Best ukuleles for beginners 2024: Get started on the uke with our pick of tropical beauties

So, you see your future as a ukulele-toting musical maestro? Well, good on you, you couldn't have chosen a more entertaining instrument to learn to play. The best beginner ukuleles offer four short strings of pure, unadulterated fun. An instrument for bringing out the eternal optimist in even the most cynical of us, one quick strum will transport you to a land of joy and happiness. A sunny, tropical haven where life's a beach but nobody's ever going to kick the sand in your face.

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Simon Fellows

When Simon's childhood classical guitar teacher boasted he 'enjoyed a challenge', the poor man had no idea how much he'd underestimated the scale of the task ahead. Despite Simon's lack of talent, the experience did spark a lifelong passion for music. His classical guitar was discarded for an electric, then a room full of electrics before Simon discovered the joys of keys. Against all odds, Simon somehow managed to blag a career as a fashion journalist, but he's now more suitably employed writing for Guitar World and MusicRadar. When not writing or playing, he can be found terrifying himself on his mountain bike.

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