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JackLuis
07-31-2017, 02:56 PM
I carry one with me when I go to the VA for Medical work. It passes the time while waiting. Last week I had three people come and sit by me just to hear my concert play stuff and three VA workers gave me a thumbs up.

I generally take my soprano or sopranino but took my concert last week because it sounds so good. I think it's the strings, EJ99's that make it chime so. I just play quietly but the chimes kind of penetrate the large halls. One lady came down from the second deck to sit by me she said she heard it from upstairs and came down to see what it was.

Next time I go I'm going to play Country Joe's, "I feel like I'm fixin' to die rag" and see how many grins I can get. :D

Booli
07-31-2017, 03:52 PM
I have not as of yet brought my uke around, but plan to start taking a soprano, with a strap, slung backwards over my shoulder, like gunslinger-style and go everywhere like that, even if just to see what happens.

Also, it will let me practice as much as possible whenever or where ever it will not disturb folks.

I may get one of those $35 yellow Mahalo 'smiley' ukes, specifically for this purpose since they are cheap enough, but I am not looking forward to doing the full setup it is likely going to require, but when I see The Jives Aces with one, I am reminded and want one of these ukes, and using it to spread the joy seems like a fitting tribute with a uke that has a smiley face graphic on the front.

https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/619oAsSKTDL._SL1500_.jpg
https://www.amazon.com/Mahalo-Smile-Soprano-Ukulele-Yellow/dp/B004WBXY74

perep
07-31-2017, 06:49 PM
ALWAYS for years have a UKE with me in travels, even at doctors office wait room sometimes. What a blessing you get from others who listen -enjoy, brings a smile to everyone I meet and even some converts. GO FOR IT, people LOVE to hear it, even a TUNING is salve to others ears. Don't forget to put good strings on it.

spongeuke
07-31-2017, 07:06 PM
I have a most likely 50s Martin Soprano that had a completely wrong back put on it. It has no braces there and is not high quality Mahogany if it is at all.
That is the "live in the car"ukulele for the past 10 years. It stays reasonably in tune and is loud and not too un-Martin like in sound. I no longer play it at stop lights.

JackLuis
07-31-2017, 07:10 PM
I just carry a Uke, no strap or anything. The Concert is small enough to not be a problem and sounds a lot better than a plinky plunky Sop.

I like to take one to Carl's Jr near my home, in the afternoon there are few people in the place, most are take out folks, and it's air conditioned. There is a group of Sr Citizens that play cards in there once a week.

My Zebrawood ukes are inexpensive enough to not have to worry about them. I'd never carry my solid rosewood and Cedar topped Ohana around in it's hard case. But my ~$50 ukes are made for sharing. I even try to get people who are interested in to trying them.

Henning
07-31-2017, 10:22 PM
But of course I do. I couldnīt go anywhere without my uke! Donīt want to be in the nude, do we? ;)

Graham Greenbag
08-01-2017, 01:00 AM
I have not as of yet brought my uke around, but plan to start taking a soprano, with a strap, slung backwards over my shoulder, like gunslinger-style and go everywhere like that, even if just to see what happens.

Also, it will let me practice as much as possible whenever or where ever it will not disturb folks.

I may get one of those $35 yellow Mahalo 'smiley' ukes, specifically for this purpose since they are cheap enough, but I am not looking forward to doing the full setup it is likely going to require, but when I see The Jives Aces with one, I am reminded and want one of these ukes, and using it to spread the joy seems like a fitting tribute with a uke that has a smiley face graphic on the front.



Just a point of clarification. The Jive Aces, from the videos that I have seen, use a Yellow Makala Dolphin raterthan a Mahalo. I believe that there isn't any sponsorship link; Kala discovered then using a standard yellow Dolphin and then presented them with another that had an inbuilt electric pick-up.

All painted Ukes are not equal; I've heard a few Mahalo's and suggest that you'll regret the purchase. Yellow is a cheerful colour, if you can carry it off. I'm a Kala fan (and have a Dolphin), but I suspect that Ohana do a better coloured Uke. Unfortunately Ohana's SK15 doesn't seem to be available in yellow and costs about double the price of a Dolphin.

