A ukulele is limited in the scope of music that can be played on it. A guitar, regardless of its size, has six individual strings that provide six separate notes which can allow a wide variety of musical styles, melodies, and techniques.
The ukulele, in contrast, has really only three strings that have individual notes. The fourth string is actually a repeat of the first string. Now, that being said, you can still play a great deal of music on a ukulele. You can use a lot of techniques that are similar to the guitar, and you can have a lot of fun with it, but there are things you will probably not be able to play on the uke.
Why am I telling you this? Well, think of it this way” if you want to learn how to play “Little Wing” by Jimi Hendrix on the ukulele, there are certain sounds, such as the dive bombing at the start of the solo, that require a specialized bridge that the ukulele does not possess. Just keep in mind that the ukulele’s purpose was to provide some musical accompaniment to singing. It’s the perfect instrument to have around the camp fire on the beach at sunset. But if you secretly want to be Eric Clapton, you might want to pick up your guitar.
Something you will want to note is that the ukulele uses nylon strings, whereas most guitars (acoustics and electrics) use steel strings wound with brass or some other similar material. Even classical guitars, which use nylon strings for the upper ranged strings, use silk (or some similar material) wound around the lower ranged strings. The nylon strings on the ukulele give it its unique sound that you aren’t going to find on most other instruments.
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