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The Ukulele Thread
1 February 2016
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 @Mr. Kite do you uke? 

If so, feel free to join the Beatles Bible Ukulele Appreciation Club. a-hard-days-night-john-5

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Silly Girl said

pepperland wondered innocently 
Is slide ukulele a thing?

It is now. a-hard-days-night-john-1 

One day I was out and about with my uke, for some reason or other, and decided slide ukulele would be the greatest thing. I had a pen on me and it worked out... was pretty funny.

If anyone who can actually play uke, unlike myself, were to use the slide uke technique I'm sure they could do some pretty amazing things.

Now, if I'm joining the club, I'd like to point out my ukeing is limited. I know Something and Ram On and some basic chords, but other than that if the uke is in my hands in trying to play it like a guitar.

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My ukeing is limited, too... I don't even have one a-hard-days-night-paul-10 Don't worry, you don't have to know how to play to join the club. a-hard-days-night-paul-8 

I 'play' ukulele by capoing my guitar on the fifth fret and muting the two lowest strings. ahdn_paul_01 I hope to get a uke soon, though. 

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Are ukulele's gaining in popularity lately like records are?

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Ukes have been popular for a while, though the after the big uke craze of the twenties it sort of dropped off until the nineties, when artists like Israel Kamakawiwo'ole and the Internet made them popular again. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.....90_revival

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Silly Girl said

sigh butterfly said
Thanks for all the ukulele facts ewe2. I'm seriously thinking about taking it up and your knowledge is helping me to do some proper research before I purchase apple01 

DO IT ahdn_george_08 

By order of Mr Harrison  

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Silly Mum thought I should get an electric guitar before I get a uke, but when I mentioned to her how.. em... inexpensive they can be, she was favourably impressed. We'll see. Either way, I highly encourage you to take it up, as what with the Internets and the fabulous resources we've got nowadays it's easy-peasy to learn anything and you'll be happily strumming in no time! 

I love this thread hearteven though I am putting myself at risk to catch the dreaded UAS 🙂 I am definitely going for it!! SG, if Mrs. Butterfly gives me a hard time I'll use the same logic you offered to your mum; "Well at first I had my eye on a Fender Strat but a uke seemed more prudent"a-hard-days-night-george-10Maybe when I decide on one I'll post it first and ask for Beatles Bible Ukulele Appreciation Club's blessing.

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edit: fixed disappearing link!

That is an excellent strategy because ukes are generally cheaper than a good Strat, more portable and no need for electrification in most situations! Here is a good article with lots of good excuses for UAS.

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sigh butterfly said

Silly Girl said

Silly Mum thought I should get an electric guitar before I get a uke, but when I mentioned to her how.. em... inexpensive they can be, she was favourably impressed. We'll see. Either way, I highly encourage you to take it up, as what with the Internets and the fabulous resources we've got nowadays it's easy-peasy to learn anything and you'll be happily strumming in no time! 

 I am definitely going for it!! SG, if Mrs. Butterfly gives me a hard time I'll use the same logic you offered to your mum; "Well at first I had my eye on a Fender Strat but a uke seemed more prudent"a-hard-days-night-george-10Maybe when I decide on one I'll post it first and ask for Beatles Bible Ukulele Appreciation Club's blessing.

Actually, as a matter of fact, I do have my eye on a Fender Strat... or perhaps a Tele. They seemed to be George's guitars of choice-- and a lot of other people too-- so I can't go wrong a-hard-days-night-john-1 but if I know Silly Mum, she won't let me get a Fender Squier by Fender thingy and she'll hunt up some ancient battered Fender Strat from somebody off of Craigslist because that's my Silly Mum... only cuts corners where corners aren't necessary. a-hard-days-night-george-9 

But getting back on topic... it warms the cockles of me heart that ye love this thread o mine ahdn_george_06 

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Wasn't sure if this was a good place for this, but thought I'd give the dice the roll. A 2005 radio documentary about George Formby which includes parts of an interview with George Harrison on his uke hero. Not as much George H. as we might want, but interesting all the same, and George H., in one way or another, does crop up throughout.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....aTkcq7UR0g

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And since we're here, some uke-related titbits: 

https://youtu.be/ZYn_gx0R2rA
https://youtu.be/SA_FLKHPR88

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What fascinates me about Formby is his preference for the banjolele and how original his take was on the standards of the day. It's like a little-known band who, just like Formby, took an American art form, adapted it and added home-grown elements to produce something new!

Here he is, playing to the troops as usual on a standard uke, what an entertainer

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And here is Formby again, on a tenor uke if I'm not mistaken! As an aside, I'm wondering whether he used the old ukulele tuning and not the reentrant one used these days?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....fmAeijj5cM

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Ok, to answer my own question, yes, he probably did use the D-tuning. Here's a wizard tutorial on Formby's strumming style by an expert in the field:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?.....ujC3na3HIc

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@ewe2 said
That is an excellent strategy because ukes are generally cheaper than a good Strat, more portable and no need for electrification in most situations! Here is a good article with lots of good excuses for UAS.

You forgot the link a-hard-days-night-ringo-8

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Can't believe this hasn't been posted yet. Here's the tablature (pdf) if you're feeling particularly dextrous.

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I knew that would get posted! I think it's safe to say I'm not going to attempt that level, or style, it's a pretty amazing use of the instrument. That's a beautiful uke, it's really chimey and he really exploits it in this piece.

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Joe's posting of the WMGGW tablature frightens sigh butterfly's fingers  
Can't believe this hasn't been posted yet. Here's the tablature (pdf) if you're feeling particularly dextrous.
 

 

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I enjoyed the George Formby posts. I knew his name but had idea what an important figure he was (both as an entertainer and as a fighter for social justice). When I get started playing I'm going to learn one of his easier songs.

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Joe's posting of the WMGGW tablature frightens sigh butterfly's fingers and utterly confuses Silly Girl's mind 
Can't believe this hasn't been posted yet. Here's the tablature (pdf) if you're feeling particularly dextrous.
 

I liked the beginning and the slower bits, but as it went one it got a little too flashy for George, though I appreciate the skills. 

The skills, man. a-hard-days-night-george-4 (Why is there no Ringo-making-a-peace-sign smiley?!) 

Actually, come to think of it, the White Album version got a bit too flashy for that song, as well. But that's just me and my never-ending case of 'This song should gently weep, not sob stormily!' 

 Sometimes it's not what you do, it's what you don't do that counts. And personally I'd rather hear three notes hit really sweet than to hear a whole lot of notes from some guitar player whose ears are so blown out he can't hear the difference between a flat and a sharp. a-hard-days-night-george-3  

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In general I'm not a big fan of virtuosity for it's own sake either, but sometimes you need a virtuoso to illustrate the possibilities of an instrument; in a sense it's not really about the instrument itself but how the virtuoso thinks musically. Contrast with Formby, who added one or two little tricks and wrote a good number of fun standards on the instrument: they come from different ways of exploring what being a musician is. It's just not common to find someone who does both. Hmm I wonder what Jimi Hendrix would have done with ukulele?

Here's The Wind Cries Mary, it's an interesting one because he discusses a bit of soloing and the ideas behind it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?....._WNJqAco70

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