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    It's dangerous how they sneak up on you. I have a Lag Ukulele and one day, while waiting for my computer to finish rendering something, I picked it up and riffed. However I came up with a riff I liked, so I recorded it. I looped it, used it in a song, and people really liked the song.

    Oh, I was just going to do it that one time. A novelty...yeah, that's the ticket. An aberration that would be soon forgotten.

    But then I was working on another song and I thought a uke might sound good. I should have resisted, but what would it hurt to try it just one more time?

    Then it ended up getting included on a third song, with a dotted eighth echo effect...

    But seriously, a ukulele? Well, it's not unlike a guitar with Nashville tuning in the sense of layering some high-frequency stuff over the guitars. And, the nylon strings add a different character. No, I'm, not doing Hawaiian slack key stuff...but it actually sounds pretty cool. Or at least I think it sounds cool. It may be the ukulele is doing some kind of mind control that only makes me think it sounds cool.
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    But then I was working on another song and I thought a uke might sound good. I should have resisted, but what would it hurt to try it just one more time?


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    • #3
      My friend writes songs and plays a ukelele, playing it with a jazz rhythm section, and it sounds good. He often, although definitely not always, throws a bit of delay on the uke both studio and live. Sounds very good, and not always immediately obvious that it's a uke.
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      • #4
        It could be worse - it could've been a......

        BANJO!!!
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        • #5
          STEP AWAY FROM THE UKULELES - YOU'VE BEEN WARNED
          Actually, the uke got to be pretty popular in southern old time fiddle and banjo strings bands starting in about the 1950s and it's still common today. It's a good rhythm instrument when the guitar player can't keep time or doesn't know the chords. Or they don't have a guitar player.

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          • #6
            Ukelele is a challenging instrument, if you allow it to be. I started out just messing around with one about 7 years ago after a trip to Hawaii, and seeing a demo of some $3-4000 handmade ukes...within a year, I had created a 'mini-set' of 5 ukelele songs for my solo act. I bought another uke...and then an Epiphone Les Paul Ukelele...I'm hooked. I like them for traveling, they fit in my backpack or suitcase and the overhead storage. I am working up to using the Epi uke with my jazz/R&B band at the end of the month.

            I mean, come on, it's not like it was an accordian, right?
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            • #7
              Originally posted by daddymack View Post
              Ukelele is a challenging instrument, if you allow it to be. I started out just messing around with one about 7 years ago after a trip to Hawaii, and seeing a demo of some $3-4000 handmade ukes...within a year, I had created a 'mini-set' of 5 ukelele songs for my solo act. I bought another uke...and then an Epiphone Les Paul Ukelele...I'm hooked. I like them for traveling, they fit in my backpack or suitcase and the overhead storage. I am working up to using the Epi uke with my jazz/R&B band at the end of the month.

              I mean, come on, it's not like it was an accordian, right?
              No, but I am a huge Astor Piazzolla fan...although technically, he played a bandoneon so I guess I'm safe with that.

              So on my new songs there's lots of acoustic guitar, ukulele, and harmonica...and electronics. What I'm finding is far from getting into arguments, they complement each other very nicely. I guess my next album will be very different from Neo-...then again every song on Neo- was different, so at least I'm consistent in my inconsistency.

              As to banjo...well, there is a Variax banjo patch...and Coral sitar...I suspect I'll come into Gibson someday and be whisked off to an intervention.
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              • #8
                Several of the songs on George Harrison's last album, "Brainwashed", were actually Uke songs that Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison discovered in George's archives and fleshed out. Harrison was a major uke fan and player and always traveled with 2, often giving one away.

                So, yer in good company fellas.
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                • #9
                  One word: sonic color. OK two words. I have a baritone uke and love the sound. The bad image has to do with music people associate with the instrument. Thinking about the lap steel, there's been the general image of Hawaiian music. But I've also heard some kick ass blues played on one.
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                  • #10
                    Ha, it's a great sound, and it really cuts through a mix- why the angst? Is it because it's trendy? Or that it's a simple instrument for new musicians to use? Yes, I know you're being silly on purpose.

                    I think the thing that somewhat annoys me about the instrument is how so many people go into that default shuffle groove when they play one- janka janka jinka jinka etc etc etc....... That odious, ubiquitous Tears on My Pillow chord progression notwithstanding, rhythmic cliches grate on me more than melodic ones.

                    Maybe if you're on that trip, you've sinned
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                    • #11
                      I have 2 pretty decent ones but bought this one to take with me to My place in Puerto Rico in February..
                      not bad for the money..http://www.lunaguitars.com/query?upc=819998044916
                      64.95..cheap little gig bag thrown in..if it self destructs in the heat..so be it.

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                      • #12
                        Ha, just remembered a uke joke we played on someone: an arch-hipster friend had an idea for an arrangement of a Scott Walker song, so we set up a living room acoustic session to record it. Everyone else got there ahead of her, and just to mess with her, quickly figured out an all-ukulele version of You're A Grand Old Flag, which we played in an endless loop as she arrived.

                        Her expression told us it worked.

                        I guess I should add that we live in San Francisco. Patriotic songs and Scott Walker sessions are sort of coagulants.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by sharkbait View Post
                          Ha, it's a great sound, and it really cuts through a mix- why the angst? Is it because it's trendy? Or that it's a simple instrument for new musicians to use? Yes, I know you're being silly on purpose.
                          I guess it's because it's associated with music that has nothing to do with rock, electronic, etc. so I just assumed it wouldn't work in that context. But your comment about "stereotyped" rhythms is spot-on. Once I started strumming it the way I would rhythm guitar or block chords, then all that mattered was the timbre, and it fit.
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                          • #14
                            Okay, further ukulele ignorance reduction at my end...I'm using a Soprano ukulele.I found out the difference when I broke a couple strings, and needed to figure out what kind of replacements to get

                            For those with ukes...does this mean that in order to get the FUX (Full Ukulele Xperience) I also need to get a baritone and tenor uke?
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by davd_indigo View Post
                              One word: sonic color. OK two words. I have a baritone uke and love the sound. The bad image has to do with music people associate with the instrument. Thinking about the lap steel, there's been the general image of Hawaiian music. But I've also heard some kick ass blues played on one.
                              If I get a uke, I think I want a baritone, or whatever the next smaller (concert? tenor?) size is. Anything too small is bound to be a tuning nightmare for me...
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                              - George Carlin

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