Fretted Instruments (folk)

  • Mandolins and Banjos

    Mandolins and Banjos (3)

    Considering a Mandolin or Banjo?

    Looking for a higher-pitched stringed instrument? Part of the lute family, Mandolins and Banjos can be a great addition to your bluegrass or jazz music groups. These instruments are comfortable to play and while banjos typically feature four to five strings, Mandolins have 8 strings, 4 matched pairs.   The mandolin may be the versatile instrument you’re looking for to get a truly unique sound. By plucking the paired strings, you can produce a rich and broad sound and strumming them can help you achieve that popular mandolin tremolo sound. Although popular with country and bluegrass music, the mandolin can contribute to any genre of music you prefer.  With its light strings and round body, the banjo is an easy and fun instrument to learn. By adjusting your hand position and playing technique, the banjo can produce a variety of different sounds from percussive to melodical. The thin, sensitive strings resonate in combination with a tightened skin similar to that of a drumhead to give a unique “popping” and “happy” sound. Visit DuBaldo Music Center and shop our different options for both mandolins and banjos!
  • Ukuleles

    Ukuleles (1)

    Considering a Ukulele?

    This small, guitar-like instrument first appeared in the music community in Hawaii back in the 1800s. Over the years, the unique sounds of the ukulele have grown to be adored by music lovers everywhere. It’s also an easier instrument to learn than a traditional guitar, due to its small size and fewer strings.  The size of your ukulele will determine its sound. Soprano, the small size, produces a higher pitch while baritone ukuleles are large in size and produce low, deep tones. Even the bigger ukuleles are easily portable, making this instrument a popular choice for many musicians! Ukuleles are a great starting instrument for beginners because of its size, shape and affordability. The durable, nylon strings are both soft and easy on the fingers while the small body makes it easier and more comfortable to hold. Already play guitar? Ukulele chord shapes translate well to those who also play guitar. You can find the best ukulele for you with models starting under $50! Join popular artists Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Jake Shimabukuro and Eddie Kamae by shopping our collection of ukuleles at DuBaldo Music Center. Our experts will help find the perfect fit for you.