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Cassie
09-19-2015, 01:06 PM
Hi, I was thinking that since we had a thread on uke addiction, I thought of posting one about uke withdrawal. Have any of you had to go through Uke withdrawal? If so, What were your symptoms and how did you get rid of them? They can be silly and serious. YOu can make up new jokes about withdrawal.

Doc_J
09-19-2015, 01:15 PM
Yes, missed playing on an extended vacation living out of a carry-on. No space for an uke. :(

k0k0peli
09-19-2015, 01:15 PM
I'm twitchy about not playing the good axes packed for evacuation so I must settle for what's at hand. Any fretboard in a storm!

Cassie
09-19-2015, 01:53 PM
Maybe you should get a pocket uke. Hey K0k0peli, You like Vihuelas? I love them also. I love Mariachi music as well as Hawaiian. A baritone uke sounds almost like a vihuela.

CeeJay
09-19-2015, 02:07 PM
Ouch....that's all ...never mind what took place before the withdrawal.....

Cassie
09-19-2015, 02:29 PM
What happened CJ?

CeeJay
09-19-2015, 02:47 PM
What happened CJ?
The insertion .......LOLOLOLOL

oh, whoops I'll be in trouble now.................run away !!!

bunnyf
09-19-2015, 03:03 PM
I had a serious case of uke withdrawal when I had a bout of tendonitis a year or so ago. I couldn't play at all for a few months. Working on cleaning up my song library on my iPad and adding new music eased my withdrawal symptoms.

Cassie
09-19-2015, 03:08 PM
What were your symptoms Bunnyf? I want to know so I can know what to expect if I become addicted and have to hit withdrawal. I'm already addicted to the sound of the uke. I'm constantly listening to ukes.

k0k0peli
09-19-2015, 03:28 PM
Maybe you should get a pocket uke. Hey K0k0peli, You like Vihuelas? I love them also. I love Mariachi music as well as Hawaiian. A baritone uke sounds almost like a vihuela. Vihuela and a few other Mexican instruments are on my get-em-when-I-can list, maybe the next time I drive to Paracho -- or to Nogales if paranoia kicks in. Ranchero / Mariachi is OK but Banda kicks butt. Look for a channel called BandaMax (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bandamax). And my baritone is small-voiced, doesn't sound very vihuela-like, especially tuned as a plectrum banjo. ;) Meanwhile, I have indeed thought of building a pocket 'uke (http://www.instructables.com/id/Pocket-ukulele-home-made-Sopranino-Ukulele-from-/). I really need to get my workshop together. It's in the queue...

PS: I also deal with fretboard withdrawal by always carrying a few mouth organs with me. Blues harps (in A, C, G), echo harp, chromatic -- don't leave home without'em.

Cassie
09-19-2015, 03:48 PM
Awesome! You sure know how to bust withdrawal! I only have my Casio keyboard right now. One of my friends has infected me with a bad case of UAS or should I say, pre UAS.. This Christmas I hope to have my first uke. He is a fellow member. He's not on the forum a lot.

k0k0peli
09-19-2015, 05:57 PM
Awesome! You sure know how to bust withdrawal! I only have my Casio keyboard right now.

Hopefully I will not humiliate or excommunicate myself by this admission, but I do / will not suffer from 'uke withdrawal specifically. It's more of general music withdrawal. I stave that off by keeping portable instruments around, like the mouth organs I mentioned and fipple flutes (tinwhistles, ocarinas, etc). My Casio VL-Tone (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casio_VL-1) used to accompany me everywhere. I loaned it to a friend who used it on a song that charted locally but I got it back and still have and use it. What a perv.

(I also had a 1/2 size electric guitar I loaned out that got passed around to local school bands and made it to two more songs that charted, MILL VALLEY [heard around the SF Bay Area] and OH HAPPY DAY [which got national play]. I never got that axe back, grr. But I digress.)

The signs of instrument withdrawal: Twitchy fingers for any fingered axe; I sometime jones on ocarina and keyboard. Twitchy lips if one plays wind / brass instruments. Sweaty forehead and fingers -- probably sweaty toes for pedal players. Nervous shakes, finger twitching and snapping, chord forming and flute fingering. Restless humming and subvocalizing. Spontaneous tuneless whistling. An urge to beat rhythms on anything within reach. (We have a bunch of Native American ollas (large pots) made of thin clay that I play like a tuned percussion band, and I tap pottery and glassworks in stores.) An urge to pick up a piece of paper and play it like a kazoo. All these occur when an instrument is not in my hands.

In the bright future we will all have cybernetic implants and other body transformations. I envisage a VL-Tone-like keyboard embedded in my left arm, my fingers hollowed-out to use as pan-pipes, and a holographic fretboard projected in front of me by ear-mounted lasers. I am ahead of my time.

