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jmerchant
10-25-2009, 10:33 AM
Hey guys,
I need a little help for school. Below are a list of questions about you and your uku, answer as many questions as you want. Or if you feel I missed a good question answer your own. The paper is about a community we are involved in and I picked the ukulele community! Thanks in advace for all answers, I look forward to reading your words.

What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

*feel free to add your own question, thanks.
Mark

specialmike
10-25-2009, 11:04 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
-Well, I've always wanted to learn how to play an instrument but my parents, being Chinese, aren't always so keen as to allow me to pursue my wishes. So during my sophmore year in college, I picked up an ukulele both because I saw Jake's video and also because it's an inexpensive instrument.... at first. And I learned the basic chords, learned some advanced strumming through coveywood, and the rest is history :)

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
-It was a while before I found Ukulele underground... well, like a day or two. I was addicted to youtube and the lessons on there. My first song would have been Stand by me, just not really good sounding... I've become a good bit better since then. Without the internet, I wouldn't be the player I am today.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
The Ukulele community is full of open minded individuals who are collectively connected through their love of the ukulele. It doesn't matter what sort of backgrounds we might have, whether we are religious or not; whether we are hetero or homo; whether you are good singers, bad singers, great players, bad players; whether you are successful by monetary standards or not, if you have an ukulele, you are cool with me. Those are the pros. The cons? well... if only the state recognized the union of ukulele players :D

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
I play the ultimate instrument.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
more ukuleles

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
it shines in its own special way. It adds flava

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
usually it's a negative because most people dont' consider ukuleles to be an instrument, instead it's usually considered a novelty item: a tourist item. Inexpensive and what not. Which is obviously not true.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
The uke doesn't argue with me or talk back So.. I'm going to go on a limb and say it's better than the my relationship with my spouse... of course there are things my uke cannot do. :D So it's like my long lost soul mate... i love her.

thisnthat
10-25-2009, 01:22 PM
I'm a newbie still so can't really answer all of the questions but the internet has changed the way I approach learning the Ukulele so that might be interesting for your project.

What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

I've mentioned this in the introduction thread but it was actually an online friend who got me interested when I watch her videos on YouTube. The ukulele is not something I ever considered playing before. I didn't really know anything about it to be honest.
I've always wanted to play guitar but struggled with it and gave up early on.
I do play keyboard which I don't have access to at the moment but often find myself singing or tapping out rhythms so the ukulele just fits in a little niche there and it's so much more relaxing to just pick up and play and try and work things out.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

Before with keyboard and with other non-music related hobbies I'd search the libraries or the book store and buy one or two starter books, read them cover to cover get the materials/equipment that I need and then go back to the beginning and work through them slowly.

With the Ukulele and the great community here I was able to look up what to look for in a uke. Check out various reviews before my purchase and then when I was waiting for it to arrive I read a lot of beginner tips and searched for videos on YouTube to see what is possible with the instrument. (and was pleasantly surprised to see what people are doing out there. :) )
It gave me ideas on what I want to learn now and in the near future before I had even got my hands on the instrument when before I'd probably be starting off blind.

Instead of looking for beginner books I just bought a chord book for reference when I'm playing away from the computer (Which I could have just printed similar charts straight from the internet but heck it's nice to have a book.) and I look up everything else online. Whether it's tabs for well known songs or reading how others approached the same learning curves that I am.
I figured the information is all out there if you just look for it.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

Gathering the opinions of others on equipment and techniques is a great way to get a more rounded view. You're self teaching but instead of being limited by what is in the one book you bought you get the experience of many people and playing styles and may come across tips that you would have missed otherwise.
It's a great way of picking up the information you need and disregarding the bits you don't need right now.

I also think it's a great motivation tool. Seeing what other people can do motivates you to try those things yourself and the videos and competitions look like they keep things fun and strengthens the positive feelings towards the instrument and the community.

The community aspect can actually help to keep your interest going when before it may have been overtaken by other things and forgotten about for too long.
Having a community keeps it fresh in your mind and pulls you back.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

Probably too early for me to answer this one.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

N/A

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

Well that's really up to the individual. You can make any instruments work together with the right imagination. I don't think there's any reason why we should set the uku apart.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

Being early days all of three people IRL know I'm learning to play at the moment and they've all been positive. Being related to me in one way or another that's to be expected really but I think they just like seeing someone trying something new.
I don't know how others would react. Maybe mild amusement and curiousity because it's not the standard piano or guitar and they probably don't know much about it (like I didn't a couple of weeks ago) but I don't really expect anything negative unless they hear my singing. :p

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

Like the early days of love when you just want to spend each moment together. Not quite singing love songs all the time but smiling a lot.
lol.. Just excited to be learning really.

jmerchant
10-25-2009, 01:37 PM
thanks for the early replys! If you are short on time, please consider just answering one question. I would love to hear from a lot of you and realize not everybody can sit down and answer 20 questions. However, if you want to answer them all then I tip my hat to you.

bbycrts
10-25-2009, 02:36 PM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

Last December I had some money that was given to me for Christmas. I have always loved Hawai'i; I've spent my most relaxed vacations there and love the beauty and spirit of aloha there. I purchased an inexpensive uke and find a lot of that inner aloha when I play.


