Ukulele accessories – what are those and do you need them?

Ukulele is a relatively simple instrument, but it’s a lot of fun, isn’t it? Even so, did you know that there are numerous accessories that could make the whole thing even more fun? We’re here to talk with you about ukulele accessories and why you should start using them. Learn about ukulele at soundchime.com

Tuner

Tuners are neat little contraptions that will help you tune your ukulele a lot easier. They’re extremely accurate, they usually cost as much as $10, and they’re so small that they can be carried in a pocket (ideally in a gig bag).

All ukulele accessories are ‘optional’ in a sense, but a tuner might not be as much. Namely, only a handful of players are capable of tuning their ukulele by ear, and even some hardened veterans have troubles with the issue if the situation isn’t ideal (crowded gig, for example, where tuning by ear is virtually impossible).

Ukulele strap

Ukulele strap is just like a guitar strap – it helps you carry your instrument in your hands and be able to play in a upright position. Now, there are numerous types of straps, each brining a different set of benefits to the table.

Just like tuners, uke straps are fairly cheap, but there’s more than just one purpose they serve – most ukulele straps are also very fashionable.  

Apart from allowing you to actually play in a standing position, they also ease the load from your shoulders, allowing you to play your instrument for an extended amount of time. Needless to say, they’re perfect for musicians who perform live.

Capo

Capos aren’t as popular as other guitar and ukulele accessories due to the fact that most beginners, sadly, never heard about them. What this accessory does is help you grip chords a bit easier. Alternatively, it can help you play a song that’s in a different tuning (not in standard uke tuning but in something different).

Basically, a capo is attached onto the fingerboard and it ‘frets’ the entire row of frets instead of you – it forms a ‘bar chord’. This can be useful in any number of ways, but it’s essentially a beginner’s accessory. Just like tuners and straps, ukulele capos don’t cost too much.

One good thing about capos is that you can use them on your guitar as well, and vice versa, so if you happen to have a ‘beginner bundle’ of any sort at home, make sure to check that you don’t already own one.

Carry bag

A carry bag is absolutely always useful. You don’t need to be a touring musician to need it. Imagine that you’re going to travel somewhere in a few weeks – you might miss your ukulele, and having a carry bag will help you preserve the instrument.

On another hand, if you have a ukulele teacher, getting to and from the place where your lessons are taking place will be significantly easier with your ukulele safely tucked inside a bag and on your shoulder as opposed to having to carry it in your hands.

Furthermore, you might come to an idea of forming a band where you’d play ukulele at some point. Again, you don’t want to show up with your instrument laid bare.

Last, but certainly not least, even if all of the aforementioned scenarios never happen, having a gig bag will do wonders in terms of maintaining your ukulele. You’ll prevent dust from piling up on the strings and on the body, to say the very least, thus improving its condition, or at least preserving it.

Other accessories

Cleaning tools are optional ukulele accessories that regard ukulele maintenance. There’s the polishing cloth for one, which should be used regularly to wipe the body, fingerboard, and the neck of your instrument.

Since most ukuleles are made of wood, you may even want to use a humidifier – exceptionally dry climates tend to do horrors for the wood, shrinking it and warping it as if the instrument was violently dropped or thrown onto the ground.

Let’s not forget the strings. Although they’re considered to be a main part of ukulele’s anatomy, you’ll eventually get the notion that your factory strings aren’t exactly cutting it. Replacing them, or better yet, upgrading them might seem like a good idea. Changing the strings will have a clear impact on how your ukulele sounds, and it will also significantly improve its playability.

Lastly, you can get a string lubricant to grease up your newly installed strings. People who seat a lot when they’re playing will find that this ‘tool’ is more than helpful in many ways.