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4 Simple Rules of Copyrights

1. Don't Make Copies

Do not make copies of copyrighted music for your accompanist or choir. Instead, purchase the exact number of copies you need. Also, be sure to never post copyrighted music online.

2. Just Ask Permission

If you ever find yourself asking "I wonder if I need to get permission to print these lyrics?" or "I wonder if I need permission to send this song via e-mail?" Just ask permission. Perhaps you've wanted to make an arrangement of a copyrighted piece? Just make sure to get permission first.

3. Destroy Old Copies

If you find illegal copies of music, please be sure to destroy them.

4. Support Music Arts by Acquiring Music the Legal Way

We know that the vast majority of people are striving to live honest lives. We thank you for your honesty, integrity, and for legally purchasing music.


Ukulele Buying Guide

Ukuleles make the perfect gift for anyone interested in music. But how do you buy a ukulele? Which one is the right one for you? How much do they cost? We’ll answer all these questions and more to help you get from simply dreaming about these fun island instruments to being a full-on player.


What is a ukulele?

Adapted from the Portuguese machete or “braginho” the ukulele is a small four-string instrument brought to Hawaii in the late 19th century by immigrant cabinet makers. The ukulele has since evolved into the beloved nylon-stringed instrument we know today.

The ukulele, which roughly translates from Hawaiian to “jumping flea”—possibly due to the energetic playing style of the Portuguese players who first introduced the instrument to Hawaii—has become synonymous with island culture, and its sweet and lively tones instantly conjure up images of tropical paradise.

Over the past century, the ukulele has found its way into the hands of millions of players, with its shape and materials varying greatly to accommodate different playing styles and a wide range of musical genres.


Ukulele Body Size

Ukuleles typically come in four sizes:



The smallest in the uke family, soprano ukuleles are known for their shimmering high, bright tones. They’re generally quieter than their larger counterparts and are roughly 21 inches in length, making them a perfect choice for young beginners with small hands.



Measuring in at 23 inches in length, the concert ukulele is a little warmer tone-wise and a little larger than a soprano. Once you’ve started on a soprano, you may want to move up to a concert.



Larger than a concert, but smaller than a baritone, tenors still retain the desired brightness of their smaller siblings but have a little more warmth. Their size makes them perfect for not-so-tiny players or guitar players looking to add another instrument to their bag.



The largest of the ukulele bunch, baritone ukuleles are about 30 inches long and tuned differently than the other three. As the name suggests, they’re known for their rich, mid-lower registers and act as a bridge between the ukulele family and classical nylon-string guitars.


Ukulele Body Shapes


Figure 8

The most common uke shape is the figure eight. Patterned after the symmetrical contours of the guitar, the traditional figure 8 shape has a balanced and more focused tone.



Another option are the pineapple-shaped ukuleles, which tend to be a little larger than the standard figure eight and therefore push a little more volume.


Banjo Ukuleles

For those who want to veer away from the typical uke tone, banjo ukes are another option. Shaped like a banjo, they tend to be louder than standard ukuleles and have a distinctive tonal quality similar to their namesake.


Ukulele Brands

At Bountiful Music, we carry Kala, Makala, Lanikai, Eddy Finn, and Diamond Head Ukuleles. They range from $39.99 on up. Come on by the store and try one out for yourself!


Renting vs. Buying an Instrument

We rent band and orchestra instruments through our partner, Bert Murdock Music. If you have a student starting band or orchestra at school, you can rent or buy an instrument through us. If you choose to rent the instrument, it is a rent-to-own program.


Should I rent or buy? 

Bert Murdock music has been supporting Utah's music programs since 1975!  Murdock's rent-to-own program is designed to allow parents the options and flexibility of a low monthly payment while maintaining the ability to purchase or end your rental at any time.
Benefits of our rent-to-own program:
  • Affordable monthly payments - as low as $17 per month!
  • Rent-to-own, until you own it or return it, it's up to you!
  • Interest free payment option on ALL rental instruments!
  • No long term contracts!
  • No hidden service or rental fees!  
  • No penalties for switching instruments or upgrading!  
  • Cases and pertinent accessories included.
  • Repair & Replacement Plans available!  Keep your instrument in top playing condition.
  • Convenient Service! Rent online or visit the store.
  • Secure Credit Card Payments.  

*Available for Utah residents only.



What size string instrument do I need?

With string instruments, like many other things in life, one size does not fit all. Finding the right size will set your student up for success. If you and your student can come into the store, we can measure the student to ensure the correct size of instrument.

Although you might be inclined to buy a larger instrument for your student to avoid having to trade up, you’ll actually do a disservice to the student (and you’ll frustrate their teacher) if the instrument is too large. An instrument that is too large will quickly frustrate the student and becomes a challenge to play.

Our instruments are rented through Bert Murdock Music. Their flexible rental program allows you to trade up to a larger instrument as the student grows.

When measuring for a violin or viola, what matters most is not the child’s height or age, but the length of his or her arms. Cello size is largely determined based on the student’s height. 

Here are some guidelines when it comes to size of the instrument:


Violin Measuring Chart

Up to 3 years 13.5 inches 1/32
3-4 years 14.5 inches 1/16
4-5 years 16 inches 1/10
5-6 years 17.25 inches 1/8
6-7 years 19 inches 1/4
8-9 years  20.75 inches 1/2
10-12 years 22 inches 3/4
12 years and up 23.5 inches 4/4 (full size)


Viola Measuring Chart

14″–15⅜” 1/16 size -1/10th violin strung as viola
15⅜”–18½” 1/8 size violin strung as viola
18½”–20⅜” 1/4 size violin strung as viola
20⅜”–22¼” 1/2 size violin strung as viola 
22¼”–23⅝” 14" viola
23⅝”–25″ 15" viola
25⅝”–26″ 15½” viola
26¼″–27″ 16″ viola
27½”–28″+ 16½” viola


Cello Measuring Chart


4' or shorter 1/4 size
4' to 4' 6" 1/2 size
4' 6" to 5' 3/4 size
5' or taller 4/4 size




Do you have an instrument in need of repair? 

We don't do major instrument repairs on site - but we have a shop where we send repairs. They are very competent and reasonable, and most of the time can get the instrument back quickly. Bring your instrument in to us and we'll take care of the rest. The repair shop will give us an estimate on what the instrument will cost to repair, and we will pass that information along to you and get your permission before moving forward with repairs. If you decide not to get the instrument repaired at that time, there is no obligation on your part and we'll get your instrument back to you.