View Full Version : What Do You Like Most About Playing The Uke?

02-07-2010, 01:57 PM
I've been a drummer all my life and the suggestions I would make in bands that I played in, were never taken seriously whether it be song selection, arrangements, etc. With the uke, I am the boss. I can play the songs I want, if my capability is there and I can play them the way I want. I also like the fact that you can get a high quality instrument for a fraction of the cost of a drumset and the portability is fantastic. I just wish I could find an open mic night somewhere around Little Rock.:D

02-07-2010, 02:21 PM
Portability, fun, the sound.

02-07-2010, 02:24 PM
I'm a drummer too, and the self-contained in-control aspect is a HUGE win for me as well, along with portability. Plus it's just plain fun.

02-07-2010, 03:06 PM
+1 for portability

02-07-2010, 03:07 PM
I love the relaxation that comes along with it. Thats what first struck me when I thought about it.

02-07-2010, 03:17 PM
The ease of learning and the portability.

02-07-2010, 03:59 PM
I'd have to say its charm. There is just something so "charming" about something so simple and fun that can sound so nice.

My background is classical guitar, which is a "serious" instrument. Many pieces/arrangements are quite complicated and difficult to play.

On the uke, even "dumbed down" and simplified classical arrangements can be fun to play and sound so utterly charming. :)

02-07-2010, 04:33 PM
op - you're in little rock? awesome. i went hsu in arkadelphia for 2 years with lots of trips to little rock, where i have a lot of friends. right now im right across the river in mississippi. there's even less of a chance for open mic nites here. fortunately, ill be moving (back) to la in a couple of months, so that'll be a bit easier.

ive played guitar forever and drums for a couple of years. what i like about uke is :
-that fewer people play it. i'm not so interested in necessarily "impressing" people, but it's hard to get people to not roll their eyes when you're playing guitar unless you're freakin fantastic or playing a song they know. uke just feels fresh. while it's not really true, i feel like i'm treading new ground when i dabble around on uke.
-portability. i've already played so much more since i can carry it with me everywhere - literally.
-fun/happy. it just kind of makes me smile. i notice people bobbing their heads in time with the music more. more happy faces. it's just special i think
- it also seems to me that the sound varies from uke to uke more than other instruments. this probably isn't very true and i am by no means an expert, but i've played several sets of drums, countless guitars, pianos, etc. i play a 200$ ibanez acoustic electric guitar and ive played a multi thousand dollar taylor, a breedlove, some martins, etc etc and there's no way they sound thousands of dollars better than what i have. the woods and strings on ukes change the sound so much. i've never even thought about the woods and whether its solid or laminated with guitars, but ukes just seem to have more soul for some reason.
-community. not that theyre my favourite instrument - sometimes i really miss the 6 strings. ive got an accordion coming in the mail this week and ive been looking at squeezebox forums, and doing general research, and the very concept "ukulele" just feels different. it's magical. they're lighthearted, theyre lovely. i'm also a pipe smoker - the only other category of hobby that i basically know i'll get along with the person involved in that hobby. pipe smokers are relaxed, helpful, and patient. you can watch uke videos and talk to people who uke - they're friendly, laid back, and generally happy. it's outstanding. there's a thread about guitar players here, and while it's definitely not true across the board, there's definitely more douches that play them than ukes. same for a lot of instruments. haven't really met a uker i just couldnt stand. i'll admit the first time i picked one up, it felt like i was playing a kids toy: nylon strings, tiny, $50. but my opinion has definitely been changed.

i love it :)

02-07-2010, 04:43 PM
Making millions of dollars, and having women throw themselves at me.

02-07-2010, 07:28 PM
What I like about playing the drums: I can bash the living s**t out of 'em with pointy wooden sticks all night, and the next day they want more. I only have to change the skins in return.

What I like about playing sax: I can breathe my hot, steamy, germ laden air into it all night and smooth, sweet tones come out the other end (along with a cuppa spit when I open the valve...). I only have to change the reeds when they wear out. Easy.

What I like about playing a Stratocaster: I can play it all night, with a Marshall set to 11, until my fingers and/or ears bleed. I only have to change the strings the night before a gig/session, or if one breaks.

What I like about playing the piano: I can push down a key, any key, and a note plays. It's not always the right note, but all I have to do is press down to make the note. Easy. Once in a while I hire a guy to come over and tune it.

What I like about playing the bass: I don't like the bass. I suck like a Hoover on bass. My hands are too small.

What I like about playing the ukulele: I can play it all night and all day, and dopey people still will say dopey things to me like, "Who are you, Tiny Tim?" Ukes & dopes make me smile. But the best thing is that because of the uke, I found the ukuleleunderground and became a member. They let me stay in, even after months of posting crap like this reply. But best of all, because of the uke and UU, I met Salukulady, and thru her, got to meet and play on stage with one the best practitioners of the instrument, and founders of the underground, Aldrine Guerrero, only 2 short months after nearly checking out with a stroke! (Still seems like a dream.) And great people like Sukie come all the way out from the frozen tundra to see it. Wow. Expect the unexpected underground, yo. Great mahalos to all the UU staff and members. Keep up the good work and vibes!!!

02-07-2010, 07:41 PM
#1 is the sound, this was a surprise to me. I got my first one for the portability and all the others for the sound. Something about the delicacy and charm of it - it ought to sound like a guitar played up high, but it doesn't. The whole thing seems like low tension, low pressure, happy, fun.