How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

It hasn't changed it - it's helped define it. Without other enthusiasts I imagine I would've gotten frustrated and given it up, but having an online community has helped keep me excited about the uke.


How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

I can't think of any cons - uke players on average strike me as people who like happy sounds and love the spirit of aloha.


What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

I am capable - I've found other instruments difficult. The uke is so portable that I can take it with me when I go places, so I'm often with the instrument in places I wouldn't have had any other kind of instrument.


When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

Regrettably I don't find myself playing with other.


How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

I think it's a great compliment to other instruments!


Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

I have some coworkers who like to tease me about my uke playing - especially because I play at work - but it's very good natured and I have no problems with it. Often when I'm playing at work people will come by and ask questions.


How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

I love my two ukes so much they have names - Junior and Betty.

ukumele
10-25-2009, 02:57 PM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
I was actually looking for a harmonica...when there, in the back of the music store was a wall of ukuleles....the rest is history.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
Without the internet I would still be playing out of my (basic and helpful but boring) you can play uke book..... UU has helped me become way more hip and groovy than I would have otherwise been.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
It's so adaptable and transportable that I have played with all different instruments....even flutes and clarinets (but I am full time band director so that might be considered cheating)

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
As the supreme leader of all other instruments of course.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
People think its quirky and light-hearted...which is pretty much right-on.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
Besides showering and brushing my teeth :D it is the only thing I do everyday.

seeso
10-25-2009, 03:02 PM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
I just picked one up in the store one day. It was a concert Lanikai LU21C.


How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
The internet put me in touch with a inspirational community of online ukulele players. Also fostered a healthy sense of competition.


How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
Pros:

Welcoming
Supportive
Eccentric
Generous


Cons:

Gossipy



What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
Being an ukulele player forces me to be creative. The perceived limitations of the uke open up a world of possibilities.


When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
Usually other ukulele players.


How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
The ukulele puts an island shimmer over everything. It fits in beautifully.


Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
Some people think it isn't a serious instrument. That's okay with me. I call all my instruments toys.


How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
Me and Domino get along great, but sometimes I get jealous when someone else is strumming her.

itsme
10-25-2009, 03:16 PM
Well, I think one question you missed was about age and how long we've been playing uke and do we play any other instruments. I've seen a few threads about "mature" people finally taking the plunge with the uke as their first instrument. I think a question like that would help show how diverse the community is.

So I'll answer that one first. I'm 56 and got my first uke four months ago. I've played classical guitar and mandolin for a number of years.

What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

I was blown away when I first heard Jake's "Weeps" several years ago, but never seriously considered getting one. Out of the blue, I won my uke in a drawing. It was kind of like I didn't choose it, it chose me.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

Before my uke even arrived, I was on the net searching about it and found UU. I was checking out alternative tunings, chords, strings (learned about how I could use classical guitar strings on it), etc. Lots of great resources, and tabs are abundant. I'm going thru black ink cartridges faster these days.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

The community here is great. I figured the uke would be a lark I'd toy around with for a while and end up putting aside. Instead, I've been highly motivated and encouraged by others here.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

I enjoy playing other instruments, but the uke is something I do purely because it's fun.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

N/A, hasn't happened yet.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

Very well. Uke/guitar duets sound fantastic, partly because there's a nice contrast in the range.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

My husband once asked me why I was spending so much time with "that thing" instead of one of my "real" guitars. I told him it was because it was new and it was fun. Well, it's not so new anymore but it's still a lot of fun so I'm still playing it.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

Honestly? As much fun as it is, it's just another instrument to me. If the house were burning down, my uke would not be at the top of the list of things to try to save. A $150 uke is a lot easier to replace than a $6K concert guitar.

lisaxy424
10-25-2009, 04:25 PM
Ok - here we go! :)

What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
I happened to come across Molly's (SweetAfton) "Tom Cruise Crazy" cover on YouTube and fell instantly in love with that adorable uke she has! (I'm still on the prowl for one...purple island pattern Fluke!) That same night, I saw Seeso's "Santeria" video and was hooked. (Sublime is one of my favorite groups, and Seeso is just so darn CUTE!) :love:

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
It is all I know! It's how I found it, it's how I learn, it's how I stay connected - without the internet, I'm pretty sure I never would have even picked it up! (wow - that's so sad to think about...) A huge shout-out to DEACH for introducing me to UU as soon as I posted my first video!

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
It is the BEST group of musical people I have ever come across, and being a music teacher, I've seen them all!

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
Before the uke, I've only played wind instruments (and piano)...but now I use my voice as part of my uke playing, and it's so much more fun! I've never had that before, so it's an entirely new and exciting experience!

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
Usually other uke players, but I'm game for anything!

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
Wonderfully, and with any instrument. I've played it with piano, saxophone, trumpet, drums...sounds good with all!

