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brokenwing
05-17-2008, 06:43 AM
...would the world be a better place? Would people be kinder? More peace loving? More spiritual?

There's something about music in general and the ukulele in particular that speaks to the good in people. Maybe it's the simplicity of the uke - or its complexity. The strings have a sound of innocence and hope, like it's coming straight from the heart.

It's been said you can't change the world, just your little corner of it. So, here's hoping that there's a ukulele on every little corner of the world.

Rubbertoe
05-17-2008, 06:49 AM
I totally agree. The ukulele is one of the most unassuming and least intimidating instruments around. It brings a smile to everyone (players and audience). Peace, love and ukuleles to all!

la_ingrit
05-17-2008, 07:05 AM
The strings have a sound of innocence and hope, like it's coming straight from the heart.

It's been said you can't change the world, just your little corner of it. So, here's hoping that there's a ukulele on every little corner of the world.

:worship: I second this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I love ur post!

NotoriousMOK
05-17-2008, 07:22 AM
strings would be easier to find, that's for sure :D

UkuLeLesReggAe
05-17-2008, 07:49 PM
to be honest i'd rather the ukulele didn't get as popular as guitar.. don't get me wrong, in my opinion its the best instrument... but if its as big i wouldn't like it as much because i'd rather do something not many other people do in my area.... but on the other hand - i could teach people what i know ^^

Howlin Hobbit
05-17-2008, 11:15 PM
to be honest i'd rather the ukulele didn't get as popular as guitar..

I'm down with UkuLeLesReggAe on this one. We're already starting to see certain acts adding a ukulele in because it's the "latest hip thing" rather than because they like it (or know how to utilize its strengths properly).

When this "third wave" crests and breaks, I'll still be playing my ukes. But how many are going to be going into closets and attics like at the end of the first and second wave?

Besides, if everybody played the uke, who'd hold down the back line (bass line, percussion) for me? :p

deach
05-18-2008, 12:45 AM
I'm down with UkuLeLesReggAe on this one. We're already starting to see certain acts adding a ukulele in because it's the "latest hip thing" rather than because they like it (or know how to utilize its strengths properly).

When this "third wave" crests and breaks, I'll still be playing my ukes. But how many are going to be going into closets and attics like at the end of the first and second wave?

Besides, if everybody played the uke, who'd hold down the back line (bass line, percussion) for me? :p

So true. Would this website have to change it's name to UkuleleMainstream.com ?

Lanark
05-18-2008, 02:05 AM
While it might be nice to be able to tell people that you play the ukulele and not get that certain smirk (you know the one..) but I'd still prefer not every one play the ukulele because if everybody played one they'd realize just how modest my skills actually are.

Rubbertoe
05-18-2008, 05:21 AM
This is a tough balancing act. I want to introduce the uke to as many people as possible but I still want my little instrument to be somewhat unique and special. It's like Syndrome says in The Incredibles: "... when everyone's Super... No one will be."

Plainsong
05-18-2008, 06:48 AM
Personally it doesn't matter. It doesn't change the sound, nor does it change how it feels to play. Everyone has their instrument.

As a downside, you'd see a huge influx of crappily made ukes for premium prices.

UkuLeLesReggAe
05-18-2008, 08:41 PM
I'm down with UkuLeLesReggAe on this one. We're already starting to see certain acts adding a ukulele in because it's the "latest hip thing" rather than because they like it (or know how to utilize its strengths properly).

When this "third wave" crests and breaks, I'll still be playing my ukes. But how many are going to be going into closets and attics like at the end of the first and second wave?

Besides, if everybody played the uke, who'd hold down the back line (bass line, percussion) for me? :p

hahaha obviously what i expected but seriously... every other instrument is broing and old... why?? because evrybody plays them.. that was the whole point of everything i said - . -

vialde
05-19-2008, 02:46 AM
While it might be nice to be able to tell people that you play the ukulele and not get that certain smirk (you know the one..) but I'd still prefer not every one play the ukulele because if everybody played one they'd realize just how modest my skills actually are.

God I hate the smirk, and the T and F words depending on which side of the globe you hail from.

This might be a whole other thread, but does every region of the globe have a Tiny Tim or Formby like entertainer that causes the masses to roll their eyes at the Ukulele? I mean, you don't get the smirk playing the mandolin do you? Why is that?

JackT
05-19-2008, 02:51 AM
I agree with some of you to point that I wouldn't like it becomeing mainstream. But the honest truth of it is, people are lazy, thats why you dont always see people playing guitar because they either give up or always sit there dreaming of learning but never get off their ass to do it.


While it might be nice to be able to tell people that you play the ukulele and not get that certain smirk (you know the one..) but I'd still prefer not every one play the ukulele because if everybody played one they'd realize just how modest my skills actually are.

