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  1. I do not find the tone, or lack of it, of a uke pleasing at all. I realize it is used it some Hawaiian music, but not as much as one might think. I played in a Hawaiian band for a while, and they appreciated lap slide and slack key, but not the uke. I don't care for the instrument at all and think a tenor guitar is a much better instrument for playability and tone. If you play the uke, sorry if I offended anyone. I also have a friend who owns a music store, and he had a ukulele day. Sold a bunch of them, so, there must be some sorta popularity going on. I still think it's a novelty instrument. One can become very good at it, just like someone can get real good at playing spoons, doesn't mean I'm gonna take the instrument seriously. They're getting popular in schools (in comparison with the violin and recorder, where you can't really sing along and the case of the violin, you need lessons) where they're easily learnt, you can sing along to your songs and they're a lot cheaper. I would personally LOVE a tenor guitar, but finding one around here is silly hard.
  2. It might just be a short-term revival, but the uke is currently getting more serious consideration and respect. Between Jake Shimabakuro and the popularity of songs like "Hey Soul Sister" and Bruddah Iz's version of "Over The Rainbow", I know that a lot of kids are getting into the uke. A friend of mine who owns a small music store is selling a bunch of ukes and offering uke lessons. Yaay, I might actually now get some respect!
  3. Wow, now I have to break mine out of mothballs!! But seriously, I don't understand why this is even questioned. ?? (by the O.P.) I'm questioning it because in every band situation I've been in, any attempt to 'seriously' play the uke is laughed at.
  4. I will confess that I've played uke in church, to some 350 people. It was a good laugh and actually worked well because I was playing youth group, in a back room with poor acoustics.
  5. ^yeah, mine was a cheap piece of crap. I can play it but I tune it what feels like every 5min.
  6. Not sure where to put this, but here goes. I went to see a band play a gig recently and I was surprised to find that their line-up included a full-time, full-member-of-the-band ukelele player. Now I've always found the attitude of most band musicians is that the uke, although there are some good players out there and some good songs too, is a joke instrument, something that kids learn or adults play for a laugh. I've only ever seen a handful of bands ever use one as a serious instrument. So, do you consider the uke to be possible to play in a band situation? Is it really a 'serious' instrument worthy of being in a band.
  7. Just keep practicing as the others have said. Keep it steady. Have you tried practicing it with a metronome so you can measure your progress? I don't own a physical metronome and wouldn't have a clue how to use the thing even if I did. I've nearly always practiced to a drum track, not a metronome.
  8. before ANYONE says anything, I've practiced and practiced and this is really starting to wind me up. I'm currently working my way to learning 'My Father's Eyes' by Eric Clapton but the fast chord changes are really getting to me. Now this is actually the first song I've learnt on guitar which isn't a church song, and I think here lies the problem: most of the songs I'd learnt in church playing were fairly simple and also fairly slow (least the ones I did were). Anyone got any idea how I can make this easier?
  9. I'm a big Victor Wooten fan, and can understand your feelings towards his playing, but the same things can be said about a lot of musicians. I love the Flecktones, but there's not a single one of them that doesn't "overplay" at times. The Flecktones as a band are a highly technically able band. What might seem like overplaying in isolation fits into the band perfectly. If you had the ability to add a wanktastic flurry of notes every now and then, wouldn't you do it? I know I would. To me it'd be like owning a Ferrari and never driving it over the speed limit. The temptation would be too hard to resist. No, I wouldn't add flurries of notes simply because it adds nothing to the music. It could be just the type of musician I am, but I believe that every note of a song (on any instrument) should be there for a reason. Take Mark King of Level 42. To me he's the height of what good bassplaying is, and one of the reasons I like him is because all the notes he plays are adding something to the song. The slap-bass might not be to everyone's taste, but in terms of what he's playing it's pretty restrained. As for the Ferrari example, I'll say this: driving it over the speed limit might be fun for you, but it's mightly pointless from the viewer's point of view. I think Vic plays some of the best, solid, most flowing, walking basslines out there when he's playing with a group, but I've yet to hear someone complain. No one ever says "I like the guy's playing, but his lines were just too simple. He could have easily played 32 notes per bar, but he only played 4." Saying someone's basslines are too simple? I do that all the time...although it might have something to do with the music I listen to (a mix of jazz-funk and progressive rock) and also that I'm a jazz player myself. He's one of those bassists that other bassists seem to either love or hate, but I don't think it's right to call him overrated. He's a band player trying to solo. There are far better soloists out there and few better band players out there.
  10. I've tried time and time again to listen to some of Wooten's solo stuff, and whilst I appreciate the technicality of it, it just seems that it's over-played, over-hyped and generally not that 'groovy'. Take his version of Amazing Grace (it's on YT). Brilliant technical ability, but the fact is that you could easily strip away half the notes played. It sounds messy and overdone to my worship-music playing self. I LOVE Bela and the Flecktones and his playing in the band, but to me he is NOT a solo player. He makes up for souless playing with streams of notes and fast playing. Am I alone?
  11. ...and it's proving a pain in the rear to deal with. The problem I'm having is that the score is arranged for violin, a viola, cello and double bass. Now the cello and bass are playing pretty much the same thing, and do that's not an issue for a single electric bass to play, and I was going to use a loop on that anyway. But the issue I'm having is with trying to combine the viola and violin parts into something coherent that actually sounds like the tune of the original song (I'm using an eBow to get the violin sound). They're in two different clefs and so far attempts to get something nice-sounding out of my bass is proving difficult. How do you go about combining two different clefs? I mean, what's the best plan? So, can someone listen to the tune ( ) and give me some help? Any help will be great...
  12. Can you already music? Can you already play the piano? Yes and yes. I'm roughly a grade 3 piano player and until now any chords that have crept up I can work out. But it's getting harder and harder to do, especially given that if I want to do proper grade exams, I'll have to be able to sight-read and that'll be impossible without knowing chords.
  13. Basically I need to be able to read chords on a stave to a decent standard because I want to play worship music on piano (I know this is a guitar theory forum but this is a better place than any). Now I know guitar chords and piano chords are the same, so I was wondering whether there is a program or book which would teach me to recognise and read them? Any help?
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