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
While I've only been playing for about a year - I've seen the stereotype start to shift already! When I first was learning, people thought it was a joke...but now that the uke is becoming more public again, it's "cool" that I play it now!

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
Love at first strum...:D

Rick
10-25-2009, 06:10 PM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
I've always been a big fan of Jake since I was a freshman and younger. Then it was seeso, then julia nunes. I was always sketchy about getting one, until one of my friends did.
How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
Without it, I would be lost O_O
How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
The pros is that everyone can collaborate and share knowledge. cons is that some people are bias about what they have :]
What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
nothing, I'm just like everyone else. I just have respect for ALL instruments.
When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
I've played with other ukuleles, guitar, and drums
How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
It's kind of like the short guy in the group who has the most personality
Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
aha I don't see how that would be offensive
How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
friends with benefits

Ahnko Honu
10-25-2009, 06:20 PM
What got you interested in the 'Ukulele? How did everything start?
Normal part of island culture here almost every local household having at least one 'ukulele, my house it was my dad's Kamaka pineapple. Started before I was born in my family.

How has the Internet changed your 'ukulele experience?
Makes buying 'ukulele way too easy, makes finding cords for new songs a breeze and FREE, no need buy more books. Nice to meet people from around the world who share your passion.

How would you describe the 'Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
Pros: As a whole the 'ukulele community shares the love and passion of this instrument. Nice to discuss various things about this magical instrument.
Cons: There are always trolls hungry for attention as well as cliques and groups who feel they are above those not in there circle. I notice an arrogance and self-righteousness from some who think they are better and look down on nOObs which really is not what the 'ukulele is about, show some aloha. These snobs are not from Hawai'i by the way.

What sets you apart as a 'ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
It's the only instrument I play besides Tahitian drums.

When you play your 'ukulele with others, are you playing with other 'ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
Mostly with other 'ukulele players, sometimes slack key guitar players, and usually my wife, but solo 90% of the time in a place of quiet solitude, my secret places.

How do think the 'ukulele fits in with other instruments?
Goes well with slack key guitar but being a local island boy I'm used to island music and not so much the vaudeville stuff the Mainlanders may be more familiar with.

Do you find people stereotype you as a 'ukulele player (positive, negative)?
Island locals? Very positive. Ignorant Mainland Haoles? Negative.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your 'ukulele?
It connects me with my past, my dad, my heritage, it's the only instrument that I play and feel comfortable with. My wife plays slack key guitar so we complement each other.


PS. Pet peeve calling the 'ukulele "uku", no offense.

Pikopiko
10-25-2009, 06:33 PM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
-First, it was going to Hawai'i, I saw two street performers doing mash-ups of hawaiian songs that I recognized. Then it was a video I saw on YT of someone playing Wait in Vain by Bob Marley.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
-the Internet has mostdeff provided an open door for me. Without it, I don't think I'd be as dedicated to the uke because I wouldn't know as much as I do now.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
-The pros would definitely be that I feel like I have people that I can connect with, even if it's just because of the uke. Cons are when people act like them playing the uke for 2 days can give them a better rep. Just as with any other instrument.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
-Well, the uke to me is more of a social instrument, and it gives a great positive vibe for kids as well as adults.. And deff more portable than most [ex. piano]

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
-So far, I've only played with other ukulele players. I wouldn't turn down playing with whatever other instruments that would want to collab though.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
-In my personal opinion, I think the uke fits in a bit awkwardly. But it still has that certain ring to it that can work when put in the right hands.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
-I think it's silly when people try to make the uke seem like a "retards answer to a guitar" [comment from someone on youtube regarding a cover I did] and people don't appreciate an instruments worth until they actually give it a chance.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
-My uke and I are Perfect Together :]]]] I treat it like my baby/lover and the uke still rings true, despite me not carrying it in a case<3

Firecracker
10-25-2009, 07:12 PM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
- I saw a few vidoes by random ukulele players (I can't even honestly say how I found them) on youtube, such as Julia Nunes, Seeso, Wade Johnston, Musicmaad, etc). I found out a friend of mine had a ukulele and begged him to borrow it. Commence hours of struggling to remember chords and strum patterns and here I am, 6 month later.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
- Well I pretty much wouldn't know how to play any chords/songs if it wasn't for the internet.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
- I wish I were more involved; they're all so supportive of one another. I genuinely enjoy the ukulele mini jams I've participated in, as well as all the help I've gotten from Seeso as far as it goes.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
- When I went busking in Ireland, people were so pleased by the fact that it was something new, something different. As far as here at college, however, I often have to struggle with the jokes I hear from others, particularly musicians. I have some friends who enjoy it, others who find it annoying. Recently, one of my friends (who plays bass and the electric guitar) told me to "learn a real instrument." It's kind of hard sometimes.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
- I've never really played with anyone else. I've played sometimes and someone will join in the another guitar, but other than that, it's mostly just people singing along.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
- I think it's something unique that has a pleasant sound. It always just seems to cheer me up.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
- These days, playing the ukulele seems to be a new fad. I'm okay with it though. Some people won't agree with my choice of instrument and I might have to deal with some issues, but I love to play it and it makes me happy. That's all that really matters to me.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
- I love it. I would be very sad if it was ever lost, stolen, or broken. I play it every day and try to keep up my practicing.

