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keithy351
09-28-2009, 02:31 AM
g'day, well ive been telling my family that im getting a new uke "i live alone" and the only response i get is being called nerd, dork and looser and laughed at, same with mates, whats the way to get it through there head that its not a joke, playing something full on for them maybe?? argh why are people ignarant

Matt Clara
09-28-2009, 02:34 AM
g'day, well ive been telling my family that im getting a new uke "i live alone" and the only response i get is being called nerd, dork and looser and laughed at, same with mates, whats the way to get it through there head that its not a joke, playing something full on for them maybe?? argh why are people ignarant

You tell them to watch this video (and then to shut the h*ll up).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjSoBBsgFPw

It's a perception thing. Most people think ukulele, they think Don Ho and Tiny Tim.
(No disrespect to either of them, both very talented, but neither give the impression that the uke is a powerful and complex instrument that can be brought to any musical setting.)

Valerie
09-28-2009, 03:36 AM
You tell them you play because you enjoy it.

Playing uke is no sillier than knitting or owning a cat. People can joke if they want, but there is such a thing as over-doing it.

If it upsets you that they laugh, tell them- and if they don't get it... Well, they arn't very nice people.

I feel for you, though. It sucks that it's your family doing the laughing.

~Valerie

retrozombi
09-28-2009, 03:48 AM
A lot of folks I know treat it as a joke, including my family. It's nice that a few friends are happy that ukes make me happy, but really when I pick up a ukulele the last thing on my mind is anyone else's opinion. :)

lespaul_79
09-28-2009, 04:00 AM
I got called the other day, since my new Uke Obsession, "Ukeboy".

However, before they never called me GuitarBoy, MandoBoy, BassBoy, BanjoBoy, Mr.KnowMoreAboutMusicThanYouBoy, Mr.ThereAreSoManyBeautiflTypesOfMusic2AppreciateBo y, GoodFolkMusicisGoodFolkMusicBoy,ect.

I think it's a super classy, serious instrument with a beautiful history and culture. What can I say, I appreciate the finer things in life.

keithy351
09-28-2009, 04:35 AM
thanks everybody, im glad im not the only one, i think its also they have never heard me play, and ive been away for over a year now for uni and am gonna see them at the end of the year, so i reckon when i go back they will get a big saprise, espically i think cause i was always a meat head, and never expected to play an instrament is also the thing, not to mention that as other peoples think the only people they can relate ukes to are stupid people playing a $20 ukulele acting like an idiot, ahhhh when will they start to take us ukulele players seriously :rolleyes:

brickerenator
09-28-2009, 04:38 AM
The only person who doesn't seem to take it seriously is my dad, which is very unlike him.


"Just think, if you'd spent all this time practicing a guitar, you'd be pretty good."

riiight
btw, I practice about 30mins-1hr a day, for 3 weeks now :)

Matt Clara
09-28-2009, 04:45 AM
The only person who doesn't seem to take it seriously is my dad, which is very unlike him.


"Just think, if you'd spent all this time practicing a guitar, you'd be pretty good."

riiight
btw, I practice about 30mins-1hr a day, for 3 weeks now :)

Yeah, have your mom tell your dad he's being an insensitive lout.

But seriously, and I mean this in all earnestness:


You tell them to watch this video (and then to shut the h*ll up).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjSoBBsgFPw

He won't take it seriously until he understands the uke is a serious instrument, which he doesn't because of the preconceived notion that it isn't. Educate the man.

ps. I'm not serious about the "shut the h*ll up" part. That's not likely to sway anyone to your cause!

molokinirum
09-28-2009, 04:54 AM
A lot of folks I know treat it as a joke, including my family. It's nice that a few friends are happy that ukes make me happy, but really when I pick up a ukulele the last thing on my mind is anyone else's opinion. :)

Right on!!! The last thing on my mind is what other people think!!! Hell I put out the money and it makes me happy. IMO if they bought a very expensive car, and you made fun of it they would get very upset. Not too much difference.:music:

hoosierhiver
09-28-2009, 04:56 AM
g'day, well ive been telling my family that im getting a new uke "i live alone" and the only response i get is being called nerd, dork and looser and laughed at, same with mates, whats the way to get it through there head that its not a joke, playing something full on for them maybe?? argh why are people ignarant

What's their address! ;)

the.ronin
09-28-2009, 05:04 AM
I get the “guitar too tough?” jabs in the ribs now and then from my friends and I just say, “yup!”

