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Discussion in 'The Backstage' started by kluson, Jan 2, 2010.
Her versatility and dexterity are amazing !
He's so exact. He can really bring out the tone of the Uke
Here's my Koaloha tenor... Love it!
He played here a while back. I wasn’t able to go, or I would have.
I've seen Jake twice. Great showman, and does amazing things with a Uke that you wouldn't think were possible.
I bought a Pono when I was in Hawaii once, just to have something to play while I was over there, that was also easy to bring home. It was not cheap, but it may be the best "souvenir" I've ever bought. It was fun to sit out on the Lanai with a cup of coffee every morning, while I waited on the wife to start the day.
Big fan of UkeHunt here
Do they play anything like mandolin? A good tenor looks like fun
I picked a concert size up a few months ago . having so much fun with it . looking up different interpretations of covers on YouTube . I think that every guitar player needs to add one to their collection of instruments
Just players ..
They're tuned just like the first 4 strings on a guitar, except instead of D, G, B, E; the Uke is G, C, E, A. Furthermore, a uke can be tuned low G or high G. The high G tuning is considered more traditional. They can be a lot of fun to play!
You can also tune up a step to A D F# B if that suits your vocal range better. That used the be the popular tuning many decades ago, but over time GCEA has become the most common. (Tuning up a step won't damage your uke and shouldn't break the strings. No promises...)
I have two ukes, a Flight and a Kala. Got the Flight on a whim; I had some store credit at a music shop and they really had nothing I needed, but I noticed they had some ukes. I'd long toyed with the idea of getting a uke, but I always brushed it off as being more of a novelty. This time I figured why not, and I might as well get the best one they had.
I had about $185 in credit, so I got Flight concert uke, solid mango top, laminated mango back & sides, extra strings and a tuner. I paid $15 on top. Not a bad deal. Got it home and quickly discovered... Me Likey!
Fast-forward 6 months to Jan '18 and I was now leading a group of beginners - parents and teachers from the school I work at. We started with a rather ambitious 28 sign-ups, that quickly dropped to about 22, and slowly whittled down to 16 or so, which is really a more manageable number anyway. Had our first mini-performance a couple weeks ago (7 songs), after just 5 1/2 months of uking. It was a little rough in some spots, but I'm pretty proud of how far they came in such a short time - some of them had never played an instrument before.
Oh, and in that time I also picked up a Kala tenor, solid spalted maple top, laminated spalted maple back & sides. Sweet tones.
Side note: I just looked at Jake Shimabukro's tour schedule. He's going to be in Japan in October. I've been looking for an excuse to get to Japan...
Several factors inspired me to buy a Uke. I wanted to learn something new that wouldn't be too difficult, I wanted it to be fun while learning. I have very small hands for a man. What inspired me to buy the ukulele I bought was this video. This Cordoba just had a better sound than others I had heard that were less money.
I have an Epiphone Les Paul ukulele that half the time I forget about
Anything to look for when buying a "decent" Uke? (or more importantly - issues to avoid)
I think I may pick one up to mess around with - probably a concert or tenor
^ Pretty much the same things as you would when looking for an acoustic, but on a smaller scale. In a sense.
Body size (soprano, concert, tenor, baritone). Solid vs lam wood. Wood choice. Tuners. Sharp fret edges. Binding, bling, finish. Etc.
Thing is, IMHO, you won't find as much obvious tonal differences between different ukes as you might with two different acoustic guitars. There's just more wood in guitars, more depth, more resonance, so you're going to notice more differences between, say, a maple soundboard vs a cedar top, or rosewood back & sides vs mahogany, than you might with two similarly appointed ukes. Not saying there's no difference, it's just more subtle.
What's your budget? For $50 you can get a cheap entry-level uke, but you probably won't be happy with it after a while, perhaps even after a short while. I'd say, for between $100~200, you can get into something decent that won't break the bank. Wanna go nuts? There are ukes that can separate you from your money in a hurry, well into the thousands.
Most big-name uke manufacturers have a budget/entry-level line. Personally I'd recommend a concert or tenor size. Soprano is too small, baritone is basically just a small guitar. A solid top is nice but not necessary. Laminated back & sides are fine.
Or to put it another way, it's tuned like the 1st 4 strings on a guitar at the 5th fret, but the 4 and 1 strings are an octave higher, giving it the "uke" sound. As has been said, "It's hard to be in a bad mood when you have a ukelele in your hands". Whatever, just enjoy.
Lot's of beginner uke buyers guides on YouTube. Do A search with words like Beginner Ukulele buyer guide. Read several so you get a lot of knowledge regarding do's and do nots.
The quick version:
Don’t spend less than $200 or more than $500.
Make sure it comes with a case.
Check out Rollo - he's a local luthier well known for high end acoustics and ukes. His prices are not for the faint of heart but the quality of what he builds is simply amazing. That and he is a very good guy who just loves what he does. We can all look at Ferrari and buy something we can afford. His web site is straight porn if you can appreciate what he does.
A uke player story..... I stopped in at a local bar and some young guy was playing a uke and singing. Pretty damned good too. His uke started cutting out and he thought he had a bad cord. I had just finished a show so my gear was in the truck. I went out and got him a cord and gave it to him. Still cutting out. Then he determines his battery is dead. He had NO MONEY so I jumped back in my truck drove to a store and bought him a battery and gave THAT to him. Problem fixed. After everything is working I asked if he knew SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW. He said yes he knew it but would not play it because it was so cliche'. Seemed pretty ungrateful to me. I havent seen him playing anywhere since that.