OhioBelle
08-01-2017, 01:54 AM
But of course I do. I couldnīt go anywhere without my uke! Donīt want to be in the nude, do we? ;)

Ha! oh the horror! :smileybounce:

EDW
08-01-2017, 02:05 AM
I just carry a Uke, no strap or anything. The Concert is small enough to not be a problem and sounds a lot better than a plinky plunky Sop.


I would disagree that sopranos are "plinky plunky".

Graham Greenbag
08-01-2017, 02:27 AM
I just carry a Uke, no strap or anything. The Concert is small enough to not be a problem and sounds a lot better than a plinky plunky Sop.


Some Sopranos do sound plinky plunky to my ears too and I've not heard that sound on the Concert size Ukes. However, some people actually like that plinky plunky sound and seek it our whilst others (me included) don't. In defence of the Soprano I normally choose to play them over Concerts and have managed to select Ukes and Strings that have a fuller sound (My instruments weren't expensive and IMHO my Sopranos are not plinky plunky at all).

I agree that Concert Ukes aren't particularly large, but I find the Sopranos are more (easily) transportable and more comfortable to use in group (close seating) situations, YMMV.

Rllink
08-01-2017, 03:48 AM
That's a pretty creative way to capture an audience. Are you making any tips doing it? I take mine to the park and play it. Sometimes when I'm out riding my bicycle on the trail I take it along, with a bottle of wine, and stop along the way. I never play my ukulele in any public place where people are forced to listen to me. So the waiting room, no. Out on the streets, sure. I should maybe back off from that a little, because I play it on my front porch where my neighbors have to hear me all the time, but that is the only time I do. But I do some busking, so sometimes I go out and play in the streets, and I wander here and there with my ukulele in hand. But I'm mindful of where I pitch. It is just good business.

Xtradust
08-02-2017, 04:32 AM
When I get back and get my ukes back from where I store them, it will be like being a new player again with new ideas and enthusiasm.
They say, "Absence makes the heart grow fonder."

We rent a house and spend a week on the beach every summer and over the years, as my playing has improved, I'm more willing to share/play in front of others. This summer my ukulele was a big hit, maybe I'm just getting better, and I ended up jamming with a few guitarists and I gave quite a few lessons to beginners.

So next year, I'll definitely be bringing two ukuleles. (I can already see the "You're bringing two?!" look on my wife's face. lol)

stevejfc
08-02-2017, 07:33 AM
I generally do. As one George Harrison said, "You never know when you might need one."

Nickie
08-02-2017, 07:47 AM
I do not. Used to when I was a hospice nurse, I took it to work. I took it to the ALF I worked at too, but was too busy there to get it out most nights.
I just don't have many opportunities to just take it out and play wherever I am, and don't want to damage it.
Oh well.....

bighatbulls
08-02-2017, 07:53 AM
When people learn that I play ukulele they say, "You should have brought it with you." So now about 90% of the time it goes where I am going. Yesterday I was practicing Jim Croce's "I Got a Name." at the book store just before I recorded it for Seasons. A guy came in bought some SciFi and when I finished gave me an applause.

Tootler
08-02-2017, 08:02 AM
I keep a soprano in my car along with some recorders. I really ought to add some gob irons as well.

Choirguy
08-02-2017, 12:00 PM
I have a Caramel sopranino, and Outdoor Tenor, and now this Enya EUR-X1 Soprano, all which I can haul around with me, and all are relatively quiet and not really impacted by temperature. If I am doing anything that has the potential to have unrestricted down time in a place with some space...I bring a uke.

Croaky Keith
08-02-2017, 10:41 PM
..... I really ought to add some gob irons as well.

Yes you should..... :D

:smileybounce:

If I were to carry an instrument it would likely be a harmonica - or maybe even a fife. :uhoh:

ukecaitlin
08-03-2017, 02:10 AM
I always carry one when I'm traveling, my little KoAloha Long neck soprano. It passes the time at airports with smiles. As I have gotten more cinfident I am happier to play with people around. At least I know I sound better than airport announcements. Also play on trains. Normally pick rather than strum, so it is a gentler sound for those not wanting to be intruded upon. I just suffer from itchy fingers if I'm not playing.

