- I offer private, personalized baritone ukulele music lessons and coaching—from Beginner to Advanced levels—blues, rock, jazz, reggae, ‘island’, etc.
- My teaching rate is $40 for a one-hour lesson at my home office/studio in northeast Boca Raton or $60 for a one-hour lesson at your place.
- I also host a Community Music Circle every Saturday morning (weather permitting) during ‘the season’ at the Delray Beach GreenMarket—free, fun, lively, and open to all ‘islandy’ souls.
The Many Virtues of the Baritone Ukulele
The perfectly sized, mellow sounding baritone ukulele (just a 4-string small guitar, really) is the ideal instrument (IMHO) for learning, practicing and performing music.
- It is very light
- It is very portable
- It is very affordable
- It is very much like a guitar
- It is very easy on the hands and wrists
- It is very easy to finger chords (4 strings = 4 (non-thumb) fingers!
- It is very capable of playing any style of music
- It is a very good at helping students visualize the core elements of music theory
Baritone ukuleles come in many different shapes and styles. They all have 14 frets from the nut to the body. Unlike all other ukulele groups (soprano, concert, and tenor), the baritone ukulele uniquely uses a low-to-high tuning of D-G-B-E — exactly like the highest four strings of a guitar! So transitioning to guitar later (if still desired, after realizing the many possibilities of a baritone ukulele), is a breeze.
Most baritones range in price from around $100 up to $2000 and more. Companies that make baritone ukuleles for students include: Da Silva, Kala, Kamaka, Ko’aloha, Lanikai, Mya-Moe, and Tony Graziano.
Once you begin playing a baritone ukulele, you will immediately experience its charm and delight in the power it has to magically bring out smiles in otherwise grumpy people…a beautiful thing to witness!