Its always the same smirk, like their either A. Questioning my manhood or B. Questioning the instrument.

adellethegreat
05-19-2008, 03:57 AM
While it might be nice to be able to tell people that you play the ukulele and not get that certain smirk (you know the one..) but I'd still prefer not every one play the ukulele because if everybody played one they'd realize just how modest my skills actually are.

Well, there's also the smile... not received as often as the smirk, but sometimes. That's my favorite thing about the uke, it can make people smile before you even strum a note- just by taking it out of its case.

But I'm totally with ya on the skills part. There are THIS many people that play guitar... therefore I'm way down on the list & I suck. BUT... there are only THIS many people who play the uke, so I'm higher up on the chart ;)

Howlin Hobbit
05-19-2008, 04:15 AM
Its always the same smirk, like their either A. Questioning my manhood or B. Questioning the instrument.

I must live in a blessed area because I mostly get the smiles and rarely "the smirk." The few times I do (or the comment about how my guitar is so tiny) I simply tell them I feel no need to overcompensate. :rolleyes:

tripl3thr33
05-19-2008, 07:15 AM
This is a tough balancing act. I want to introduce the uke to as many people as possible but I still want my little instrument to be somewhat unique and special. It's like Syndrome says in The Incredibles: "... when everyone's Super... No one will be."

thats so true. i guess there has to be some kind of balance for the number of ukulele players out there in the world. it's kind of like being a magician, you don't want to reveal your secrets but there are those good people who have the same passion for the art that you will teach. i plan on teaching ukulele classes and while i don't want the ukulele to become insanely popular, here in hawaii, it's part of the local culture so i'm glad to see people learn a part of it.

tad
05-19-2008, 08:39 AM
If everyone played the ukulele, people would still have just as much capacity for pettiness, cruelty, brutality, hatred, avarice, and the like.

It's a beautiful instrument, but it's not magic.

peterandtheuke
05-19-2008, 10:59 AM
Its like we are stuck in this musical pergetory, we're trying to bring some peace to the world with this small intrument, but we know that if its full potenial is realized it will no longer be what it should be, and so it will never be what it could be. Whoa....kinda lost myself in that one.


While it might be nice to be able to tell people that you play the ukulele and not get that certain smirk (you know the one..) but I'd still prefer not every one play the ukulele because if everybody played one they'd realize just how modest my skills actually are.

I KNOW!

Kid 1: What kinda guitar is that.
Me: Actually, its a ukulele.
Kid 1:*the smirk* Oh (as if its SOOO inferior to the supreme god of instruments:THE GUITAR!)

Lanark
05-19-2008, 12:20 PM
I must live in a blessed area because I mostly get the smiles and rarely "the smirk."..

I live in the area Tiny Tim last lived. That might have something to do with it. His presence is a lot fresher in the Twin Cities area.

(And I certainly can't fault him or Formby for their schtick. They were great at what they did. And as an avid fan of novelty musics of all sorts I have deep respect for what they pulled off. It's just that comedy never gets the respect of tragedy despite being much more difficult to do.)

The initial smirk tends to go away after they realize that I'm very serious about the instrument though and explaining how much a good ukulele costs usually makes them pause a bit...

seeso
05-19-2008, 12:35 PM
If everyone played the ukulele, people would still have just as much capacity for pettiness, cruelty, brutality, hatred, avarice, and the like.

It's a beautiful instrument, but it's not magic.

I disagree with you. Playing the ukulele is like meditation. It relieves stress and gives me a higher sense of self-worth. It also connects me to the world around me, grounds me and centers me.

It is likely that most people on this forum feel the exact same way. Therefore it would stand to reason that an ukulele-playing population would experience the same benefits that I do.

However, these benefits are not solely the results of the strumming of an ukulele.

If everyone practiced meditation everyday, or yoga, or runner's high, or fill-in-the-blank, the world would be a more peaceful place, there's no doubt in my mind.

Howlin Hobbit
05-19-2008, 05:01 PM
If everyone played the ukulele, people would still have just as much capacity for pettiness, cruelty, brutality, hatred, avarice, and the like.

It's a beautiful instrument, but it's not magic.


I disagree with you. Playing the ukulele is like meditation. It relieves stress and gives me a higher sense of self-worth. It also connects me to the world around me, grounds me and centers me.

It is likely that most people on this forum feel the exact same way. Therefore it would stand to reason that an ukulele-playing population would experience the same benefits that I do.

Sorry bro, but I'm with Tad on this one. I think you get those benefits because you're a kind, gentle and decent soul. You'd be the same whether you played ukulele, guitar, sousaphone, zither... whatever.

I hold quite a few views which are on the conservative side of the political specturm. I was involved with another forum (which shall remain nameless) when I mistakenly posted a query in response to another fella (who's probably a bit farther to the right than me). He happily answered.

Both of us were then subjected to massive abuse, vituperation and general nastiness. I don't take kindly to being called stupid (amongst other things) and left the forum. I haven't been back since and won't be unless I receive apologies from the major parties involved.

I'm not holding my breath.

