The 8 string ukuleles produce a rich full sound due to the extra strings, they are really cool. To play it is simple, its just like a normal ukulele but you are hitting 2 strings at the same time, that is what creates the full sound. Take a listen to the sound byte and you will hear the difference. The advanced player will appreciate the ability to be either strum or pick on this ukulele and achieve the desired sound. You can also get banjo rolls going on this ukulele. This instrument comes in at a nice price for the quality you are getting.