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Ukuleles for beginners banner If you're looking for ukuleles for beginners and reading this blog, you have probably already decided that you’d like to play the ukulele - Good choice! Now you have to decide which one to buy... So before you choose which one you want, consider your budget. Our range of ukuleles vary from under £15 to just under £200. If you are complete beginner, I would recommend spending between £15 and £30. But if you want something a bit more premium there are models over £100! Here is a list of my top 5:

Rocket Soprano Ukuleles For BeginnersRocket US10R Soprano

This ukulele is (in my opinion) the best buy on this list. Not only is it value for money, which is fantastic, but it’s simple, classy design makes it look much more expensive than it is. It is one of the most popular ukuleles on the market, and there is a reason or that: You cannot get a better ukulele for your money. It must be recognised that this is still a budget ukulele, but if you wanted to – you can always change the strings to make it even better. Absolutely loads of schools buy these models, showing how hard-wearing they are. If they can survive in a school they'll last at home! It also shows how ideal they are for any beginner. The Rocket Soprano Ukulele comes in a range of colours too.

Mahalo 2511 Rainbow Soprano Ukuleles for beginnersMahalo Rainbow Series Soprano

These ukuleles among the cheapest in my top 5 list, but don’t be fooled by their price. They are great starter instruments (particularly for children with the fantastic choice of colours). These great starter ukes now have geared machine heads too. Unfortunately, the best quality materials have not been used to build them, but for a beginner wanting to learn how to play, they are perfect. They are available in purple, black, red, blue, light blue, yellow, orange, pink, green, and White. If you want an eye-catching finish, or something in your favourite colour, these are perfect. A lot of variety here.

Stagg Electro Soprano Ukulele

For the beginner with a higher budget in mind. The Stagg Electro-Acoustic Soprano Ukulele is great for those who want more volume. Ideal for recording or playing live, this can be plugged into an amp or speaker. The mahogany top means the tone is very pleasing and well rounded too. Perfect for a more serious beginner, such as those who play an instrument already. This ukulele is definitely one geared towards those with performance in mind!

Mahalo Java MJ1 Ukuleles for BeginnersMahalo Java Soprano

Mahalo have concentrated more on the playing quality of this model. First of all, the mahogany finish is of an extremely high standard, with accurate intonation. Secondly it's reasonably priced which makes this ukulele highly recommended by teachers across the UK. It also comes complete with a much more robust gigbag style case to protect your ukulele and carry your accessories. This is ideal for players who want to spend a bit more, but still don't want to break the bank!

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3rd Avenue

The 3rd Avenue Ukulele is perfect for any younger player looking for something to start on. It offers a good value for money and is also ideal for people on a tight budget. It comes with a gig bag, so is easy to carry around and the finish on this is superb. The tuning heads are good quality, so once tuned it doesn't slip out, which is something you find happens a lot on cheaper ukulele's. These have been really popular amongst schools, due to their robust build and lower price. Also being available in Natural, Purple or Black, the 3rd Avenue boasts a range of colours. I hope this list will give you a little bit more of an insight into which ukulele is for you. If you are still not sure and would like to know a bit more information about which ones to choose, the sales team at Normans would be more than happy to help you make the perfect choice... Follow us on Twitter via @NormansMusic and like us on Facebook to get all the latest news and updates from Normans.