Recorder vs Ukelele

When I was at school we had to learn Recorder. Now all the kids are learning ukelele. Which is better?
I mean which would bring out the potential pop/rock musician?

  • Recorder
  • Ukelele

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Ukulele more likely to lead to first steps of songwriting. Recorder better for learning music theory and also sounds better

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learning ukulele is a vital step towards soundtracking or starring in a terrible TV advert in the future


Playing a recorder that hundreds of lips have touched was grim, they sounded awful too. Kids can relate a bit more to the ukulele, I had no idea schools were teaching that. Might be hard to teach musical theory on it though. Plus surely the strings would easily get fucked and out of tune.

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both are revolting

It was all recorders when I were a lad, but my wee brother and his chums had an ocarina. Have we missed a step?

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The Zelda effect

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I bought my little lad a ukelele & he loves it. He’s got 3 chords down already & looks well cool playing it given that he’s only 6 :slight_smile:
Also his fave artist is Sufjan, he recently took the DJ’s mic at a family wedding and sang Chicago.
So, ukeleles it is then.


nice Ukulele songs subthread

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Ah, but this was in around 1993. It did mean I knew what an ocarina was when that game came out though.

Good idea…

ukelele is a really good compromise for young kids & schools - small, light, cheap & easy to play. Great for learning chords and accompaniment

Not so good (but not impossible) for learning scales/melody but obviously melody can be learnt vocally while playing the ukelele

one drawback versus the recorder is that the recorder is really good for learning breathing/breath control and timing and so is an excellent tool for developing vocal technique - but there are others

the other big drawback with string instruments is tuning as others have mentioned but even that can be turned into a positive in teaching how to tune instruments & actual physical theories of sound; frequency, vibration, amplitude, harmonics, relative intervals etc

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