Christofew Drew Ingle from NeverShoutNever
The Jake Shimabukuro cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps showed me how creative you can be with so few strings. It inspired me to buy a cheap little $60 uke that I began to play, and from there I just got hooked. I'm still pretty horrible at the ukulele, but I enjoy it enough to keep me working at it.
Turned 50 this year, no idea what to get as a celebratory memory peg....memory not quite shot yet but you know what I mean.
Couldn't stretch the the Hawaii Five O trip...groan.
Casual glance around chums festival bus I spied a little guitar shaped bag which left me pondering a while. No idea about what could be played on a Uke, have no musical talent and school diploma proving same.
So did some research, found the Hawaiian link to the Uke, came Via the Portuguese apparently, education as well.
But the clincher came when I found that someone had actually covered one of my top 3 tunes by my number one band - Hawkwind.
In the below clip there is a true internet legend in the making, she is a lovely lady with a beautiful mind.
Ladies and Gents, let me introduce Ms Poopylungstuffing.
OK, so not everyones cup of tea, but did it for me and am now wringing the neck of my Tenor daily.
Cheers - Nige
It was a warm summer day, the summer after my final year of highschool, I was out for a bicycle ride with a friend, sight seeing in my quaint little town, popping in and out of the shops. We pedaled up in front of the small music store and being a collector/hoarder of neat instruments I, of course, HAD to go in. So we leaned our bikes up against the stone wall and in we went. I was happily ogling the electric guitars when my gaze drifted upwards. It was the bright tropical blue colour that first grabbed my attention as blue is my very favourite of all colours. Then what I noticed was the sparkles, and how intricately they were placed around the sound hole where the bright blue faded to light, how the sparkles themselves thinned and faded out where the blue is deepest, and the shimmering strip of them that pierced across the middle of the headstock. Without a thought I asked the clerk the price of this absolutely adorably stunning little Ukulele, and I was positively thrilled when he spoke the words $39.99 as I had $40 in my back pocket from house sitting. Thankfully my lovely friend offered to pay the $5 dollars in tax, it was tuned, cased, boxed and ready to become what would be my most favourite instrument of my collection.
My father and bored at the time!! I'm part Tahitian and Cook Islander, so it was natural to pick up an uku and learn to play. The one joy I love is that I can take it anywhere; train bus, just about anywhere and you'll be surprised how many people ask you to play!! And when I do they join in and sing - That's the reason I learn and love the uku!
I started last year.
I go to an arts school in Ottawa for the vocal program. (Canterbury High School, Woot!) This school is really big on being hipster and playing instruments that not everyone plays. Being a trend follower I noticed that a lot of people had been bringing in ukuleles and just jamming in the hallway. The sound was so beautiful and the texture of the sound was even better. I started begging my mom for months to get me a ukulele and then finally Christmas rolled around. I got a really cheap ($30) ukulele...and then a lot of Christmas money. So, the next day went to a folk music store down town and bought the coolest ukulele I could find. Been playing it ever since...like non stop.
Mine is kind of silly. The mother (when she was still "The Mother") played a uke on one of the last episodes a few months ago and I loved it. I then found myself on YouTube, watching a cover of "Wanna Be Like You", and wanted to learn. My roommate found out and gave me her like new Kohala Soprano. I didn't get REALLY into it until just after my 23rd birthday (April 3). I can't go a day without playing now!!!
I retired and was thinking about learning to play my daughter's guitar, which was just laying around in the basement. I got it out, looked at it, messed with it for about a week, then went to Puerto Rico for the winter. While in Puerto Rico I decided that guitars were too big to haul around, to pretentious to play, and weren't all that fun. I got to thinking that a ukulele is small, easy to take along to the beach or wherever you are going on a bicycle or walking, it fits in my checked luggage when I fly, and they are not so serious as a lot of other instruments. So I got a ukulele and it has been great. My motto is that is is better to get up late and play the ukulele than it is to get up early and go to work.
I go to a Charter School so basically when I go to class and we are waiting for a class or something we can draw, play an instrument, whatever we so desire. I had already learned guitar but it has always been hard for me because I have stubby fingers and I couldn't get barre chords down because it hurt to much no matter how many calluses I got. So one day a friend of mine brought in her ukulele to school and she was just playin' it everywhere she went and it looked so easy and I've always loved the sound of a Uke anyway. So she let me play it a bit and even the barre chords didn't hurt, it was great and just my size haha.
Several things. I played Uke as a teenager, and learned from an Arthur Godfrey book. I stopped playing for 40 years.
I saw Petty Booka playing "Sophisticated Hula" on Ghoul A Go Go, a cool retro public access kids show.
Last year, a man at a old time baseball ga,e pulled one out and started playing.
There's a ukulele store about 4 miles from my house, and I got it in my head I wanted to play again. That was about a year ago, and it's been a great adventure ever since. Not only did I get an therapeutic instrument, get to sing again, I got a new social circle.
A girl at church camp when I was in junior high had one back in the early in the 70's I thought it was pretty cool. About twenty years ago I had the opportunity to buy one on the internet. I bought a book but hated playing most of the songs. Some I knew because my mom or grandma sang them but they were not my cup of tea. I'd make it through the book about once every couple of years then get disgusted because I had songs in my mind that I wanted to play but couldn't. This winter I managed to look online found a few websites and this one stuck with me. I also checked into You-Tube tutorials. I have been playing every day since. Two of the things that drew me here was the ability to transpose so I can sing in a key I am most comfortable and the other is the ability to find and contribute songs that are not stereotypically ukulele songs. I'd have to say it is this site that has inspired me most of all. This is the best place to play if you aren't able to learn from any real live humans.