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jnicholes
06-12-2019, 04:41 AM
So, today, I did an experiment that I honestly thought was weird. I took a rock and roll song, and I played it on the ukulele. It was actually quite funny hearing a rock and roll song played on the ukulele. I texted a video of what I played to my dad.

He wouldn't stop laughing.

The song I played on the ukulele was Twisted Sister "We're not going to take it"

It was very funny in my own opinion.

I hope this puts a smile on everybody's face!

Jared

apdsqueaky
06-12-2019, 09:20 AM
Personally I love acoustic covers of rock songs and I've tried several on ukulele [usually my friend's baritone] and it's a lot of fun whether it sounds quite right or not.

That said, I imagine We're Not Going to Take It was a particularly weird one to hear haha.

Arcy
06-12-2019, 10:10 AM
Gotta get yourself an iceman ukulele! https://www.ibanez.com/usa/products/detail/uict10_2y_01.html

jnicholes
06-12-2019, 10:10 AM
Yes, it was quite weird to hear it on the ukulele. I was imagining the singing in my head, and that combined with my soprano ukulele was pretty weird.

It was also pretty funny. I might make a video of me playing that song later on today. You might enjoy it.

Jared

Jerryc41
06-12-2019, 10:54 AM
My two groups play rock as much as anything.

Jerryc41
06-12-2019, 11:03 AM
Gotta get yourself an iceman ukulele! https://www.ibanez.com/usa/products/detail/uict10_2y_01.html

Cool! It's kinda plain, though. That's crying out for a custom paint job or some stick-on graphics. Since it has a sound hole, it could probably be played without an amp.

EDIT: Look here at about 7:40. He bought the UICT10 before Ibanez added the pickup. He added a pickup and some bling.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lryY6COMhQ4

John boy
06-12-2019, 01:27 PM
So, today, I did an experiment that I honestly thought was weird. I took a rock and roll song, and I played it on the ukulele. It was actually quite funny hearing a rock and roll song played on the ukulele. I texted a video of what I played to my dad.

He wouldn't stop laughing.

The song I played on the ukulele was Twisted Sister "We're not going to take it"

It was very funny in my own opinion.

I hope this puts a smile on everybody's face!

Jared

There's lots of uke players who play rock. Youtube has lots of it. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Jake Shimabukuro and others have gotten pretty famous playing rock. You can play any ol' song you want on any instrument. So rock on!

John boy
06-12-2019, 03:25 PM
If you have fun with it, if you enjoy it, then it works.

Jerryc41
06-12-2019, 03:44 PM
My group surprised people when we play the Taylor Swift song Shake it Off.

BBegall
06-13-2019, 06:45 AM
You can, and enjoy doing it, but that doesn't mean it really works.

So often, I'm reminded of this adage: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Wow, I think we need to define rock and roll. Someone once told me I couldn't play "I don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats but I got the tabs and love playing that song. Sounds great too. Are the Beatles not rock? The Kinks? Creedence? Dylan? The Band? Van Morrison? Neil Young? I know I'm dating myself but my definition of rock includes all those and lots more. The ukulele doesn't seem well suited to amped up distorted heavy metal (not that someone couldn't) but pretty much everything else seems on the table.

Jerryc41
06-13-2019, 07:27 AM
Wow, I think we need to define rock and roll.

Are "Rock" and "Rock and Roll" different? I bet they are.


https://www.differencebetween.com/difference-between-rock-and-vs-rock-and-roll/

Arcy
06-13-2019, 08:10 AM
The ukulele doesn't seem well suited to amped up distorted heavy metal (not that someone couldn't) but pretty much everything else seems on the table.Right. You're not going to get good distortion on any nylon stringed acoustic instrument, but there's a lot of acoustic rock that translates directly and most everything else can be rearranged to keep the same song with different instrumentation. MTV used to showcase a lot of great acts in Unplugged. Metallica's performed a lot of their works acoustically and they could similarly be done (and have been done - tons of examples on YouTube) on ukulele.


https://youtu.be/O8OjVBWNsy8

jnicholes
06-14-2019, 04:24 AM
Thanks for defining rock and roll. Looks like my definition was wrong. Well, you learn something new everyday!

Give me a couple of hours, because I'm busy right now, and I'll make you guys a video of me playing that song.

Jared

KanePono
06-14-2019, 06:15 PM
Yes! Rock and Roll is played on ukulele. My favorite band for R&R Uke is Kanekoa out of Maui Hawaii. Here is a link to a performance with Jake S. (sound quality is terrible). If you ever get a chance to see them live, you'll be rocking all night long.