There are plenty of people who think that if you're not in lockstep with their beliefs you're somehow subhuman. About the same percentage of those folks play ukulele as the percentage of the general population does.

It's very sad, but it is true.

Rubbertoe
05-19-2008, 05:28 PM
There are plenty of people who think that if you're not in lockstep with their beliefs you're somehow subhuman. About the same percentage of those folks play ukulele as the percentage of the general population does.

It's very sad, but it is true.

Maybe we've been spoiled by the people who frequently post on UU and also having a great team of staff & moderators. I'm just glad that this is a place that we can share our mutual affection for the uke and share our opinions without fear of being brutally criticized. Two thumbs up for UU (I wish I had more thumbs)!

brokenwing
05-19-2008, 06:50 PM
Thanks UU. Wonderful responses all.

I think both perspectives have validity and since it's hypothetical there is no wrong or right answer.

I'm sure most or all here believe that playing and practicing the uke is good for the soul. Would it turn a confused and bitter person around? Maybe... with enough time and exposure. But angry, petty people might never find themselves drawn to the uke. Does the uke doesn't attract those with holes in their souls? I bet not, though there are always exceptions.

It might be naive to believe in the positive power of the uke but that's OK. I choose to be naive. I prefer it.:)

menehunenyc
05-20-2008, 03:08 AM
I think if you in general are a positive person and have an empty place in your soul (because of a loss, tragedy, loneliness, hard times, etc.) the ukulele can fill that empty place and help you feel more fulfilled. However, if you in general are a negative person, the uke won't draw you in, first of all, and second, the uke won't speak to you or fill the void that is in your soul....IMO...

Plainsong
05-20-2008, 03:45 AM
I'll put it this way. I was getting ready to take Pixie to the vet. I was actually ahead of schedule for once, and I had time to sit down and really stress and worry. Being able to sit down and pick up the uke helped.

I never got that feeling from any other instrument I've ever played, unless you count the voice as an instrument. :)

Boondock
05-20-2008, 07:51 AM
Perhaps its not the instrument per se... perhaps a certain personality of people are attracted to the ukulele.

Maybe aggressive, highly opinionated, quick to judgments, violent, evil, criminal people are repulsed by the uke.

Instead of trying to define "why" the ukulele is a strong magnet for attracting "goodness", why not use the power to do something good, like collect a dollar or two from every ukulele player in the world and donate it to the Red Cross effort for our Chinese brothers and sisters who are dealing with a immense tragedy, or some other good cause.

I've never met a ukulele player that I didn't like, either in real life or on the net. I know that won't last forever, but I do feel an instant connection.

tad
06-26-2008, 11:50 AM
Okay, I've got exhibit A for my "playing the uke doesn't guarantee you're a good person" argument... just came across my feed reader today (I have a Google News search RSS for the word "ukulele"...)

http://www.kitv.com/news/16712413/detail.html

HONOLULU -- A grand jury indicted a Ukulele teacher from Windward Oahu on sexual assault charge for allegedly fondling a boy.

David Langi has been charged with third-degree sexual assault.

"We deem the suspect in this case to be a dangerous person to the community," Deputy Prosecutor Mark Yuen said. "He grabbed the complainants buttocks, and when he was confronted he admitted what he had done."

The indictment did not say where the alleged assault occurred. It said the boy was less than 14.

A warrant will be issued for Langsi's arrest, officials said.

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 01:00 PM
He'll get to tiptoe through the tulips in prison then. ;)

And yeah, that does prove Howlin' Hobbits more common sense opinion.

deach
06-26-2008, 02:16 PM
....
Maybe aggressive, highly opinionated, quick to judgments, violent, evil, criminal people are repulsed by the uke.
....

HEY! I am NOT repulsed by the uke!

salukulady
06-26-2008, 07:39 PM
SPREAD THE LOVE! Teach as many people the uke (or any other instrument) as you can. Music is good and it's universal. Even if it doesn't promote world peace it brings out the best in people. The more people singing and making music, the less anger the world has and it's good for our souls.
I have shared the uke with many people in the 6 months I've been playing and I know 4 of them will always play......my children ages 12 thru 25. They were already musicians and now they have added another voice to the repertoire. I don't care if they play well, just so they play. I was so proud today, I walked into my house and my youngest daughter was teaching her girlfriend 3 chords. The next thing I knew they were looking for their favorite song chords on the computer.
IT'S ALL GOOD!

nikolo727
06-27-2008, 12:32 PM
I do believe that the world would be a greater place if there was a uke in every household.

nough said.


that is our mission.

UkuleleBlake
06-27-2008, 12:41 PM
I think that a uke on every corner is a great idea. As long as we could maintain our individuality.

nikolo727
06-27-2008, 01:15 PM
yes maintaining the ukeniqueness would be quite diffucult if everyone played....

but ill put world peace before my selfishness.

but as dear albert einstein said, "As long as there are men, there will be wars."


:(