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Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« on: March 15, 2009, 03:36:43 AM »

Do you have a ukulele?  More then one? More than 10?

do you love your ukulele? I know i do.

Show your love your your uke!  Post pictures, shear songs, maybe write a song just for your uke and the shadowbox

here is a pic of mine...




its getting a new paint job over the next few days :-D
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2009, 03:53:02 AM »

Got my first ever uke last week. It's just a cheap Mahalo one, but I love it.
I also want to paint it.. but scared I will ruin it!

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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2009, 03:53:44 AM »

i like the look of your ukulele!
my uke is a pretty standard white makalo, i love him so but i hope to upgrade him one day (:
i did a little 30 people workshop with the wellington international ukulele orchestra last year, it got me so inspired and now that i have some, albeit small, amount of uke knowledge i'm looking around for a new little friend!

if you're a fan of uke music you should check them out, they do pretty great covers!
(one of their members is from flight of the conchords too)
http://ukulele.co.nz/
http://www.myspace.com/wellingtoninternationalukuleleorchestra

their cds are AMAZING, and they're so good live
until very recently (they got too popular!) they practiced once a week in a cafe for a couple of hours
there's nothing like an early morning ukulele singalong to get the day off to a good start!
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2009, 04:07:44 AM »

I'm getting my first one next week, and also a friend of mine is working on a custom one for me which is exciting!
I'm really anxious to learn it quickly so I can take one to Glastonbury and away when I go travelling.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2009, 04:21:51 AM »



Meet "baby blue" my blue acoustic guitar... and "big blue" my blue uke!




It begged for it...


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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2009, 04:36:52 AM »

My Canada!ukulele with ghetto capo, constructed by myself and Hayley...


And my NZ!ukulele, modelled by my friend Sam (who is dressed as George Harrison, in case you were wondering, but his wonderful 'Jesus' hair is all his)

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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2009, 04:45:50 AM »

i love all the blue ukes
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2009, 10:02:39 PM »




Yes I gave my ukulele a mustache and soul patch tonight.

Why not? ;D
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2009, 06:07:06 PM »

I have two::



The one on the right is my first ukulele: I bought her back in August of '08. The one on the left is my pride and joy, my electric-acoustic Applause. I've had her for about a month and a half. :]
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2009, 06:24:32 PM »

I think simultaneously the best and worst thing right now is that I was about to post a picture of my harmonica and claim to be confused, then remembered that I actually own a ukulele but that it's on the other side of the country.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #10 on: March 16, 2009, 06:41:15 PM »

Argh stop it...you're making me want to get one now, and if I do, I may as well trade my degree in for it. What I need to be working on is my dissertation, not learning chords.

...yet.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #11 on: March 18, 2009, 04:40:55 PM »



Just came in the mail.  I'm naming it Big Black.  Now to figure out how to play it...
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #12 on: March 18, 2009, 04:51:38 PM »

I really want a ukelele =[
I love the sound that they make.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #13 on: March 18, 2009, 07:14:37 PM »

I'm buying one eventually. I really want a banjolele, just because of the awesome factor of a tiny banjo. But they're really expensive. For those of you who don't know:



13-3/4" scale length, 8" body, 22" overall. Almost identical to the soprano ukulele, but it's shaped like a banjo, and sounds kind of like one too.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #14 on: March 18, 2009, 09:19:34 PM »

I'm buying one eventually. I really want a banjolele, just because of the awesome factor of a tiny banjo. But they're really expensive. For those of you who don't know:



13-3/4" scale length, 8" body, 22" overall. Almost identical to the soprano ukulele, but it's shaped like a banjo, and sounds kind of like one too.

They are too expensive, but i'd kill or one.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #15 on: March 19, 2009, 10:09:50 AM »

my uke's new paint job:



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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #16 on: March 19, 2009, 10:35:26 AM »


This is the only good shot of my decoupaged uke I have right now.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2009, 08:53:06 PM »



Just came in the mail.  I'm naming it Big Black.  Now to figure out how to play it...
I think Big Blue and Big Black need to have a play date ;)
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2009, 02:40:46 PM »



Just came in the mail.  I'm naming it Big Black.  Now to figure out how to play it...
I think Big Blue and Big Black need to have a play date ;)
Maybe Big Blue can teach Big Black how to be in tune. And Big Black's owner not to play like he's retarded.
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« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2009, 09:18:57 PM »



Just came in the mail.  I'm naming it Big Black.  Now to figure out how to play it...
I think Big Blue and Big Black need to have a play date ;)
Maybe Big Blue can teach Big Black how to be in tune. And Big Black's owner not to play like he's retarded.

Absolutely.

To tune, you can either a) get a standard guitar tuner (or any instrument electronic tuner) b) buy a ukulele pitch pipe (they're very cheap - like $3 from guitarcenter.com or musiciansfriend.com  c) use this website: http://www.get-tuned.com/ukulele_tuner.php d) or if you have an iPhone (which I suspect that you might) you can download a ukulele pitch pipe/tunner app!
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2009, 04:43:25 PM »

I love Franklin <3

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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2009, 07:19:14 PM »

there is also a free mac App that is a tuner and has a very easy setting for tuning ukes.  might be the same as the iphone app, just for the comp

i'm too lazy to find the link, just search "ukulele tuner" in the mac website, you'll find it.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #22 on: March 31, 2009, 10:00:05 AM »

Just bought a ukulele:



Oscar Schmidt OU5. It should be here next Wednesday.
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« Reply #23 on: April 03, 2009, 07:56:32 AM »

I just bought one of Kayla's AFP ukuleles...
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #24 on: April 03, 2009, 01:19:43 PM »

I just bought one of Kayla's AFP ukuleles...

WHICH IS SO RAD THANK YOUUUUUU
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« Reply #25 on: April 03, 2009, 01:21:36 PM »

I just bought one of Kayla's AFP ukuleles...

WHICH IS SO RAD THANK YOUUUUUU

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« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2009, 01:26:43 PM »

I don't own a ukulele myself (just an ever-growing collection of guitars!) but I'm seriously admiring the ones posted in this thread- they're beautiful! If only I could afford one- bring on next payday..
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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2009, 06:07:50 PM »

i found some old ukes in a junk store.

going to go back and get them, i must paint them.

will post pictures.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2009, 06:37:52 PM »

My uke is going to be here monday. I went on ups and tracked it, and it was scanned for departure in new stanton, which is always the last stop for anything coming by ups in my area. I can't wait.

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« Reply #29 on: April 04, 2009, 10:46:57 PM »

Just bought a ukulele:



Oscar Schmidt OU5. It should be here next Wednesday.
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« Reply #30 on: April 06, 2009, 10:34:28 PM »

IT CAME!

I just tuned it to pitch a little while ago, and I already learned creep.

I'm fucking excited. The fretboard is a bit bigger than I thought it would be, which is a total plus.
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« Reply #32 on: April 08, 2009, 04:36:43 AM »

I know eleven chords.

I felt the need to tell someone this.

I'm leaving this thread now.
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« Reply #33 on: April 11, 2009, 05:57:54 AM »

i'm all depressed and upset... and i was about to just climb into bed, but i think my uke is needed for a little while.


i'll just play two headed boy... atlest once.
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« Reply #34 on: April 14, 2009, 02:20:56 AM »

I brought my uke home for spring break... and left it there to make it easier to pack when I move out of college a month from now. I'll miss fiddling around with it, but it's for the best
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« Reply #35 on: April 16, 2009, 05:52:40 AM »

I don't have one but my friend does and he made an awesome video of him playing it with his song "superman, ma'am". The best part about it is he's 6'4" with this tiny ukulele

If you wanna see it (I really advise you do if you like ukulele's) here it is. It starts silent:

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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #36 on: September 15, 2009, 09:37:30 AM »

Can anyone tell me what's this lil card at Amanda's Ukulele? Looks like a tarot car, anyone who got a closer pic of it?
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« Reply #37 on: September 15, 2009, 10:49:38 AM »

My uke got stepped on. No more uke. :(

No money for a new one either. :_(
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« Reply #38 on: September 15, 2009, 12:51:05 PM »

My uke got stepped on. No more uke. :(

No money for a new one either. :_(
My condolences.


Hey, maybe you could steal a new one....   :violent1:
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« Reply #39 on: September 15, 2009, 01:34:09 PM »

Can anyone tell me what's this lil card at Amanda's Ukulele? Looks like a tarot car, anyone who got a closer pic of it?
It's a playing card. I forget which one exactly, I think a Queen (or King but it'd make more sense for it to be a Queen).
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« Reply #40 on: September 15, 2009, 05:53:49 PM »

Well actually it's an ace with a figure on it, wondering if it means something.
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« Reply #41 on: September 15, 2009, 05:57:36 PM »

Well actually it's an ace with a figure on it, wondering if it means something.
That there's a deck of cards somewhere with only 3 aces ;D
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #42 on: September 17, 2009, 04:42:12 PM »

m'kay, i want to get one now :L
what type would you all recomend?... soprano,tenor etc? etc?
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« Reply #43 on: September 17, 2009, 07:07:19 PM »

well for beginners, i've heard that the little soprano ukes are great to learn chords and stuff on.. you should so get one though..  ;)

anddd i think we should all post photos of our ukes heh i think it would be neat to see everyone's.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #44 on: September 18, 2009, 08:00:44 AM »

What about a Hilo?
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« Reply #45 on: September 18, 2009, 08:18:38 PM »

awww it's so pretty! <3
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #46 on: October 19, 2009, 02:45:09 AM »

here's mine;
i am pretending to play it like a violin (but i don't know how to play violin, so that is my guestimation)


although there is quite a few more of these cute little bright smiley stickers all over it now.
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« Reply #47 on: October 19, 2009, 08:09:47 AM »

i really want a ukelele.
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« Reply #48 on: October 19, 2009, 08:26:48 AM »

here's mine;
i am pretending to play it like a violin (but i don't know how to play violin, so that is my guestimation)


although there is quite a few more of these cute little bright smiley stickers all over it now.
this is really off topic, but you're so pretty  :)
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« Reply #49 on: October 19, 2009, 03:46:55 PM »

here's mine;
i am pretending to play it like a violin (but i don't know how to play violin, so that is my guestimation)


although there is quite a few more of these cute little bright smiley stickers all over it now.
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his is really off topic, but you're so pretty  :)

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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #50 on: November 25, 2009, 09:53:16 AM »

i have a blue mahalo i got for about 20 bucks and decorated with stickers (it's SOOO prettyful), and i'm getting a nicer electric one for myself around christmastime =D

i've been playing for about three months. any dolls songs on the uke? i've already looked through all the websites i can find, and the only on is Coin Operated Boy and it's a really shit version that doesn't sound right...

