Isaac has recently started learning the guitar at school and like any sibling, Eliza wants to try it too, but she is too young to start classes.
The team from the Jumping Flea Trading Company offered me a Ukulele to review and not one to disappoint we chose the Blue Girl Soprano Ukulele for Eliza.
Jumping Flea Ukuleles are made from tough and resilient ABS plastic meaning they can withstand slightly rougher play that comes with younger children. They have soft satin feel that is satisfying to hold and come with factory fitted with Aquila Supanylgut strings to ensure a lovely tone and easy tuning. I play the guitar myself so managed to tune this with no problem, although you can download an app on your phone to help.
The lovely thing about this instrument is that you can take it anywhere – to the beach, in the park, on a picnic, on the boat, even in the shower because it has the toughness and resilience that only high quality plastic can give, plus it can be screen printed so comes in some funky style options too.
They say that tone of a quality is just like a wooden Ukelele but I have to admit I can tell the difference, however, as a first instrument and one where Eliza is not really interested in learning chords it is perfect for strumming along with her brother. Isaac is more keen to learn and there are plenty of easy to find websites that have Ukulele chords for hundreds of songs including some of their favourite pop songs. I am looking forward to hearing an actual tune soon.
One tip: Put it out of reach at bedtime or you may get woken up at 6am the following morning with a musical rendition of Let it Go!