(:

keithy351
10-25-2009, 10:22 PM
More then happy to Lend a hand here....

What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

I saw my first ukulele In Fiji in a shop i was 11yo, and was thinking its the coolest thing i'd ever seen, But it broke within a few weeks. Always thought about them after that and finally bought another ukulele at age 20. From there its been a daily enjoyment

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

It has gotten me to a stage that i know i wouldnt of gotten to alone, With online lessons, tabliture, and a forum community i has abled me to grow as a ukulele player and get to a stage where i could be confident enough to play at a concert level

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

Pros.

helpful, Everyone with a common liking makes room for friendships to be formed. Like minds think alike

Cons. Non (so far)

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

A express myself more through playing a ukulele, other instraments i find boring so that makes me a boring performer

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

whatever is around, which is always a guitar player. i can say i have never sat down with another ukulele player and had a jam session.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

with guitars and bongos playing a melo tune that fine in perfect but i think the ukulele on its own is all the instrament you need

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

People always see it as a joke instrament, And when i let someone have a look at my kanilea there reaction is oh, its so light, its a little toy, people can be frustrating but i sure can leave jaws dropped after a few songs.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

we have our ups and downs but the relationship is always strong

buddhuu
10-26-2009, 02:03 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

Over a couple of years I noticed a few songs and videos featuring ukuleles: Iz, Jake, Joe Brown. I liked the sound, and the fact that it's a small instrument. Beginner ukes are cheap to buy and easy to tweak for set up. Plenty of reasons to try it out and no reasons at all not to.

It seemed to be the kind of quirky thing that would work in my band.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

Well, I've been using the web for many years as a learning resource for other instruments (tin whistle, bodhran, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle). The effect it has had on my uke experience is similar to the effect it had on those. It is simply amazing. Tutorials, resources, songs and chord sheets, supportive online communities are all instantly available. It speeds up learning immensely compared to the rate of learning achieved through unassisted self tuition, or even weekly real-world lessons.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

Pros: friendship, support, information and assistance, fun.
Cons: none that I have personally encountered.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

I am attracted to (relatively) minority interest instruments. Everyone and his dog plays guitar, bass, drums... Uke sets me apart in a similar way that my other instruments do. It is a little different to what many in the audience are used to seeing in bands and it generates interest. It also has a distinctive sound that is particularly appropriate for certain songs. In that way it fills a space that none of my bandmates' instruments do.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

I play in a band with guitars, upright bass, drums, saxophone, mandolin and banjo. Occasionally a few other ukes will appear, but usually I'm the only ukulele player.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

Uke works well in the right context. I find it great in folk, blues, bluegrass, jazz etc. There are some situations (hard rock, metal with loud, overdriven guitars and bass etc) where IMHO uke is a little pointless. It is a relatively quiet instrument that needs to be well amplified to compete with other instruments.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

Aside from people with ground-scraping knuckles and low foreheads occasionally yelling out "When I'm Cleaning Windows!" or "Tiptoe through the Tulips!", I have encountered very little in the way of stereotyping. (Joking. I don't mind people doing that. At least it shows that they recognise a uke for what it is, rather than thinking of it as "a toy guitar"!)

If anything, people are just curious and interested.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

I love my uke. It's nothing expensive or flashy, but it enables me to make music and so I love it. I would never go far without taking a uke with me. Of all the instruments I own it is the one that most lends itself to casual ad-hoc music making.


Good luck with your school project. :)

ukeshale
10-26-2009, 03:16 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

I've always been musical but had never learned a string instrument - youtube videos sucked me in and did the rest.


How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

My ukulele experience has always been via the internet but it's definitely the best musical experience i've had. There's so many resources and helpful people here. It's hard not to be enthusiastic when you're surrounded by so many people who love the ukulele.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?


Cons:
It makes me want more ukuleles than I can afford!

Pros:
It's the most helpful and enthusiastic musical community i've ever been a part of. The vast majority of ukulele players seem to be really great people.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
It's more portable than anything i've ever played - which allows for a lot more practise than other instruments.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

I've never played with another uker but i've got one or two friends who are musicians - i'll play with whoever I can get my hands on!

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

Obviously it doesn't work with everything but I think it compliments most instruments really well and can be worked into most genres of music.


Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

People who don't know a lot about the instrument tend to see it as a novelty (almost a toy) but opinions can be swayed pretty quickly.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

If I had to take one thing onto a desert island with me...

djny
10-26-2009, 03:49 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
My girlfriend said she might be interested in playing an instrument if it was really small, so I bought her the ukulele. She never picked it up but eventually I did.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
I wouldn't have started playing without all the online lessons.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
I think the ukulele community is friendly and welcoming to newcomers. I'm not involved enough to know if there are any negative aspects.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
The ukulele is cute and fun.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
I have not played with others yet.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
I think the uke can fit with almost any other instrument.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
No, but I don't identify as a uke player, since I just play at home.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
Long term.