Also, i feel really retarded cause i don't know how to post pictures. help plx?
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« Reply #51 on: November 26, 2009, 07:28:38 AM »

i reaaallly want a uke nowwww
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« Reply #52 on: November 26, 2009, 07:42:56 AM »

there are ukes on sale in town for like £20
when i have money i'm buying one, for now, i'm keeping jacobs :D
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« Reply #54 on: November 29, 2009, 10:58:42 AM »

i have a blue mahalo i got for about 20 bucks and decorated with stickers (it's SOOO prettyful), and i'm getting a nicer electric one for myself around christmastime =D

i've been playing for about three months. any dolls songs on the uke? i've already looked through all the websites i can find, and the only on is Coin Operated Boy and it's a really shit version that doesn't sound right...

Also, i feel really retarded cause i don't know how to post pictures. help plx?


i play a concert sized oscar schmidt OU2 and have found that 99% of the time, you can use the same chords for a guitar as a uke. youd be surprised how well they translate. at least, thats what i use. but my playing could suck for all i know :-) i can do a night at the roses, delilah, oasis, leeds united, and the bed song from afp/dd. i cant actually read music, but i personally love ultimateguitar.com for pulling chords/tabs.
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« Reply #55 on: December 01, 2009, 11:02:41 AM »

i have a blue mahalo i got for about 20 bucks and decorated with stickers (it's SOOO prettyful), and i'm getting a nicer electric one for myself around christmastime =D

i've been playing for about three months. any dolls songs on the uke? i've already looked through all the websites i can find, and the only on is Coin Operated Boy and it's a really shit version that doesn't sound right...

Also, i feel really retarded cause i don't know how to post pictures. help plx?


i play a concert sized oscar schmidt OU2 and have found that 99% of the time, you can use the same chords for a guitar as a uke. youd be surprised how well they translate. at least, thats what i use. but my playing could suck for all i know :-) i can do a night at the roses, delilah, oasis, leeds united, and the bed song from afp/dd. i cant actually read music, but i personally love ultimateguitar.com for pulling chords/tabs.

ok thanks. i mean, i've tried some chords from uke websites and they're just strange. reading music doesn't really help that much on the uke. i played the flute for 5 and the piano for 2 (i'm starting again this winter =D, afp totally reinspired me) but its not very helpful w/ the uke.
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« Reply #56 on: December 01, 2009, 08:15:16 PM »

i have a blue mahalo i got for about 20 bucks and decorated with stickers (it's SOOO prettyful), and i'm getting a nicer electric one for myself around christmastime =D

i've been playing for about three months. any dolls songs on the uke? i've already looked through all the websites i can find, and the only on is Coin Operated Boy and it's a really shit version that doesn't sound right...

Also, i feel really retarded cause i don't know how to post pictures. help plx?


chordie is also great. you can toggle between different instruments and tunings and it gives you the chord shapes. the library seems a bit sparse for the kind of music i want to play though.

i play a concert sized oscar schmidt OU2 and have found that 99% of the time, you can use the same chords for a guitar as a uke. youd be surprised how well they translate. at least, thats what i use. but my playing could suck for all i know :-) i can do a night at the roses, delilah, oasis, leeds united, and the bed song from afp/dd. i cant actually read music, but i personally love ultimateguitar.com for pulling chords/tabs.

ok thanks. i mean, i've tried some chords from uke websites and they're just strange. reading music doesn't really help that much on the uke. i played the flute for 5 and the piano for 2 (i'm starting again this winter =D, afp totally reinspired me) but its not very helpful w/ the uke.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #57 on: December 02, 2009, 11:40:33 AM »

i have a blue mahalo i got for about 20 bucks and decorated with stickers (it's SOOO prettyful), and i'm getting a nicer electric one for myself around christmastime =D

i've been playing for about three months. any dolls songs on the uke? i've already looked through all the websites i can find, and the only on is Coin Operated Boy and it's a really shit version that doesn't sound right...

Also, i feel really retarded cause i don't know how to post pictures. help plx?

You can use guitar tabs that display chords to play Dresden Dolls songs (or any other band really). Recommended guitar tabulature website: www.ultimate-guitar.com
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« Reply #58 on: December 02, 2009, 12:34:44 PM »

my uke is beautiful and green
and i called him paul.
i can actually play almost a whole song on him now.
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« Reply #59 on: December 25, 2009, 08:04:53 AM »

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« Reply #60 on: December 29, 2009, 05:05:44 PM »

I have a ukulele but I don't know how to play it or tune it, and I'm pretty sure I fucked up the strings when one broke and I bought new ones for it.
I'd like to learn but none of the music programs around me offer ukulele lessons :(
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« Reply #61 on: December 30, 2009, 03:43:27 AM »

I have a ukulele but I don't know how to play it or tune it, and I'm pretty sure I fucked up the strings when one broke and I bought new ones for it.
I'd like to learn but none of the music programs around me offer ukulele lessons :(

Teach yourself on one of the websites. That's what I'm doing. I'd bet a million dollars that I'm probably the only Ukulele player withing a 100 km radius (I live in Amman, Jordan), but it's really easy to learn. Heres some good sites with chords & info for beginners:

http://ukeschool.com/

(this tuner is much better than the one in uke school) http://www.get-tuned.com/ukulele_tuner.php

for chords you can use any old guitar chords,
but here are a few websites specifically dedicated to the ukulele:
http://web.mac.com/johnpak/iWeb/homepage/Beatles%20Song%20Sheets.html
http://www.scorpex.net/uke.htm

here's a good chord chart for beginners (it shows you the fingers):
http://ukuleleonline.com/ukulele-chords/ukulele-chord-chart/
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« Reply #62 on: December 30, 2009, 09:25:55 AM »

I suppose I'll try, but I think I'd benifit more from a teacher. Seriously though, take a look at this, this is the list that the Music Clinic in my town offers:

Bagpipe Chanter
Banjo
Baritone Horn
Bass Guitar
Bass Viol or Double Bass
Cello
Clarinet
Drums - Rock, Jazz, Classical, African, Latin
Dulcimer (Hammered and Mountain)
Fiddle
Flute
French Horn
Guitar (Electric & Acoustic) - Classical, Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz & more
Harmonica
Keyboard
Mandolin
Organ
Percussion - Drum Set, Bells & Orchestral Rhythm Instruments
Piano
Recorder
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Singing (see Voice)
Theory - Composition, Arranging, Conducting
Trombone
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Tuba
Viola
Violin
Voice - Speech-Level Technique, Performance, Sight-Reading, Solfege
Xylophone (Marimba & Vibes)

...but no Uke...WTF?
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« Reply #63 on: December 30, 2009, 09:28:37 AM »

WTF? that makes no sense. They have like, the Marimba and no ukulele?
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« Reply #64 on: December 31, 2009, 11:35:44 AM »

I finally replaced my broken uke with a new, and improved model.

It sounds awesome, and the tuning is waaaaaay better. The only problem, it is ugly.

Uke Dragon does not approve of the poop brown wood stain. Decoupage must ensue!

But it plays like a dream, and I am happy to have a ukulele again.
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« Reply #65 on: December 31, 2009, 11:56:27 AM »

I finally replaced my broken uke with a new, and improved model.

It sounds awesome, and the tuning is waaaaaay better. The only problem, it is ugly.

Uke Dragon does not approve of the poop brown wood stain. Decoupage must ensue!

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« Reply #66 on: December 31, 2009, 06:14:53 PM »

me and my uke <3


this is the best pic i have i think...

it's just a standard blonde wood uke.
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« Reply #67 on: February 08, 2010, 09:41:54 PM »

my uke goes out of tune every 5 minutes, and i cant tune... i just have a terrible ear... but if i can ever afford an expensive one that doesnt detune from a breeze i will be very happy! uke is so fun to play :D
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« Reply #69 on: February 18, 2010, 06:57:24 PM »

I guess I should mention this on here, since everyone loves the ukulele (sidenote: oh god i haven't been on here in foreeeeeverrr):

If you want something custom painted on a ukulele you have, or if you want another one but you want it customized, I can do either one! :)

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« Reply #71 on: March 04, 2010, 05:23:57 PM »

I played my friend's uke the other day for hours, and I fell in love with it! I've been looking around online to buy one, but I have no idea which type to buy. :(
Which would you guys recommend, brand name wise, as well as type? I like the builds of the Soprano ones, but I'm unsure, because I don't know what the difference is. o . o
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« Reply #72 on: March 04, 2010, 05:31:46 PM »

I have this one:
http://www.dukeofuke.co.uk/lanikai-lu21p-pineapple-soprano-ukulele-p-474.html?osCsid=4a324b8bfc512d81038e045e8a6aaeca

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« Reply #73 on: March 04, 2010, 05:48:08 PM »

I played my friend's uke the other day for hours, and I fell in love with it! I've been looking around online to buy one, but I have no idea which type to buy. :(
Which would you guys recommend, brand name wise, as well as type? I like the builds of the Soprano ones, but I'm unsure, because I don't know what the difference is. o . o

The main difference is the sound. Amanda has a soprano, but you can get bigger ones and they tend to have a deeper sound the bigger they go.
I wouldn't worry too much about brand name for a first uke, you can get a generic one for really cheap.
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« Reply #74 on: March 04, 2010, 05:50:54 PM »

I played my friend's uke the other day for hours, and I fell in love with it! I've been looking around online to buy one, but I have no idea which type to buy. :(
Which would you guys recommend, brand name wise, as well as type? I like the builds of the Soprano ones, but I'm unsure, because I don't know what the difference is. o . o

The main difference is the sound. Amanda has a soprano, but you can get bigger ones and they tend to have a deeper sound the bigger they go.
I wouldn't worry too much about brand name for a first uke, you can get a generic one for really cheap.

