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Anyone play the ukulele?

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    Anyone play the ukulele?

    A co-worker frequently vacations in HI. Made him promise to bring me back a ukulele the other year. It's still safely covered in one of my drawers by a bunch of tops I don't wear anymore.



    I played folk guitar back in the hippie days, first a 6 string acoustic, then (and still have) a vintage Gibson 12 string. Have not played the Gibson since the 90s. My office mate received a ukulele for her b'day a couple years ago and just started lessons. She's doing pretty darn good for someone who's not musically inclined!

    So any guitar / ukulele aficionados on the board that can speak to transferring talents? I'm pretty much a rhythm guitarist, so watching my friend play seems like basic strumming /chord structure and easy to translate my talents from guitar to uke.

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    Love 'em. Have you heard the British Ukulele Band Playing "The Big, The Bad & The Ugly" ?

    (I THINK that's the name of the song.)
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    I don't know a thing about ukulele.

    Maybe Uke Minutes could help: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...7267F5A8104F41


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    I can't play one but every time I hear the word "ukulele" I think of Arthur Godfrey and Tiny Tim.



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    If I remember right, a guitar and ukulele are tuned differently and the cords are different also. But I think there would be an advantage going from the guitar. Mostly because you already have a sense of strumming and fingering cords. That's just a guess, I've played guitar but haven't tried a ukulele.

    That ukulele song that Falcon mentioned above is really good!

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    I use to play my uke a lot. Still have it, setting in the closet. Bought it from Sears back in the 60s. Bunch of us guys use to get together and play Ukes and guitars. I bought a new one a couple years ago, but it won’t stay in tune. Guess it’s time to try it again.
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    My Favorite Ukulele Music....

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    No I have not! I'll have to search YouTube!

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon View Post
    Love 'em. Have you heard the British Ukulele Band Playing "The Big, The Bad & The Ugly" ?

    (I THINK that's the name of the song.)

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    Me neither! lol The guy that brought back the uke for me linked me to a YT guy, I think it's "Ukulele Mike" if I recall correctly. Too bad the weekend is nearly over and work commences tomorrow and I'm out of energy for this Sunday - or I'd pull it out. Thanks for the link.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
    I don't know a thing about ukulele.

    Maybe Uke Minutes could help: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...7267F5A8104F41


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    Funny, I don't recall Authur Godfrey playing the uke. I mean, I'm sure I'm old enough to remember! No way can anyone forget Tiny Tim, heh?

    Quote Originally Posted by IKE View Post
    I can't play one but every time I hear the word "ukulele" I think of Arthur Godfrey and Tiny Tim.



    uke.jpg tiny.jpg

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    I seem to recall hearing that as well (different tuning). A different co-worker bought me a gadget to tune it. I've not used that either. Imagine that! lol I'd guess the transfer of knowledge/talent from guitar to uke would be fairly minimal just for the reasons you mention.

    Haven't watched the video yet, but somehow I think I heard that a couple years ago. Thanks for the welcome.

    Quote Originally Posted by HazyDavey View Post
    If I remember right, a guitar and ukulele are tuned differently and the cords are different also. But I think there would be an advantage going from the guitar. Mostly because you already have a sense of strumming and fingering cords. That's just a guess, I've played guitar but haven't tried a ukulele.

    That ukulele song that Falcon mentioned above is really good!

    Welcome to the forum..



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    So, your uke is in a holding pattern much like my Gibson. Work gets in the way of EVERYTHING (at least for me)! I wonder how much your Sears uke is worth these days? About 8 or so years ago I wanted a ukulele, shopped on eBay - OMG the prices are OUT there!

    Quote Originally Posted by Pappy View Post
    I use to play my uke a lot. Still have it, setting in the closet. Bought it from Sears back in the 60s. Bunch of us guys use to get together and play Ukes and guitars. I bought a new one a couple years ago, but it won’t stay in tune. Guess it’s time to try it again.

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    Edit because I was replying to the wrong post. Yes, I've heard this! Few years back. Thanks for sharing it again. Great rendition.

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Bea View Post
    I don't know a thing about ukulele.

    Maybe Uke Minutes could help: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?lis...7267F5A8104F41


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    Aww, too cute!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lara View Post
    My Favorite Ukulele Music....

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    And, apologies for the single replies. I tried to use the multi quote function but couldn't figure it out.

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