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tooney
09-30-2015, 05:36 AM
Hello everyone,

I searched to see if this topic had been covered before. I didn't find anything, and apologize if this is a repeat.

Going to my first ukulele festival this weekend. I'm registered for a few workshops and was considering bringing one strung low G and one re-entrant. How many ukuleles have folks on the forum brought to a festival? Just curious. I'm concerned about feeling generally loaded down, leaving one at the hotel (there will be one circumstance where I would only be able to bring one with me), and perhaps regretting that I'd brought 2. Or bringing one and thinking nertz, I could have brought two.

I'd appreciate your thought and input.

Thanks very much.

kohanmike
09-30-2015, 05:43 AM
That's a simple decision for me, since I only play tenor re-entrant, I only have to bring one.

gyosh
09-30-2015, 05:47 AM
I usually bring one.

I went to the International Ukulele Festival this past weekend and I had the dilemma of which uke to bring because I really wanted to take Abe Lagrimas' workshop and it specified high g and I mostly play low g.

I ended up bringing the uke I made because it's the easiest to switch out strings.

So, I've still never brought more than one.

Gary52
09-30-2015, 06:19 AM
I take two, one low G and one re-entrant. Some workshops are aimed at a particular tuning.

fretie
09-30-2015, 06:27 AM
I take my favourite uke, and only that one, because I like learning new stuff on the uke that I'm most familiar with and most comfortable playing.

tooney
09-30-2015, 06:39 AM
I take two, one low G and one re-entrant. Some workshops are aimed at a particular tuning.

I'm taking an introduction to jazz, which specified tenor uke, but not tuning. I thought low g would sound great, and it would work nicely in a couple of the other workshops. Re-entrant would sound better for the other workshops, but If I end up having to bring a portable stand I'm going to feel like a pack mule. :)

tooney
09-30-2015, 06:41 AM
You're all echoing my thoughts. Except for the part about making a uke. :cool:

I appreciate these replies!

RichM
09-30-2015, 06:44 AM
which fest are you heading to?

sukie
09-30-2015, 06:47 AM
You only need one. And it's less to worry about.

tooney
09-30-2015, 06:52 AM
which fest are you heading to?

The inaugural Funky Frets in Boyertown!

RichM
09-30-2015, 06:53 AM
The inaugural Funky Frets in Boyertown!

See you there!

tooney
09-30-2015, 06:55 AM
You only need one. And it's less to worry about.

Thank you, Sukie. You're right - why should I have to worry about anything while I'm there to have fun and learn a few things?

tooney
09-30-2015, 06:56 AM
Oh yay! I even bought a Hawaiian shirt for entry in "loudest" category. Are you going on the train ride Sunday morning too?

tooney
09-30-2015, 06:59 AM
I usually bring one.

I went to the International Ukulele Festival this past weekend and I had the dilemma of which uke to bring because I really wanted to take Abe Lagrimas' workshop and it specified high g and I mostly play low g.

I ended up bringing the uke I made because it's the easiest to switch out strings.

So, I've still never brought more than one.

I had to look up Abe Lagrimas - thank you. I always appreciate hearing new (to me) names of musicians. I'm taking a workshop with Gerald Ross.

P.S. "Passionately Untalented" - I may steal that. :s Well, borrow. I'll attribute. :)

Tootler
09-30-2015, 07:19 AM
Depends how I'm travelling. If I'm going on public transport, I take one, my Flea. If I'm going by car, probably two, a soprano and a tenor.

tooney
09-30-2015, 07:21 AM
Car. I had been considering a concert & a tenor..... No, NO! I made up my mind. Maybe.

sukie
09-30-2015, 08:20 AM
[QUOTE=tooney;1751599]....I'm taking a workshop with Gerald Ross./QUOTE]

You're doomed. You will see him play his lap steel. You will fall in love with lap steel. You will tell yourself that lap steel would be a great addition to your ukulele videos (that are only in your head). You will then have to get a lap steel. Seriously. How do I know this? Experience.

And if it is true for you? Let me know. You can buy mine.

photoshooter
09-30-2015, 08:22 AM
See you there!

See you both there :)
I was thinking of bringing high G and low G uke but I probably end up just bringing my "beater" strung high G. Still not sure…

edited to add: looking forward to Gerald's workshops. He's a member here, if I'm not mistaken he plays high G. Maybe he'll see this and chime in...

spookelele
09-30-2015, 08:50 AM
You could just take 1 and an extra G or g string. Changing a string doesn't take long if you really need to do it.

Seems strange that they'd specify tenor. I can't really imagine what they'd teach you that if you took say, a concert, you wouldn't be able to do.

