Looking to buy a ukulele in Montreal? I will first discuss a few basics like tuning and the different ukulele sizes available. Secondly, I will provide information about where to buy a ukulele in Montreal and our top picks to make the choice easy for you.
*The price of the suggested ukuleles in this article hover between $80.00 – $100.00 CAD. The reason is that you should aim to spend at least this much on your first ukulele. Anything less will probably not sound very good or hold it’s tuning.
When deciding to buy a ukulele, you should also get a ukulele tuner. Moreover, It’s important to tune your ukulele every-time you pick it up to play. The easiest and cheapest option is to simply download a free app. See the suggestions below.
iPhone: Tunefor Ukulele tuner & chords
Android: Ukulele Tuner Pocket
*When you first buy a ukulele, it will not hold it’s tuning. When strings are new, it takes several tunings before they become settled and hold their tuning.
The Different Type of Ukuleles:
There are 4 standard ukulele sizes. The main difference between them is their size and the richness of their tone. A second difference is that the Soprano, Concert and Tenor are tuned G,C,E,A while the Baritone is tuned D,G,B,E.
The four types of ukuleles are listed below in order of size. Don’t worry too much about the type of ukulele if you are just starting out. Choose one that sounds, looks and feels good to you. I would recommend starting with a Soprano or Concert (as they are the most common ones).
length: 21 inches
This is the standard size ukulele and the most common. It is the smallest of the ukuleles and perfect for all ages. The soprano’s small size makes it very easy to transport.
length: 23 inches
The concert ukulele is slightly larger than the Soprano by a few inches, and has a bolder sound. The concert ukulele is ideal for someone with larger fingers.
length: 26 inches
The tenor ukulele is significantly bigger than the soprano and produces a richer and more vibrant tone. The tenor ukulele allows you to play much higher up the fret board.
*Most ukulele players use only the first 4 frets to play the chords of popular songs. Therefore, the extra frets on the tenor are unnecessary for most people.
length: 30 inches +
Lastly, the baritone is about 10 inches longer than the soprano and tuned like the first 4 strings of the guitar. The baritone doesn’t have the same bright sound as the smaller ukuleles. However, It is often the preferred choice by guitarists because of the similar tuning.
Great stores to buy a ukulele in Montreal
Steve’s Music: Downtown
*A few steps from Berri-Uqam and St-Laurent Metro stations
-> Our pick: Twisted Wood offers a great entry-level ukulele made out of Sapele wood. It is a good quality instrument for a great price.
- Soprano – Twisted Wood – Tyro – $89.00 CAD
- Concert – Twisted Wood – Tyro – $94.99 CAD
- Tenor – Twisted Wood – Tyro – $104.99 CAD
Long and Mcquade: Montreal North
-> Our Pick: For under $100. the Leho soprano ukulele is great. It’s well built and provides a smooth and consistent tone.
Jimmy’s Music Store: NDG
To buy a ukulele in Montreal in $80.00-$100.00 range, Jimmy’s offers:
-> Our Pick: Kala is a good brand of ukulele. It is made out of Mahogany wood, and delivers a nice sound that is bright, yet warm and provides enough volume to be heard while playing in a group.
*Jimmy’s doesn’t have a website, but you can try the instruments by visiting their store.
Nantel: Plateau – Mont-Royal
Nantel has a range of good ukuleles for $100.00.
Our Pick: The Alvarez Regent Soprano Ukulele – RU22S is just over $100. It is well built with a beautiful wood finish, and has a great tone.
-> Our Pick: Olioli acajou with a mat finish – $79.99. The Olioli is a great instrument and the quality/price can’t be beat.
How to learn to play the ukulele
The ukulele has become very popular in recent years. Therefore, many resources have become available to help you learn.
Find a teacher:
This is the most expensive option, but will provide you with the best results. A good teacher will structure your practise, help you avoid any “road blocks” and provide you with pedagogical materials to help make your learning a smooth as possible.
Find a qualified ukulele teacher in Montreal near you.
Here at Musiprof we’ve written several articles with pdf and videos to help you learn the basics:
- How to play ukulele for kids and adults
- 10 Easy Ukulele Songs for Beginners
- Ukulele Strumming Patterns PDF
- The 4 Basic Ukulele Chords
Buy a ukulele book
This is one of the best beginner ukulele books. The book is designed for kids, but is suitable for adults. As a ukulele teacher myself, I’ve gone through a variety of ukulele method books and I’ve found this one to one of the best for both adults and kids. Moreover, the song selection is great and includes popular songs such as Yellow Submarine, I’m Yours, Mr. Tambourine Man, 3 Little Birds, and much more.
Buy Online in Canada -> 16.39 CAD
I hope this article helped you in your choice to buy a ukulele in Montreal. If you’re looking for a teacher to help you along the way. Musiprof can help you find a great ukulele teacher near you. Visit, ukulele lessons in Montreal.