Before you reach for your guitar, you should consider a highly underrated alternative: the ukulele.
Ukuleles are four-string instruments with a standard G C E A tuning. They are relatively inexpensive – about $40-60 for a standard, beginner uke. They are also very lightweight and will conveniently travel around with you anywhere you go.
Start by learning these easy, basic chords:
With these chords alone, you can play many awesome tunes, like
Somewhere Over the Rainbow – IZ
- chords: C, Em, F, G, Am
Float On – Modest Mouse
- chords: G, Bm, Em
No Woman No Cry – Bob Marley
- chords: C, G, Am, F
Hotel California – The Eagles
- chords: Am, E, G, D, F, C, Dm
The best part about the ukulele is that it is a very cheerful instrument. Throw in a couple more ukuleles to make a uke band, and you have an instant mood raiser for everyone!
So the next time you’re relaxing in your hammock and you get the urge to have a quick jam session, opt for a ukulele. You’re in for a good time!