But for the most part, everyone loves to hear me play it (and I’m not even good!). A lot say it’s very soothing sounding especially when I bring it to the beach.

Valerie
09-28-2009, 05:10 AM
Also great way to sway people: Let them play your uke!

I brought one to work last summer, and a lot of people laughed- But I left it in the break room and by the end of the day, people were asking where they could get one.

ukuleG
09-28-2009, 05:34 AM
people just mention George Formby when ever i say i play uke.

russ_buss
09-28-2009, 05:36 AM
wait, it's not a joke?;)


just ignore them. they won't be changing their minds anytime soon. don't bother trying.

keithy351
09-28-2009, 05:38 AM
WE NEED A UKULELE AWARENESS WEEK, we are being mistreated and not taken serious, who's the union rep of this site, come on pull ya fingure out get this thing crankin :rolleyes:

bbycrts
09-28-2009, 05:45 AM
I just went down to our shipping/receiving manager and told him that today is new uke day. He knows what I mean. He jokes about it and teases me, but I always just smile when he walks in and shouts at the top of his lungs, "Hey Jon - your new UKULELE is here!"

Of course, later in the day when he's in his office with a bunch of GUYS drinking coffee I'll walk in and shout, "Hey Jim - I think you left your latest PLAYGIRL in the bathroom stall again..."

People don't get the uke until they really hear the uke - I show them the Jake/Gently Weeps video and that usually backs them down.

Ukulele JJ
09-28-2009, 05:56 AM
Why should take a video of Jake or George Formby shredding on a uke to legitimize it as a "serious" instrument?

Is there some rule that an instrument is a complete joke unless someone can play something really complicated and impressive on it?

If no one ever came up with that sort of virtuoso playing, and the height of ukulele was nothing more than simple strumming, would you still play it?

I would.

JJ

keithy351
09-28-2009, 06:01 AM
Why should take a video of Jake or George Formby shredding on a uke to legitimize it as a "serious" instrument?

Is there some rule that an instrument is a complete joke unless someone can play something really complicated and impressive on it?

If no one ever came up with that sort of virtuoso playing, and the height of ukulele was nothing more than simple strumming, would you still play it?

I would.

JJ

what i actually enjoy is if i have someone come over whos never heard a uke, well a serious uke, and play something it usually has the ability to put a massive smile on there dile and melt the ladies ;), and when i get around to the stubben people, first song im gonna play is going to be crosscurrent, wipe that smart alick smile off there face and turn it into a face of shock and aw :eek:

brickerenator
09-28-2009, 06:13 AM
Yeah, have your mom tell your dad he's being an insensitive lout.

But seriously, and I mean this in all earnestness:


You tell them to watch this video (and then to shut the h*ll up).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjSoBBsgFPw

He won't take it seriously until he understands the uke is a serious instrument, which he doesn't because of the preconceived notion that it isn't. Educate the man.

ps. I'm not serious about the "shut the h*ll up" part. That's not likely to sway anyone to your cause!

He's not so much insensitive as he thinks it's "silly"

When I got mine, he told me about his late uncle who had a uke, and played silly songs on it. That's just the perception he has.

Oh, and my younger brother has had a guitar for 1 or 2 years, yeah I'm better at uk'in than he his on his guitar. Or pretty close :p

RyanMFT
09-28-2009, 06:15 AM
Hang in there and keep playing.

For me, one thing I like about playing the uke is that a lot of people don't "get it". Another thing I like about this instrument is the lack of "bravado" that seems to infect much of the guitar playing world. I played guitar as a kid but it never inspired me like the uke does and now that I am older I don't care if others think it is a toy.

I do have a lot of people tell me they think it is super cool and they have always wanted to play. I handed my vintage Martin to the ten year old daughter of a friend who was visiting my house the other night and a few minutes later she was strumming away at four chords asking her mom if she can have a ukulele for her birthday!

Somehow, western culture adopted the guitar as the instrument of choice if one wants to be cool. That's fine, the guitar is a great instrument but it is not for everyone. Seems to me like all this lack of respect for the uke is just culture and expectations.

