Kids choosing to play ukulele instead of guitar...

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  1. standard24

    standard24 Member

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    I can see lots of reasons they could be drawn to ukulele...
    They're cheap.
    Portable.
    Easy to learn.
    Picking technique is non-existing (to most).
    They're not loud.

    A friend of my son's has chosen to play ukulele and is actually pretty good at it.

    I could learn to play one reasonably well in 5 minutes time. I just don't care to.
     
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    I bought one for a friend’s son for Christmas. He plays one at school and wanted one for home. Hopefully it will get him interested in guitar. His dad has guitars at home so it could be an easy transition.
     
  3. RoryGfan

    RoryGfan Silver Supporting Member

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    I am with you. Given one as a young kid, it gave my parents a chance to see whether I would "take" to a musical instrument at a minimal cost. Now, looking back, I am very glad that they did. That and a tiny "6-transistor radio" and I could jam into the wee hours.

    I learned a few songs, learned what a plastic fretboard feels like, and learned how to tune those cheap, wooden pegs. I also mastered the magic phrase, "My Dog Has Fleas."

    On a deeper level, they are less "threatening" and/or "challenging" than a heavy, full-size guitar. They are made for fun, and kids dig fun (at least I did).

    Also, I didn't have to deal with the sheer size and complexities of an acoustic guitar. I got my reward a couple of years later with a real acoustic....a Silvertone, which I kept for over 55 years.

    Plus, thinking back, the huge reason for the uke was that it beat the heck out of a freaking "flute-o-phone".....geeze, they were a piece of....(uttering profanities)! (Sorry, that is just my opinion, I guess that they are wonderful instruments...yeah, right.)

    Ukulele's are cool for kids of all ages and a great way to introduce children and even adults to an outlet for musical expression.
     
  4. snook6

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    Gateway instrument.......hopefully.
     
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    I just started guitar, and bought one of those "guilele" to practice with until my fretting hand gets more capable. It's also nice that it's portable. I may buy a regular ukulele too because a stunningly beautiful ukulele only costs about $500
     
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    They are really hip these days. I know lots of younger people that want to play because of all the vids on facebook.
     
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    Glass Onion Toneful truth seeker. Gold Supporting Member

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    Mom had one in the hallway closet. I would sneak it out and the mystery and majesty of that piece of junk later led me to guitar.
     
  8. sanrico

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    Yeah? Please post your video of you playing a uke after 5 minutes of learning.
     
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    They're hip in my neck of the woods too. Uke's are way more cool with da youth these days than they were when I was a kid. I know of 18 yo's who would much rather be seen with a ukulele than a guitar.
     
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    THERE'S SOMEONE ON MY LAWNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Guitar player logic....hilarious.

    Less strings, smaller...easy!
     
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  12. William Bohensky

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    Ukulele is awesome. Everyone loves them. It brings people together and they have fun. There are whole groups in schools, churches and everywhere. I have a 15 year old granddaughter who sings and plays like an angel. Ukulele led to her playing upright bass in the school orchestra. She shines. Her five year old sister plays now also. There are groups of girls in my area that all sing and and play beautifully. They play shows and everyone loves it. Ukulele playing has always been a vital part of Hawaiian culture and gone in and out of mainstream popularity. I hope it is here to stay now. It is real in this fake world. My dog has fleas!
     
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    Its all this guys fault.

     
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    Gossling is a talented guy (learned how to play piano for La La Land in 3 months), and Michelle Williams is always a treat - thanks for the clip!
     
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    Don A Silver Supporting Member

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    I enjoy the heck out of my ukulele!
     
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    Relatively cheap. Kinda like a cheap guitar! Also like guitars, there are expensive ukes. We repaired a pre-war Martin 3K a few years ago. Not even in excellent condition it was a 3 or four grand instrument.
    Easy to learn like bass, harmonica, or banjo!
    I can play guitar fairly well and can make anything with strings "go", but I'd be hard pressed to deliver something at a professional level on a uke without some serious woodshedding. Like any instrument, uke is it's own thing and proficiency doesn't arrive after completing the one-week course.
    Crappy ones aren't Good ones are, and for the ultimate in getting dirty looks at the front porch get-together, resonator ukes are quite loud. They make my ears ring.
     
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  17. pickdropper

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    Just like violin, right? ;-)
     
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  18. 27sauce

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    Exactly. 10 minutes, tops. Factoring in the bow and lack of frets.

    I could learn, but what for? I’m a guitar player.
     
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    Everything old is new. A 100 years ago the uke was king.
     
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    I lived on Oahu for 15 years - uke was the music of the school bus stops in Palolo Valley

     
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