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Old 02-12-2012, 11:06 PM   #41
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Can't believe I have missed this thread on the forum. I am an avid ukulele fan/player and teacher. The ukulele is great for travel and it tends to draw a crowd when you pull it out.

There are so many beginning ukulele sites and books now you can find whatever works for you. For a starter ukulele it is best to spend a little money but easy to get a nice starter for under $100.

I look forward to seeing some of you on the road with your ukuleles out playing and singing.

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Old 02-12-2012, 11:34 PM   #42
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I have played guitar since high school and play - passably several different instruments. A couple of years ago I went to a uke workshop hosted by the "Ukel-aliens" and had a blast. When I graduated my wife bought me a Kala mahogony tenor uke. A really nice uke with an onboard tuner and an equalizer for the pickup. Ain't nothin' sounds like a uke driving thru a distortion pedal and a grunge setting on the amp. Actually I have only done that once but it does sound really good thru my Fender acoustic amp with just a little bit of chorus.

Anyway, mine was in the $250 price range so a little spendy but still mid-range (and a whole lot cheaper than any of my guitars). It will also last a lifetime. I mainly just strum and chord but can do a little picking. It is easy to carry even on a motorcycle and is perfect for singing Kumbya around the campfire.

Get a decent one for under a hundred bucks with a gig bag and see if you like it. If you do, buy a "nicer" one and hand off the first one to the kids or the grandkids. If you do not like it then sell it at a garage sale or hang it on the wall.

The only downside, if it can be called that, is that they just sound too darn happy to use for playing the blues.

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awesome Theresa! go for it
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i had given some thought to trying to teach myself to play....now---forget the darn guitar, i'm going to hunt me down a uke! with sharon, melissa and pam giving it a try, i think i'll be next!
my campfire thanks you....but my camping neighbours most likely won't!!!
Theresa, that is awesome! There is nothing so much fun as making music, and you don't have to be good at it to have a blast!
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Well, I picked up another soprano banjo ukulele a couple of weeks ago. It's the open backed one next to my wife's 1925 model. They both appear to be identical except for the back and probably made by Slingerland as far as I can tell. The other day I found a $.50 wooden salad plate in a reuse store and made a 1895 style back. Did a little wood burning and a bit of tinting on it and enhanced the sound and looks.


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That sounds like so much fun around a campfire.
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If you are looking for uke books, go to Jim Beloff's sight. He has 2 books with 365 songs to learn. I bought a fluke and a couple of books from there and have been having fun when time permits. His ukes are more expensive, but have the plastic(lol) backs like the ovation guitars. Nice sound on the uke and stays in tune. Since you already have a uke, this sight also has dvd's to learn how to play.
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His brand is called the fluke.
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Old 02-22-2015, 06:24 PM   #49
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The site is. Fleamarketmusic.com
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Check out the gourd tenor Banjolele I just finished. It's setting in just fine.


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Whoa James !!! Awesome !!
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I play the tener uke too.
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I never knew about all the varieties of Ukes! very interesting thread
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Beautiful uke. You did a great job in the construction.
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Look through the thread "a cut above" and see the other folk instruments that I have made. Most are made from broken and discarded parts of old guitars and found items. The hourglass dulcimer for instance came from the roadside spring cleanup. A discarded maple bed headboard, an old redwood fence board and a broken guitar. Fun stuff!


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Beautiful work!
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Mr Kent, That is a true beauty of a uke! Love the woodburned celtic knot. Sounds like we could talk for hours about common hobbies. I am a gourd art enthusiasts and had a business selling gourd crafting supplies in the south east. I sold woodburners, saws and dyes until I got tired of toting all my supplies and setting up and breaking down all by myself at different festivals. I just recently picked up the ukulele and attempted to teach myself for 3 months and decided I needed to go to the next level and signed up for private lessons last week.
Keep up the good work. Thanks for posting your pictures. Inspiring, I've got the gourds just not the skills to build my own instruments.
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Ooh, just discovered this thread. My husband and I took up the uke a little over a year ago and are having tons of fun with it. We joined a group here in our hometown called BUG (Bellingham Ukelele Group) that meets monthly for jams and has other events throughout the year, including a very fun 3 day camping outing each summer. The neat thing about a uke is that it's easy to learn enough basic chords to start playing and singing along almost immediately and the size of it makes it easy to take along with you just about anywhere. The best thing about the uke is that you just can't help but feel happy whether you're playing it or listening to it!
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They say money can't buy happiness, but you can by an ukulele and that is pretty much the same.

Love playing the ukulele and banjolele. Lots of fun and relaxation. They go with our tiny trailers.
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Mr Kent, That is a true beauty of a uke! Love the woodburned celtic knot. Sounds like we could talk for hours about common hobbies. I am a gourd art enthusiasts and had a business selling gourd crafting supplies in the south east. I sold woodburners, saws and dyes until I got tired of toting all my supplies and setting up and breaking down all by myself at different festivals. I just recently picked up the ukulele and attempted to teach myself for 3 months and decided I needed to go to the next level and signed up for private lessons last week.

Keep up the good work. Thanks for posting your pictures. Inspiring, I've got the gourds just not the skills to build my own instruments.

Thanks for the kind thoughts. The ukuleles are for my wife. You can see some of the other instruments that I've built in the thread " a cut above". I started with simple cigar box stick dulcimers and slowly progressed as I gained experience. Close inspection would show that I still have a long way to go.
No wonder I retired....Too many hobbies and not enough time. Lol!
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