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How many 'Cats play Ukes?

Songster Bob 22 Feb 07 - 12:55 AM
GUEST,William Pint 21 Feb 07 - 10:20 PM
GutBucketeer 21 Feb 07 - 02:09 PM
Little Robyn 21 Feb 07 - 01:51 PM
Ernest 21 Feb 07 - 08:06 AM
Alec 21 Feb 07 - 08:03 AM
Ernest 21 Feb 07 - 07:59 AM
Leadfingers 21 Feb 07 - 07:58 AM
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Waddon Pete 21 Feb 07 - 05:31 AM
Drumshanty 21 Feb 07 - 05:11 AM
Scrump 21 Feb 07 - 04:42 AM
Liz the Squeak 21 Feb 07 - 03:58 AM
Splott Man 21 Feb 07 - 03:54 AM
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Fidjit 21 Feb 07 - 03:09 AM
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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Songster Bob
Date: 22 Feb 07 - 12:55 AM

The Polkalele, if I recall, was a strange idea someone had. It has an elongated spike for a peghead, so it can be stuck into the sand on the beach, of all things. It's sort of banana-shaped, if it's the instrument I'm thinking of, and actually was a decent instrument, at least in terms of build quality, and playability.

If you want to know more about ukes, there are several sites on the Internet. One of the best, to me, is Fleamarket Music.

I have two ukes -- a Weymann soprano and a nameless tenor -- and a banjo uke on its way from the Ebay seller I got it from. I may get another, a Fluke (another brand I like), if I am in the right place at the right time.

Bob


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: GUEST,William Pint
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 10:20 PM

Any of you uke folks ever run across something called a "Polkalele"?
I have a relative who found one in a junk shop and bought it. He asked me to look into it for him.
I'd appreciate any information!
Many thanks,
William Pint


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: GutBucketeer
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 02:09 PM

I play, I play (in my basement). I don't play the Uke out much, but it is still my favorite information for noodling around on.

JAB


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 01:51 PM

I've had a uke since I was about 10, tho' I don't play it at folk events.
In 1960s NZ all primary schools had a collection of them and thousands of kids were taught 3 chords and how to bash away while the class sang songs like 'Michael row the boat ashore' or 'Rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham' or 'Tom Dooley'.
Many progressed onto guitar when they found the uke too limiting but their fingers were used to chords by then and it made the guitar easier.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Ernest
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 08:06 AM

I started tenor banjo before banjo-uke (both `orrible ;0) .... so I guess we both improved, Alec!

Best
Ernest


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Alec
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 08:03 AM

I went from Guitar to Uke, Ernest.
Though I don't play either well.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Ernest
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 07:59 AM

The one thing that really scares me is that so many uke-players seem to become guitarists later on.....

Best
Ernest


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 07:58 AM

I was a bit flush a few years back and bought a rather nice Ovation Uke ! Its out on loan to another catter who WONT post to this !


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Alec
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 07:51 AM

LTS I believe the wonderful song you seek has been published in the music book for the "Tripping the Live Fantastic" album by Paul McCartney.Yes,that's right he's recorded that as well.
He's a little tinker isn't he?


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 05:31 AM

Hello,

The uke was my first stringed intrument, when I was about 10. Still have the original...a yellow plastic "Western Guitar"! Sounded great but is now secured with duct tape! I also have a "real one". It's great for those songs that need a strum.

The uke helped moving on to the guitar much easier. Great instruments!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Drumshanty
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 05:11 AM

I got a concert-sized uke just before Christmas and I can't keep my hands off it. I can't play it yet either, but I'm working on it. Just can't seem to learn to strum it though - my fingers get caught in the strings...

I was inspired by seeing Gerry O'Beirne at Innerleithen Music Festival last year. He made this wee thing sound like a harp and I fell in love. There are some mp3s on his site.

Gerry O'Beirne

I also bought a CD by Sam Brown Ukulele and Voice - 5 Songs. Not very folky, but I like some of the accompaniments.

I want a teacher but don't seem to be able to find one in Edinburgh.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Scrump
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 04:42 AM

I don't have a proper uke at the moment, but I have an old 8-string 'banjolin' which is similar to a banjolele/banjulele but of course having 8 strings instead of 4. I did think of removing 4 of the strings and 'converting' it into a banjo-uke. I rarely play it these days (it really needs properly setting up etc. but I've never got round to it). Would 'Catters recommend such a conversion, or should I leave it as it is? Maybe there are drawbacks I don't know about.

I did buy one of those cheap (guitar-shaped) soprano ukes new on ebay, but it was poorly made and impossible to tune properly. I sold it on and the guy that bought it was perfectly happy. Not sure what that says about him or me (I did tell him it wouldn't tune properly before he bought it, btw!). I might get another one but I'll go for a better quality one next time. I'd like to get a proper 'George Formby' type banjo-uke but they seem to go for high prices second hand.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 03:58 AM

Ok, so here's a request for you Uke players out there... anyone have the sheet music for 'If I was not upon this stage'? It's an old Scout/Cubs/Gang show number and I can't find the dots anywhere. I have words but I need the dots for a pianist.

LTS


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Splott Man
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 03:54 AM

I've got an old banjelele which I sometimes get out for the odd music hall or jazz standard song. I've been eyeing up a proper uke for a few years now, but I've always found a better use for the money, like eating.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Alec
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 03:36 AM

Resistance is useless LTS,go out & buy one today. You know in your secret heart of hearts that You've always wanted to.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 03:18 AM

It's actually quite frightening, the amount of Uke players there are out there.... It's good that they feel secure and safe enough to admit to it here, on a public forum, but still... scary!