All right. Thank you! :]
The soprano's seem pretty affordable, so I might just buy one of those. ^ - ^
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« Reply #75 on: March 04, 2010, 07:01:39 PM »

I played my friend's uke the other day for hours, and I fell in love with it! I've been looking around online to buy one, but I have no idea which type to buy. :(
Which would you guys recommend, brand name wise, as well as type? I like the builds of the Soprano ones, but I'm unsure, because I don't know what the difference is. o . o

I’m occasionally tempted to buy a Uke because I like the idea of a portable guitar-like instrument.  The baritone is generally tuned quite like a guitar but is larger than other ukes. The soprano is the smallest though but is typically tuned quite differently.

As for sound (if guitars are anything to go by) it’s a combination of workmanship and personal preference. Some have uncomfortable action ( the strings are hard to push down - too far or too close to the fretboard, or the ease of pushing against the fretboard varies in an annoying way). Some instruments will have incorrect intonation but that isn’t always detectable unless you’re pitch perfect or are serious about harmonics.

To put it simply. Find something that “feels” nice to play. I had a guitar that was not great to play when I started and its not at all tempting to return to it. If it feels good, it’s more exciting to play. If you have the oportunity to test a number of Ukes you should.

Edit: but if you see something cheap it's worth getting just to try. If you don't like it consider trying another model in a higher price range.
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« Reply #76 on: March 04, 2010, 07:09:29 PM »

Not sure when it's over but for anyone in Melbourne, the Uke Festival has been goin on

www.muk.com.au
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« Reply #77 on: March 04, 2010, 07:15:23 PM »

Not sure when it's over but for anyone in Melbourne, the Uke Festival has been goin on

www.muk.com.au

I think it finished on the 2nd March.  :'(

If you are in Melbourne and you get a chance go and see the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective. They are awesome.
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« Reply #78 on: March 05, 2010, 01:08:47 AM »


I think it finished on the 2nd March.  :'(

If you are in Melbourne and you get a chance go and see the Melbourne Ukulele Kollective. They are awesome.

Ahh.. yes it did. I wonder if Amanda was aware of it while she was here
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« Reply #79 on: March 05, 2010, 03:22:22 AM »

Anyone watch skins yesterday? Ukele Orchestra of great britain guested! and JJ plays the Uke
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« Reply #80 on: March 05, 2010, 08:00:32 PM »

So I went on impulse and bought a uke on amazon. It should be here the eleventh or the sixteenth (possibly somewhere in between)!

I'm sooo excited!  :D  :D  :D
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« Reply #81 on: March 09, 2010, 04:16:02 AM »

So I went on impulse and bought a uke on amazon. It should be here the eleventh or the sixteenth (possibly somewhere in between)!

I'm sooo excited!  :D  :D  :D

ooh! what colour? i have a purple one with stickers on (photos somewhere earlier in this thread)
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« Reply #82 on: March 09, 2010, 04:36:23 AM »

I just bought my first ukulele not too long ago.
Am still learning how to play :)
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« Reply #83 on: March 09, 2010, 02:45:24 PM »

So I went on impulse and bought a uke on amazon. It should be here the eleventh or the sixteenth (possibly somewhere in between)!

I'm sooo excited!  :D  :D  :D

ooh! what colour? i have a purple one with stickers on (photos somewhere earlier in this thread)

It's dark red, and I'm trying to figure out what I'm gonna do with it and jazz it up. :]
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« Reply #84 on: March 09, 2010, 07:24:00 PM »

Anyone watch skins yesterday? Ukele Orchestra of great britain guested! and JJ plays the Uke

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« Reply #85 on: March 09, 2010, 08:29:09 PM »

So I went on impulse and bought a uke on amazon. It should be here the eleventh or the sixteenth (possibly somewhere in between)!

I'm sooo excited!  :D  :D  :D

ooh! what colour? i have a purple one with stickers on (photos somewhere earlier in this thread)

It's dark red, and I'm trying to figure out what I'm gonna do with it and jazz it up. :]

stickers!!!!! or paint a cool pattern :)
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« Reply #86 on: March 09, 2010, 08:34:41 PM »

So I went on impulse and bought a uke on amazon. It should be here the eleventh or the sixteenth (possibly somewhere in between)!

I'm sooo excited!  :D  :D  :D

ooh! what colour? i have a purple one with stickers on (photos somewhere earlier in this thread)

It's dark red, and I'm trying to figure out what I'm gonna do with it and jazz it up. :]

stickers!!!!! or paint a cool pattern :)

I might do that... Oh well. I'll see what comes to me when it gets here (hopefully tomorrow!)
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« Reply #87 on: March 11, 2010, 06:39:24 PM »

Just got mine today. I must decorate it! :O

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« Reply #88 on: March 11, 2010, 09:02:51 PM »

I'm thinking I should paint my ukulele but I dk what color. Anybody have any ideas. I'm thinking maybe all black with white designs?
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« Reply #89 on: March 11, 2010, 09:30:21 PM »

I'm thinking I should paint my ukulele but I dk what color. Anybody have any ideas. I'm thinking maybe all black with white designs?

that might be cool. :]
Are you going to use acrylic or spray paint for the base?
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« Reply #90 on: March 11, 2010, 09:45:05 PM »

I'm thinking I should paint my ukulele but I dk what color. Anybody have any ideas. I'm thinking maybe all black with white designs?

that might be cool. :]
Are you going to use acrylic or spray paint for the base?

I think Spray Paint. Sounds Easier. What do you think?
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« Reply #91 on: March 11, 2010, 09:56:43 PM »

Would probably stay better than acrylic. :3
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« Reply #92 on: March 11, 2010, 10:01:07 PM »

yea. i think i'm just gonna spray paint it. i can't see it being any other color besides black.
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« Reply #93 on: March 12, 2010, 02:35:53 AM »

forgot this thread existed...   my amanda uke died.  Hot car + ukulele = great sadness.  But then i bought a concert ukulele and had it signed by Jason Webley.

together they are EvelynEvelyn...




more of the webley...



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« Reply #94 on: March 12, 2010, 03:15:37 PM »

forgot this thread existed...   my amanda uke died.  Hot car + ukulele = great sadness.  But then i bought a concert ukulele and had it signed by Jason Webley.

together they are EvelynEvelyn...

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4048/4326842291_60a5dd43b8_b.jpg


more of the webley...
http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4050/4383510815_0771c02f33_b.jpg

Can I go ahead and say that's one of the coolest uke's EVER? O . O <3





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« Reply #95 on: March 12, 2010, 07:51:37 PM »

That's freaking sweet.
I want my uke signed by AFP
but that wont happen any time soon
not until she comes back to the states
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« Reply #96 on: March 14, 2010, 12:21:08 AM »

Just got mine today. I must decorate it! :O



oooh! pretty. you could do some nice stencils on that...
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« Reply #97 on: March 14, 2010, 12:35:30 AM »

indeed! ^ - ^  I put a Jack of Spades onto it a few days ago, and plan to paint an ampersand close to the top. I'm unsure or what else though... Maybe some flower stencils?
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indeed! ^ - ^  I put a Jack of Spades onto it a few days ago, and plan to paint an ampersand close to the top. I'm unsure or what else though... Maybe some flower stencils?

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« Reply #99 on: March 16, 2010, 01:32:14 AM »

Evelyn Evelyn Uke should be coming in the mail soon, I think it will be better quality than my other one. That will be nice, I hope to get it signed.
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« Reply #100 on: March 16, 2010, 02:17:53 AM »

indeed! ^ - ^  I put a Jack of Spades onto it a few days ago, and plan to paint an ampersand close to the top. I'm unsure or what else though... Maybe some flower stencils?

yeah, i reckon delicate, and detailed (if possible) flower stencils would look amazing.... in black or white, though i'd do black. then again, what colours did you use for your other stencils? i believe we need a photo update :D
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« Reply #101 on: March 16, 2010, 03:17:03 AM »

Evelyn Evelyn Uke should be coming in the mail soon, I think it will be better quality than my other one. That will be nice, I hope to get it signed.
me too! :D (well, 4-6 weeks....)
it wont be better quality than my other one cause i've never had another one xD
i need to teach myself how to play. if i taught myself drums and clarinet, i can teach myself the ukulele. plus, i suck at guitar, and this awesome thing only has 4 strings! WOO
i can not wait :)
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« Reply #102 on: March 25, 2010, 03:49:49 PM »

AGH HELP. MY TOP STRING ISN'T TUNING. DDDD:
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« Reply #103 on: March 25, 2010, 04:12:23 PM »

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Do you mean you tune it and it slips out of tune instantly? If that's the problem and it keeps slipping to a lower note you should probably try slightly over-tuning just so that the string can stretch a little. It's a problem you sometimes get with new strings or when the peghead/s aren’t ideally positioned to cope with the string tension.