Of course I am sticking with sopranos, tenors and concerts sound more serious.

02-07-2010, 07:41 PM
The thing I like most about playing the ukulele is playing the ukulele.

02-07-2010, 09:41 PM
It makes me happy and I don't have to spend 4 figures to get a good instrument.

02-07-2010, 10:26 PM
It's mostly the sound. But it's as easy or as difficult if I want it to be, and it's not too ridiculously huge.

02-08-2010, 12:16 AM
Making millions of dollars, and having women throw themselves at me.

The uke is a crowd pleasing babemagnet and more easily used in self-defense when confronted on the street. Try making it count with a Martin D-28. And yes, all that money...and fame.

02-08-2010, 01:18 AM
Four fingers, four strings.

02-08-2010, 01:27 AM
I can play it in my office and the person in the apartment next door doesn't complain about hearing it (like she did when I brought the guitar in).

02-08-2010, 01:41 AM
Making millions of dollars, and having women throw themselves at me.

Yeah, that aspect of uking has been pretty good, too. I just didn't want to dwell too much on the private jet and all the supermodels, but yeah, they're nice to have around.

02-08-2010, 01:50 AM
I like it all. There is really an awesome range of sound possible from delicate fingerstyle campanella sound to banjo roll, to that meaty chop like you get from a mandolin (though it sounds different on nylon), all variations of strumming and suc and it just feels good in my hands and the neck feels like it belongs under my fingers. I love the portability of it. I can take it to work, carry it around all day if I need to and it doesn't get in the way of anything. I absolutely cannot wait to busk with my ukulele.

. . . yeah. . . and the women. . .

02-08-2010, 02:19 AM
I like how everything else just sort of fades away into the background whenever I touch my uke. I just hope it just doesn't make me go blind...

02-08-2010, 06:27 AM
portability, playability. It reminds me of when I got my first guitar... a cheap nylon string plywood guitar, and I would sit and play it for hours. My fingers were sore, but it didn't matter. It was bliss. Those were simple times before I got serious about playing blues and bass and whatever.

In the fall of 2008, I bought a Jose Ramirez classical guitar. It was the first nylon string that I had since my beginner guitar. I love the sound of nylon strings. But I have a lot of problems with carpal tunnel. My uke is infinitely more portable and waaaaay less valuable (I mean that as far as how much it would cost to replace) than my Ramirez guitar. And I can play it for a much longer sitting than any of my other instruments.

02-08-2010, 06:31 AM
It is elegantly simple and simply elegant.

02-08-2010, 06:38 AM
What do I like best...?...

...all the uke men have tattoos :drool:

Aunt Betty
02-08-2010, 07:25 AM
1. Ukuleles are adorable. ....oooo! Pretty!
2. It fits my multiple personalities and short attention span (I can be a rock star, a classical diva, a redneck country girl, a Celtic princess, a sun-kissed brown-eyed girl, in the span of an hour)
3. It is fun.
4. UU folks - you all help make learning how to play the ukulele so much easier than if I were on my own.
5. I feel like I can do this. Maybe even well, with practice.

There are more reasons, but these are my top f1ve.

02-08-2010, 07:48 AM
[QUOTE=lisaxy424;316718]What do I like best..

...all the uke men have tattoos :drool:[/QUOTE

Yeah, but what about the uke ladies? Tattoos, Lisa?

02-08-2010, 07:54 AM
I love the relaxation that comes along with it. Thats what first struck me when I thought about it.

I second this. I play late at night after the kidie's are in bed. I go to the basement and relax and strum away the stress of the day. other than that I would say ease to learn, portablity and of course CHARM!

02-08-2010, 08:00 AM
I can take it anywhere. Anyone can play and feel successful. It is very versitile... you can play anything. It makes people smile... it makes ME smile! Mine are so pretty. I can make music anywhere. I love the sound! My kids love to play and sing with me! Yes, it de-stresses... I got stressed the other day and one of my regular customers came in and I was talking to him about it. When he left he said, "I am going to leave now and I want you to go back to your desk and play your uke" haha! And I could go on and on about all the different ways... but here are a few!

02-08-2010, 08:04 AM
I have only been playing for a month or so, know a few chords, and a few simple songs, but I love the fact that I cam pick it up, strum a few random chords, anything i like and it sounds good! It de-stresses me even just holding it, let alone playing it!

02-08-2010, 08:07 AM
What do I like best...?...

...all the uke men have tattoos :drool:

I don't! (Sorry)

02-08-2010, 08:10 AM
What do I like best...?...

...all the uke men have tattoos :drool:

I don't either. I guess I'm more of a uke boy.*

*Boy toy if you like.

02-08-2010, 08:12 AM
Maybe this point of view is a bit naive, but all the ukulele people I have met so far (with the exception of one German seller) are really nice people!
Another aspect I like about the uke is that it has improved my singing. I guess just because I play the uke a lot which at the same time means that I sing a lot, too.
Then I like the practicing aspect of it, combined with the portability. You can take your uke with you everywhere and play it everywhere. Practicing the uke is like a kind of meditation for me, a time when I don't think about anything else but the song at hand. When I can immerse my soul in the music... oh yeah! ;)

02-08-2010, 08:15 AM
I don't either. I guess I'm more of a uke boy.*

*Boy toy if you like.

Hahahaha... so I'm a uke toy boy, too, I guess. Hmm, don't we all toy with our ukes? ;)