LTS


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Fidjit
Date: 21 Feb 07 - 03:09 AM

Yes have to own up to having just purchased a nice bright yellow one.
Went to a Ukelele workshop 3rd. Feb. Where 150 people turned up ! Learnt a few chords. Key of "D". Now just have to practice.

Turned out nice again hasn't it?

There's a club in Gothenburg with 250 members !!

Chas


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 10:18 PM

My sister has had a baritone uke for many years, as did my other two sisters. She passed on a very inexpensive one to me a few years ago. I don't play it, but my three year old grandson has taken a liking to it: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvNvbk28_MY.:-)

I do love the versatality of ukes and am blown away when I hear what can really be done with the instrument.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Mooh
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 08:35 PM

Got a couple of cheaper soprano ukuleles and like them a lot, though they don't get much play. Would love a high end one (yeah, I've been to Elderly), especially a tenor. For whatever reason they always get me playing improvised swing-blues...great fun!

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Cap't Bob
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 05:09 PM

I got my first uke in the mid 40's and have been playing various ukes since then.

The uke is actually a very versatile instrument.   I play the old standards from the ragtime ear but also play classical, blues, bluegrass, Irish, Hawaiian, easy listening, etc. It's possible to use banjo style three finger bluegrass picking as well as clawhammer or simple frailing. Lots of fun.   

There are several really great ukulele players about these days. For classical and semi classical check out James Hill and Jake Shimabukuro (Jake can be heard on youtube at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puSkP3uym5k
Playing "while my guitar gently weeps") ***** you need high speed internet for the above. For blues check out Lil' Rev.

I have numerous ukes these days - several low end ukes that I use while doing uke workshops. For the past five years I've been building ukes which is a great way to keep occupied during retirement (mostly during the long winters here in N. Michigan).

The last one I built used mahogany from an old sailboat build back in the 40's. The sound board is build from Western Red Ceder that was taken from the siding that was used on Levitt kit houses back in the 40's - 60's. It has a great sound. Can't sell them because I refuse to work for twenty five cents an hour so I been giving them away to friends who appreciate a hand made instrument.

Cap't Bob


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Liz the Squeak
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 04:45 PM

None of my cats have, although one did crap in a violin case once.. everyone's a critic.

LTS


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: bobad
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 04:42 PM

I'm married to one.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: M.Ted
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 04:21 PM

I have six ukes, two tenors and four sopranos--I've been playing for a long time--back in the late 70's I was in a band that occasionally played as a Hawaiian combo, and have kept up my interest--uke regarded with amusement or scorn then-but it has made a comeback.


It isn't really so out of place among folkies as it appears at first, though--it used to be the standard beginner instrument for guitar players-and Uke actually plays a real big part in Hawaiian folk/tradtional music--

Also Hawaiian folk music is a living tradition,meaning that Hawaiians still sing and play the old songs, in the old style, as well as singing and playing the old songs in newer styles, writing new songs in the old style, and playing Non-Hawaiian pop songs in the old style etc--

As to blues, over the years, I've heard of more than a few blues guitar players who started on uke, and it is at least arguable that Delta slide guitar was inspired by Hawaiian steel guitar--so it's all good;-)


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 04:01 PM

Don't know about Cats with Ukes, but Here's One with a squeezebox (and MP3 files of music!)

CHEERS
Nigel


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: jeffp
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 03:42 PM

I have a 1920's Lyon & Healy ukulele that my in-laws gave me. I plan to learn at least a few chords on it. I like to be able to play every one of my instruments at least well enough to demonstrate it.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: muppitz
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 03:41 PM

My Mum's other half owns a Uke, the jury is still out on whether or not he can actually play it! ;-)

muppitz
x


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Ernest
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 03:40 PM

Got an old banjo-uke, only recently returned to nylon strings (mando-tuning and steel strings didn`t sound good), play mostly chords and a rudimentary fingerstyle, just a few songs yet. Mostly country-blues stuff.
Best
Ernest


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Songster Bob
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 03:38 PM

I play 'em. Like George Harrison, I think the uke is a fit instrument for 'real' music.

Bob


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 03:32 PM

Just a few weeks ago I restrung an old uke and tuned it as a mandolin, using guitar strings, and now I can't keep my hands off it. I consulted with the Mudcat, and have decided to adopt someone's suggestion, so now I'm calling it a Mandolele.


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Subject: RE: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: GUEST,punkfolkrocker
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 03:02 PM

been keen on George Formby records since i was teenage punkrocker
back in the mid 70's

but dont own a banjo-uke yet..

just a cheap wooden traditional ukelele..

haven't played mine for a while

but was last heared working out blues rock riffs on it..
with extreme string bending..

..and a few favourite 'Clash' & 'Gang of 4' songs


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Subject: How many 'Cats play Ukes?
From: Alec
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 02:47 PM

This query is partially inspired by the "Top 10 Ukulele tunes" thread
That thread seems to have generated a lot of interest.
This is often the way when discussion moves in the direction of Ukes.
I am intrigued because the Uke plays,at most,a minor role in Folk & ,to the best of my knowledge,no role whatsoever in Blues.
I am very fond of my own though I am very much a learner.
How many of you are there?


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