The reverse problem can happen if the string has been over-tuned in the past. It's always best to gradually tighten a string rather than to over-tighten it and then have to loosen it.

Also check that the string isn’t slipping on the peghead.
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« Reply #104 on: March 25, 2010, 04:23:03 PM »

I don't really understand what's going on. It's like, I move the peg and it's just not tuning... I tried taking a small screwdriver to the head (to tighten it, because I've had the problem where they've been WAY too loose before), but it was already tight enough. I loosened it a bit and tried to see if the peg was broken or anything, but nothing. I was able to move the peg, but the silver part (my pegs are black... I mean the part where the strings wrap around) is just dropping back.

I don't know what to do. It still won't tune, even now that I screwed the peg back to its original position. :(
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« Reply #105 on: March 25, 2010, 04:56:43 PM »

It's difficult to tell quite what you mean...   Was it tuning OK before now?   

Just to clarify:The peg is turning the metal part that the string is wrapped around but the metal part is slipping back?
If that is the case then it might be the string tension in which case a bit of string bending might be necessary to stop the string pulling back metal reel. Once a string "settles" in and finds it's natural tension there's a good chance that this won't be a problem. 


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« Reply #106 on: March 25, 2010, 05:22:13 PM »

It was tuning fine until now.

Only the metal part is moving back, not the peg.
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« Reply #107 on: March 25, 2010, 06:19:12 PM »

More likely than not it is a defect. I’m not sure what to suggest… There is probably a net DIY solution for it somewhere but a visit to a guitar/uke shop might be the best thing to do if it's not apparent what is causing it. 

You could try to turn the metal part with some pliers and see if it gets to a point where it doesn't slip back. I'm a little hesitant to recommend that though in case it might accidentally cause damage.
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« Reply #108 on: March 25, 2010, 06:24:16 PM »

Yeah. I went to go get pliers when I realized what was going on, but then I got really scared putting them near my uke... There's a teacher in my school who repairs guitars and stuff on the side, and my stepfather knows a lot, so hopefully I should get it patched up.
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« Reply #109 on: March 25, 2010, 08:02:00 PM »

Has anyone received an EVELYN EVELYN ukulele? I was too broke to order one, besides, I already have a ukulele. lol.
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« Reply #110 on: March 25, 2010, 09:22:28 PM »

^^^ No, BUT I REALLY WANTED ONE.
("It was out of my price range as well," mumbled the doll collector, in an upset tone as she turned away, so quietly.)

AND THE VERDICT IS: The peg is broken. I'm going to the guitar repair place down the way to have it looked at. It seems fixable though, so there's hope! :)

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« Reply #111 on: April 09, 2010, 09:07:17 AM »

god i want one SO bad. i'm too broke for it though, so i'm getting the 25$ one.
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« Reply #112 on: April 09, 2010, 01:52:09 PM »

Has anyone received an EVELYN EVELYN ukulele?
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« Reply #113 on: April 10, 2010, 02:32:14 PM »

Has anyone received an EVELYN EVELYN ukulele?

I wish! If they became available outside of the bundle pack (I already bought my bundle), I would get one in a heartbeat!


In other news: I took my ukulele to the shop down the street. The guy put some glue-type stuff inside the peg whole and said it should hold it, but I'm better off buying a new one. It made me a bit sad... ; __ ;

In a nutshell, where would you guys suggest I get one? I'm not feeling any of the ones on Musicians Friend.
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« Reply #114 on: April 10, 2010, 07:04:54 PM »

So you can't get it fixed? Hmmm. I got mine at the local "Guitar Center"
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« Reply #115 on: April 10, 2010, 07:09:59 PM »

Well, in a nutshell, he said he fixed it for the time being, but his advice was to get a better quality one.
I might do that. The only issue is getting there though... And also the cost of it. I mean, those thousand dollar ukes are SO NICE, but I don't want to take it to that extreme.  ;D
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« Reply #116 on: April 10, 2010, 07:14:07 PM »

Well then I think you should just get one online. There are $22 ukes that come with cases.
You could get a pretty good deal.
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« Reply #117 on: April 10, 2010, 07:17:19 PM »

That's what I did in the first place. I got a Kona with a case for about thirty dollars (including shipping).
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« Reply #118 on: April 10, 2010, 07:22:06 PM »

What color is it gonna be?

So I decided not to spray paint my ukulele after all. I was too scared to make it look ugly.
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« Reply #119 on: April 10, 2010, 07:27:06 PM »

I'm hoping to get a color similar to my current one (a dark red sort of mahogany).

And awh. I'm sure if you'd done a thick enough coat, it would have looked fine! What color were you going to make it?
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« Reply #120 on: April 10, 2010, 07:29:16 PM »

Right now it's brown.

I was going to do it black.
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« Reply #121 on: April 13, 2010, 11:12:25 AM »

Well, you could always take it to a guitar shop or something and ask for the number of someone who could paint it professionally.
(That is, if you still want it to be black.)

ALSO: I found a ukulele that I really like on Guitar Center. (here.)

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« Reply #122 on: April 13, 2010, 03:45:42 PM »

I've bought one!!!



It cost me 20 euros. I polished the frets, and put some lemon oil on the bridge and neck. Now it looks great! Sounds great as well, intonation is okay.  :)

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« Reply #123 on: April 13, 2010, 03:53:34 PM »

I've bought one!!!



It cost me 20 euros. I polished the frets, and put some lemon oil on the bridge and neck. Now it looks great! Sounds great as well, intonation is okay.  :)

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« Reply #124 on: April 13, 2010, 04:02:23 PM »

I know and SO cheap.

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« Reply #125 on: April 13, 2010, 06:36:37 PM »

That's awesome  O0

& uhm....$250??
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« Reply #126 on: April 13, 2010, 07:38:44 PM »

That's awesome  O0

& uhm....$250??

That's the price of the one I'm looking at, roughly.

It's a fair price, I think. :)
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« Reply #127 on: April 14, 2010, 12:19:08 AM »

250 dollars is a lot. Mine isn't made that well, but the sound is good nonetheless. And it costs 20 euros/25 dollars, so I don't see why you should spend so much on a little instrument (unless you use it every day of course).

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« Reply #128 on: April 14, 2010, 06:26:24 AM »

250 dollars is a lot. Mine isn't made that well, but the sound is good nonetheless. And it costs 20 euros/25 dollars, so I don't see why you should spend so much on a little instrument (unless you use it every day of course).

It is a lot, but I bought a twenty dollar one on Amazon about a month ago and I ended up stripping on of the pegs because I used it so much (i had to tune it every time I played). I mean, it's definitely worth the investment, especially if you want to play it more often than not.
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« Reply #129 on: April 14, 2010, 05:28:04 PM »

Yeah that's true, though mine seems to have pretty sturdy tuners. I suppose the sound will be better as well.

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« Reply #130 on: April 14, 2010, 07:57:46 PM »

Hmmm. Maybe you should buy multiple ukes then.
You can buy one for 250 OR you can get 2 for 125!!

OR like 10 little ones :D
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« Reply #131 on: April 14, 2010, 09:17:34 PM »

Well, I'm sure the uke you own is fine. I'm just saying that my peg got stripped after about a month, but I also tried to tighten my pegs because they were really loose. It was nice while it lasted though. I melted whenever I got it in tune, and really fell in love with the instrument.

I think I'm gonna go for the 250 one, but get a job first.  O0
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« Reply #132 on: April 14, 2010, 09:53:56 PM »

Well shit, why don't you just buy the EVELYN EVELYN uke?
That way you can get things to compliment it.
Everybody wins.
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« Reply #133 on: April 14, 2010, 10:01:55 PM »

Well shit, why don't you just buy the EVELYN EVELYN uke?
That way you can get things to compliment it.
Everybody wins.

Can you buy them separately now? I already have an Evelyn Evelyn bundle (the 66 dollar one)
Cause FUCK YEAH I'D BUY ONE.
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« Reply #134 on: April 14, 2010, 10:11:17 PM »

Well shit, why don't you just buy the EVELYN EVELYN uke?
That way you can get things to compliment it.
Everybody wins.

Can you buy them separately now? I already have an Evelyn Evelyn bundle (the 66 dollar one)
Cause FUCK YEAH I'D BUY ONE.

No you can not buy them seperately. That's why I addede.....you can get things to compliment it. Ya know. Cause you get things with the bundle.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #135 on: April 14, 2010, 10:22:21 PM »

Well shit, why don't you just buy the EVELYN EVELYN uke?
That way you can get things to compliment it.
Everybody wins.

Can you buy them separately now? I already have an Evelyn Evelyn bundle (the 66 dollar one)
Cause FUCK YEAH I'D BUY ONE.

No you can not buy them seperately. That's why I addede.....you can get things to compliment it. Ya know. Cause you get things with the bundle.

Right right. That didn't click right away.  :uglystupid2:
Issue is that I already got the bundle. Unless I convinced a friend to buy it for me, purely for the ukulele, and then I bought them an Evelyn Evelyn ticket to one of the shows, this wouldn't work over too well.
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« Reply #136 on: April 14, 2010, 10:25:10 PM »

Or you can E-bay the bundle and get a bigger bundle O0
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« Reply #137 on: April 18, 2010, 08:29:40 PM »

Perhaps. But I already wore my tee shirt and ran it through the wash. :sigh:

Today, my stepdad called the ukulele a "novelty instrument", saying that you don't hear "real bands" releasing a lot of songs, or even whole albums, playing them. He thinks I should pick up guitar, and claims he knows "more about music than I do, because he's a fucking musician blahblahblah..."