1014
10-26-2009, 04:54 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
Music is a part of my `ohana and my culture. It became another avenue to connect with both. Every family gathering would end with kanikapila. To pass slow days by, my dad would jam by himself. It was normalized since small kid time. I, actually, never found myself musically inclined. I would sing along, maybe use an ipu or even dance, but never had the patience to learn any instrument. I always blamed it on my mom's genes. Truth be told, I've had an `ukulele for more than 10 years. I've always known the basic chords but it wasn't until the last year that I had an epiphany that motivated to stick around.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
It provides a readily available resource of both the good and the bad. It helps create a foundation for learning, but it shouldn't be the strict basis for it. You have to jam with others especially more experienced players. It made spending money way too easy.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
Pros: Supportive. Passionate.
Cons: I think some players have an inferiority complex. Too much harping abt not being accepted as a real instrument. It's more of a Continent thing rather than a Hawaiian/Local thing. Lack of `okina.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
I'm not sure what you mean by this question. Why do I choose the `ukulele over other instruments? Just something I liked playing.

When you play your 'ukulele with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
Whoever stay at the kanikapila we play with. Guitar, slack key, drums, ipu, piano, bass, other `ukulele, etc.

How do think the 'ukulele fits in with other instruments?
It fits as both a lead and a rhythm instrument.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
I've never had much animosity or bad vibes for the `ukulele. So mostly positive. Maybe it's the people I hang around with. They know I take it serious as a serious instrument. They know I'm a proud Hawaiian. I know it's out there, but they would never say it to my face. Haters gonna hate. Ainokea!

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
Like I said above, it is yet another avenue to connect me to my culture and `ohana. I take it seriously but have fun while playing it.

DeG
10-26-2009, 05:26 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
I became a fan of Hawaiian music when I lived in Hawaii (1988-1992). After playing guitar for many years, a friend of mine (Tsani on UU) brought an ukulele on a camping trip. I thought that it would be easier to take a uke camping, so I gave it a try. It also gave me an excuse to listen to all the Hawaiian music that I used to love, but had gotten away from.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
Wow. UU has been a crucial part. Lessons, discussions, and Ohana here has helped me more than I can say. Having YT also has helped because it challenges me to learn songs, and gives me a reason to practice more. I have enjoyed the past couple years of uke'n so much more due to the internet.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
I have found no significant Cons. Ukers are good people. (period)

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
Well, I can say that as a guitar player I feel more competition between other guitar players. With the uke, I always think that I can learn something from some players and teach something to others, but never like it is a competetion. I guess the uke has too much built in Aloha for me to feel competative with it.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
Both. Although most of the time it is just other ukers.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
It is good as lead or rhythm.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
Yes. Normally a negative sterotype. That's probably part of the attraction to me, since I like to be different.:D

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
You're still talking about an ukulele right, not body lice? Either way, when you get the itch you gotta scratch it! :D I hardly ever play my guitars anymore, unless I'm recording a back up track for the uke. So I guess I have a pretty strong relationship with my ukulele.

LazyPancakes
10-26-2009, 05:41 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
On a hot summer day haha having a picnic at a lake, my girlfriends cousin brought out his loelani tenor, and it just got me super hyped up to get one.
How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
It makes it easier to learn chords, and it makes it easier to contract uas lol.
How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
So far, all of the people I've meet are chill and lay back, which is a pro. Cant realy think of any cons.
What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
Well, I also play the guitar, so one difference I've noticed is that the guitar doesn't realy feel as fun as the uke does haha.
When you play your uke with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
Ive played alot with other uke players, once in a while ill find a guitar player to jam with.
How do think the uke fits in with other instruments?
It brings out the happy lol
Do you find people stereotype you as a uke player (positive, negative)?
I guess positive lol, I walk around campus with my uke all the time and people always say "are you the guy who plays the ukulele?" even when i dont bring it.
How would you describe the relationship between you and your uke?
I dont leave home with out her, unless theres reasons not to. Always in a hardshell case, humidified (when needed), and always loved <3

