View Full Version : Other instruments that go well with uke? Also, hi!

06-20-2008, 10:56 PM
Slide guitar, of course, a bit of bass to fill out the sound... what other instruments have you accompanied on uke or you would think would be a good match? Just got a new camera and I'm thinking of pioneering a YouTube channel with some multi-instrumental overdubbed jams, GUGUG style :)

By the way, hi everybody, I'm VengefulTikiGod or just Dan if you like, heard about this site from ChiyoDad over on the Harmony-Central forums. Did a bit of lurking and this seems like a very cool place. I recognize some of my favorite YouTube subscriptions here. Seeso, you are the man. GUGUG, you are the man (not sure if you go here, but still). Does Brook Adams go here? He is also the man. Anyway, with any luck I'll have some vids up in the next few weeks for your listening pleasure, so stay tuned. Rock on,


06-21-2008, 01:04 AM
I think those drums aldrine had in one of those live tv things sounded great.... normal guitar, possibly anothre uke ;)

and hey, welcome to forums <3

06-21-2008, 01:20 AM
Also vintage rock organ works, depending on how your uke is setup. Mine was plugged in with a bit of gain to dirty it up a little. As for acoustic, not sure... but electric worked awesome.

06-21-2008, 03:10 AM
Hmmm. Sitar, and veena, maybe even some tabla. Definitely tuba or Sousaphone. Hard to top that combination. I'm working on a shakuhachi-uke duet piece right now... but I really think it needs a banjolele instead.

06-21-2008, 05:07 AM
what about the KAZOO http://www.rapandsoulmailorder.com/merchandise/merchandisepics/kazoo.jpg

Howlin Hobbit
06-21-2008, 06:13 AM
Definitely tuba or Sousaphone. Hard to top that combination.

Yep. And add trombone to that.

Also melodica and clarinet.

06-21-2008, 08:45 AM
Harmonica and ukulele sounds nice.

06-21-2008, 09:08 AM
brushes with snare.

06-21-2008, 09:30 AM
Djembe works great! :D


06-21-2008, 07:28 PM
what about the KAZOO http://www.rapandsoulmailorder.com/merchandise/merchandisepics/kazoo.jpg

Kazoo? i want one Lmao these look cheap ones but i bet they sound nice :)

06-21-2008, 08:10 PM
what about the KAZOO http://www.rapandsoulmailorder.com/merchandise/merchandisepics/kazoo.jpg

Ooh, not a bad choice at all. Did not know Hohner made kazoos. If they're as nice as their harmonicas, that might be a good investment :)

Yeah I've got a mini djembe, harmonicas, bass, guitar, slide guitar, tambourine, maracas...

I'm digging the brass and woodwinds ideas, I should call up some of my friends from my alma mater's concert band haha

06-22-2008, 01:59 AM
Kazoo? i want one Lmao these look cheap ones but i bet they sound nice :)

lol, if used well they sound decent, but "nice" and "kazoo" are not words that are usually put in the same sentence.

heres a decent vid of a uke and kazoo, as well as a hilarious man http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbeAp-sbRDk and heres a vid of just a kazoo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQ9Nhgfhexo&feature=related

you can pick them up cheap at a music and/or toy shop. it doesnt really matter if its metal or plastic.

06-22-2008, 02:13 AM
as kids we used to take a piece of waxed paper, crease it and put it over the teeth of a comb. then you put your lips to the paper and hum. sounds like a kazoo (only quieter, mercifully)

06-22-2008, 01:12 PM
Harmonica and ukulele sounds nice.

Yup, I've tried that (my friend on harmonica), and it does sound pretty cool.

06-22-2008, 01:58 PM
Djembe works great! :D

Djembes and other members of the Bongo family all work well. Most of the World Percussion instruments work fine. In the second and third photos, I'm using a Rhythm Ring. They are manufactured in San Marcos, California (San Diego) http://www.rhythmring.com . Just put it on a finger on your strumming hand. It has a sound similar to a shaker egg http://www.lpmusic.com/Product_Showcase/Shakers/rythymix_eggs.htm . Ric




06-22-2008, 04:29 PM
Casiotone. Drum Machine. Sampler.

06-22-2008, 04:33 PM
I was just playing piano and uke (just open strings) together, and it sounded very sweet. This was just after a Jake Shimabukuro concert, though, so everything sounds sweet...

06-22-2008, 04:37 PM
I play percussion in a Uke band. I use bongos, congos, Remo Tubano, cabasa, clave sticks, and fish guiro. You can hear some on my new song "Tiki Lady" at: http://www.myspace.com/tikicowboys


06-22-2008, 06:31 PM
The Boomstick and Junk kit...
Video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwNZd7eg2g8)

06-22-2008, 08:49 PM
Hello, have any of you been listening to Jake tour with Jimmy? He's been doing an incredible duet with Robert Grenidge......Uke and steel drums together are where Hawaii and the Caribbean meet.

My dream band is uke, flute and the steel drum.......got the kids trained on the first two, just gotta work on the drum..........

06-23-2008, 05:44 AM
Djembe works great! :D

I agree... I love the sound of basic hand drums with the uke :D

06-23-2008, 07:14 AM
Koaloha D-VI. Daniel Ho and Herb Ohta Jr. are love.

06-19-2019, 02:07 PM
I get annoyed at times at all the ukers that think they can play a drum of some kind (often a cajon) in their jam sessions and often onstage performances. . Never seen so many consistently poor percussionists in my life. There has to be some out there that can play in proper sync with the tempo of the song being played. Maybe Santa can bring them a metronome.

06-19-2019, 03:36 PM
Bass, harmonica, and guitar, even fiddle.
Small shakers, too.

Phil, I agree. I tossed an electric bass player outta my jam session years ago. He thought he was good, but he really stunk and was very loud.
He cursed me on the way out.
I said "Good Riddance".

06-19-2019, 04:00 PM
When I play with my group in Perth, Western Australia, I play in the ‘rhythm’ section of the group which comprises a bass player, a drummer or two (electronic and sometimes cajon or Tom toms) and me on amplified Uke through a pedal board with various EFX pedals. I’ve also had the pleasure to play with a group that comprises a bass fiddle, a Sax or clarinet, a Uke, and an accordion or electronic piano.

06-19-2019, 04:29 PM
The U-bass player and Cajon player in my group are very good and help a lot with tempo. We are glad to have them, especially for public performances. We had a uke player/harmonica player that joined us this winter. He and his wife came from back east for the ski season. The harmonica sounded great with our ukuleles.

We donít have drummer or bass player at church, and our tempo suffers for that.

06-21-2019, 07:52 AM
Tuba or Sousaphone.

A la Leon Redbone.