If you’re a beginner, expert, intermediate player, or just hoping to learn how to play the ukulele, one thing is certain: There are a few, essential accessories that all uke players absolutely must have. Regardless of your playing experience, if you don’t have the right accessories, your overall playing experience will suffer.
With that in mind, accessories will not necessarily make you a better ukulele player, but having these few, simple items on hand will certainly help you when it comes to your path to better playing and overall enjoyment.
The top three most important accessories for ukulele players are a tuner, a capo, and a strap. It may seem like a very short and simple list, but any uke player of any skill level would be completely lost without them.
So, in this article, we will focus on the importance of these top three ukulele accessories, how to properly use them, as well as give you our top picks for tuners, capos, and straps.
Tuners are by far one of the single most important accessories for any musician, including ukulele players. It doesn’t matter if you are the most skilled player on the planet – If you are not properly in tune, you are going to sound horrible.
Tuning your ukulele is a simple task that is easy to master with a little practice, and there are several types of tuners available on the market. There are clip-on tuners, chromatic tuners, and soundhole tuners that will help you stay in tune and help you sound your best when you play.
With that in mind, here are a few of our favorite ukulele tuners available at our online store:
Once you clip this chromatic tuner onto the headstock of your uke, the swiveling arm and tilting display make it easy, quick, and convenient to get your uke in tune. Its small size and portability make it all the more convenient.
This soundhole tuner is almost unnoticeable when you use it due to its small size. Once installed, it runs on a small, included micro battery that automatically shuts itself off when not in use.
The large display and up to 200 hours of battery life add to the appeal of this pocket-sized tuner. You can either utilize its built-microphone to get into tune chromatically or if you have a uke with an active pickup, you can plug into it directly to tune up as well.
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A capo is another important and essential accessory that will definitely help ukulele players of all skill levels improve their playing experience. Capos allow you to change the root note of a song, find a comfortable key for singing, and also easily play along with other musicians who may be playing different instruments.
Capos are not complicated accessories to learn how to use, and once you learn how to use them, it opens up a huge door of musical possibilities. Capos can also make songs sound fuller because they allow you to play songs with open chords as opposed to having to use bar chords.
We have several capos available at our online store for ukulele players of all skill levels.
An affordable and eye-catching option, this capo is made specifically for ukuleles. Its spring-loaded design makes it a quick and easy option to change your tuning while also eliminating buzz while you play.
The curved design of this capo allows you to easily change keys quickly. It’s made from aircraft-quality aluminum, made in the USA, and also comes in three, vibrant colors – gold, smoked chrome, and black.
The trigger style of this capo makes it a quick and easy way to change keys while you are playing. Also, the cushioned handle helps to prevent scuffs and scratches when you apply it or when you are playing.
Straps are another great ukulele accessory that can help to expand your playing ability. If you prefer to stand while you play live, for example, a strap is an absolute must. Also, if you are into soloing, using a strap can add to your fingers’ mobility and ease of play.
You may also have a certain body type where it simply doesn’t feel as comfortable to play while sitting, which makes using a strap all the more helpful. And, some people prefer the freedom of movement that comes with using a strap, as opposed to having to sit in one place.
We have loads of straps available at our online store, so be sure to check them out!
This attractive, adjustable ukulele strap has durable, leather ends that can be attached to strap pegs, and it can also be attached to your headstock by using the included connector piece.
Not only is this strap a very affordable option, but its soft, poly material makes it a very comfortable option as well. It has leather ends, it can be adjusted for ukuleles as well as for guitars, and it comes in six color varieties.
If you’re looking for a little extra flair, this strap might be the one for you. Its made of polyester with leather ends, its length is adjustable, and its light, pastel colors are a great way to brighten up the look of any ukulele.
Honorable Mentions: Cases and Humidifiers
When it comes to ukulele accessories, cases and humidifiers may not be the most essential things to have, but they are definitely things to consider. If you travel with your ukulele, perform live, or simply want to preserve the quality and condition of your ukulele, then you should definitely get a hard case or at least a soft case.
Take a look at our large selection of cases at our online store.
If you do opt for getting a case, then you should certainly get a humidifier. A humidifier helps to preserve the quality of your ukulele’s wood by regulating the amount of moisture in the air inside of your ukulele’s case. They’re typically very inexpensive and a great thing to have.
Be sure to check out all of our humidifiers available at our online store here.
Whether you’re just starting your playing journey, are an intermediate player, or an expert on the uke, having the right accessories is a vital part of your playing and learning experience. You may find some accessories to be more necessary than others, so you might need to do some experimenting to figure out which accessories work best for you. Either way, accessories are things that should definitely not be overlooked.
And, the Uke Like The Pros Online Store has a very wide variety of accessories that will fit the needs of players at all skill levels.
Enjoy your playing!