Small. Simple. Easy to carry and hold - the uke can be a lot of fun, great to bring out at parties or the park and good in a band or as an accompaniment to your singing. I usually introduce the student to the "Teach Yourself To Play Ukulele" book which covers the basics; mainly chords. We can then progress to strumming styles and finger picking once the chords are learnt. A great thing to do is to pick ANY song and I will work out how to transpose it to the uke from Beethoven to Beatles to Ed Sheeran!