I, honestly, think he's full of crap. Obviously he lives under a rock, because so many artists are using ukuleles now. NeverShoutNever, Evelyn Evelyn, Amanda Palmer, Julia Nunes, Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Castro... He LISTENS to Jason Castro, and still says that. I don't think the lightbulb's going off for him.

In a nutshell: he thinks it's a waste for me to spend money on a uke, but I'm going to anyway, as soon as I finish my job application.  O0
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« Reply #138 on: April 18, 2010, 08:46:20 PM »

I've recently discovered my dad's old toy ukulele in my parents' house's basement. I am in love, even though I suck. I don't know how long it'll hold together. It's in pretty good shape, but it IS 30 years old. I might have to buy a real one D: I never thought it could happen to me...
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« Reply #139 on: April 19, 2010, 12:03:30 PM »

Perhaps. But I already wore my tee shirt and ran it through the wash. :sigh:

Today, my stepdad called the ukulele a "novelty instrument", saying that you don't hear "real bands" releasing a lot of songs, or even whole albums, playing them. He thinks I should pick up guitar, and claims he knows "more about music than I do, because he's a fucking musician blahblahblah..."

I, honestly, think he's full of crap. Obviously he lives under a rock, because so many artists are using ukuleles now. NeverShoutNever, Evelyn Evelyn, Amanda Palmer, Julia Nunes, Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Castro... He LISTENS to Jason Castro, and still says that. I don't think the lightbulb's going off for him.

In a nutshell: he thinks it's a waste for me to spend money on a uke, but I'm going to anyway, as soon as I finish my job application.  O0

Fucking bullshit, for some people, nothing will do unless it's guitar, bass and drums.

Because y'know, music and art is all about being like everyone else...
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« Reply #140 on: April 19, 2010, 02:41:46 PM »

Perhaps. But I already wore my tee shirt and ran it through the wash. :sigh:

Today, my stepdad called the ukulele a "novelty instrument", saying that you don't hear "real bands" releasing a lot of songs, or even whole albums, playing them. He thinks I should pick up guitar, and claims he knows "more about music than I do, because he's a fucking musician blahblahblah..."

I, honestly, think he's full of crap. Obviously he lives under a rock, because so many artists are using ukuleles now. NeverShoutNever, Evelyn Evelyn, Amanda Palmer, Julia Nunes, Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Castro... He LISTENS to Jason Castro, and still says that. I don't think the lightbulb's going off for him.

In a nutshell: he thinks it's a waste for me to spend money on a uke, but I'm going to anyway, as soon as I finish my job application.  O0

Fucking bullshit, for some people, nothing will do unless it's guitar, bass and drums.

Because y'know, music and art is all about being like everyone else...

Oh, of course! :eye roll:

I know far too many people that play guitar, and very few who actually play guitar. It's almost become a fashion statement, playing them. I actually don't know that many bass players or drummers (I own a bass myself, but haven't touched it in a year because it's too much of a hassle to get tabs), but the few I know play it BECAUSE THEY WANT TO. Not because they wanted to play Marimba, but their parents were like WHY DON'T YOU PICK UP GUITAR INSTEAD.

I don't really care though.

Viva La Ukulele!!  :brave:

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« Reply #141 on: April 19, 2010, 05:10:59 PM »

Ghehe I like the ukelele but I love guitar. Then again I also play the piano and bass. I just like the guitar because you can talk with it (same goes for the piano. Bass is badass because you I love funk :D ).

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« Reply #142 on: April 19, 2010, 05:29:54 PM »

Perhaps. But I already wore my tee shirt and ran it through the wash. :sigh:

Today, my stepdad called the ukulele a "novelty instrument", saying that you don't hear "real bands" releasing a lot of songs, or even whole albums, playing them. He thinks I should pick up guitar, and claims he knows "more about music than I do, because he's a fucking musician blahblahblah..."

I, honestly, think he's full of crap. Obviously he lives under a rock, because so many artists are using ukuleles now. NeverShoutNever, Evelyn Evelyn, Amanda Palmer, Julia Nunes, Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Castro... He LISTENS to Jason Castro, and still says that. I don't think the lightbulb's going off for him.

In a nutshell: he thinks it's a waste for me to spend money on a uke, but I'm going to anyway, as soon as I finish my job application.  O0

Fucking bullshit, for some people, nothing will do unless it's guitar, bass and drums.

Because y'know, music and art is all about being like everyone else...

Oh, of course! :eye roll:

I know far too many people that play guitar, and very few who actually play guitar. It's almost become a fashion statement, playing them. I actually don't know that many bass players or drummers (I own a bass myself, but haven't touched it in a year because it's too much of a hassle to get tabs), but the few I know play it BECAUSE THEY WANT TO. Not because they wanted to play Marimba, but their parents were like WHY DON'T YOU PICK UP GUITAR INSTEAD.

I don't really care though.

Viva La Ukulele!!  :brave:



I love my geetars but hell yeah VIVA LA UKELELE (though I do not yet own one, borrow a friend’s from time to time and am wonderfully awful with it). As for uke haters, they should be put down – you know, mildly insulted - not anesthetized euthanized, no, that would be wrong.
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« Reply #143 on: April 19, 2010, 08:58:25 PM »

The Bass Guitar can be a fantastic instrument in it's own right, see Pulled To Bits by Siouxsie and the Banshees, I Can't Hardly Stand It by the Cramps, Evil by Interpol, almost any song by The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Flea is a GOD).. basically any instrument can make a splash.
Including the Ukulele. Because it fucking rules.

Speaking of Ukes, me and my girlfriend are planning our wedding and we've decided to substitute the traditional wedding march for Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What A Wonderful World. Not sure if we're gonna have it played or hire somebody to do it. The latter may be a bit pricey but it's what I'd prefer.
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« Reply #144 on: April 19, 2010, 09:51:04 PM »

^^^ That's awesome.  :D
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« Reply #145 on: May 27, 2010, 05:17:30 PM »

Christ, old comedians were awesome.

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« Reply #146 on: May 27, 2010, 05:19:11 PM »

Christ, old comedians were awesome.

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« Reply #147 on: May 27, 2010, 06:14:29 PM »

^^ I bought my first ukulele a couple of days ago, and my parents won't stop going on about this song now >:(
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« Reply #148 on: May 27, 2010, 06:20:02 PM »

The Wellington International Ukelele Orchestra

The dozen-strong strummers of the WIUO faithfully reproduce hit songs from across the musical spectrum. They are a consistent sell-out act in their home country, where the ukulele has been a beloved instrument since its appearance on the first official New Zealand pop single.
The orchestra provides harmonious and hilarious renditions of classics, rock hits and folk tunes as well as songs in their country’s native tongue. The comedy comes from the witty banter, but when the WIUO bursts into song it could go several ways: the sweet sounds can silence a room in a nanosecond, or bring a crowd of thousands to their feet.
At their gigs, you can expect inviting sing-a-longs, outstanding instrumentals, well-dressed individuals, sparkling harmonies and comic banter. The WIUO has rocked rock venues, botanic gardens and vineyards, and they've also been known to rock libraries, museums, art galleries and the inter-island ferry.
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« Reply #149 on: May 27, 2010, 09:39:13 PM »

^^^ AWESOME. But what's that guy with the bass doing there? He doesn't even have a ukulele. :P

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« Reply #150 on: May 28, 2010, 05:48:08 AM »

^^^ AWESOME. But what's that guy with the bass doing there? He doesn't even have a ukulele. :P



It's not a bass. It's just a giant ass ukulele
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« Reply #151 on: May 28, 2010, 07:05:49 AM »

Wait. For realsies?  :o
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« Reply #152 on: May 28, 2010, 12:25:13 PM »

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« Reply #153 on: May 29, 2010, 03:59:59 AM »

Wait. For realsies?  :o
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« Reply #154 on: June 13, 2010, 01:01:41 PM »

I've had my Oscar Schmidt OU5 for a few years now and the other day I got one of the little green Mahalo ones so I can paint it and not feel bad.
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« Reply #155 on: June 13, 2010, 01:40:03 PM »

I've had my Oscar Schmidt OU5 for a few years now and the other day I got one of the little green Mahalo ones so I can paint it and not feel bad.

Ooo, is that good? cause I might be getting an OU2 after I'm finished my exams.
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« Reply #156 on: June 13, 2010, 02:17:14 PM »

I loooooove my ou5. I played an ou3wh(Its white and looks super fancy) yesterday and that one was way awesome.
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« Reply #157 on: June 13, 2010, 02:31:05 PM »

Yay :)

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« Reply #158 on: June 13, 2010, 02:38:15 PM »

Someone should make interchangeable ukulele skins, like the ones for phones.
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« Reply #159 on: June 13, 2010, 10:28:10 PM »

Someone should make interchangeable ukulele skins, like the ones for phones.

That would be cool, especially if there were clear ones. Then you couldn't have to buy paint sealer and get it EVERYWHERE. :P
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« Reply #160 on: June 24, 2010, 09:14:03 PM »

Perhaps. But I already wore my tee shirt and ran it through the wash. :sigh:

Today, my stepdad called the ukulele a "novelty instrument", saying that you don't hear "real bands" releasing a lot of songs, or even whole albums, playing them. He thinks I should pick up guitar, and claims he knows "more about music than I do, because he's a fucking musician blahblahblah..."

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In a nutshell: he thinks it's a waste for me to spend money on a uke, but I'm going to anyway, as soon as I finish my job application.  O0

My would-be sister-in-law (they're not married but basically are) asked me the other day "So when are you going to learn to play real guitar?". In my typical rapier "esprit d'escalier", I thought afterwards that I should have said "Go tell a concert violinist to learn 'real cello'."