Kanekoa website: http://www.kanekoaband.com/videos/

AQUATOPAZ
06-14-2019, 06:30 PM
Wow, I think we need to define rock and roll. Someone once told me I couldn't play "I don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats but I got the tabs and love playing that song. Sounds great too. Are the Beatles not rock? The Kinks? Creedence? Dylan? The Band? Van Morrison? Neil Young? I know I'm dating myself but my definition of rock includes all those and lots more. The ukulele doesn't seem well suited to amped up distorted heavy metal (not that someone couldn't) but pretty much everything else seems on the table.

Pretty sure that with some pedals and distortion, heavy metal would be doable. It's amazing what you can do with those.

BBegall
06-15-2019, 03:31 AM
It's easy to misconstrue, isn't it, particularly if you just want to jump to offense to argue and dismiss. I never said "All rock sounds crap on ukulele"—I play some myself. I just said that many songs (rock or whatever) that people play on ukulele don't really work, and I particularly had solo uke reductions in mind. There are copious examples of this.

Sorry, I wasn't trying to misconstrue or argue I just though that we needed some clarification of the terms we were using. "Rock" and "Rock and Roll" contain multitudes.

jnicholes
06-15-2019, 04:46 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX1FA0bQ6x4

It took awhile because I was so busy, but here you guys go!

Jared

Bill Sheehan
06-15-2019, 08:34 AM
Awesome rendition, Jared! I love tinkering with songs that folks normally wouldn't expect to hear with just a uke and a voice; it's a great exercise in finding and trying to stay true to the essence of the song! I had the thrill of seeing Lionel Richie in concert last night, so now I'm thinking of which of his songs might be fun to adapt to the "one-uke-one-voice" approach!

Rllink
06-15-2019, 11:30 AM
It really depends on whether one is attempting to recreate a literal translation of a song, or if they are presenting their own interpretation of it on a ukulele. I know that some people are quite literal and make a concerted effort to recreate a song as it was composed or performed by someone on something other than a ukulele. Some things just don't come out well that way. Others take a more creative approach to the music and present it in a more individual interpretation. I think with enough creative talent and the willingness to change things up a bit one can play anything on the ukulele.

prb035
06-15-2019, 12:05 PM
I think with enough creative talent and the willingness to change things up a bit one can play anything on the ukulele.

I am realizing this point myself, what we play on the ukulele is only limited by our imagination :D

jnicholes
06-15-2019, 02:08 PM
@Bill Sheehan, thank you for the compliment! I appreciate it! It was quite fun to play.

@Rllink, I see what you are saying. Sometimes you do need to be creative and adapt the song.

Jared

Joyful Uke
06-15-2019, 02:26 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QX1FA0bQ6x4

It took awhile because I was so busy, but here you guys go!

Jared

There is nothing like watching a video of someone having fun with their ukulele. Thanks for sharing that.

While I'm not one of them, some people can probably adapt any style of music to their ukulele, and I think that's great. I enjoy watching videos of unexpected songs on ukulele.
Some of the earliest ukulele related videos I saw were of Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and I still love them doing rock songs.

Swamp Yankee
06-16-2019, 05:03 AM
You can, and enjoy doing it, but that doesn't mean it really works.

So often, I'm reminded of this adage: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

There’s another adage that springs to my mind as well. Regarding “uke-ifying” all sorts of songs: If you throw enough dung at a wall, some of it is bound to stick. ;)

The fun, for me at least, is in trying to make ‘em stick. Over time this has led me down some odd paths, such as a Ragtime fingerpicked acoustic guitar version of I am the Walrus :rolleyes: ... and lately I’m working on a jazzy version of Sloop John B for ukulele. Some of these paths certainly led to dead ends, but there’s only one way to find that out.

manfrog
06-16-2019, 05:40 AM
These guys have lots of great rock covers on ukulele:


https://youtu.be/nJmH0F3t2-4

Davoravo
06-16-2019, 10:29 AM
I was going to post the Overdrive Duo too! There's also James Hill's awesome cover of Billie Jean, lots of covers of Queen by different people and i am pretty sure i have seen a Metallica cover.

Love your sig Manfrog

manfrog
06-16-2019, 12:05 PM
Love your sig Manfrog

Thanks! :)

Ukecaster
06-16-2019, 05:29 PM
Rock the Uke!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ci8v_3ktdmg