I got a ukulele for Christmas. An "electric" ukulele.

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Uke is a lot of fun to play, way more fun than guitar. Maybe just because it's more novel and because it can fit into lots of places guitars can't (playing it in the car is great). Mine's not electric, though.

I think the clarity of chord thing you're talking about also has to do with the fact that there are four strings for four voices. The re-entrant tuning might be a little confusing for a beginner, though.

St3ve Go1db3rg, Monday, 29 December 2008 20:23 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, that's still vexing my attempts to finger-pick things effectively.

On the plus side, if you play ukulele for four days and then pick up a guitar, you feel like a giant bad-ass who can suddenly destroy buildings with sound.

nabisco, Monday, 29 December 2008 20:38 (twelve years ago) link

the dvd of The Jerk includes a ukelele lesson (how to play "Tonight You Belong to Me"). it made me wish i had a ukelele around.

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Monday, 29 December 2008 20:54 (twelve years ago) link

Ukulele Ike

Ruudside Picnic (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:51 (twelve years ago) link

developed a style of improvised singing, which he called "effin".

Er, yeah... Some of his song titles are pretty o_O too...

Give It To Mary With Love
He's The Hottest Man In Town
Hush My Mouth If I Ain't Goin' South
I'm A Hard To Get Can Be Had Papa Looking For A Can Be Hard To Get Girl

snoball, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 20:57 (twelve years ago) link

wow @ that last one

Tracy Michael Jordan Catalano (Jordan), Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:01 (twelve years ago) link

Some of the songs, including that last one, are playable in RealPlayer. It starts off as yer basic uke playing guy singing, but then the "effin" comes in, and it sounds like Louis Armstrong on helium being attacked with a cheese grater.

snoball, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:09 (twelve years ago) link

Oh, and there's also "I’m A Bear In A Ladies’ Boudoir", which includes the line "I do most of my scoring at night" and then later a dubious runt/punt rhyme.

snoball, Tuesday, 30 December 2008 21:13 (twelve years ago) link

eight years pass...

Borrowed one of these to travel with since never take a bass and guitar can be challenging to bring on small airplane or parked car. Agree with pretty much everything said upthread by nabisco and Steve G.

Barkis Garvey (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 3 August 2017 19:46 (four years ago) link

two years pass...

Seriously thinking of buying a uke. Don't want to spend more than $250.
My big question:: If I spring for an electric uke, am I losing overall quality compared to a similarly priced one without a pickup? Specifically, I'm looking at two Cordoba tenors: the 20TM-CE Acoustic Electric, and the 25T (without a pickup).

Another acoustic tenor I'm eyeing is a Luna Tattoo Mahogany.

Are there any other good ukes under $250 that I should consider?

TO BE A JAZZ SINGER YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO SCAT (Jazzbo), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:54 (one year ago) link

Guy who is really into them told me those cheep Dolphin ukes were actually pretty good.

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