tsud123
10-26-2009, 05:48 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
--- Back in 2007 I'd just recently discovered YouTube.com and liked to search music and music videos. I ran across a couple of covers done on the uke; at the time ukulele videos were very rare compared to how big the ukulele community is now. I thought it was really unique seeing how versatile the instrument really could be. In 2007, I had a lot of free time and enjoyed singing, so I started posting videos on YouTube of me singing a cappella or with friends for fun. I wanted to learn an instrument so that I could have something to accompany myself with. The ukulele seemed to be a perfect choice because it looked like so much fun and I believed I could pick up the uke a lot faster than I would the guitar, which seems to hold true for my case. haha.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
--- The internet is amazing. I've utilized the internet to help me learn what I know now. Of course there is still a lot of things left for me to learn and discover about this instrument, but I've had a lot of help from online forums like UkuleleUnderground.com and tutorial videos on YouTube.com. Through the internet, I've actually had the chance to meet a lot of other ukulele players and have reached so many others who tell me that they want to learn the ukulele because of watching some of the covers I've posted online.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
--- I think the pros definitely outweigh the cons. The biggest pro about the ukulele community is the fact that we learn from one another.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
--- I play a couple of other instruments but I think the most convenient thing about the ukulele is that it can be transported easily so I can take it to different events with no trouble. It's also definitely more fun to play when I'm with friends because it's such a crowd pleaser.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
--- When I play with other people, it's usually other ukuleles and the occasional guitar. When I'm jamming with a group of friends, it's usually with other people who want to learn how to play the ukulele.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
--- I think if a person is at a high level of playing, they can probably make the ukulele fit into whatever genre of music. Thus, it can be played with a number of other instruments. I've heard Jason Arimoto play rock and blues on his electric ukulele. It sounds amazing and like nothing I'd ever heard of before on a uke. A friend of mine has incredibly fast fingers and can finger pick solos on top of guitar strumming. I think the better a person gets at playing, the more they can understand how versatile it can be.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
--- When I first started posting videos with a ukulele, a lot of people left me comments that made assumptions that I was Hawaiian or from Hawaii. I thought it was kind of funny because I've never actually been to Hawaii, nor am I Hawaiian.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
--- I pick it up when I'm happy. I usually like to sing and play when I'm in a good mood or when I'm procrastinating from some sort of obligation for school.

AnnaUK
10-26-2009, 06:43 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
I've played other stringed instruments in the past and uke was the next progression, I guess.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
Once I had my uke, I started looking on YouTube and then found some UU peeps' channels, and the rest is history :D

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
Cons: None yet.
Pros: The most helpful and friendly online community I've ever been part of.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
I find it fun. I still play other instruments too. I don't want to abandon those. Being an all-round musician is something I strive for.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
Mainly my uke jam night pals. We have about 6 ukes and a bass.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
Very well. (So far.)

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
It's all been positive - (but that's mainly because the only people who know I am a musician are other musicians.)

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
Abfab :D

spazus_maximus
10-26-2009, 07:50 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

I heard J.Shimabukuro on YouTube while at work...I went straight to the music store when i got off & bought me my first Uke....First song was Somewhere over the rainbow.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

The internet has shown me the versatility of the Uke which was unknown to me before.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

As Diverse as it gets....Not as snobbish as guitar players...lol...j/k

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

There still seems to be oppurtunities in the Uke world to go where no one has been yet....Some other instruments imho have been overexposed...I mean what can you do with a guitar that hasnt already been done?

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

Ive never played with others...Im awful...lol

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

Nobody I know has considered the Uke as a "Real" instrument...I think in American Culture it has recieved a reputation for being some sort of toy so Uke players are not taken too seriously...

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

That's a personal matter....I would get banned from this site if I told ya bout all that went down while im alone with my Uke!:D

jmerchant
10-26-2009, 11:12 AM
Well, I think one question you missed was about age and how long we've been playing uke and do we play any other instruments. I've seen a few threads about "mature" people finally taking the plunge with the uke as their first instrument. I think a question like that would help show how diverse the community is.


This is a great question! If you see a question you think needs answered, by all means, ask away. I have a lot of reading to do but thank you all and keep them coming. Project is due Nov 4th. Really, thank you all, I was shocked to see so many replys!

Mark

Fuzzy
10-26-2009, 11:19 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

I'm a drummer and got frustrated with not really being able to play anything by myself, and so decided to pick up an instrument to play just for fun. Ukulele seemed like a fun instrument, and less stressful and easier to learn than the guitar. I've only been playing for a few months, and so far it's been nothing but blue skies!

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

It's great to have access to all the info online. I just wish I wasn't on dialup so I could watch YouTube videos. :(

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

Not sure yet - I just got here. so far everyone seems very supportive.


What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

Not sure.


When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

So far I've only been playing with myself. ;)


How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

Not sure. Haven't been doing this long enough to know.


Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

So far, just negative.
The other day I was asking a fellow teacher what types of lessons I could teach his students. He suggested a music lesson, and asked if I play any instruments - I said I play the ukulele. His reply was, "So a music lesson is out, then". I was going to argue with him, but it was neither the time nor the place. :mad:

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

I try to play every day. It's still kind of a foreign instrument to me, but we're quickly becoming friends.

Ukulelerob
10-26-2009, 11:47 AM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

My uncle, actualy great uncle, used to play. It was in the fiftys. At this time I was given a Silvertone Soprano and a Baritone book and told to go for it. I didn't get very far. Fast forward to this century. After a bypass operation I was given a Santa Rosa soprano. My son or one of his friends sat on the old one. Don't cry it became a cigar box uke this year. Again slow progress. I found out about the Bushman luau in '08 and got to meet a few folks, Seeso for one. Started to look at this Ukulele Underground thing. This year I joined the UU, set up a Youtube page, found Mikes shop in Nashville, IN.
With the help of the internet I've been able to play a few chords in a row.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

Every I've run into is happy to help someone else. They're glad to meet someone with the same interest.
Haven't run into many cons.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

Ukulele is pretty much all I do, as far as playing. I've tried guitar and thought they are kind of large and have fifty per cent more strings.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

I pretty much play with other uke players, I just started that.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

It seems that most people thing a ukulele is a kids toy. I was in a music store and a father was telling his young son that a ukulele wasn't a real instrument. That makes you feel strange. Well..... maybe we are strange.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

I think of it as my small wooden friend.

samlove
10-26-2009, 12:46 PM
Good luck with your project! It was really interesting to read everyone's responses. If you're not to shy, it'd be cool to see what you've turned in!