Play your uke and people will come around when they see you love it. If they don't, then you should buy another uke to sooth your sorrows!

Lori
09-28-2009, 06:35 AM
g'day, well ive been telling my family that im getting a new uke "i live alone" and the only response i get is being called nerd, dork and looser and laughed at, same with mates, whats the way to get it through there head that its not a joke, playing something full on for them maybe?? argh why are people ignarant
Just remember you always have UU!. WE think you are cool for liking ukuleles. Sometimes people are ignorant or jealous. That will not change. Playing an instrument is a desired ability. It makes you well rounded in your development as an individual. It's like knowing a second language.

All you can do is go forward doing what you do best, and along the way, you might educate a few. Eventually, there will be enough of us modern day ukers to overcome the old impression of the instrument in popular culture.

I used to be teased a little as a computer geek (back at work in the '90s). Nobody teases now! Times change, and now everyone I work with needs to be good with computers.
–Lori :music:

keithy351
09-28-2009, 07:03 AM
thanks everyone for your kind words and reasurance this is why i love UU so much such an awsome community

flyingace
09-28-2009, 08:41 AM
I get the "tiptoe thru the tulips" and tiny tim crap every time I mention my love of uke! But I usually just smile and say "he almost ruined it for all of us...you should really hear what a uke can do" then I usually play something that makes them smile or laugh, throw some blues and something they recognize and then I have a new convert! Two friends are now talking about getting one as well.

My daughter loved mine so much, I gave it to her for her bday and got myself one for my bday!!! She's picking it up pretty quick too! Kids are a great way to spread uke love!

It's up to us to be tolerant I guess, then try to promote our love of Uke to as many as we can!

austin1
09-28-2009, 10:38 AM
When I mentioned offhand that I wanted to learn to play the ukulele, I got teased mercilessly by my guitar friends, to the tune of why didn't I learn to play a real instrument? So when I finally did buy my ukulele, I kept it a secret and only played in the basement when no one was around. But then my sister blew my cover when she caught me sneaking down to the basement with uke in hand. My family still thinks I'm a little nuts, but my sister came around when I learned out of my league, mostly because it's her favorite song. So thanks UU! But now said mean guitar friends are getting ukuleles, so I just send them MGM's way :D Ukuleles are the way of the future.

Skrik
09-28-2009, 10:44 AM
Get a new electric uke, and smack 'em with it. That will help them keep their prejudices to themselves.

haolejohn
09-28-2009, 11:34 AM
Yeah, have your mom tell your dad he's being an insensitive lout.

But seriously, and I mean this in all earnestness:


You tell them to watch this video (and then to shut the h*ll up).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjSoBBsgFPw

He won't take it seriously until he understands the uke is a serious instrument, which he doesn't because of the preconceived notion that it isn't. Educate the man.

ps. I'm not serious about the "shut the h*ll up" part. That's not likely to sway anyone to your cause!


Just curious if that is your video? Or is he a memeber here? That was pretty good.

I would personally get a set list of Jakes stuff and let them watch. THat is what I usually do and it shuts everyone up or I just tell them to get their instrument out and we play a song together. That works as well.

Matt Clara
09-28-2009, 11:44 AM
Just curious if that is your video? Or is he a memeber here? That was pretty good.

I would personally get a set list of Jakes stuff and let them watch. THat is what I usually do and it shuts everyone up or I just tell them to get their instrument out and we play a song together. That works as well.

Nope, not mine--I'm still learning, though I've got a pretty good "Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head" going right now! Those are from WS64 (http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/member.php?u=763), and he is a member of this group.

mrplatypus70
09-28-2009, 12:06 PM
I do not get offended at all when people think the ukulele is silly and not a real instrument. If they cannot appreciate it that is their loss and piss on them all! I have found a group that seems to be into it and that is senior citizens. I just started playing with the Glastonbury Ukulele club (see Doctor Uke’s web site) a lot of the people playing are older and just about the whole audience was 70+ and they were really into it! They have been around enough to know a good thing when they hear it!

Playscool39
09-28-2009, 12:25 PM
Why do you play the Uke?...because you enjoy and love doing it! That's the most important thing. Don't bother what others tell you (or react). Keep on :rock: Show them some vids of all the talented uke players on YT. But most of all keep playing!