Music Gear News

At Gear4music.com we update our news channel daily to ensure you always get the latest and most important music news.

Ukulele Returns to Fashion as Sales Boom

Ukuleles have seen a meteoric rise to fame
Great deals on ukuleles

Musical instrument retailers across the UK are celebrating the Ukulele's return to cool, as sales of the four stringed mini guitar boom.

Ahead of this month's Musical Instrument Retail Conference (MIRC) in London, 180 music shops were surveyed with 42 per cent saying the ukulele had seen the biggest rise in popularity in the last year.

31 per cent stated that keyboards had seen the largest growth, and 16 per cent for acoustic guitars.

Much of the instruments meteoric rise to fame has been due to nu-folk acts such as Mumford and Sons, Noah and the Whale and Fleet Foxes exploiting the vintage cool of the instrument.

Although originally from Hawaii, the ukulele became known in Britain due to comedy entertainer George Formby, known for the tongue in cheek masterpiece "When I?m Cleaning Windows" played on a banjo ukulele.

A spokesman for MIRC, Ronnie Dungan, said "the ukulele is a bit of phenomenon. Retailers are reporting massive sales.

"They're easy to get hold of, cheap to buy and more straightforward to learn than a lot of instruments.

"It's encouraging people of all ages to take up an instrument for the first time, which is fantastic because there's nothing more fun and rewarding."

Costing from as little as £9.99 for a Ukulele by Gear4music, the instrument as seen as an affordable, fun and highly accessible gateway to music for young and old alike.

Many schools are choosing ukes as the first instrument to teach children ahead of the recorder.

Posted on 2 Jun 2011 11:48 to category : Instruments News

Related Music News

thumbnail

Designed to simulate various classic amp tones, Supro's Tremolo Pedal introduces the new school to the old school

6 Dec 2016 11:16
thumbnail

A limited time edition of the Akai MPK Mini MK 2, the white equivalent operates as an eye catching alternative that looks as good as it sounds.

28 Nov 2016 15:37
thumbnail

Bursting with a number of great features, the Celviano Grand Hybrid offers the player unparalleled performance and unprecedented tone

28 Nov 2016 15:06
thumbnail

Recent studies have shown that music can improve mental abilities whilst also helping to heal victims of brain damage

25 Nov 2016 15:39
thumbnail

A luxurious digital piano designed to faithfully recreate the sound of a grand acoustic piano, the Casio Celviano GP-300 is the perfect tool of expression for the discerning pianist

24 Nov 2016 11:44
thumbnail

Featuring a newly refurbished look and design, KRK deliver the goods once again

30 Sep 2016 16:23

Recent Music News

thumbnail

A premium belt-drive turntable that features wireless streaming, the BT-500 has been designed to extract every musical detail of your record collection

5 Dec 2016 15:00
thumbnail

With new windows drivers installed and great savings to be made on selected models, Focusrite are giving you more and more reasons to be merry this Christmas

1 Dec 2016 14:51
thumbnail

Straight from the 90's, the legendary synth has been given a modern makeover to make it more versatile than ever

1 Dec 2016 12:48
thumbnail

Those who purchase a Zen Tour, Zen Studio, Orion Studio, Orion 32, Orion 32 or Goliath interface will be eligible to receive a free copy of PreSonus' Studio One

30 Nov 2016 10:42
thumbnail

With thousands of new presets and a vast array of functions, the Predator 2 brings next level sound quality and user defined audio manipulation to the players immediate disposal

29 Nov 2016 15:53
thumbnail

With a new arpeggiator and synthesizer at the users disposal, several user requested updates provide the player with more versatility than ever before

29 Nov 2016 14:51