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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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.

There's also this video that I probably could have posted instead of writing this spiel:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/l0xnNs56GsI" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/l0xnNs56GsI</a>
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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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Re: Ukulele Appreciation thread.
« 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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