And I know it's a late reply to this discussion, but €250 isn't too much all if ukulele is your primary instrument. Don't forget that a lot people that have been playing electric guitar for a good while have a couple of grand worth of guitars.
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« Reply #161 on: June 24, 2010, 09:38:55 PM »

Perhaps. But I already wore my tee shirt and ran it through the wash. :sigh:

Today, my stepdad called the ukulele a "novelty instrument", saying that you don't hear "real bands" releasing a lot of songs, or even whole albums, playing them. He thinks I should pick up guitar, and claims he knows "more about music than I do, because he's a fucking musician blahblahblah..."

I, honestly, think he's full of crap. Obviously he lives under a rock, because so many artists are using ukuleles now. NeverShoutNever, Evelyn Evelyn, Amanda Palmer, Julia Nunes, Ingrid Michaelson, Jason Castro... He LISTENS to Jason Castro, and still says that. I don't think the lightbulb's going off for him.

In a nutshell: he thinks it's a waste for me to spend money on a uke, but I'm going to anyway, as soon as I finish my job application.  O0

My would-be sister-in-law (they're not married but basically are) asked me the other day "So when are you going to learn to play real guitar?". In my typical rapier "esprit d'escalier", I thought afterwards that I should have said "Go tell a concert violinist to learn 'real cello'."

And I know it's a late reply to this discussion, but €250 isn't too much all if ukulele is your primary instrument. Don't forget that a lot people that have been playing electric guitar for a good while have a couple of grand worth of guitars.

True. I mean, I bought a new one recently, and it makes me very happy. I'm actually decent at playing now and my stepfather doesn't give me a hard time anymore.
The bit about the couple grand of guitars is incredibly true. My stepfather actually recently sold his twelve string guitar, and had guitars in our house that aren't even strung. My boy-love is the same way, from when we were discussing expensive hobbies (I collect and paint ball-jointed dolls), and he said his only similar thing was guitars. And piercings. But that's irrelevant.

I wish I had gotten the EE ukulele... It would have been really cool.
However, I love my baby now, and it's just been so good so far. It hasn't jumped out of my hands into the ocean yet, which makes me happy. :)
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« Reply #162 on: June 25, 2010, 10:40:28 PM »

I just got one a couple days ago! I can play "Orphans" (theastronaut's song), "The Truth" and the opening from "Postcards from Italy".
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« Reply #163 on: July 02, 2010, 10:54:48 PM »

so, i need a new uke cause mine sucks. i already know which models i want, but i can't decide between concert or tenor. opinions?
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« Reply #164 on: July 03, 2010, 10:18:02 AM »

so, i need a new uke cause mine sucks. i already know which models i want, but i can't decide between concert or tenor. opinions?

If you pick more than you strum, go for tenor. But you can still pick very well on a concert.

A concert ukulele will still maintain the bright ukulele sound of the soprano for strumming, but you lose that on a tenor; but that may or may not be a bad thing depending on how how you like the sound.

Also, a tenor is slightly louder, so if you're going to be performing unamplified, that might be helpful.
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« Reply #165 on: July 03, 2010, 11:38:03 AM »

thanks for the advice! now i just have to save up the money. ;D
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« Reply #168 on: July 12, 2010, 05:57:56 PM »

i kinda hate ukulele. i think it strangely works only in a few song / artists. like yeah the creep cover on uke. but i still hate it. and i hate how this makes me feel a lot less of a fan, cause EVERY afp fan i know has one...  :embarassed:
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #169 on: July 12, 2010, 07:14:14 PM »

i kinda hate ukulele. i think it strangely works only in a few song / artists. like yeah the creep cover on uke. but i still hate it. and i hate how this makes me feel a lot less of a fan, cause EVERY afp fan i know has one...  :embarassed:

maybe we'll give you one for your birthday, then you can pretend to be happy with it^^ i still love you, even if you dislike ukuleles.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #170 on: July 20, 2010, 11:24:15 PM »

Here's my pretty new OU2, which is now more or less the first thing I touch in the morning and last thing at night. Well, I can think of ONE other thing *wink* Also featured is my first solo creation that's is not a buggering of something someone else has done.

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« Reply #171 on: July 21, 2010, 12:14:31 AM »

ive wanted a uke for quite some time, but i dont know where to start... whats best for someone just starting out?
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #172 on: July 21, 2010, 11:44:36 PM »

Looking around, I can see that a lot of electric ukuleles are advertised as being ah electric ukulele/mandolin. Could I do it the other way around and use an electric mandolin as an ukulele?

just because there much cheaper and easier to find in ireland than ukes because mandolins are used for irish trad.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #173 on: July 22, 2010, 02:26:37 AM »



now re-strung and confirmed as completely playable
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #174 on: July 22, 2010, 08:32:00 AM »

This is amazingly beautiful.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #175 on: July 22, 2010, 08:43:13 AM »

the sculpting is all done with Milliput, the dolls eyes are original victorian glass dolls eyes..... then lots of metallic enamel paints and varnish
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #176 on: July 22, 2010, 09:22:53 AM »



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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #177 on: July 22, 2010, 11:58:03 AM »

the sculpting is all done with Milliput, the dolls eyes are original victorian glass dolls eyes..... then lots of metallic enamel paints and varnish



once again Milliput ftw
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #178 on: July 22, 2010, 12:01:34 PM »

i kinda hate ukulele. i think it strangely works only in a few song / artists. like yeah the creep cover on uke. but i still hate it. and i hate how this makes me feel a lot less of a fan, cause EVERY afp fan i know has one...  :embarassed:

It's okay!!! I don't have one either and I have no intentions of getting one. I think they're a fair bit overrated. I don't actually mind how they sound sometimes, but I am a bit weirded out by how everyone has jumped onto the ukulele train.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #179 on: July 22, 2010, 12:23:31 PM »

NOTE..... I do not play the Ukulele or indeed the Cthukhelele... I leave that to others
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« Reply #180 on: July 22, 2010, 04:46:54 PM »

the sculpting is all done with Milliput, the dolls eyes are original victorian glass dolls eyes..... then lots of metallic enamel paints and varnish

and the ukulele itself? parts etc?
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« Reply #181 on: July 22, 2010, 04:51:37 PM »

the sculpting is all done with Milliput, the dolls eyes are original victorian glass dolls eyes..... then lots of metallic enamel paints and varnish

and the ukulele itself? parts etc?
standard Makala cheap Uke with dolphin shaped thing where the strings go at the base
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« Reply #182 on: July 22, 2010, 04:52:19 PM »

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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #183 on: July 22, 2010, 05:18:18 PM »

the sculpting is all done with Milliput, the dolls eyes are original victorian glass dolls eyes..... then lots of metallic enamel paints and varnish

and the ukulele itself? parts etc?
standard Makala cheap Uke with dolphin shaped thing where the strings go at the base

In fairness, that's probably the best uke you can get for £20 pounds.
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« Reply #184 on: July 22, 2010, 05:26:22 PM »

i kinda hate ukulele. i think it strangely works only in a few song / artists. like yeah the creep cover on uke. but i still hate it. and i hate how this makes me feel a lot less of a fan, cause EVERY afp fan i know has one...  :embarassed:

It's okay!!! I don't have one either and I have no intentions of getting one. I think they're a fair bit overrated. I don't actually mind how they sound sometimes, but I am a bit weirded out by how everyone has jumped onto the ukulele train.

Ah.  Kindred spirits!  How did I miss these posts?  Oh, I know - because they were in a thread with the word "ukelele" in it.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #185 on: July 22, 2010, 05:30:04 PM »

the sculpting is all done with Milliput, the dolls eyes are original victorian glass dolls eyes..... then lots of metallic enamel paints and varnish

and the ukulele itself? parts etc?
standard Makala cheap Uke with dolphin shaped thing where the strings go at the base

In fairness, that's probably the best uke you can get for £20 pounds.
I t actually sounds a lot better since the makeover and is a LOT deeper
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« Reply #186 on: July 22, 2010, 07:06:35 PM »

the sculpting is all done with Milliput, the dolls eyes are original victorian glass dolls eyes..... then lots of metallic enamel paints and varnish

and the ukulele itself? parts etc?
standard Makala cheap Uke with dolphin shaped thing where the strings go at the base

In fairness, that's probably the best uke you can get for £20 pounds.
I t actually sounds a lot better since the makeover and is a LOT deeper

Spect it's a lot better than your little blue one, at any rate... :P I'd be curious to hear it, d'you think you'd be able to record it in action or anything?
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #187 on: July 22, 2010, 07:14:56 PM »

the sculpting is all done with Milliput, the dolls eyes are original victorian glass dolls eyes..... then lots of metallic enamel paints and varnish

and the ukulele itself? parts etc?
standard Makala cheap Uke with dolphin shaped thing where the strings go at the base

In fairness, that's probably the best uke you can get for £20 pounds.
I t actually sounds a lot better since the makeover and is a LOT deeper

What's strings did you use?

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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #188 on: July 23, 2010, 05:18:43 AM »

i kinda hate ukulele. i think it strangely works only in a few song / artists. like yeah the creep cover on uke. but i still hate it. and i hate how this makes me feel a lot less of a fan, cause EVERY afp fan i know has one...  :embarassed:

It's okay!!! I don't have one either and I have no intentions of getting one. I think they're a fair bit overrated. I don't actually mind how they sound sometimes, but I am a bit weirded out by how everyone has jumped onto the ukulele train.

Ah.  Kindred spirits!  How did I miss these posts?  Oh, I know - because they were in a thread with the word "ukelele" in it.

May I point out that it's not everyone jumping on the train.  I got one because I wanted to learn something new and (no shit) I'd heard nice things about the uke and was curious, so purchased a cheap one.  I refuse to be associated with 'omfg afp has a uke I HAVE TO HAVE ONE!1!1!!' because that's kinda not nice on people who Actually wanted a new project.  Learning has been a bit too easy and now I need a new project, but I wouldn't say it was suprising that some would try the instrument because they'd heard a lot about it, rather than just being obsessed with being like amanda.

