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Cassie
08-27-2015, 02:39 PM
How many of you have UAS? I have what might be called Pre UAS. Since I have no cash, I have no choice but to wait until Christmas. I wish it wasn't so far off. It may not be but it sure feels like it. My real question is how to fight off the Pre UAS until Christmas without Going crazy.-g. Get it? Anyway, I call it pre Uas because I haven't got one yet.

Bumgardner
08-27-2015, 04:36 PM
The best way to fight UAS is to sit down and play what you have. Get off the internet and make some music. I find if I stay on the forums too long I will start wanting the latest flavor of the month...

Cassie
08-27-2015, 05:23 PM
If it keeps bugging me, I'll have to bring out my old Casio. I find that just listening to ukes helps to ease it some. Trust me, I have a load of uke songs on my MP3 player.

k0k0peli
08-27-2015, 06:14 PM
I call it pre Uas because I haven't got one yet.


The best way to fight UAS is to sit down and play what you have. That's difficult since Cassie doesn't have one yet. :( Over at Indestructables.Com (http://www.instructables.com/howto/ukulele/) are easy plans for (among other things) building 'uke-like objects for really minimal cost. Such might tide over someone seriously suffering from unreliazable UAS. How about a one-piece 'uke (http://www.instructables.com/id/One-Piece-Ukulele/) that costs almost nothing? Or a cardboard 'uke (http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-Ukulele-out-of-Cardboard/)? (One of many.) See, one need not wait till XMas.

Cassie
08-27-2015, 06:45 PM
This sounds cool but I don't have a saw, drill or glue. My granny on my dad's side of the family used to have one and I asked my dad about it and he says he hasn't seen it for quite some time. Granny didn't play but I think my uncle did. My dad said he would look for it when the weather got cooler. It's just way too hot right now. He thinks it might be in Granny's old storage building. A fellow member of the forum, Erion has infected me. I listened to him play his brunswich and that made me want to learn to play. Ukes are totally awesome! What did you mean by unreliazable ?

k0k0peli
08-27-2015, 09:21 PM
This sounds cool but I don't have a saw, drill or glue. That cardboard 'uke looks to require only a sharp knife, a ruler, glue for the cardboard, and a set of 'uke strings. Some folks use fishing line for strings. Here is a 'uke made with a pocket knife (http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-a-ukulele-with-a-pocket-knife/) and a file to sharpen the knife's saw blade. (He specifies the fishing line to use.) Some other simple projects are called 'ukes but IMHO they're rather stretching the term.


Ukes are totally awesome! What did you mean by unreliazable ? I should have said "currently unrealizable." It's a craving that cannot be realized RIGHT NOW or otherwise soon. Like, I seriously crave a charango and balalaika and Venezuelan cuatro and strumstick dulcimer, and multi-neck 'ukes and 'banjo-ukes, etc. But my SAS (stuff acquisition syndorme) must go unsatiated right now. Yeah, I can clear out my minimal shop and build dulcimers, banjo-thangs, a ham-can balalaika, stuff like that. But I must wait awhile for the charango and cuatro. My SAS is currently unrealizable. [/me whines pathetically]

Cassie
08-27-2015, 10:16 PM
I don't blame you for feeling that way. I wish there was a way to treat my UAS without spending a lot of cash. Check out this link. It's a video of a lady playing and singing about her case of UaS. The second line in the chorus describes my condition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV9gfPzjSC8

Mivo
08-27-2015, 11:24 PM
My UAS used to flare up when I spent too much time on the forum here, especially browsing the Marketplace. Then again, without the UU forum, I'd probably not have stayed with the hobby, either, so it's just a tradeoff. :)

After I eventually got a luthier built-custom ukulele (not by my specifications, it was already built when I fell in love with it), my UAS was satisfied. It's been about two months with it now and I'm still not lusting after anything else. I had hoped this would happen, and I'm glad it did (so far!). I also find this rather expensive instrument a little intimidating (worried about scratching it, worried about climate changes; just a lot of babying), which is good in a way.