Here are my answers:


What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
I used to play balalaika (a traditional Russian instrument) in a folk music ensemble in college, but I had to give it back when I graduated. In January 2009, after being a year and a half out of college, I decided I was bored and needed a new instrument. I walked down the street to the music store and decided that I would either buy a harmonica or a ukulele. Turns out, the ukuleles were on sale that week, so that's what I bought! (I still may go back for the harmonica, though.)

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
I'm pretty new to the UU forums, but the ukulele community on YouTube has been very welcoming. I was suprised at how many people reached out to Erika (my Helvetica Ukulele Explosion partner) and I to give us advice and positive feedback. That has really been encouraging for us as we continue to learn and grow. I especially appreciate the online community now that Erika has moved back to Ohio as I don't have any fellow ukers around.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
Pros: Very open and welcoming, diverse, inspiring, willing to give feedback and advice.

Cons: I hate to say it, but sometimes I feel the ukulele community is too positive. In the last few months, I've only had one or two people give me constructive criticism on the videos I've posted. While I agree with fostering a positive and encouraging environment, I think constructive criticism is necessary to grow and learn as a musician!

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

The first instrument I learned to play was piano and I did okay, but I didn't really like it because my mom made me do it. Playing the balalaika in college was fun, but it is an instrument that (unless you are really really good at it, which I am not) doesn't really stand by itself outside of a larger ensemble. Playing the ukulele (much like guitar or other similar instruments) is fun and allows me to play alone or with others.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
I'm one half of the ukulele duo Helvetica Ukulele Explosion with Erika, but we also pair fun things like kazoo, melodica, and egg shaker with our ukes. However, I also like to jam with a friend of mine who plays electric guitar which is a lot of fun.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
I think it sounds great with a guitar. I also think ukulele and melodica are a great pair! I think a ukulele can find it's place pretty much anywhere... Kind of like Stevie Van Zandt (of the E Street Band) and his mandolin. When you think of Bruce Springsteen rocking out with electric guitar, saxophone, keyboards, and drums behind him, it's easy to think, what? Mandolin? But Stevie rocks it and makes it work. I think the same could be done with ukulele.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
I think a lot of people (on the mainland, anyway) see the ukulele as a novelty instrument. When I first told my friends that I had gotten a ukulele, they laughed. But as I've grown and improved, they realize that I am taking this seriously and that I'm trying hard to be good, not just have fun and I think their opinions have changed. I think because a lot of people see the ukulele as a novelty instrument, their expectations for what to expect from a uke player are pretty low. Erika and I noticed this when we first started playing open mic nights. No matter how much we screwed up or how bad we sounded, people got a kick out of it because it was the ukulele. This came in handy the first time we played "Eye of the Tiger" for a large crowd--they didn't think you could rock a uke that hard and we really blew their minds!

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
I love my ukulele, Buttercup. I think I love it even more because I had to save up for it, which took several months. Like any relationship it can be frustrating at times, but it's also very rewarding. I'm about 3 months away from my one year uke-iversary and I can't imagine my life with out it!

jmerchant
10-27-2009, 08:47 AM
Yes, I would be happy to post the paper when it is finished, it is the least I can do :D

cocohonk
10-27-2009, 03:56 PM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
A mixture of seeing UOGB and WIUO on youtube and their spirits were infectious. Surprisingly I didn't see Jake's famous video til a bit later. I think I might have been scared away by his mindblowing performance, so, I guess it was for the best!

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?
It's hard to say what my ukulele experience would be like without the internet (or if it would even exist), since I started because of the internet. But so far, it's basically my ukulele teacher - learned almost everything uke related from the interwebs, and on this website in particular.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?
Cons: None yet.
Pros: very welcoming, very helpful, taught me a lot, and overall a lot of fun.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?
Every instrument has its pros and cons, so I don't know if there is a huge distinction. Music is music. But my experience in learning and playing the ukulele has been vastly different and probably a bit more fun than my past experiences in other instruments. Maybe precisely because it's considered a 'not to serious' instrument, practicing never feels like a chore whereas it did with piano and oboe.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?
Haven't ventured out in playing with others uke players yet, though that should be changing very soon.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?
I like to think that all instruments can fit in with one another. Part of the fun in playing with other instruments is figuring out how to do that.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?
Not really either way.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?
A good one, I hope. You have to ask them.

franulele
10-27-2009, 05:25 PM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

Seeing my Grandmother's Roy Smeck Vita Uke in the attic sparked my curiousity at age 8. Then at age 42 I bought a Mahalo tenor uke & started playing wonderful Tin Pan Alley songs. I've been having fun playing the uke for 4 years, and even though my major instrument was trombone in college, playing the uke alon, with others & teaching it has brought me great joy!

