Ukulele Buying for Beginners


Dr. Lloyd Takao serves as a family physician serving individuals in the greater Orinda, California area. Outside his professional life, Dr. Lloyd Takao enjoys several leisure activities, including playing the ukulele.

For beginning ukulele players, it’s important to to understand what one gets for the money when buying a ukulele. For those interested in learning, it’s entirely possible to purchase an affordable instrument without breaking the bank.

The cheaper ukuleles typically range around the $50 price point, and the price goes up from there, with some ukuleles being very expensive. For the beginner, anywhere between the $50 and $200 range is acceptable. These instruments produce a good sound and aren’t prohibitively expensive.

The more expensive ukuleles are typically constructed with real, solid wood instead of a laminate or plastic body. Different woods produce sounds in different ways, and use of the more exotic woods are what drive the price up on more expensive instruments. The pricier models also tend to have more handmade or custom components, such as pearl inlays and the like.

There are lots of factors that determine the price of a ukulele. But for the beginner, the less-expensive models aren’t significantly inferior and are more than capable for beginners.


UCSF’s Medical Curriculum

As associate clinical professor of pediatrics, Lloyd Takao, MD, teaches in the Foundations of Medical Care Program through the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). With the help of such experienced faculty members as Dr. Lloyd Takao, UCSF provides a four-year curriculum that prepares up-and-coming physicians for the sorts of clinical challenges they’ll face over the course of their careers.

The first year of medical instruction at UCSF includes three core courses that focus on patient care, organ systems, and metabolism and nutrition. During the second year, patient care remains a key part of the curriculum, which also expands to include important matters ranging from immunity to malignancies.

During their third year at UCSF, medical students gain hands-on clinical and clerkship experience. Moreover, during the summer, they undergo advanced clinical studies, which carry on into their fourth and final year.

For more information about the UCSF medical program and its faculty, prospective students can visit the university’s website at