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The Ukulele Thread
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AppleScruffJunior said

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, KEEP THAT MARIONETTE OFF THE FORUM!!!!

 

SWEET JESUS NO!!!!!  

Wait till someone revives the thread.

Definitely won't be me... a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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It is on the other page though.

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@AppleScruffJunior said

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, KEEP THAT MARIONETTE OFF THE FORUM!!!!

 

SWEET JESUS NO!!!!!  

I DO CONCURRRR!!!!! ARRRRGH IT'S THE SCARIONETTE paul-mccartney

...at least put it under a spoiler! paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif

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AppleScruffJunior said

NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, KEEP THAT MARIONETTE OFF THE FORUM!!!!

 

SWEET JESUS NO!!!!!  

He just wants to play you a lullaby on his ukulele before you go to sleep.

"This Beatles talk bores me to death.” —John Lennon 

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Do you guys think that if I went into Guitar Center, they'd let me tune one of their ukes to E for a bit so I can try it out. I sure wish they had left handed ukuleles.

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@Dark Overlord if I were you, I'd ask one of the staff to tune it for me. They'd probably be willing to help -- my experience with GC's customer service has been very good.

I'd love to get a uke -- especially for travelling. Enough to stave off guitar withdrawal without taking up as much room as a full-sized dreadnought. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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I wasn't saying that because I don't know how to tune a ukulele, I've been tuning my guitar for years and can do it by ear, I'm more worried about snapping a string because of a string being strung too high. I do love Guitar Center and their customer service though, although it really sucks when you can only play 2 of the guitars because you are left handed, I wonder if Paul McCartney feels the same way.

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@Dark Overlord said
I wasn't saying that because I don't know how to tune a ukulele, I've been tuning my guitar for years and can do it by ear, I'm more worried about snapping a string because of a string being strung too high.

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I didn't say or imply that you don't know how to tune a ukulele, and to be honest, I'm not sure how you read it that way. I just meant that I imagine they'd be much more okay with you asking them to tune it for you than you just walking in and meddling with their ukes. That way, the staff is responsible if a string breaks or whatever.

I do love Guitar Center and their customer service though, although it really sucks when you can only play 2 of the guitars because you are left handed, I wonder if Paul McCartney feels the same way.  

It's a right-handed world, alas. Paul probably just has guitar companies send him stuff because he can, but the rest of us mere mortals... ahdn_paul_01

Just curious, why tune the uke to E? What tuning do you mean, specifically?

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When I say E I mean E standard or EADGBE (EADG for most ukes and basses), I prefer to use standard tuning because I'm used to it as a guitarist and I prefer to use standard tuning, I'm not a big fan of open tunings.

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I see. I just think of standard uke-tuning as being the top four strings on a guitar (which I mostly end up using anyway), DGBE. So I think of ukes as having a different four strings than you... interesting.

Open tunings are fun to play around with -- you can get some really cool, unique sounds out of open tunings that you just couldn't otherwise -- but there's a reason standard tuning is standard, it is really versatile.

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DGBE is standard baritone ukulele tuning. Standard ukuele tuning is reentrant, that is (high-G) gCAE, although low-G also sounds nice (nicer on concert and tenor ukes tho). It is interesting that the standard now is a whole tone lower than when ukes were first popular in the 1920's-30's and you do get a plunkier sound with a DF#B. I don't find the shapes all that different from guitar shapes except maybe adding an extra finger here and there, so learning the uke for me wasn't a huge conceptual leap from the guitar just because of tuning. But certain chord progressions do suggest themselves more readily on a uke, and I was always terrible at barre chords on the guitar!

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I'm going to have to try out those tunings, DGBE sounds good because I can get used to it fairly easy and GCAE also sounds like it's worth a try, although I'd hate to use a high G string at the beginning and would prefer to use a low G.

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The only issue with low-G is finding the right strings for it. I use Aquila Reds on my Kala ukes because i like the sound and feel of them, and the bonus is you can get a low G with them that sounds great without being a different material or winding. I tried it on the soprano and it was quite acceptable but i'd put a low G on bigger ukes as it suits that fingerboard better further up the neck. Although if you get an aNueNue concert-length soprano uke, it'd work fine on one of those (I'm very tempted with aNueNue, they're really good quality for the price, not far behind a Pono).

If you ever try Worth with low-G I'd like to know how that goes too!

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After a bit of a hiatus, I'm writing songs on the uke again. Here is a typically silly piece about the Star Citizen "game". It struck me after the fact that it bears some structural similarity to Crippled Inside which then made me ponder just how "granny" John could get even when he'd claimed to be a rocknroll purist. These kinds of progressions and structures are so well-worn you can't possibly go wrong, and I really like the happy feel of them.