DanY
08-03-2017, 06:09 PM
For those traveling with ukes in public places, do people come up to you and ask you to play certain songs? If so what songs?

joshsimpson79
08-03-2017, 06:27 PM
I have a most likely 50s Martin Soprano that had a completely wrong back put on it. It has no braces there and is not high quality Mahogany if it is at all.
That is the "live in the car"ukulele for the past 10 years. It stays reasonably in tune and is loud and not too un-Martin like in sound. I no longer play it at stop lights.


I've only played a month, so it goes everywhere right now. It's so much handler than even my Taylor GS Mini. It's a solid wood concert, but I will likely get a laminate soprano for "in the car."

acmespaceship
08-04-2017, 07:07 AM
For those traveling with ukes in public places, do people come up to you and ask you to play certain songs? If so what songs?

#1 - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
#2 - Somewhere Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World
#3 - Tiptoe Through the Tulips (in which case I play Somewhere Over the Rainbow)
#4 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (in which case I laugh and say I wish and play Somewhere Over the Rainbow)

Once in a while someone requests I'll See You In My Dreams or "that Jason Mraz song" or "something by the Beatles" or "a Hawaiian song" and I happily comply.

If I've got a banjo uke, they ask if I know Cripple Creek. I do, but not the one they're thinking of. When I get off of this mountain, you know where I wanna go...

As for the OP's question, I don't bring a uke along on everyday errands. I'll bring one to street fairs and parties and other gatherings. I can imagine strumming my way through CostCo... but a uke might get hurt in the mad dash for free samples. :cool:

Booli
08-04-2017, 07:11 AM
Just a point of clarification. The Jive Aces, from the videos that I have seen, use a Yellow Makala Dolphin raterthan a Mahalo. I believe that there isn't any sponsorship link; Kala discovered then using a standard yellow Dolphin and then presented them with another that had an inbuilt electric pick-up.

All painted Ukes are not equal; I've heard a few Mahalo's and suggest that you'll regret the purchase. Yellow is a cheerful colour, if you can carry it off. I'm a Kala fan (and have a Dolphin), but I suspect that Ohana do a better coloured Uke. Unfortunately Ohana's SK15 doesn't seem to be available in yellow and costs about double the price of a Dolphin.

Thanks for the correction. After re-watching a few more of their videos, I can confirm that it is a Kala, but seems with some kind of brownish triangle under the headstock logo on some videos...

Also, I agree your assessment of the cheapo Mahalo ukes.

I have a U30-BK that had required extensive setup work to intonate properly, and in the end was disappointing in tone, but now plays well, and for $29, was a small investment to test if I could enjoy playing a soprano...which eventually led me to get a used and mint condition Martin 0XK for a good price...and I may rethink, and just use the 0XK uke as my 'all-day-carry'...

I have also been eye-ing an Ohana SK-14 for a while, and as per Baz's review (written (http://www.gotaukulele.com/2017/01/ohana-sk-14-soprano-ukulele-review.html) and video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DsTIjM01vmM)), this looks like a very nice laminate soprano, and knowing that if I get it from Mim or Uke Republic, I will not have to worry about setup.

Rllink
08-04-2017, 07:21 AM
For those traveling with ukes in public places, do people come up to you and ask you to play certain songs? If so what songs?

When I'm out busking on the street corner sometimes people will just hang around and become my friend. And a lot of times it is because they have had plenty to drink. Usually they have songs that they ask for. I do a lot of Bob Dylan, so I get a lot of Bob Dylan requests. I purposely don't play Blowing in the Wind on my own, because if I'm playing Bob Dylan that one usually comes up. Tip Toe Through the Tulips a lot of times. I always say that I don't know the words, but I will play it if they will sing it. I do know the words, but that is what I tell them. I have gotten some pretty darn good renditions of it from people. The song is really a pretty song if it is not done in falsetto. I get asked to play Johnny Cash songs a lot of the time.