There's really nothing better than that tenor that I would want to buy (I'm in this peculiar midlife-crisis-ish "the less clutter, the better" phase of my life), and I also have two sopranos (one vintage, one modern) and an off-the-shelf concert that has too high action but that I still play a little. Oh, and I have my previous tenor as well, which was in the $300 region, and it's very playable, too.

So, really, I already have more ukuleles than I actually want, but I currently find it hard to let any of them go. They are sufficiently different from each other, too, so the excuse I make to myself is that it's good for my ukulele education to have different types made from different woods and strung with different strings. But I'm not inclined to add any more, at least not for a while. Ideally, I would only like to have two, but I'm not there yet.

I still only cautiously look at the Marketplace, though!

PhilUSAFRet
08-28-2015, 12:22 AM
I don't have UAS, it's like I have UAS, I mean I buy ukes on impulse that I don't really need, but I don't really have UAS.

DownUpDave
08-28-2015, 01:01 AM
I don't mean to get personal because I don't know your age or your life condition. If you have a burning desire for a ukulele but don't have the money are you able to find a job to be able to eventualy buy one. There is nothing like having a dream that must be fullfiiled, it is what fuels us all to reach and stretch and achieve things we never thought possible.

I can feel your love for the sound of ukulele, your passion to play one, now turn that into reality. Is there something holding you back from being able to do that? People here might be able to help.

Purdy Bear
08-28-2015, 02:08 AM
I could have UAS or MAS (Mandolin Aquisiton Syndrome). I'm a total bargin hunter though so it's very controlled, to looking on Ebay, and checking out charity shops. Funilly enough I went in a charity shop a few days ago and saw professional looking Tamborines on sale. You never know what they have in stock!

Cassie
08-28-2015, 02:12 AM
I'm not sure about the job. I want to pass on old traditional kids songs to today's kids but I can't carry my Casio around. I thought of taking my Casio keyboard to day care centers and singing songs for the little children but it's so big and requires electricity. That's one of the reasons why Pele has started me wanting a ukulele. You were right about the burning desire. It's like Pele is starting a fire that keeps blazing and nothing can put it out. Please notice that I'm not a worshiper of Pele but It's the best way I can describe it. Then Erion, a fellow blind member of this forum, built that fire up even higher by playing his uke while we were chatting on Skype. Listening to ukes seems to douse it some though.

70sSanO
08-28-2015, 04:30 AM
I would have to echo the advice on looking if there is any job or part time work that you can do. I don't know your situation so this may not be possible, but even something you can do around the neighborhood might work. I cut lawns as a kid and saved up to buy a portable transistor radio, (that pretty much ages me), but I did learn a life lesson that if I wanted something I needed to work and save up for it.

John

Cassie
08-28-2015, 05:17 AM
Like I've said, I've thought of performing using my Casio for kids and the elderly but mom keeps telling me I need credentials. I've heard you don't need them if you just volenteer.

TheCraftedCow
08-28-2015, 07:03 AM
Cassie,

If you will contact me as a private message, I will send you a ukulele. I was given a $1200 French Bulldog by its owner. When a friend saw it , she started to cry. What I had was the very dog she had always dreamed of having. I joyfully gave it to her. I was given a ukulele with the instructions to either keep it, or rehome it to whoever should be its real owner. The young lady who got it was grinning from ear to ear !

I am able to make your request for a ukulele possible. I will even pay the shipping of it to you. There is only one request goes with it.... sometime in your life, you will find someone with a need that you can provide. according to your ability, consider paying your " indebtedness' forward to someone else. That you have a desire to 'minister' to children touches my heart.

Grace and Peace,
Bill Thompson dba The Crafted Cow

DownUpDave
08-28-2015, 08:37 AM
Cassie,

If you will contact me as a private message, I will send you a ukulele. I was given a $1200 French Bulldog by its owner. When a friend saw it , she started to cry. What I had was the very dog she had always dreamed of having. I joyfully gave it to her. I was given a ukulele with the instructions to either keep it, or rehome it to whoever should be its real owner. The young lady who got it was grinning from ear to ear !

I am able to make your request for a ukulele possible. I will even pay the shipping of it to you. There is only one request goes with it.... sometime in your life, you will find someone with a need that you can provide. according to your ability, consider paying your " indebtedness' forward to someone else. That you have a desire to 'minister' to children touches my heart.