Cassie
09-19-2015, 06:55 PM
LOL. The cybernetic attachments are cool. How about a uke strap attached to your neck and chest.

kohanmike
09-19-2015, 09:35 PM
I've played uke for over two years, but almost a year ago I started playing bass uke with my group The CC Strummers at the request of our leader Cali Rose. At first I played both, but the last 3-4 months we've done enough gigs that I have not been able to play my ukes. I'll sit there practicing bass with our set lists and look up at my display cabinet of ukes and feel very guilty that I haven't touched them. Sometimes the guilt forces me to put down the bass and strum a uke for awhile, but that does not happen often enough. I'm thinking of joining another group just to play uke, not even let them know I play bass.

Cassie
09-20-2015, 02:36 AM
What does George Jones have to do with it?

k0k0peli
09-20-2015, 03:10 AM
I think it's about relationship withdrawal. Of the terminal sort.

Cassie
09-20-2015, 03:17 AM
Oh. OK. I was just curious. I hope I don't have to go through withdrawal.

Shady Wilbury
09-20-2015, 03:20 AM
You could say that, indeed. :)

Cassie
09-20-2015, 10:07 AM
OK. I get it.

Cornfield
09-20-2015, 02:15 PM
I've been in and out of the hospital since labor day. I am going through withdrawals but don't have much strength in arms or voice.

Nickie
09-20-2015, 02:37 PM
Right now....I'm at work, my god I wish I was home playing. This makes my finger twitch. Dammit.

Cassie
09-21-2015, 02:50 AM
I've heard that song before. It was quite popular when I was a kid.

Fleacia
09-21-2015, 07:38 AM
I didn't have a uke for half of last year. I've played other instruments, but uke is my primary and most enjoyable to me, and the one I can play without painful mental effort. No symptoms really, just an overall feeling of restlessness and like something was off. Which it was. That's how I started playing guitar. A good friend knew I didn't have a uke, and gave me a guitar. I wanted to play guitar for years, but it never stuck. Well, without the uke was a good opportunity. I have a uke now and play as much as I can. But I still play and enjoy my (newer to me) guitar. I guess it was one of those things where as they say, "You don't always get what you want, but sometimes you get what you need." I wanted a uke. But maybe needed the guitar. I'm not a happy player of both.

Cassie
09-21-2015, 07:57 AM
That's OK. I've tried guitar but it never stuck with me. I got interested in the uke because I heard a friend of mine play. He's really good.

greenie44
09-21-2015, 09:40 AM
(I also had a 1/2 size electric guitar I loaned out that got passed around to local school bands and made it to two more songs that charted, MILL VALLEY [heard around the SF Bay Area] and OH HAPPY DAY [which got national play]. I never got that axe back, grr. But I digress.)



Wow - I would have never guessed that one instrument could have been on those two wildly different songs!

k0k0peli
09-21-2015, 10:37 AM
Wow - I would have never guessed that one instrument could have been on those two wildly different songs! I was rather astounded myself when I was told. I blame an underground Bay Area network of music teachers -- and the fact that the axe was small, easy to play, sounded good, and did not cost anyone (except me) anything. And I did not pay much for it either. Whew.

Cassie
09-22-2015, 12:30 AM
My mom used to like George Jones a lot. I wasn't crazy about him but I thought he was cool.

Cassie
09-22-2015, 12:29 PM
Hey bill, I'm just curious but What does George Jones have to do with Uke withdrawal?

Cassie
09-22-2015, 01:07 PM
OK. I know you said that the person in the song was going through withdrawal until he passed away but how does that help you to withdraw properly.

Ukejenny
09-22-2015, 01:26 PM
So far, no serious uke withdrawal and I've not had to travel without one. They are always at the ready!!! I have one picked out that will fit into luggage and doesn't need babying if I ever need to fly and check one. I just haven't actually bought it yet.

Cassie
09-22-2015, 01:34 PM
That's good. I'm glad you don't have to worry about withdrawal. If you're adicted, look out.

k0k0peli
09-22-2015, 02:52 PM
OK. I know you said that the person in the song was going through withdrawal until he passed away but how does that help you to withdraw properly. It means that, like LBA (lens-buying addiction), UAS is only cured by death. Withdrawal is fatal. Blindness does not cure LBA. Losing all fingers does not cure UAS. It means there is no help, no hope. We are doomed. DOOMED! So enjoy it while you can. "I do not suffer from insanity; I enjoy every minute of it!" --EA Poe

Cassie
09-22-2015, 03:26 PM
OK. I get you now. I thought UAS was cured by getting a new uke. In my case, it will be my first uke.