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I'm surprised no one's mentioned Jake Shimabukuro, unless I missed it. I first heard him on the World Cafe in WXPN here in Philly. Here he is playing a song that should be immediately associated with the ukelele: Bohemian Rhapsody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qadUoaWkRW8


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Originally Posted by Leon Shuffle
I'm surprised no one's mentioned Jake Shimabukuro, unless I missed it. I first heard him on the World Cafe in WXPN here in Philly. Here he is playing a song that should be immediately associated with the ukelele: Bohemian Rhapsody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qadUoaWkRW8


Excellent. Thanks, Leon.

In fairness, back on page 1 of this thread, undone posted Jake playing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which was also a monster performance.


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I have a couple of ukes. They are fun to play. I highly recommend the "Fluke" or smaller "Flea". You can find them at fleamarketmusic.com. They are sturdy, have a plastic back like an Ovation guitar, will stand up freely (decorative and always ready to grab), and sound good. Put on a set of Aquila Nylgut strings and once settled in, it will stay in tune for a long time.


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Great videos!
By the way, has anybody here ever played an electric uke?



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Ukulele orchestras are the rage now, too. This is a riot -



Wellington, NZ has an orchestra, too. I get cds for Christmas smile

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Originally Posted by Leon Shuffle
I'm surprised no one's mentioned Jake Shimabukuro, unless I missed it. I first heard him on the World Cafe in WXPN here in Philly. Here he is playing a song that should be immediately associated with the ukelele: Bohemian Rhapsody.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qadUoaWkRW8


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UPDATE: Ukulele was delivered today!! I'm thrilled with it, although I must say it's even smaller than I imagined. Holy cow, this thing's little. laugh

I tuned it up right away and that seemed to go just fine. I can't wait to try a few chords and some strumming. Not in the office, though, as I don't think my coworkers would appreciate a "beginner's serenade."


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Originally Posted by Legal Beagle
UPDATE: Ukulele was delivered today!! I'm thrilled with it, although I must say it's even smaller than I imagined. Holy cow, this thing's little. laugh

I tuned it up right away and that seemed to go just fine. I can't wait to try a few chords and some strumming. Not in the office, though, as I don't think my coworkers would appreciate a "beginner's serenade."


What fun! I do hope you'll make a recording for us to listen to!


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Check this site out: http://jakeshimabukuro.com/home/

He does a version of "while My Guitar Gently Weeps" that is unreal! The video is on YouTube.

My mother has a vintage solid wood (late 1940's, early 1950's) Martin uke that is just beautiful! I recently put new strings on it (she never changed them since she purchased the instrument) and it just has the most wonderful tone for such a tiny instrument.

Jake plays a custom made Kamaka uke, made in Hawai'i (naturally!). They are probably the nicest instruments made, and are worth the price of admission.


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Originally Posted by Legal Beagle
UPDATE: Ukulele was delivered today!! I'm thrilled with it, although I must say it's even smaller than I imagined. Holy cow, this thing's little. laugh

I tuned it up right away and that seemed to go just fine. I can't wait to try a few chords and some strumming. Not in the office, though, as I don't think my coworkers would appreciate a "beginner's serenade."


Have fun with it!



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Originally Posted by Gyro
You don't want to play that stupid instrument, you apparently want to be like him, more than you consciously could ever realize.
Using Gyro logic like this, I hereby rename you from Gyro to Liberace, since it's been around 40 years since Liberace had his fame and by playing the piano, you want to be a Liberace.


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Originally Posted by Legal Beagle
UPDATE: Ukulele was delivered today!! I'm thrilled with it, although I must say it's even smaller than I imagined. Holy cow, this thing's little. laugh


That was one of the things I liked about it when I tried one. An instrument that's my size!

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Enjoy your uke ! One bit of advice, which you've probably read elsewhere anyway by now, is to put a set of Aquila Nylgut strings on. They make a big difference to the sound, especially on a cheap uke. I have a couple of cheap ukes that sound fantastic with Aquilas on. They look pretty cool too (they're white). Sopranos are small - if you can't get used to the size, try a concert or tenor (or get the set...).

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just be thankful it's bigger than this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlRxc-x7KbA&feature=related

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Originally Posted by KeemaNan
Enjoy your uke ! One bit of advice, which you've probably read elsewhere anyway by now, is to put a set of Aquila Nylgut strings on. They make a big difference to the sound, especially on a cheap uke. I have a couple of cheap ukes that sound fantastic with Aquilas on. They look pretty cool too (they're white). Sopranos are small - if you can't get used to the size, try a concert or tenor (or get the set...).


Thanks, KeemaNan. I am enjoying it. It's fun.
And thanks for the tip re strings. I have read (including earlier in this thread) that replacing the strings can make a big difference on a cheap uke, but I appreciate the specific suggestion of Aquila strings. I'll order some.


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Originally Posted by Pie
just be thankful it's bigger than this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlRxc-x7KbA&feature=related


HA! Good thing I hadn't seen that, I might have ordered one.
It's made by Kala, too, as is mine.


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I first got ukulele fever back in '84 when it seemed no one else played it. I picked up a Favilla uke for $40 for my soon-to-be husband, hoping he would serenade me with it (preferably outside my window on a moonlit night.) Sadly, the serenading never really happened, but eventually I started to play it myself. (And now, I serenade him!)

I love my ukulele! It's sort of my anti-piano...portable, quiet, and not the least bit serious. I play it more in the summer: on the front porch, on road trips, at the lake while my kids are swimming. My two youngest daughters also play now. I recently bought a Lanikai LU-21 for one of them and, for the price, we've been very pleased. (I will say, though, that we went to a music shop and tried out ten different ones to find the one with the best sound and playability. There seemed to be a wide variation.)

And about that video with the uke and the kazoo. I do that, too! When my son graduated from high school two months ago, I went around the house playing Pomp and Circumstance on the uke and kazoo for several days. He loved it! (OK, not really.)

You just can't be sad with a ukulele in your hand.

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Originally Posted by lauralei
You just can't be sad with a ukulele in your hand.
This is so true !

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Originally Posted by lauralei
... It's sort of my anti-piano...portable, quiet, and not the least bit serious.

Lauralei, that's exactly what I'm hoping for. I couldn't have said it better myself.

So far so good, although I'm just starting to tinker around with it. It's already great fun, though, and I also agree with this...

Originally Posted by lauralei
You just can't be sad with a ukulele in your hand.

Keep in mind that I literally have never touched a stringed instrument in my life (unless you count the harp that I was sweet-talked into moving from place to place during my freshman year in college, but that's another story altogether).

Edit: Yeah, ok, piano is a stringed instrument, but you know what I mean.

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