Grace and Peace,
Bill Thompson dba The Crafted Cow

Bill your gesture just made my day, thank you for being who you are.

Cassie.......now you know why the ukulele spoke to you, to bring good people into your life.

Excuse me as I seem to have something in my eyes that are making them water.

Cassie
08-28-2015, 09:13 AM
I would love to have it but my mom is very overprotective. If she saw some sort of package in the mail that is not from someone we know, I could get in trouble. I really want one but I don't want to set her short temper off. I do want to pass old traditional kids songs on to other kids but I can't always carry that big Casio Keyboard around. That's one of the main reasons why I want a uke.

Hippie Dribble
08-28-2015, 01:27 PM
No offense intended here Cassie but this thread reads weird to me. How is it your mum lets you come on an anonymous internet chat site but not accept the generosity of those of us who simply wanted to send you a uke to help you realise your passion? I don't understand. Perhaps if you show her this discussion she might have a change of heart. You might also let her know you can purchase a uke for around 30 bucks that will sound fine, provided it's been set up OK. All the best.

Nickie
08-28-2015, 01:44 PM
I don't have UAS, it's like I have UAS, I mean I buy ukes on impulse that I don't really need, but I don't really have UAS.

Can you spell D-E-N-I-A-L?

Cassie
08-28-2015, 02:15 PM
What do you mean can I spell whatever that was.

Nickie
08-28-2015, 02:22 PM
What do you mean can I spell whatever that was.

Sorry Cassie that wasn't directed toward you. If you wanna take another look at my post, you'll see another comment at the top, from another poster. I was replying to him. He is in denial about his UAS....we kid around here a lot.
Enjoy!

Cassie
08-28-2015, 03:27 PM
OK. I didn't know what you were talking about. I like to joke around also. That's why I've made that string on uke addiction.

Mivo
08-28-2015, 03:44 PM
How is it your mum lets you come on an anonymous internet chat site but not accept the generosity of those of us who simply wanted to send you a uke to help you realise your passion? I don't understand.

Well, there is a difference between participating on an anonymous chat site and giving someone your postal address, especially if you're not an adult. I certainly understand the mother's concern.

Showing the mother this thread and letting her decide is a good suggestion, though. Bill's offer is very generous and remarkable.

Hippie Dribble
08-28-2015, 03:55 PM
Well, there is a difference between participating on an anonymous chat site and giving someone your postal address, especially if you're not an adult. I certainly understand the mother's concern.

Showing the mother this thread and letting her decide is a good suggestion, though. Bill's offer is very generous and remarkable.
Bill isn't the only one. The reply I got made me wish I hadn't bothered. I'm out. This thread was a write off from the get go. See y'all. :wtf:

Mivo
08-28-2015, 04:08 PM
Hey, Jon, the intent and the thought matter -- don't regret that, it's good that you care! On the upside, it also means she's not a gold digger, which is a plus, too. I think it's difficult for parents to find the right balance when it comes to being protective of their children in the age of the internet. Easier for parents who know a thing or two about the 'net, or who are younger, and harder for others. I deal with it in my job (social online gaming stuff) sometimes. I had parents who struck me as extremely and unnecessarily worried, but I had many more who didn't seem to care at all. I think the former is probably better, though not ideal. But yeah, don't take it personally if a parent doesn't allow their kid to give out his or her address. They mean well.

Cassie
08-28-2015, 04:17 PM
I'm fine with waiting until Christmas but sometimes my UAS gets hotter than Pele's lava. I wish there was some sort of hypnosis session for coping with UAS. If there was one on youtube, I could follow along and it would help.

Nickie
08-28-2015, 04:39 PM
Ha ha Cassie if you know how to control UAS, you could revolutionize UU. 'Course, the builders and vendors might not like it much....

