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Uke Republic
10-28-2010, 04:56 PM
I'm chock a block with ukes and I can't pass without picking one up even for a quickie strum. It may just be a quick 3 chord or part of a song. Do you suffer from such a wonderful condition? It's also happening with the steel drums .

Kem
10-28-2010, 05:53 PM
I have my uke right next to my desk (I work mostly from home). Every time I finish marking a paper, I pick up the uke and play it. Sometimes, I pick it up WHILE I'm marking a paper. I play it while I'm surfing the Internet. I play it when I should be writing lectures. I play it at three o'clock in the frickin' morning, when I'm finishing off my comic. I think I need help.

Chris Tarman
10-28-2010, 05:58 PM
I have my trusty Flea sitting out next to the computer desk and most of my others in their cases a few steps away. If I am in this room, I generally have one in my hands or next to the Flea in a stand. If I don't get one out of the cases, I just grab the Flea. About the only time I don't pick one up (often, at least) is first thing in the morning when I'm getting dressed for work. I leave the house at 6 AM, and I am NOT a morning person, so I sleep and then stand in the shower for as long as possible before I have to bolt out the door. So I have no time to play then. Although once in a while I will pick it up and do a couple of muted strums. You know.... just to get the circulation going.

kenikas
10-29-2010, 08:04 AM
Unfortunately I often have to! It seems some weeks the only time I get to spend with them is checking their humidifiers between flying trips. But I just bought a cheapie to take with me so I'll have something to play on layovers.

haole
10-29-2010, 08:11 AM
It's impossible. Especially when I have a Fluke in the living room, a Flea on my computer desk, a baritone next to my bed, and a few others taking up half my couch. Something will get picked up and strummed every day, at least once. My best musical ideas come to me when I instinctually grab a uke as I walk by.

beergeek
10-29-2010, 11:38 AM
Nope, can't do it. I take one to work with me. I play it during breaks in meetings. On the ride to and from, I play it at stoplights in the car. I go almost no where without one. I have one on every floor of my house ;) Hmmm...my wife thinks I'm obsessed....maybe I am.....alrighty then, where did I leave a uke? It's getting so I need one in every room.

TCK
10-29-2010, 01:57 PM
Mine hang in the hallway thanks to ToucanMango (another UU'er...he is here (http://myworld.ebay.com/toucanmango/)) and every time I walk by my dogs gets those darn fleas- makes my wife laugh so hard ;)

mm stan
10-29-2010, 02:14 PM
Ive got one beside my bed and one next to the computer.....can't miss them....he he..

Ronnie Aloha
10-29-2010, 02:40 PM
One next to bed, one hanging from desk and two on stand in living room next to the couch...too much temptation to walk away.

Hippie Dribble
10-29-2010, 03:41 PM
for me it's not so much about pickin em up...the more relevant question is can I put em down long enough to perform basic functions of everyday living? :o

Jerlial Prophet
10-29-2010, 04:26 PM
I keep my Makala Dolphin on the piano in the living room and often pick it up for a quickie. It gets me into trouble because sometimes I'm supposed to be helping get the kids ready or something but I can't resist picking it up. When I do that, I only mean to play like 3 chords or something but my wife doesn't know that and she gets understandably frustrated.

farmerboy
10-29-2010, 08:53 PM
I keep my Makala Dolphin on the piano in the living room and often pick it up for a quickie. It gets me into trouble because sometimes I'm supposed to be helping get the kids ready or something but I can't resist picking it up. When I do that, I only mean to play like 3 chords or something but my wife doesn't know that and she gets understandably frustrated.

I'm with you on that. Sad thing is that I've got one at work and play it quite a lot during the day too - so she gets even more frustrated.

StevieC
10-29-2010, 10:33 PM
Only if it's locked in it's case!

slaming
10-29-2010, 10:52 PM
yeah same for me i have my eleuke and amp in the lounge the eleuke is currently just sat next to me i stopped halfway thru hay there deliah for a phone call, so took a quick check on here and facebook twitter Etc. now its time to pick it back up again ;)

aspieman456
10-30-2010, 02:05 AM
I learn not to suffer from ukulele burnout by pacing my playing time every 3 to 5 days total. I love my ukulele but I got other things in my life.

Sonseeker30
10-30-2010, 03:53 AM
Great forum question...it is hard for me not to walk past my Ukulele and not play it. I have 5 and my husband thinks if I need another like I need a hole in my head. I play my uke everyday if I can and I must say that I can't walk past my uke and not pick it up. I would say it's not an obsession but a passion. Not a lot of people have passion.

telebob
10-30-2010, 06:16 AM
for me it's not so much about pickin em up...the more relevant question is can I put em down long enough to perform basic functions of everyday living? :o

Good point! :)

beergeek
10-30-2010, 09:55 AM
Well, I sold my Sceptre and my Pono, and shipped my Lanikai to my daughter who is in the Peace Corps in Ajerbaijan. I'm down to 5 ukes and will be down to 4 when someone buys my Kala.

Well, I'll be down to 4 until Mike gets the Ohana 2M ;) then I'll be back up at 5....Mike, don't forget me!!!!