Rllink
09-30-2015, 08:54 AM
The few uke festivals that I have attended, unless stated otherwise, the seminars and classes were re-entrant oriented. People showing up with anything different spent more time trying to figure out how to make whatever they brought to work for them, than they actually spent learning something. Plus, it is always easier to travel light.

Rllink
09-30-2015, 08:56 AM
You could just take 1 and an extra G or g string. Changing a string doesn't take long if you really need to do it.

Seems strange that they'd specify tenor. I can't really imagine what they'd teach you that if you took say, a concert, you wouldn't be able to do.I thought that myself.

Nickie
09-30-2015, 09:01 AM
I only carry one because we dont' get a room and I have to carry it all the time. If we had a hotel room, I might take two. Last year I took two and it was a nightmare.

tooney
09-30-2015, 09:11 AM
[QUOTE=tooney;1751599]....I'm taking a workshop with Gerald Ross./QUOTE]

You're doomed. You will see him play his lap steel. You will fall in love with lap steel. You will tell yourself that lap steel would be a great addition to your ukulele videos (that are only in your head). You will then have to get a lap steel. Seriously. How do I know this? Experience.

And if it is true for you? Let me know. You can buy mine.

NOOOOOOOOOOOO !!!! I don't need any more instruments that I love and can't play!

I can't wait to hear him. I haven't heard steel uke. (How much do you want for yours? haha)

tooney
09-30-2015, 09:12 AM
I thought that myself.

You & spookelele are correct. It's not a "requirement" if I gave that impression. Sorry if I did. It's just recommended.

tooney
09-30-2015, 09:13 AM
I only carry one because we dont' get a room and I have to carry it all the time. If we had a hotel room, I might take two. Last year I took two and it was a nightmare.

Thanks for that, Nickie. I was wondering.

tooney
09-30-2015, 09:15 AM
See you both there :)
I was thinking of bringing high G and low G uke but I probably end up just bringing my "beater" strung high G. Still not sure…

edited to add: looking forward to Gerald's workshops. He's a member here, if I'm not mistaken he plays high G. Maybe he'll see this and chime in...

Thank you, photoshooter. I listened to his CD a couple of weeks ago and I think you're right, it's re-entrant. All signs are pointing to: one.

tooney
09-30-2015, 09:16 AM
The few uke festivals that I have attended, unless stated otherwise, the seminars and classes were re-entrant oriented. People showing up with anything different spent more time trying to figure out how to make whatever they brought to work for them, than they actually spent learning something. Plus, it is always easier to travel light.

I didn't even think of that. Excellent, thank you very much!

tooney
09-30-2015, 09:38 AM
Thanks to you all very much for your good advice. I hope I get to meet some of you this weekend!

I knew I could count on UU for help.

Regards.

photoshooter
09-30-2015, 01:00 PM
Thank you, photoshooter. I listened to his CD a couple of weeks ago and I think you're right, it's re-entrant. All signs are pointing to: one.

Don't forget to check out his excellent youtube vids
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YafhDexY6I

rockyl
09-30-2015, 01:28 PM
Bring only one. I bring a low-G, that's my preference. It doesn't really matter if it the tune is for low-G or reentrant, it's the fingering and timing that you want to learn. Also, forget bringing a music stand. Bring a plastic pants hangar, the single bar kind that has 2 clips to hold the pants legs. You just hook it over the chair in front of you and clip the music to it. Works great and nobody seems to mind because they're always sitting a little forward and never feel it.

sam13
09-30-2015, 02:27 PM
Bring only one. I bring a low-G, that's my preference. It doesn't really matter if it the tune is for low-G or reentrant, it's the fingering and timing that you want to learn. Also, forget bringing a music stand. Bring a plastic pants hangar, the single bar kind that has 2 clips to hold the pants legs. You just hook it over the chair in front of you and clip the music to it. Works great and nobody seems to mind because they're always sitting a little forward and never feel it.

Nice advice. Imprefer a re entrant in group settings as I can hear my Uke better. I would consider a tenor and a soprano. I like to switch it up.

Dan Uke
09-30-2015, 02:42 PM
bring one that's easy to carry around.

k0k0peli
09-30-2015, 02:48 PM
I only carry one because we dont' get a room and I have to carry it all the time. ... Last year I took two and it was a nightmare. And that's why I want to build a two-neck 'uke, probably a re-entrant concert and a linear tenor, probably resophonic so I don't have to mess around with fine woodwork. The fun part will be finding or making a case or bag into which to fit the beast. Note: I've done no festivals yet. Always a first time...

ALing
09-30-2015, 03:03 PM
Rockyl commented that it didn't matter how the uke is tuned because you are there to learn the fingering and timing. I would add that I would play softly if I was concerned about clashing sounds because of different tunings.

Derecola
09-30-2015, 05:23 PM
See you all at the funky frats I cant wait.