One day last winter I was out busking in the afternoon, and I knew that it wasn't going to be good day, so I hadn't made any money at all. I just felt like busking. And I was just walking around with my ukulele, so I stopped at a little bar for a beer, and it was about four in the afternoon. There was probably only four people in there at four in the afternoon. But they had a little stage and the bartender told me to go up on the stage and play my ukulele, so I did. I played and sang for about forty-five minutes. I think everyone there bought me a beer, and the bartender gave me a twenty. But talking about Tip Toe Through the Tulips, I got the whole bar singing Tip Toe Through the Tulips. And they were all Puerto Ricans, so I was laughing so hard I could hardly play it. It was fun. Okay, that's it for me.

Tenor
08-04-2017, 08:59 AM
One day last winter I was out busking in the afternoon, and I knew that it wasn't going to be good day, so I hadn't made any money at all. I just felt like busking. And I was just walking around with my ukulele, so I stopped at a little bar for a beer, and it was about four in the afternoon. There was probably only four people in there at four in the afternoon. But they had a little stage and the bartender told me to go up on the stage and play my ukulele, so I did. I played and sang for about forty-five minutes. I think everyone there bought me a beer, and the bartender gave me a twenty. But talking about Tip Toe Through the Tulips, I got the whole bar singing Tip Toe Through the Tulips. And they were all Puerto Ricans, so I was laughing so hard I could hardly play it. It was fun. Okay, that's it for me.

Great story! Thanks for sharing.

Choirguy
08-04-2017, 10:19 AM
I just wanted to mention a couple of things:

1) You might not regret the Mahalo, but you will eventually move on. The one exception is a Mahalo that was played by Barry Maz (gotaukulele) where the owner cut the instrument in half and rebuilt it, and in the process it because a super Mahalo. If I were Mahalo, I would be contacting that person and working with them to improve the product. At any rate, your first ukulele is your first ukulele, it will forever hold a place in your heart and mind...and if it leads you to bigger and better things, why not?

2) I have been following Ohana on social media, although I do not own one. They just took delivery on a bunch of SK-10 models that are colored...another way to get that yellow ukulele experience.

Nickie
08-04-2017, 10:41 AM
Our group, the Ladies of Uke, proudly plays Tiptoe Through the Tulips, NO falsetto. The 1st time we did it, the audience (open mic) actually groaned at first, but now people sing along with us!
101970

Zambezi Zelda
08-04-2017, 05:41 PM
Oh my!
Consistently, obsessively, neurotically!
I completely understand feeling naked without a ukulele strapped to my back, and the bag I have made for it does exactly that. I typically ride a scooter to and from work, and it hangs there like a good friend hugging me from behind.
I have more ooks than I care to mention, but my travel buddy is the concert Flea Tiki King.

DanY
08-04-2017, 05:57 PM
#1 - Somewhere Over the Rainbow
#2 - Somewhere Over the Rainbow and What a Wonderful World
#3 - Tiptoe Through the Tulips (in which case I play Somewhere Over the Rainbow)
#4 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps (in which case I laugh and say I wish and play Somewhere Over the Rainbow)


lol! Just know you got a good chuckle out of me.. cause it's so true!

librainian
08-04-2017, 06:04 PM
I'm more of a cache and play uker, kinda like a squirrel with nuts. I keep a sop I won via the seasons at the beach house, a Cordoba baritone hanging at work and another is frequently "on loan" at a friend's house for when I drop by.

A tenor fluke in the original gig bag is tough enough to sling over my shoulder and take anywhere. I occasionally take it to the dog park on weekends. There's another gent there that frequently shows up with a guitar and we jam on occasion. The dogs seem to like it anyway.

I don't often hang out in public places but once in a while I will take the Fluke down to the waterfront park in Portland and hang out for an hour or two. It's not loud or particularly great sounding but there's something about it that just says "take me along dude!" and I'm usually glad I did!

dinghy
08-05-2017, 07:18 AM
ahoy

only been at it for a few months
playing is mistake filled
try try
do over
oh boy got it right this time
getting better
would not dare play in public at the VA Hospital
Outdoor soprano was in the car
also there is one here at the book store
but do not play it when anybody is around

don't know how long this love affair will last
but my oh my
am in love

yours truly
mac

Pleasure Paul
08-10-2017, 11:00 AM
Haha, we're on holiday, and today i made my first walk with a uke around my shoulder. Normally I'm in front becasue I have long legs, today I was trailing, because I was playing all the time. I loved it. the uke was a Kala travel soprano w. strap buttons added. Its flatness causes it to almost vanish against the body. Totally no problem manouvering with this thing around my shoulder.

deznuchs
08-10-2017, 05:10 PM
I wish I could bring my uke around. I just bought a Kala to leave in my office.

photoshooter
08-12-2017, 01:21 PM
I keep a uke in my office. A few strums here and there is great medicine for whatever ails you.