I'm pretty sure we had a discussion about this a while ago when you were getting or had recently gotten (I forget) your uke and I pretty well explained how I see this whole thing. You would be crazy to deny that a fucking heap of people ARE getting them because of Amanda. Definitely enough to warrant a comment on how so many people are jumping onto that particular bandwagon. That's not even a particularly bad thing. If she is introducing people to an instrument that they wouldn't have considered before and they are having a nice time and making music with it, great, good for them! But no one ever said that everyone ever was getting them only because of Amanda.
This had seemed to me to be more about not enjoying them so much or getting the hype when everyone else seems to love them.
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #189 on: July 23, 2010, 06:42:12 AM »

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« Reply #190 on: July 23, 2010, 08:24:12 AM »

What about mandoleles?
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« Reply #191 on: July 23, 2010, 10:27:09 AM »

i kinda hate ukulele. i think it strangely works only in a few song / artists. like yeah the creep cover on uke. but i still hate it. and i hate how this makes me feel a lot less of a fan, cause EVERY afp fan i know has one...  :embarassed:

It's okay!!! I don't have one either and I have no intentions of getting one. I think they're a fair bit overrated. I don't actually mind how they sound sometimes, but I am a bit weirded out by how everyone has jumped onto the ukulele train.

Ah.  Kindred spirits!  How did I miss these posts?  Oh, I know - because they were in a thread with the word "ukelele" in it.

May I point out that it's not everyone jumping on the train.  I got one because I wanted to learn something new and (no shit) I'd heard nice things about the uke and was curious, so purchased a cheap one.  I refuse to be associated with 'omfg afp has a uke I HAVE TO HAVE ONE!1!1!!' because that's kinda not nice on people who Actually wanted a new project.  Learning has been a bit too easy and now I need a new project, but I wouldn't say it was suprising that some would try the instrument because they'd heard a lot about it, rather than just being obsessed with being like amanda.

I'm pretty sure we had a discussion about this a while ago when you were getting or had recently gotten (I forget) your uke and I pretty well explained how I see this whole thing. You would be crazy to deny that a fucking heap of people ARE getting them because of Amanda. Definitely enough to warrant a comment on how so many people are jumping onto that particular bandwagon. That's not even a particularly bad thing. If she is introducing people to an instrument that they wouldn't have considered before and they are having a nice time and making music with it, great, good for them! But no one ever said that everyone ever was getting them only because of Amanda.
This had seemed to me to be more about not enjoying them so much or getting the hype when everyone else seems to love them.

What Audrey said.

And I don't even completely hate the ukelele.  A friend of mine has a little group wherein he plays one (among other instruments), but I wouldn't like it much without the toy piano.  And the singer, of course.  To-wit: 


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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #192 on: July 25, 2010, 08:02:00 PM »

^ I like that.

I've been envisioning myself roaming around as a dorky freshman with a uke this fall... So, what would be a good starter uke? What do you all have & where did you get it (if it's somewhat cheap)?
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« Reply #193 on: July 25, 2010, 08:18:53 PM »

^ You're local music shop will probably have a cheap €20 Mahalo or Makala. These will be cheaply made and might sound a bit awful to music-y people, but unless you're sure the uke suits you or you already play guitar or mandolin or banjo or Baroque lute, go with the cheap uke. If you hate playing it - which you probably won't - you'll only be out twenty euros, and if you find you really like it, you can get a new one quickly. If you do end up LOVING it, a good entry level uke (which for the most part cost about $100 retail, or if you're lucky, nearly half that on eBay) would be one from Kala, Ohana, Lanikai, or Oscar Schmidt (which are a wing of Washburn Guitars). I have an Oscar Schmidt OU2 that I got for $60 on eBay and I am totally infatuated with it.  :love5:
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« Reply #194 on: July 25, 2010, 08:26:58 PM »

DOUBLE POST BECAUSE THE MODIFY BUTTON IS FOR GIMPS AND WHORES! :D subtlety is theft

After a lot of hassle, I finally figured out that "5" chords are called power chords, and that's why I couldn't find them anywhere for uke. I feel really silly now. :-\
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« Reply #195 on: July 26, 2010, 09:36:33 AM »

Thanks! I checked out all kinds of things. I don't feel like maniacally bidding on one on eBay, so I checked the music store I usually buy from. Here's what I'm 90% sure I want: http://folk-instruments.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rogue-Hawaiian-Soprano-Ukulele?sku=519269

The reviews are decent.
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« Reply #196 on: July 26, 2010, 10:17:18 AM »

Thanks! I checked out all kinds of things. I don't feel like maniacally bidding on one on eBay, so I checked the music store I usually buy from. Here's what I'm 90% sure I want: http://folk-instruments.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rogue-Hawaiian-Soprano-Ukulele?sku=519269

The reviews are decent.

I've never heard of the company, but it looks like excellent value. I'd definitely go for that to start.
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« Reply #197 on: July 27, 2010, 01:49:48 PM »

Thanks! I checked out all kinds of things. I don't feel like maniacally bidding on one on eBay, so I checked the music store I usually buy from. Here's what I'm 90% sure I want: http://folk-instruments.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rogue-Hawaiian-Soprano-Ukulele?sku=519269

The reviews are decent.

I've never heard of the company, but it looks like excellent value. I'd definitely go for that to start.
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At least spend the 50 bucks and get one of these.
http://www.amazon.com/Lanikai-LU-21-Soprano-Ukulele/dp/B001EL6I8W
 They are way better, and are ten times easier to play than the rogue crapboxes!
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« Reply #198 on: July 27, 2010, 04:55:08 PM »

Thanks! I checked out all kinds of things. I don't feel like maniacally bidding on one on eBay, so I checked the music store I usually buy from. Here's what I'm 90% sure I want: http://folk-instruments.musiciansfriend.com/product/Rogue-Hawaiian-Soprano-Ukulele?sku=519269

The reviews are decent.

I've never heard of the company, but it looks like excellent value. I'd definitely go for that to start.
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At least spend the 50 bucks and get one of these.
http://www.amazon.com/Lanikai-LU-21-Soprano-Ukulele/dp/B001EL6I8W
 They are way better, and are ten times easier to play than the rogue crapboxes!

Yeah, I know Lanikai sound really good for this price. If you can, you should get this.
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« Reply #199 on: July 29, 2010, 07:27:42 PM »

Question!

I can't really find the answer to this question, or the correct phrasing on google, ha.

When the chord I want to play has two strings pressed on the same fret, do I use one finger or two? And what if they're separated, especially? I'm having a lot of trouble with chords like that.
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« Reply #200 on: July 30, 2010, 12:42:52 AM »

Question!

I can't really find the answer to this question, or the correct phrasing on google, ha.

When the chord I want to play has two strings pressed on the same fret, do I use one finger or two? And what if they're separated, especially? I'm having a lot of trouble with chords like that.
If they're together, it's usually easier to use one finger, unless you have particularly small digits.

If they're apart, you have to use two fingers UNLESS the string(s) separating them is/are depressed on (a) higher (pitch-wise) fret(s).
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« Reply #201 on: July 30, 2010, 11:04:06 AM »

Question!

I can't really find the answer to this question, or the correct phrasing on google, ha.

When the chord I want to play has two strings pressed on the same fret, do I use one finger or two? And what if they're separated, especially? I'm having a lot of trouble with chords like that.
If they're together, it's usually easier to use one finger, unless you have particularly small digits.

If they're apart, you have to use two fingers UNLESS the string(s) separating them is/are depressed on (a) higher (pitch-wise) fret(s).

You can do either but if you want to advance technique, holding down multiple strings with one finger makes sense. It means that the other fingers can do more. I.e. the above explanation will serve you better even if two strings held down by one finger does not feel easier.
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« Reply #202 on: July 31, 2010, 05:17:56 PM »

Excellent, thanks guys! I've been trying to transpose some songs to learn, but so far they've been pretty difficult. "Creep" is so easy that I just had to learn it first. Any suggestions on stupid-easy songs to learn? I really appreciate everyone's help.  :happy11:
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« Reply #203 on: July 31, 2010, 06:36:06 PM »

this should be called "Firewood Appreciation thread."  :)

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« Reply #204 on: August 01, 2010, 02:50:14 AM »

Just wanted to stop by here and say that apparently my mom bought a ukulele the other day. Dad texted me and said "mom just bought a ukulele". Don't really know why she did buy one, but I won't complain.
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« Reply #205 on: August 16, 2010, 03:45:25 PM »

this should be called "Firewood Appreciation thread."  :)

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« Reply #206 on: March 05, 2011, 05:48:27 PM »

I am now the proud owner of a Lanikai ukulele named Rufus.
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« Reply #207 on: March 06, 2011, 08:50:00 AM »

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« Reply #208 on: March 06, 2011, 01:08:12 PM »

I'm going to Hawaii in April, think that I could get a real working uke from there without being a stereotypical bullshit toy?
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« Reply #209 on: March 06, 2011, 07:12:46 PM »

I'm going to Hawaii in April, think that I could get a real working uke from there without being a stereotypical bullshit toy?

YES. Hawaiian music shops for the most should part should have decent ukes, but if here's a pretty comprehensive list of the uke shops in different parts of Hawaii: http://www.hawaiianmusichistory.com/ukulele/shops-hawaii.htm
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« Reply #210 on: March 06, 2011, 09:47:51 PM »

I'm going to Hawaii in April, think that I could get a real working uke from there without being a stereotypical bullshit toy?