Cassie
08-28-2015, 05:25 PM
If I wasn't so worried about how mom would act about a package in the mail from someone I don't even know, I would definitely except every offer I saw. I played my old Casio keyboard for a little while and it seemed to ease it some but I can't get rid of it completely until Christmas. I want my dad to get off his butt and look for that one my granny had. That way I'll have something to keep my UAS at bay until then. Speaking of controling or keeping UAS at bay, Here's something we could try when our case get's too strong. Have any of you ever heard of EFT tapping? Basically it's a mixture of positive affirmations or phrases mixed with Chinese acupressure. I've read Basically, you're tapping on certain parts of the body while saying positive phrases. They say that it somehow unblocks chi and helps cure things such as addiction, childhood trama or abuse and even things like getting passed things like alkaholism or in our case, uke-aholism. It probably could be used to help keep UAS under control. If it doesn't work, then as usual, the Uas will keep bugging you. Look up EFT tapping in your search engine. If you like, I can attach an audio session to a post. Don't worry about the builders of UU not liking it. Some people say that EFT doesn't work. Mahalo so very very very much for all your nice offers. I'm so sorry I can't take you up on that. Do any of you speak Hawaiian? I know a few phrases but not much. Unfortunately my Screen reader doesn't say Hawaiian words worth a flip. Here's where I have to rely completely on audio.

Bill1
08-28-2015, 11:42 PM
Here are some things to look at to get ready fir the uke:
Make a fretboard map, and relate it to your cassio keyboard. Write out some uke tunes translated from the cassio tunes.
Voice training. Work on your singing skills.
Learn how to use ABC notation. Including, how to input music straight from the cassio or a mike. How to make the music into a text message you can circulate to friends. How to playback the text message. How to print out a tune in Manuscript, cassio tab or ukulele tab. Teach your friends how to do it so you have another social media thing to do.
Ear training, try to play some tunes on your cassio that you learn by ear, then write out the tune arranged for uke.
Foot tapping. Get you leg muscles used to keeping time with your feet.
I think these should all be free of money cost, but require some lesrning effort.

John A
08-29-2015, 02:53 AM
I feel like I'm missing something here... have I got this right... I just read 3 pages of posts and it appears Cassie wants a ukulele, is burning up with desire to own one but has to wait until Christmas to receive one as a gift because of not having any money? My first ukulele cost $20 on eBay and is still going strong. It's very playable, has a nice tone, and gets played a lot. You can buy a brand new Ukulele for $28... I've seen ukuleles for as little as $10, surely Cassie you can muster $10 - $20 together and go and buy a cheapie until you have the money for something better? If I wanted a ukulele as much as you do I would do a few odd jobs (clean cars, mow lawns, paper round, babysit... anything!) to earn a few dollars and buy myself one, it's really not that difficult to raise $20 for something that you really, really want so much that it's driving you crazy... sorry if this sounds harsh but to quote a favourite song of mine..."If it's yours, go out and get it!"

ubulele
08-29-2015, 06:19 AM
Can you spell D-E-N-I-A-L?

Yes, but what is that word supposed to be? Some new social media site? I've never heard of it, must be my age.

Fleacia
08-29-2015, 06:20 AM
2 things:
1. Cassie may be a minor.
2. Cassie is blind.
Both things that make most parents rather protective. This often means the kids can't do what "most kids" (read: you) would do. I know. I have personal experience with both.
Cassie, good luck! I'm not one to look forward to the holiday hubbub, but I hope it comes soon for you!

ubulele
08-29-2015, 07:10 AM
Cassie is not a minor; I don't like to divulge private details, but I think it's important to clear up this misunderstanding, if only to avoid causing her offense by treating her as such.

Walker78
08-29-2015, 09:30 AM
This thread should be closed now. Seems to me like a lot of long time members have tried to help and been given nothing in return. This thread is going around in circles and now, even the people defending the OP are being responded to by 'friends' of the OP in a negative, accusatory manor.

k0k0peli
08-29-2015, 09:45 AM
This thread should be closed now. Agreed. Too many excuses.

Ukulele Eddie
08-29-2015, 11:08 AM
Hello, Everyone. My name is Eddie and I have UAS.

Hippie Dribble
08-29-2015, 11:22 AM
Either I need more drugs or I should stop taking them.

This thread is divisive, and is going nowhere except down the toilet. Besides, it's past bedtime.