RafterGirl
08-12-2017, 02:46 PM
I am a nurse in a children's hospital, so I often bring my ukulele to work to play for my patients. It's also a great stress reducer to play in my office & when I take a break. My hospital is blessed with a wonderful music therapy department and they are mostly responsible for me getting a ukulele in the first place. I started messing around with one in the music room at work, and the music therapists encouraged me to get one & start learning to play. The music room is open every afternoon, and if I'm not too busy, I grab my uke and go down and jam with the music therapists, hospital volunteers & patients. Ukes, guitars, piano, bongos, mini xylophones.....you name it, we all play and have a good time.

When I got interested in the ukulele, I was looking for a portable instrument to take on my whitewater rafting trips & kayak touring trips. The ukulele is perfect. On my raft, it lives in a hard case, inside a heavy duty dry bag. It also fits neatly inside my sea kayak. It's so fun to drag out a songbook, start playing, and get my friends singing around a campfire. So far, since I started playing in April, my ukuleles have been through Stillwater Canyon on the Green River, Down the Snake & Salmon Rivers on whitewater trips, and on kayak paddling trips in Grand Teton National Park, and Yellowstone. Before the summer & fall are over it will go with me back to Grand Teton & down to Lake Powell. It's the best portable happiness machine ever!

DanY
08-12-2017, 11:40 PM
For those that carry ukes around, are they mainly inexpensive ukes or do you take your expensive ukes with you? What about to uke festivals and events?

SteveZ
08-13-2017, 02:07 AM
The RISA stick is made for travel. I just toss it in the suitcase (never worry about it getting broken). I usually tske a portable mini-amp just in case I want more volume.

Rllink
08-13-2017, 04:59 AM
For those that carry ukes around, are they mainly inexpensive ukes or do you take your expensive ukes with you? What about to uke festivals and events?
Expensive is relative I guess. I have two ukuleles and they both live in different places. One is my Mainland and the other is my Makala. I hate to label the Makala as a beater, because I think that it sounds nice and it is as easy to play as any, and I like it. But it lives in a harsher environment than the Mainland. But regardless, the ukulele that lives where I am does everything from gigging to bike rides to camping. It goes to ukulele festivals and events. So in Iowa, my Mainland is my everything, including beater. In San Juan, my Makala is the one, and it does everything from street corners to beaches. I don't have a different ukulele for every imaginable situation I might find myself. The Mainland does go visit the Makala once in a while, in which case they fight each other for my attention.

JackLuis
08-18-2017, 12:32 PM
Today I was out getting my wife's car serviced and smogged. I took my concert Uke with me to learn a new song while I was out. In Jiffy Lube I asked the guy if he minded me playing and we had a conversation about Ukes and Guitars, he was an old guitar player. He said he had bought his son a Uke and it kind'a got put in the closet. I suggested he get it out and learn the chords to give his son a little boost. He was smiling when he left.

I stopped in a Taco shop to have some lunch and a young woman commented she liked the sound of my Uke. I talked with her a moment and said she ought to learn to play one. She grinned and said, "Maybe I will."

I was playing alone in the Smog shop until an older guy came in and we had a conversation about Uke's and music. He said he just did the crossword puzzles and I suggested he learn uke, as it's a great retirement advocation. He was thinking about it when I left.

So few people see a uke being played that they don't really think about playing a uke, but when they hear it, they do get interested. If more people played a Uke the world would be a happier place.

Croaky Keith
08-18-2017, 10:01 PM
If more people played a Uke the world would be a happier place.

