano. Finger-picking is a little easier with the instrument and can suit people with larger hands.
The baritone is the largest of the ukulele line-up. At a glance it would appear to be a smaller guitar, although still with only four strings (not six). Often the tuning of the baritone are gCEA (lower G). A very rich deep loud sound. It is not as common an instrument as the smaller ukuleles.
Don’t forget to do your research, have a good look around the internet. There are many demos and reviews on YouTube.
‘Try before you buy!’