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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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@Pineapple Records said
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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Hello everyone, I am Kanan 30 years of age and seeking some help about the ukulele. Have someone here plays the ukulele? Can someone please tell me what to look for or tips. Is the ukulele brand important?

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I don't think it matters much when you start off....It's just for fun.

Loads of tutorials on youtube.....Including buying your first uke'

Like a lot of people I got into them through the 'Concert for George'.... and 'See you in my dreams' was the first and still the hardest song I've learned.

Another good starter is, 'Tonight you belong to me' the song Steve Martin plays in 'The Jerk'

For me I feel shy playing guitar in front of people...But Uke's are a laugh and there isn't that feeling of  'showing off' 

You'll have a lot of quick success and loads of fun.....Enjoy.

 

PS....There's a site called Boogaloo with tons of songs.

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Kanan said
Hello everyone, I am Kanan 30 years of age and seeking some help about the ukulele. Have someone here plays the ukulele? Can someone please tell me what to look for or tips. Is the ukulele brand important?  

Hi Kanan,

There are a few good brands for a starting ukulele player, but the best idea is to go down to your local music shop, try some out and ask questions of the staff! Don't rush out and get something too expensive when you're a beginner. Overall, Kala, Ohana, and Lanikai all make great beginner ukes, but there might be a great brand where you are because there's lots of brands local to each country.

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

Yamaha have just come out with a range of Guitarlele's, miniature classical guitars that are tuned A-D-G-C-E-A (quick guitar nuts will know that's like 5th fret on a normal guitar), and Kala have gotten in on that action too.

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ewe2 said
Yamaha have just come out with a range of Guitarlele's, miniature classical guitars that are tuned A-D-G-C-E-A (quick guitar nuts will know that's like 5th fret on a normal guitar), and Kala have gotten in on that action too.  

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I'm not slow I just didn't get back to the site for 2 days a-hard-days-night-paul-11

Anyway, has anyone played a pineapple shaped soprano uke? I'm thinking of getting one as a Xmas present to myself but finding a good one is tricky, they're not so common in most brand ranges so good ones are both more expensive and hard to find down here. I hear good things about Lanikai, but they're quite expensive for being laminate tops. I suppose I could pick up one of the novelty Kala pineapples, but they're unusually expensive for lower-end Kalas too, finding one under $200AUD is hard.

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