That is so true. :)

Rllink
08-19-2017, 05:04 AM
Today I was out getting my wife's car serviced and smogged. I took my concert Uke with me to learn a new song while I was out. In Jiffy Lube I asked the guy if he minded me playing and we had a conversation about Ukes and Guitars, he was an old guitar player. He said he had bought his son a Uke and it kind'a got put in the closet. I suggested he get it out and learn the chords to give his son a little boost. He was smiling when he left.

I stopped in a Taco shop to have some lunch and a young woman commented she liked the sound of my Uke. I talked with her a moment and said she ought to learn to play one. She grinned and said, "Maybe I will."

I was playing alone in the Smog shop until an older guy came in and we had a conversation about Uke's and music. He said he just did the crossword puzzles and I suggested he learn uke, as it's a great retirement advocation. He was thinking about it when I left.

So few people see a uke being played that they don't really think about playing a uke, but when they hear it, they do get interested. If more people played a Uke the world would be a happier place.

Do you do gigs or open mic, or busking? As much as you like to play for other people.

Stagehand
08-19-2017, 07:03 AM
Only because no one fears a drive-by uking.
As badly as I play, they should!

JackLuis
08-19-2017, 10:04 AM
Do you do gigs or open mic, or busking? As much as you like to play for other people.

I don't really play for other people. I play quietly but I don't hear all that well so maybe I'm a little louder that I think I am? My concert seems to be 'chimey' so it does carry well. I just like to play and practice instead of reading old magazines or twiddling my thumbs while waiting around.

I am trying to memorize a few more songs, I can only play a few without a lead sheet so I'm pretty useless as a busker. I enjoy talking to folks though, and it does attract girls!

Rllink
08-19-2017, 11:13 AM
I don't really play for other people. I play quietly but I don't hear all that well so maybe I'm a little louder that I think I am? My concert seems to be 'chimey' so it does carry well. I just like to play and practice instead of reading old magazines or twiddling my thumbs while waiting around.

I am trying to memorize a few more songs, I can only play a few without a lead sheet so I'm pretty useless as a busker. I enjoy talking to folks though, and it does attract girls!

Well, you are already doing it, so I think that you would be surprised. I just went out and practiced Guitars Cadillacs and The Times They Are A Changing for an hour on a knee wall along a boardwalk well travelled by tourists and got enough money for two beers and a donut on the way home. Honestly, it isn't that demanding. You should think about it. I think it would be fun for you. You are three quarters of the way there already. Trust me, an old fart with a ukulele, you can't do anything wrong.

JackLuis
08-19-2017, 12:23 PM
Well, you are already doing it, so I think that you would be surprised. I just went out and practiced Guitars Cadillacs and The Times They Are A Changing for an hour on a knee wall along a boardwalk well travelled by tourists and got enough money for two beers and a donut on the way home. Honestly, it isn't that demanding. You should think about it. I think it would be fun for you. You are three quarters of the way there already. Trust me, an old fart with a ukulele, you can't do anything wrong.

In the last year or so I'm starting to sing pretty well, or maybe not toooo badly.:uhoh:

I split out all the songs I can play in my book so I can run thru them everyday to pack the cords into my brain and memorize the words. I want to have more than five or six in hand, then I might try busking for Burger money!

Rllink
08-20-2017, 03:49 AM
The hardest part of busking is just going out and doing it. Once you get past that initial apprehension you are home free. You don't have to be either a great singer or a great player. Most people are attracted to the fact that you have the nuts to do it, because they don't and they wish that they did. Most people who stop to listen will stand for a verse or two and move on. Some will stick around for a song or two. No one, except drunks, will stay for five songs. You can busk for hours with five songs that you are really familiar with.

There is a coffee shop here that has open mic every Tuesday evening. It is whatever. A lot of people recite poetry. Some people sing songs. Anyway, I do that once a month. Getting out in front of people is hard for me. It is one of the reasons that I took up the ukulele. But I have to force myself. Something like the coffee shop open mic is good for forcing oneself to face their deamons. Usually there are only a dozen or so people there, and half of them are going to eventually get up there too, so it is always a supportive bunch. Also it makes me learn a couple of new songs each month. It gives me a reason for what I am doing.

That is just two avenues that I have found to express myself. I think that you might want to look around. Like I said before, you are there, you just need a venue.