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UKISOCIETY
03-29-2010, 01:32 AM
"Ukulele rides new wave" (Ukulele rides new wave By Heather Svokos) By Heather Svokos is short and covers most everything we already know, but she kept from saying anything cutesy or condescending like I've read in other recent articles. My favorite quote, which I had never thought of before:


The uke's mystique comes from its sound, for sure, but there's also the size and shape, says Bill Robertson, who made a little documentary in 2003 called “Rock That Uke.” He thinks some of the instrument's charm is linked with the physical act of holding it.

“It's about the size of a human infant,” he says. “And when you hold it to play, you hold it up close and you're cradling it to your heart ... to be corny about it. It is this small thing that you're protecting, and also giving you a sense of protective purpose in the world.”

I never thought about that, but it rings true to me.

haolejohn
03-29-2010, 01:47 AM
"Ukulele rides new wave" (Ukulele rides new wave By Heather Svokos) By Heather Svokos is short and covers most everything we already know, but she kept from saying anything cutesy or condescending like I've read in other recent articles. My favorite quote, which I had never thought of before:


The uke's mystique comes from its sound, for sure, but there's also the size and shape, says Bill Robertson, who made a little documentary in 2003 called “Rock That Uke.” He thinks some of the instrument's charm is linked with the physical act of holding it.

“It's about the size of a human infant,” he says. “And when you hold it to play, you hold it up close and you're cradling it to your heart ... to be corny about it. It is this small thing that you're protecting, and also giving you a sense of protective purpose in the world.”

I never thought about that, but it rings true to me.

I have never thought about playing the uke as being protective but when I first show the kids how to hold the uke, I make that infant analagy. Can't wait to get home to read the complete article.

happyslappysoong
03-29-2010, 02:02 AM
is it just me or is the link not working?

ukeshale
03-29-2010, 02:07 AM
Nice article indeed. I like that quote but I'm not sure that it rings true for me. Good find, keep'em coming.


is it just me or is the link not working?

I couldn't get it to work either - here's the link:

http://www.omaha.com/article/20100328/LIVING/703289951

Ukulele JJ
03-29-2010, 02:11 AM
I'm pretty uncomfortable holding babies. Next time I'll try just thinking of it as a ukulele!

JJ

buddhuu
03-29-2010, 02:14 AM
I'm pretty uncomfortable holding babies. Next time I'll try just thinking of it as a ukulele!

JJ
Just don't strum any kids...

brickerenator
03-29-2010, 02:39 AM
Very accurate, in my opinion.

Though I've been pricing other instruments lately, hehe.

ghostrdr
03-29-2010, 02:54 AM
Just don't strum any kids...

Actually, I do strum my kids and they love to be strummed, well tickled actually. Pretending to play my kids like a ukulele generally results in squeals of delight.

Left hand at the neck, playing chords. Right hand across the tummy. Works every time.

sukie
03-29-2010, 03:11 AM
"...As for learning to play, uke fanatics say it's a piece of cake. 'I can teach anyone to play the ukulele in about 15 minutes,' says Mark Levine, president of the Dallas Ukulele Headquarters."

Ah, if it was only that easy. I must be doing something wrong.

Nice article.

waterdog226
03-29-2010, 04:45 AM
I have a significant hearing problem. The ukulele is held close. I can hear it. If it is a well made ukulele. That means a great deal to me. Ukes are amazing.

mds725
03-29-2010, 05:11 AM
My favorite quote from the article: "At Coppell (Texas) High School, about 15 students show up weekly for meetings of sophomore Miles Pitman's ukulele club. Says member Madison Ford: 'If the smiley face played an instrument, it would be the ukulele.' ”

Thanks for posting about the article.

UKISOCIETY
03-29-2010, 05:15 AM
I have a significant hearing problem. The ukulele is held close. I can hear it. If it is a well made ukulele. That means a great deal to me. Ukes are amazing.

I bet you'd like the Riptide ukes with the side soundhole. (http://www.bouldercreekguitars.com/uk_ECUT-2CS-Tenor.html) The player can hear them really well.
http://www.bouldercreekguitars.com/images/ECUT-2CS-Tenor.jpg

Coconut Willie
03-29-2010, 06:08 AM
Nice article, thanks for sharing!!!

molokinirum
03-29-2010, 06:32 AM
My favorite quote from the article: ......Says member Madison Ford: 'If the smiley face played an instrument, it would be the ukulele.' ”



This is a great line! Mahalo for puting up the link for the artical!

Ukeffect
03-29-2010, 06:37 AM
I'm pretty uncomfortable holding babies. Next time I'll try just thinking of it as a ukulele!

JJ

LOL! I liiiike it! Errrm, what chord do you use to burp 'em?:confused:

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
03-29-2010, 06:41 AM
If this were true, the accordian would be a lot more popular than it is.

MTGuru
03-29-2010, 06:45 AM
"If the smiley face played an instrument, it would be the ukulele.”
Is it OK for me to gag now?

http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs50/f/2009/332/b/a/Guitar_by_PoisonTouch.gif

krabbers
03-29-2010, 06:50 AM
try holding them by the neck and strumming the feet


J O K E !!!!

Ahnko Honu
03-29-2010, 07:09 AM
try holding them by the neck and strumming the feet

J O K E !!!!

http://images2.fanpop.com/images/polls/134000/134867_1225385907997_full.jpg

ukecantdothat
03-29-2010, 09:23 AM
Very true. Size matters. I hadn't thought of the baby thing, but I had an Art Teacher (capital "A", capital "T") in college once who, after seeing some miniature ceramics I was working on said, "Be careful. Small = cute," meaning that people may misinterpret what I'm doing as "precious" and "insignificant" because of its size. The upside, she told me, was that small brings people in closer, is more intimate. She was absolutely right. Even though the works were very contemporary, many viewers in a gallery where they were displayed would say, "How cute!" and walk away, but many had to bend in for a close look. Many times since taking up the uke I have thought about the "small = cute" idea. The ignorati are dismissive, the rest come in close!

Cootchie cootchie, coo!

Huckleberry
03-29-2010, 09:36 AM
When you shell out as much dinero as I did for my ukie, you protect it like a baby.

What was I thinking ??

salukulady
03-29-2010, 02:19 PM
I love babies, no wonder I'm partial to sopranos. Sure glad I had four babies and bought 16 ukes and not the other way around.