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ewe2 said
I did use "bash" in a lighthearted sense, but yes you have to get used to a ukulele coming from an acoustic/electric place.  

Oh, I know a thing or two about 'bashing', having committed it myself many a time. a-hard-days-night-john-6

Most of the getting-used-to was in the left hand. These things are so damn tiny!!! a-hard-days-night-paul-7 I'd never really had a chance to spend more than a few minutes with a uke, so I actually made some headway in getting used to the neck this time around (keeping my thumbs off the fretboard -- so hard a-hard-days-night-paul-10), so much so that when I got back to my guitars they actually felt chunky to me. paul-mccartney paul-mccartney paul-mccartney

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Ukuleles are typically beginners instruments, often played by people without any prior experience on guitar. That’s because most of the chord forms are pretty easy to pick up and move around. With that being said, it is an instrument that is difficult to become an expert in and put yourself above all those people that can play four chords and a bunch of easy songs. 

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sir walter raleigh said
Ukuleles are typically beginners instruments, often played by people without any prior experience on guitar. That’s because most of the chord forms are pretty easy to pick up and move around.

I find the whole 'Ukulele is the chicken beginner version of guitar' rather detrimental all around, both to the people who then go on to try guitar and go 'Ermghrd this is too many strings/frets for me', and to the reputation of the ukulele itself. As you say,

With that being said, it is an instrument that is difficult to become an expert in and put yourself above all those people that can play four chords and a bunch of easy songs.   

It's quite similar with bass -- it must be a four-string thing -- in that it's easy to learn but difficult to master.

I can play about ten chords, does that put me above the four-chord uke strummers? ahdn_george_08

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Beatlebug said

It's quite similar with bass -- it must be a four-string thing -- in that it's easy to learn but difficult to master.

Exactly, although the uke is more chordy than the bass, both are deceptive and are open to a wide range of musical approaches. Just because the uke is happy doesn't mean it doesn't have teenage angst sometimes.

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..but that's not a ukulele. Or if it is, its a weird six-string one. ahdn_john_08_gif

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I guess what confused me was the common nickname "uke".  

Just think of it as the UK joining with the last E, rather than the first three letters. Gammatically that would be uk'e.

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Beatlebug said

Just think of it as the UK joining with the last E, rather than the first three letters. Gammatically that would be uk'e.  

Ah, that works, thanks. Also, I realized that the nickname for "cucumber" has the same pattern -- two u's in a row at the beginning, but shortened it becomes "cuke".

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Beatlebug said

Just think of it as the UK joining with the last E, rather than the first three letters. Gammatically that would be uk'e.  

And also I think that's probably the correct Hawaiian pronounciation! uk'elele! I've been seeing hawaii spelt hawai'i lately (I'm on volcano watch).

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Hawai'i is the proper spelling Also I don't see any okina in any spelling of Ukulele.

Would it be possible to play the oldest song known, "Hurrian Hymn No. 6" on the ukulele?

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Well it starts off at the right octave for an open C on a ukulele but you'd have to transpose up an octave to fit in the melody, which is in C minor. It's probably a modal scale at that vintage though. If you barre at the 3rd fret for a C minor you can play the basic melody by shifting your fingering around.

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Hawai'i is the proper spelling Also I don't see any okina in any spelling of Ukulele.

Good point, I know nothing about the rules of that language!

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