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What are your thoughts on the ukelele?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Colo Springs E, Sep 11, 2014.

  1. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Seems to have grown in popularity last decade or so.

    I detest it! Sounds like a plinky-plinky toy to me. I have a friend who is a monster guitarist, and he has hardly touched a six-string in the last 9-12 months. He's been buying custom made ukes in the $2k+ range--they all sound like poop to me lol.

    Anyone a fan? Man, I don't get it.
     
  2. joaopazguitar

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    I don't really have an opinion about the ukelele,
    BUT the guitalele, I love!
    It tunes exactly like the guitar but one 4th above.






     
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  3. Bartholomew3

    Bartholomew3 Friend of Leo's

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    I still use those 4 string chords when I do retro R&B or even anything else - it taught me what "voicing" means plus taught me the basics.

    Later on guitar my group put a few singles onto the Canadian radio play charts, made Billboard USA, did a few sessions at Atlantic Records with Tom Dowd and also the guy who produced the first 2 Cream albums, The YoungBloods and Mountain.

    All of this started on a $4.00 plastic uke I got from a pawn shop...
     
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  4. Greg.Coal

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    I don't have thoughts about it so much as I have feelings about it and I really get my underpants in a bunch around Ukelele's. They have little tone, little expression and are somehow associated with metro-sexualism and all-around sapped-spirit.

    If you ever see me playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on a ukelele please kill me.

    Greg
     
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    Cheap ukes are way out of tune and they provide a great opportunity to practice filing the nut slots. Get the nut slots to the right height and add some decent strings and little ukes can be a pleasure.
     
  6. Fearnot

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    Another cutesy hipster fad. Death before ukulele!

    plinkaplinkaplinkaplinka...
     
  7. william tele

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    It's all music and can be found in any form. If any one of the forms of musical expressions drives you to complain about it on a forum you need to look within. It's not the uke or the banjo or the accordion...it IS you.
     
  8. 3waytie4last

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    Guess it all depends on what you want to play on it.

    A top-of-the-line uke has all the tonal dynamics of a top-notch acoustic guitar.
     
  9. Jupiter

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    Sorta fun to play; less fun to listen to. High-end ones can sound pretty cool, but there are SO many cheapo ones around....they're like tribbles....
     
  10. mabley123

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    ITs all music .

    Check out Roy Smeck "Tapping" on a Uke in the late 20's early 30's.

    He was known as "King of the Strings"

    He lived from 1900-1994





     
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    This cat has some chops...
     
  12. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    So I guess the fact my post drove you to complain about me, YOU need to look within as well, correct?
     
  13. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Not in my opinion, not even close.
     
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    like the say, all trends come and go.. and ukes kept martin alive once...
    its music, its good for the youth. more power to them.
    chris.
     
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    Lowbassnotes Friend of Leo's

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    I love Uke, I love Slack Key guitar and I love Lap Steel. Uke on it's own is very musical, combined with the other two it's one of my favorite sounds and favorite styles to play.
     
  16. 3waytie4last

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    Perhaps you need to learn how to play one.

     
  17. Telepathist

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    My dad gave me a Martin uke when he gave up on learning how to play it.
    I have a good time strumming it once in awhile. Wish it had a pickup, though.


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  18. joaopazguitar

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    Not sure if you asked to be killed because of the "Somewhere Over..." video I posted above. No problem at all with me, if you did.

    ...but since you metioned the ukelele, I want to say again that it is not an ukelele in those 3 vids. That was my point (just to be clear).
     
  19. Lowbassnotes

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    I have a K&K pickup, sounds great, $30.00 and made in Grants Pass. Highly recommended.
     
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    I'll check that out.

    Thanks!


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