I tend to pick up the Martin the most at the moment because it's really convenient. I'm leaving the kala packed up so it's ready to go. The Ohana and the Martin travel with me the most but the Pineapple Sunday and the KoAloha tenor get played when I'm playing through an amp.

I only occasionally pick up my guitar since I took up the uke. Ukes are way more fun ;)

oldrookie
10-30-2010, 02:06 PM
Guess I'm the exception. I enjoy the uke, but spend more time with my basses. Might explain why my uke skills are still
less than what they should be.

Darren61
10-30-2010, 06:23 PM
I can't walk past my ukes without a strum either. I keep a uke by the computer now too for all those painful waiting during download moments...

UkuLeLesReggAe
10-31-2010, 02:09 AM
noooo.. i walk in my room, see it, pick it up every time.

lordlogan
10-31-2010, 02:56 AM
Ive only got my lanikai Lu21 but at christmas ill be getting a Kala butterfly, so right now my Lanikais always in my hands.
My families getting sick of G C Am F over and over again but hey, i love it:) I know when my new one comes i'll end up playing my old one so the Kala doesn't get hurt.
It'll end up spending most its life in my case.

Uke Republic
10-31-2010, 09:01 AM
Well, I sold my Sceptre and my Pono, and shipped my Lanikai to my daughter who is in the Peace Corps in Ajerbaijan. I'm down to 5 ukes and will be down to 4 when someone buys my Kala.

Well, I'll be down to 4 until Mike gets the Ohana 2M ;) then I'll be back up at 5....Mike, don't forget me!!!!

I tend to pick up the Martin the most at the moment because it's really convenient. I'm leaving the kala packed up so it's ready to go. The Ohana and the Martin travel with me the most but the Pineapple Sunday and the KoAloha tenor get played when I'm playing through an amp.

I only occasionally pick up my guitar since I took up the uke. Ukes are way more fun ;)

Your 1st in line for Ohana 2M which should be early to mid December (5 string tenor will be out mid Nov)
Ajairbaijan! If I turn on CNN and see some happy folks playing the uke over there I'll know why:)

Uke Republic
10-31-2010, 09:04 AM
Ive only got my lanikai Lu21 but at christmas ill be getting a Kala butterfly, so right now my Lanikais always in my hands.
My families getting sick of G C Am F over and over again but hey, i love it:) I know when my new one comes i'll end up playing my old one so the Kala doesn't get hurt.
It'll end up spending most its life in my case.

Hey you can play a lot of songs with G C and F! Keep up the obsession , uh I mean good work:)

pulelehua
10-31-2010, 09:22 AM
Yes, I can. Out of necessity. But when I do have a chance to pick it up, life is simply better.

I've been learning some Ernest Ka'ai tunes, and try to find time to play at least one, once a day. Pure sunshine.

beergeek
10-31-2010, 02:21 PM
Your 1st in line for Ohana 2M which should be early to mid December (5 string tenor will be out mid Nov)
Ajairbaijan! If I turn on CNN and see some happy folks playing the uke over there I'll know why:)

Thanks Mike!!! I'm excited...Ohana's are a great value!

lordlogan
11-01-2010, 03:52 AM
Hey you can play a lot of songs with G C and F! Keep up the obsession , uh I mean good work:)

hahah:) if only i could make the songs sound good!

Papa Tom
11-01-2010, 06:15 AM
It's the sickest thing...I've been playing for about three years now and, any time I walk past one of my ukes, I cannot resist picking it up and playing, at the VERY LEAST, a G chord!

kraaazyugs
11-20-2010, 05:13 PM
my uke stays on the couch...... where i spend most of my time!!!!

ukecantdothat
11-20-2010, 08:12 PM
I too have a uke at the ready near the computer and a hook on the bedroom wall with a uke there when I'm too lazy to get up and go to the computer! But I'll sometimes go for days without picking one up. Just knowing there's one within easy reach is enough. But I don't let it go too long without keeping the chops up, because I never know when a gig might pop up and I don't want to get to rusty. It's funny you mentioned steel drum, because the band I'm in features steel drum and uke. It's a great combination. The two instruments share essentially the same register, and the notes decay at about the same rate. Here's a sample of what they sound like together. At about 1:55 into it we double up on a melody so you can get an idea of what I'm talking about (sounds like you may already know, though!).


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y18iUfYgM5w

beergeek
12-02-2010, 12:14 PM
Coming soon to a beergeek near you ...LOL...LOL...can't wait Mike!!! "All I want for XMAS is my Ohana 2M, Ohana 2M, Ohana 2M... ;)"

cletus
12-02-2010, 02:14 PM
My new Fluke sits out in the living room next to an EMENEE cowboy guitar, so it's always tempting to grab it.

I now play ukulele lots more than I used to play.

ukularwarhead
12-02-2010, 06:31 PM
I recently bought a hardshell case for my uke. I used to keep it in a gig bag in the corner behind my guitar. Now the case sits out in the open and it takes like trhee seconds to get my uke out. I play a heck of lot more now than I did before