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Ukecaster
03-04-2017, 10:11 AM
Maybe it's just me, but as a new uker, after playing guitar/singing for decades, I find a whole new musical journey opening up on the uke. Tons of songs I'd never even consider learning on guitar before...now beckon. I mean...here's me, a big 6'2" guy, playing a teenie weenie soprano uke, and crooning a Jason Mraz, or Sam Smith tune? Who'd a thunk it a month ago! ;) Maybe just the newness of the uke, and too much UU and Youtube time, but it should be a fun summer, with a very portable instrument and a gaggle of new songs to play/sing outdoors in my travels! Not totally sure yet, but I have a feeling that friends/family may be more interested in a uke concert...than the usual guitar type this summer. If I start buying Hawaiian shirts, I'll call for help. :)

cml
03-04-2017, 10:31 AM
I want an hawaiian shirt.

Osprey
03-04-2017, 10:47 AM
Do Ukuleles lead to Hawaiian shirts or vice versa?

Ukecaster
03-04-2017, 10:58 AM
Do Ukuleles lead to Hawaiian shirts or vice versa?

Not sure, but both may lead to cargo shorts too :rolleyes:

kkimura
03-04-2017, 11:21 AM
Do Ukuleles lead to Hawaiian shirts or vice versa?

I dunno but putting the two together results in a lotta grins. :)

Mike o
03-04-2017, 01:24 PM
Maybe it's just me, but as a new uker, after playing guitar/singing for decades, I find a whole new musical journey opening up on the uke. Tons of songs I'd never even consider learning on guitar before...now beckon. I mean...here's me, a big 6'2" guy, playing a teenie weenie soprano uke, and crooning a Jason Mraz, or Sam Smith tune? Who'd a thunk it a month ago! ;) Maybe just the newness of the uke, and too much UU and Youtube time, but it should be a fun summer, with a very portable instrument and a gaggle of new songs to play/sing outdoors in my travels! Not totally sure yet, but I have a feeling that friends/family may be more interested in a uke concert...than the usual guitar type this summer. If I start buying Hawaiian shirts, I'll call for help. :)

Testify brother! I'm right there with you. Predominantly a bass player mixed with guitar all my life. Picked up a Uke last year and haven't put it down. It is so much fun!!!!

Debussychopin
03-04-2017, 01:58 PM
I was really into fashion many years ago (who knows how much money I wasted on that pursuit I don't even want to think about it) high end sunglasses, sneakers, sport coats, Japanese denim, etc and after I started pursuing musical arts seriously this time, about 5 years ago, I never looked back. Music and playing an instrument to me brings so much joy and I have a drive and passion for it. It brings people together when fashion and clothing really didn't.
These days I just buy whatever I NEED I'm fine with buying clothes from tjmaxx or Macy's whatever is on sale and as long as I look clean and presentable. (I'll not wear like a slob, just bc I don't care about fashion anymore, mind you) or whatever my wife brings back for me that she deems necessary for me to wear.

I never was into Tommy Bahama. However after playing guitar and Uke for awhile I have been intrigued by the Hawaiian shirt like I never have before.

I bought my first Tommy bahama shirt (on sale of course) last month and looks nice w a slim pair of jeans.

I like Hawaiian shirts now go figure!

PereBourik
03-04-2017, 02:06 PM
Jamaica Jaxx at Costco, FTW.

Also a new Reyn Spooner or Kohala shirt every time I go to Hawaii. But I don't let the shirt cut into the Mai Tai budget.

Musically, I didn't play an instrument before picking up the ukulele 5 years ago. I'm still stunned, in a good way, that I can make music. God bless the uke.

PhilUSAFRet
03-04-2017, 02:48 PM
Start attending uke festivals and watch your shirt collection grow~

spongeuke
03-04-2017, 02:49 PM
I got allot of both. They do go together and makes one happy.

Debussychopin
03-04-2017, 03:38 PM
You guys gotta get hats too. Peruse village hat store website I have tons of them. They look good on when playing uke

DownUpDave
03-04-2017, 04:12 PM
T-shirts.........I can't tell you how many ukulele themed t-shirts I have. People read them and usually get a kick out of the message.

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Nickie
03-04-2017, 05:29 PM
I have 2 Hawaiian shirts, I really like them, but I'm not buying anymore.
I don't have HSAS.