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

Most of my learning has been through the internet: ukulele forums such as UU, FMM and UkeTalk, individual websites, and of course YouTube! I don't watch TV anymore, I just watch uke & other music videos on YouTube.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

I would say that 99.9&#37; of the posts that I've read in the uke community have been friendly, helpful and often witty. The forums that I visit are positive in tone and snarkiness is rare. I really appreciate the uke community for that. As for my videos... I can't believe that there are people out there that have actually taken the time to watch my videos and even comment on them! I am very humbled. SEE NOTE BELOW

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

I can sing & accompany myself! Doesn't work on the trombone!

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, ...

I'm generally playing the uke with other uke players, either adult players or kids at school. I will play along with the occassional alto sax, clarinet or trumpet player.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

I love Tin Pan Alley/Jazz standards, so I hear it fitting very well with traditional jazz instruments in 20s, 30s, 40s swing styles. I would love to put together a small jazz quartet with string bass, clarinet, ukulele and some trombone.

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

Sometimes the chuckling & "It's so cute" comment gets old, even though the uke truly is cute. However, when I point people in the direction of some of the wonderful players out there in YouTube land, they begin to see the light.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

I love my ukes & am rarely without one! I'm lucky in that I do some elementary music teaching, and the uke has given me a chance to do some really fun songs, both new & old, with my kiddies. I never was a very good piano player, and my guitar playing is folksy. Ukulele has helped me expand my repertoire of sing-along songs & styles.



Let us know how the school project goes!


NOTE: I just interpreted ukulele community to mean the online community because I spend so much time reading & learning the uke at the computer! But I do hang out with some really terrific folks in the Vermont Ukulele SOciety a couple of times a month and I disn't mean to leave them out.

ainokeato
10-27-2009, 07:15 PM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?
-- It was mostly the cultural aspect for me, being hawaiian and being raised in hawai'i for a good portion of my life. I thought it was a good idea to learn how to play the instrument a lot of people associate me to. Not to mention i listened to a lot of island music and reggae.

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

Changed? It was my ukulele experience, everything I know everything I learned was through the internet. I didn't have any kind of musical experience I didn't take lessons, I taught myself how to play thanks to the staff at UU and other people.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?

My honest opinion, the single greatest community I have ever been a part of, there are no cons, especially here, I love UU. Everyone here is so anxious to help out it's like what christmas should be but all year round.

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

I believe its the diversity, it's like a guitar but so much more, alone it's a great instrument that can create entire songs by itself. But with others it can be so much more.

When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

I haven't been able to find anyone here yet to jam with but i'm sure it's just with whatever instruments are around

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

I don't know how to answer this question other than to say, I would say if anything the Uke is a jack of all trades kinda instrument, with a slight twist. It is just as good as any other instrument it can sound like, but it has it's own uniqueness that it excels at

Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

Of course, you know what, people say a ukulele is a child's toy. They scoff and they laugh when you tell them you play. But the best part of being a ukulele player, is proving them wrong. Showing them and the world that the Ukulele is just as much of an instrument as the guitar. Spreading the love for this instrument by proving assumptions wrong is what I love to do.

How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

What!? How did you find out about that? It was only one time don't tell my girlfriend! Lol seriously though, if someone pulled a knife on me while I was playing my uke I would take the extra ten seconds to turn around pick up my case and slap him with it, instead of my uke. I love my instrument :).

MisoHappy
10-27-2009, 09:08 PM
What got you interested in the Ukulele? How did everything start?

Started when I saw the big sign that said "Roy Sakuma's Ukulele Studio. It was downhill from there

How has the Internet changed your ukulele experience?

I get to see and learn what others are learning, I can seek advice from fellow ukers, as well as give it to others. I've learned a lot through the internet. It's probably what's got me so far.

How would you describe the Ukulele community, pros, and cons?


Not exactly sure how to answer that.....are there any cons at all? ;)

What sets you apart as a ukulele player vs. playing other instruments?

Do you mean being known as an UKULELE player despite playing other instruments? I don't play any other instruments.

If you mean an ukulele player as opposed to a guitar player kind of thing, then I'd say: The uke is a different instrument, everyone has low standards for it, it's looked at as a toy. I'm there to prove them wrong. Everyone knows guitars and stuff sound good, and they have nothing to prove, they're not as easily blown away.


When you play your uku with others, are you playing with other ukulele players, or with whatever instruments are around (guitar, bass, drums, whatever)?

Usually just guitars and other ukes.

How do think the uku fits in with other instruments?

That's a toughie D:
I don't know how to answer


Do you find people stereotype you as a uku player (positive, negative)?

It's usually a positive thing to be a uke player, unless you have a big head about it, or you're absolutely terrible.

Usually people will stand around and ask you to play things, so everyone pretty much likes the ukers


How would you describe the relationship between you and your uku?

It's the closest thing I have to a boyfriend :D