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IamRobbyah
05-20-2008, 05:56 PM
Marquesan banjo -- I've always loved this instrument, from the first time I've heard it. Anyone kno the actual name, I've heard it referred to unda other names.

a lil showcase of yet some more local talent:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KbocrQqQUI

i see these guys at the gym every now an then, but i'm too shy to say wussup.

Anyone think that this instrument will catch on like de 'uke?

deach
05-20-2008, 05:58 PM
Tahitian ukulele?

menehunenyc
05-20-2008, 06:11 PM
Tahitian ukulele?

Utulele? perhaps? :confused:

IamRobbyah
05-20-2008, 06:32 PM
Tahitian ukulele?

thas wut i hear it more commonly called too.

degracia
05-20-2008, 06:43 PM
Lol thass wsuup. I have the video on my myspace :nana:

Yeah I've watched these dudes play since spring last year? Yea. My cousin goes to Solano College with Justin (long hair) and Jeffrey DeGuia (youtube.com/coversbyjeffreyd).

I love the sound of that 'marquesan banjo'. Just stands out to me.

Apparently, it is called a tahitian ukulele. When I look up marquesan banjo on google, nothing poops up but the video. Maybe its a nickname?

menehunenyc
05-20-2008, 06:50 PM
Very interesting shape (its gotta hold 8 strings), and a very bright sound, is there a sound hole? I couldn't make it out.

russ_buss
05-20-2008, 07:15 PM
there was a thread about this a short while back. bunch of good links there:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?p=21997

very cool looking instrument!

Howlin Hobbit
05-20-2008, 08:37 PM
Very cool, but holmes there in the striped shirt needed to keep out of the frame and shut the eff up.

When I'm somewhere like that and some great talent is going down I try to soak it up.

(Yeah, it's The Grumpy Unca' Hobbit show again, but really!)

Guting
05-20-2008, 09:08 PM
I got something that might become a fad, in time maybe...

UkuLeLesReggAe
05-20-2008, 09:11 PM
they a mean ukulele those 8 strings.. new zealand ukes :P

ASsuming so cos the guy who shows em is nz.. but they very very bright sound

Vroom
05-20-2008, 09:12 PM
That thing looks and sounds pretty cool, but I have a feeling that it would just be a very small fad, if any. I doubt it would last long... i don't know why, just a hunch I guess. I still want one though.,...

salukulady
05-20-2008, 09:28 PM
Very cool, but holmes there in the striped shirt needed to keep out of the frame and shut the eff up.

When I'm somewhere like that and some great talent is going down I try to soak it up.

(Yeah, it's The Grumpy Unca' Hobbit show again, but really!)I agree and turn off the stupid TV when you're recording.....

Plainsong
05-21-2008, 03:09 AM
Very cool, but holmes there in the striped shirt needed to keep out of the frame and shut the eff up.

When I'm somewhere like that and some great talent is going down I try to soak it up.

(Yeah, it's The Grumpy Unca' Hobbit show again, but really!)

I feel ya. The one dark blotch on the last local uke meetup was the drunk guy who wanted to keep talking to me during each set. He'd wait until the music started and just start shouting over it. I tried my best to ignore him, but then he wanted to prove to me how much he "knew" about singing and started making screatching noises, I guess proving he was (not) a tenor, and he grabbed my arm and wanted me to touch his stomach and neck (so that I could feel how he was doing it right, when he was so badly doing it wrong).

I know by the sound of that, that he sounds like he was cruisin' for a bruisin', but he means well, and he's a member of the club, and he wanted everyone to play his uke, and he's a huge Hawaiiphile, but jeez!

I would have been happy to chat with him, and so I did in between sets, because he did mean well, it's just he's the type that doesn't register when other things are going on.

seeso
05-21-2008, 04:45 AM
I don't see it catching on. I think the banjolele has better odds than the Tahitian uke.

deach
05-21-2008, 04:46 AM
It will catch on once someone plays one on American Idol. :music:

menehunenyc
05-21-2008, 04:51 AM
I think the head stock is just to clunky, its not cute enough to catch on like the uke.

IamRobbyah
05-23-2008, 01:38 PM
I got something that might become a fad, in time maybe...

wutchu got?

Digital SQRATCH
05-23-2008, 04:13 PM
anyone know the chords theyre playin?? :)

IamRobbyah
05-25-2008, 08:51 AM
anyone know the chords theyre playin?? :)

i'm sure the almight seeso could figa it out. wut part of the bay?

bsting
05-25-2008, 10:50 AM
I actually have one of these, that I picked up in Tahiti...I gotta say though, I never really play it, although side by side with a uke it has a very different sound. Haha, the shape also makes it much harder to hold and it falls out of tune a little more quickly because of the eight strings. It's definitely a fun instrument, but I don't think it would ever catch on like the ukulele since it's so similar but not so iconic!

IamRobbyah
05-27-2008, 05:32 PM
^^ ahh, pros and cons... well put :)