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I got to play a ukulele over the weekend! ahdn_george_08 We were visiting some family friends on their sailboat(! It was a mind-opening experience to landlubbers such as ourselves) and one of them had a little plastic uke with a tie-dyed top -- an inexpensive thing, but it saved me from guitar withdrawal, so it was extremely fortuitous. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

I actually had time to get slightly decent at ukulele, and I discovered that 'Starman' works pretty well (though I couldn't figure out the major sevenths in the intro -- I'm researching uke maj7s now).

Of course I played 'Something ' (solo included, to some acclaim), 'Devil And The Deep Blue Sea', and I tried to play 'Any Road' (but I forgot most of the lyrics paul-mccartney-facepalm_gif).

Also, Led Zeppelin, being heavily guitar-based, is kind of a trick on uke. I managed 'Tangerine' and that's about it. ahdn_paul_01

If you're ever on a sailboat on the coast in the South, by all means try to play 'Green Is The Colour' in ukulele. It's perfect. paul-mccartney-thumb_gif

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Uke chords are a good way of learning some of the "tricky" passing chords that you can apply to guitar, like diminished and augmented chords. Ukebuddy is my one-stop shop for uke chords, scales, you name it. Hours of fun a-hard-days-night-paul-10Actually I've been picking up the ukes again after a bit of a rest due to guitar fever, teaching myself REM songs because I've been playing the guitar along to REM tracks in the last week. Fun songs to try are Man On The Moon, My Crush With Eyeliner, Near Wild Heaven (Shiny Happy People doesn't sound quite right on a uke, probably needs transposing from its original key), and especially World Leader Pretend, that's very uke-able (also its in my vocal range).

What brand of plastic uke, I think Kala do a bunch of those in different colours, and they sound pretty good.

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@ewe2 said

What brand of plastic uke, I think Kala do a bunch of those in different colours, and they sound pretty good.  

Thanks for the site, hours of fun indeed! Yeah, it was a Kala and sounded surprisingly decent for being plastic, at least once my hands got used to it... tone is in the fingers and all that a-hard-days-night-george-10

Is it sacrilegious to use a guitar pick on a ukulele? Even if the guitar pick in question is bright green and looks very nice with the tie-dyed top? a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

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Is it sacrilegious to use a guitar pick on a ukulele? Even if the guitar pick in question is bright green and looks very nice with the tie-dyed top? a-hard-days-night-ringo-12  

Using a pick is incorrect technique from my point of view, but I wouldn't burn anyone at the stake for it. Ukulele technique is derived from classical guitar technique: because you're not using steel strings you get your attack from your index fingernail; although I think any combination of index finger and/or thumb is acceptable. Learn to appreciate the sound as a different quality, don't fret a-hard-days-night-george-9about loudness or attack without a pick. 

Bashing away is excusable on a steel-string guitar, trying to do the same on a uke will only get you lots of broken strings. It's why uke is generally quieter than an acoustic guitar, too, and also why resonating woods are so important to get projection, but after that you will need amplification.

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Using a pick is incorrect technique from my point of view, but I wouldn't burn anyone at the stake for it. Ukulele technique is derived from classical guitar technique: because you're not using steel strings you get your attack from your index fingernail; although I think any combination of index finger and/or thumb is acceptable. Learn to appreciate the sound as a different quality, don't fret a-hard-days-night-george-9about loudness or attack without a pick. 

Bashing away is excusable on a steel-string guitar, trying to do the same on a uke will only get you lots of broken strings. It's why uke is generally quieter than an acoustic guitar, too, and also why resonating woods are so important to get projection, but after that you will need amplification.  

I see. john-lennon-salute_gif I was mostly using it for the lead-y bits (Something guitar solo) and partly to make up for the lack of projection of a plastic uke. (Also, I have a bad tendency to beat up my cuticles when strumming -- especially fingernail-style -- probably partly because of my short nails but mostly because I'm lazy.) ahdn_paul_01

ETA: Also also, I try to strum gently rather than bash, and (this is key) I'm accustomed to a huge, loud dreadnought and/or a nicely raucous electrically-amplified guitar. a-hard-days-night-john-6

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I did use "bash" in a lighthearted sense, but yes you have to get used to a ukulele coming from an acoustic/electric place. Ukes sound quite clear if you fingerpick but I find there's a difference in projection between picking and strumming that can give you a false idea of how loud they are. I've been listening back to older recordings I've made with my ukes and I'm appreciating how differently they can sound even just with different strumming patterns.

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