Griffis
03-04-2017, 05:57 PM
You guys gotta get hats too. Peruse village hat store website I have tons of them. They look good on when playing uke

I've often thought, for uke performance, should I ever do it, a bit of "persona" with a vintage styled hat, etc., would look sharp.

bikemech
03-04-2017, 07:19 PM
Maybe it's just me, but as a new uker, after playing guitar/singing for decades, I find a whole new musical journey opening up on the uke. Tons of songs I'd never even consider learning on guitar before...now beckon. I mean...here's me, a big 6'2" guy, playing a teenie weenie soprano uke, and crooning a Jason Mraz, or Sam Smith tune? Who'd a thunk it a month ago! ;) Maybe just the newness of the uke, and too much UU and Youtube time, but it should be a fun summer, with a very portable instrument and a gaggle of new songs to play/sing outdoors in my travels! Not totally sure yet, but I have a feeling that friends/family may be more interested in a uke concert...than the usual guitar type this summer. If I start buying Hawaiian shirts, I'll call for help. :)

I was just tonight attempting to relate to my good friends how the ukulele has opened up an entirely new musical path for me. It is difficult to put it into words but the following sentence may summarize it best. I played guitar for many years but I was never able to make music until I learned to play the ukulele.

David

JackLuis
03-04-2017, 09:40 PM
I had the shirts before I had the Ukulele. My preferred are my genuine Hilo Hatty silk shirts I bought in Hilo at Hatty's store. Silk is much preferred in the tropics. Much like Koa or cedar.

Croaky Keith
03-04-2017, 11:46 PM
Personally, I'm more a jeans & T-shirt guy - but then my ukes are showing another side of me, as I seem to be acquiring the less than usual types.

By that I mean they aren't all the normal sizes/shapes of ukes - e.g. I have 3 long neck ukes, a RISA 'stick' electric, & a Uke Ellie in my collection.

There's just something about them that attracts me to them. :)

Debussychopin
03-04-2017, 11:56 PM
I've often thought, for uke performance, should I ever do it, a bit of "persona" with a vintage styled hat, etc., would look sharp.

Cmon do it! When you finally buy one post a pic.

willisoften
03-05-2017, 12:48 AM
I worked for Citi group for a while and they have a semi-formal dress code, collared shirt, trousers (no jeans) not hard to understand. While doing a presentation for new employees I got tired of the stupid questions regarding shirts and trousers, and threw out the comment this Friday was Hawaiian Shirt day, it was a complete fabrication but a considerable number of people including my line-manager turned up in the middle of winter in full tourist dress. Now how to explain......

One of my pals quickly covered for me saying it was for Irish Cancer Support and charged them €5 each, result!

Griffis
03-05-2017, 03:02 AM
Cmon do it! When you finally buy one post a pic.

Ha. Well, I was in a jug band years back, doing 20s-30s songs and we dressed the part a bit. It's fun! All my old hats and gear like that got wiped out but yeah--might have to wardrobe up a bit!

Griffis
03-05-2017, 03:05 AM
I worked for Citi group for a while and they have a semi-formal dress code, collared shirt, trousers (no jeans) not hard to understand. While doing a presentation for new employees I got tired of the stupid questions regarding shirts and trousers, and threw out the comment this Friday was Hawaiian Shirt day, it was a complete fabrication but a considerable number of people including my line-manager turned up in the middle of winter in full tourist dress. Now how to explain......

One of my pals quickly covered for me saying it was for Irish Cancer Support and charged them €5 each, result!

God I love Brits.

hendulele
03-05-2017, 03:58 AM
Not sure, but both may lead to cargo shorts too :rolleyes:

Your wardrobe is incomplete without both.

Griffis
03-05-2017, 04:33 AM
Your wardrobe is incomplete without both.

Neon Crocs?

Osprey
03-05-2017, 05:58 AM
What's great about Hawaiian shirts is that they look good Evan if you have a more generous figure. I wonder why I own a half dozen or so.

Debussychopin
03-05-2017, 08:57 AM
Ha. Well, I was in a jug band years back, doing 20s-30s songs and we dressed the part a bit. It's fun! All my old hats and gear like that got wiped out but yeah--might have to wardrobe up a bit!

Maybe I should have pmed you to keep this thread on topic, but try village hat shop website for all the styles they got tons. then go to amazon or ebay to see if there is a seller who has that hat at a better price for your size. sometimes village is better price.
for instance I got the brixton (great brand) castor straw Trilby hat for only 25 dollars on amazon it is a really nice hat that sells for 40 or more .
it is a a nice hat, fully satin lined.


maybe you already know, but you can get HAS (I don't have to explain what that acronym means!) really quick.
my wife is more frustrated with that than w UAS