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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.

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    In the early 90's, my only guitar for an entire summer (and many to come) was a cheap 28 dollar uke I bought over getting food. Still have it, still strum it. It's new popularity does amaze me, but I agree with the sentiments of a few of you- it really better acquainted me with different voicings, and it stresses a light touch, which has helped me greatly. I wouldn't discount the benefits of a differently tuned/fretted instrument for any guitar player.
     
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    Hello,
    I was at the local music store Friday, I almost traded my slide whistle for a plastic Uke and two Tiny Tim instructional videos. I just couldn't close the deal because my slide whistle comes with a hard shell case and the Uke only had a gig bag.
    When I was coming out of the store the wind picked up, blew my scarf up and knocked off my beret. When I was picking it up I noticed a guy across the street eying my 10 speed.
    After that I had to rush home as a Harry Potter marathon was coming on, I also had some friends coming over for an advanced game of Dungeons and Dragons. It was quiet a time and everyone enjoyed getting out of their moms basement for the day.
     
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    I like ukuleles. I own two: A museum-quality Martin Style 1 soprano from 1926 or earlier, which I play with great caution, and a Lanikai LU-21TE, which I don't play nearly often enough.

    Colo Springs E, thanks for starting this thread. It prompted me to browse YouTube for new-to-me ukulele performances. Here are some I like very much.











    Don't make me no nevermind whether or not you like 'em. :cool:
     
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    I like the playing abilities of many of the uke videos I see/songs I hear... I like the arrangements in many cases, and some of the singing is great too. It's the sound of the instrument. I simply don't find it pleasing, but clearly lots of people do, and it seems to be growing in popularity. Nothing at all wrong with that. Enjoy!
     
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    Of course playing the Uke could lead you to ruin as it has to these poor folks...

     
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    If the uke was good enough for George Harrison it's good enough for all us bawbags...
     
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    Everything said here about 'it's all music' and 'people enjoy it' is completely right and valid. But, god, I hate ukelele - two sounds: plinka and kaplink. really clever players can make kaplinkaplinkaplinkaplinkaplink... All the dynamic range of barefeet on shagpile carpet. All the tone of rubber bands stretched beyond.

    This is all my humble opinion and can safely be ignored.
     
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    Because of what we've been conditioned to associate the sound with, it can make for a nice polynesian-esqe flavor to add to something.
     
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    This from a guy with "banjo" in his sig line. :D
     
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    I'm sick of them because they're overexposed.
     
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    id like one. hell you know its popular when tv shows use it for there theme song.. bobs burgers come to mind off the top of my head.
    chris.
     
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    Uke, my FIRST Stringed Instrument.
    If it hadn't been for the Uke, I may have never picked-up a Guitar.
     
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    The UKELELE is a GATEWAY instrument to heavier and harder instruments like the stand up bass and Telecaster. ;)
     
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