YES. Hawaiian music shops for the most should part should have decent ukes, but if here's a pretty comprehensive list of the uke shops in different parts of Hawaii: http://www.hawaiianmusichistory.com/ukulele/shops-hawaii.htm

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« Reply #211 on: March 19, 2011, 09:23:21 AM »

Do you guys prefer to play/listen to the ukulele with or without a pick of some sort? Just curious, because I can't decide if I wanna play with a pick or not for this acoustic event at my school. xD

I personally like both.
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« Reply #212 on: March 19, 2011, 11:59:50 AM »

I have both light nylon plectrums and special felt ukulele ones, and to be honest, I can't stand the sound of either. I find they sound really thin and plunky and harsh.
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« Reply #213 on: March 19, 2011, 01:22:47 PM »

Do you guys prefer to play/listen to the ukulele with or without a pick of some sort? Just curious, because I can't decide if I wanna play with a pick or not for this acoustic event at my school. xD

I personally like both.
I am reminded of a bit of stage banter from a KT Tunstall recording I have.....

"so, for the next song, do you all want strummy-strummy, or picky-picky?"

I forget which song came next, so I don't know which side prevailed,
but it can't hurt to have a  full range of tools in the toolbox...
For the specific event (I'm guessing it's one of those where you play only one song?)
I'd say you should play the song you're happiest with, whatever the mechanics.
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« Reply #214 on: March 19, 2011, 07:05:06 PM »

Do you guys prefer to play/listen to the ukulele with or without a pick of some sort? Just curious, because I can't decide if I wanna play with a pick or not for this acoustic event at my school. xD

I personally like both.
I am reminded of a bit of stage banter from a KT Tunstall recording I have.....

"so, for the next song, do you all want strummy-strummy, or picky-picky?"

I forget which song came next, so I don't know which side prevailed,
but it can't hurt to have a  full range of tools in the toolbox...
For the specific event (I'm guessing it's one of those where you play only one song?)
I'd say you should play the song you're happiest with, whatever the mechanics.

I'm playing three songs: "In My Mind", "You & I" and "Fucking Perfect". I know I'll definitely play with a pick for "You & I", but I'm unsure about the other two.
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« Reply #215 on: March 19, 2011, 07:09:03 PM »

Forgetting what I said earlier, at the end of the day it's what you're most comfortable.
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« Reply #216 on: March 19, 2011, 07:35:11 PM »

James and I were talking about Ukulele's, and I mentioned AFP's ukulele playings, and he didn't know what I was talking about.  :violent5:
I felt like I messed up in my job as his girlfriend.

Anyway go ukes...even though I prefer mandolins.
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« Reply #217 on: March 19, 2011, 08:51:22 PM »

Fair enough if you do, I mean they do have a lovely sound.

I'd consider getting one, but I get the impression that it's more for melody rather then chord-y accompaniment, though. Would I be incorrect in saying that?
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« Reply #218 on: April 06, 2011, 07:01:33 PM »

^ I think that you're right. My dad and one of my sisters both play mandolins, and I've never heard chord-y accompaniment. Then again, when they're not playing in a group they switch to mandolin for an instrumental bit, so maybe it can be managed with other people. They're easier to get a nice sound out of, as far as I've heard, though, so it makes sense to use them for melodies rather than chords ;D I think that mandolins are easier to trill on and tune than ukuleles.

I'm thinking about maybe getting a ukulele, just because they're so much easier to carry around than other instruments. My instruments are either too big or too fragile to carry everywhere. How do ukuleles vary from each other?
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« Reply #219 on: April 06, 2011, 09:35:29 PM »

Well, the main variant is the size. There are three main sizes, and a wierd cousin size.

The smallest is the soprano or standard size. This is the size most people think of when they think of the ukulele. The little red one AFP has is a soprano. These have a bright, plinky, treble-y sound, and very little bass in the tone. They are pretty much only ever used for strumming and are rarely seen being picked.

The next size up is the concert, which is slightly bigger. The scale is also slightly longer, which means the frets are further apart, which most people find makes it easier to play. The slightly bigger size of the body means their is a good bit more bass in the tone, but still maintains that bright ukulele sound. You'd often see them picked, but not as often as you would a tenor, and a concert would tend to have less sustain. This is the size I prefer because I like the bright tone but not the bassless one of the soprano.

Then, the biggest normal size is the tenor, which is again bigger and longer in scale than the concert. The big wooden fancy one AFP has is a Pono tenor. These have a deeper, bassier tone, but to a large extent lose the brightness of a soprano or concert. Most people who pick use these. These seem to marginally be the most popular ukes among singer-songwriter types.

Bear in mind when I talk about the tone, I don't mean the actual pitch of the tuning, I am just referring to sound of the instrument and how it rings.

There is also the baritone ukulele, which is tuned like the top four strings on a guitar, a fourth deeper than the ukulele. This is basically a cross between a ukulele sound and a guitar sound. It's quite a different sound to other ukes, but very mellow and beautiful. If you can play guitar you can already play this without any learning curve, and also pretty much the same if you already play any other kind of uke.

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« Reply #220 on: April 06, 2011, 10:02:13 PM »

Thanks so much! It's really helpful to me that you wrote all that, so don't worry :P

(I was going to ask a stupid question here... uhm. If I get one I'll figure stuff out then.)
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« Reply #221 on: April 30, 2011, 09:15:29 PM »

For those who hate/dislike ukuleles: how do youse find baritone ukes?
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« Reply #222 on: May 11, 2011, 06:04:11 PM »

i want to learn. i`m afraid my fingers will hurt a lot though  :-\
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« Reply #223 on: May 11, 2011, 07:35:08 PM »

i want to learn. i`m afraid my fingers will hurt a lot though  :-\

I'm assuming you don't already play a string instrument. Regardless, the uke's effect on fingers is nothing compared to guitar/violin.
It hurts for a while, but eventually your fingers just get used to it.
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« Reply #224 on: May 11, 2011, 09:34:35 PM »

@lisaroxsox It doesn't hurt the joints in your hands at all, but your fingertips could get a little sore. Ukulele strings (the cheap ones, at least) are nice and smooth, so it takes very little time to get used to them. The main reason I picked up the uke is because guitar was to too painful for me.
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« Reply #225 on: May 12, 2011, 10:29:52 PM »

I bought one two weeks ago and I feel so pro now! Hahaha, totally joking. My fingers did feel tender for the first four days but then afterward my fingers felt fine and now I can play a bunch of stuff. I'm slowly beginning to get more comfortable with chord switching. I wish I knew other positions besides the root positions, because when I play songs and I want it to be easier instead of jumping all over the place, I'd like to just easily transition the fingers. Nomsay?
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« Reply #226 on: May 13, 2011, 07:24:08 PM »

I know this is going to be annoying to hear, but the answer is just practice. Playing around with bar chords also helps sometimes but unless it's a particularly nice inversion of the chord, or there's certain effect to the chord progression that you trying to maintain - ie: ascending or descending chords, or sliding up or down a chord shape like on a guitar, esp in punk etc. - your often better off with an open version of the chord. Either way, keep playing around with sliding chords up and down, and you'll figure shit out.
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« Reply #227 on: July 01, 2011, 09:45:50 PM »

i post this here because it is a thread about the mighty uke.


how badly does painting a ukelele (or any musical instrument, really) fuck up the sound?  i've been asked to paint a uke to look like a slab of granite....but it is a pretty high-end one, the finish is worn from playing though, and instead of a re-finish, they want a paint job.  but, before i ask someone for money to screw around with their instrument, i would like to know if anyone has any advice about how it might change the tone.
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« Reply #228 on: July 02, 2011, 10:57:01 AM »

I suppose it depends on a few factors. What size is it? It would probably do more harm on a soprano. What kind of paint would you be thinking of using? How thickly are you applying it? For any kind of finish you would want it as thin as possible, and paint isn't made to be vibrated though.

Another layer for the sound to vibrate through wouldn't be beneficial to the sound, though it's hard to say to what extent it would make a difference.

If the finish is worn, then if the paint is water-based it could soak through the wood? That could cause bad shit in terms of both sound and wood swelling, and hence cracking. I don't know much about what oil-based paints would do to it.

Also, if there playing style wore substantially through a veneer made to be hit against, how well do you think paint will last?

Overall, I'd be very reluctant to paint it.
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« Reply #229 on: July 02, 2011, 11:27:42 AM »

i post this here because it is a thread about the mighty uke.


how badly does painting a ukelele (or any musical instrument, really) fuck up the sound?  i've been asked to paint a uke to look like a slab of granite....but it is a pretty high-end one, the finish is worn from playing though, and instead of a re-finish, they want a paint job.  but, before i ask someone for money to screw around with their instrument, i would like to know if anyone has any advice about how it might change the tone.

as EP said, it can make a drastic difference depending on what kind of paint you use and how thickly it's applied. I know a couple of guitar players who ruined their acoustics tonally because they wanted to "get creative" with the visual aspect.

any good with an airbrush? it's your best option for minimal impact on tone. a friend of mine has done a few guitar paint jobs with really good results.

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« Reply #230 on: July 02, 2011, 11:32:12 AM »

Yeah, I agree with Hugo about the airbrush; that sounds like your best option.
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« Reply #231 on: July 02, 2011, 11:38:16 AM »

i'm decent enough with an airbrush.  actually i just bought one a week or two ago and it's been sitting there, i'm sure after a day or two of fooling with it i'll be fine.  it won't work for the effect the guy wants, though.

the granite, or any faux look to a paintjob is thick as hell.  it involves stippling and other monstrosities and paint goes on thick, and there is no sanding.  while i try to avoid oil-based paints on principle and expense and the fact that they are trying to take them off the market altogether, i don't know if latex can hold tight enough to an old clear-coat, either.
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