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SinisterDom
06-26-2008, 12:33 PM
I live in like, Southwestern, Va so no one around here even knows what it is, but anytime I play almost everyone hates, and calls it a "midget guitar". I then go on to tell them about it's origins and they just laugh and say they don't care. :( Anyone else like this?

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 12:43 PM
Midget in itself is a term that is derogatory and shows disrespect and ignorance. But yes, mostly from my own family. It's what one member called "the smile." - but I don't encounter it much locally because uke is gaining popularity 'round these parts.

If anyone acts like they don't care about something I do care about, I start to wonder what else they don't care about. I don't know, using terms like midget, they don't sound too friendly where you're from. :(

FHS-72
06-26-2008, 12:51 PM
maybe u should try what hawaiians do. it's called "AINOKEA". it means I DON'T CARE.:mad: what eva u think of me, AINOKEA.:nana:. try it, saves lot of fustration.:D:rock:

h-drix
06-26-2008, 01:04 PM
I live in like, Southwestern, Va

theirs your first problem :D ive never had a problem with a uke, most people do call it a little guitar but thats about it. i agree with FHS and just keep on playing.

thejumpingflea
06-26-2008, 01:08 PM
Tell them you have no reason to compensate by playing a huge guitar. :)

Poi Dog
06-26-2008, 01:09 PM
maybe u should try what hawaiians do. it's called "AINOKEA". it means I DON'T CARE.:mad: what eva u think of me, AINOKEA.:nana:. try it, saves lot of fustration.:D:rock:

+1 Hell yeah!

CDon
06-26-2008, 01:36 PM
I guess it is one advantage of being an old curmudgeon (possibly redundant, but not necessarily)... I just plain don't give a rat's @ss. I go my way and they go theirs. :D

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 01:44 PM
Yeah, I agree with that, and it would be a major turn-off to me that use ignorant-speak. I wonder what other words they use that would be offensive to the people they're directed towards.

seeso
06-26-2008, 02:09 PM
SinisterDom, my buddy. I'm sorry you gotta go through that. Unfortunately, you can't control what other people are going to say, no matter how ignorant they may be.

The only thing you can control is you, and the way you feel. You know that the ukulele is a wonderful instrument. That's why you chose to play it. Let those other guys say what they want. I know you hear this a lot, but they're just jealous. I'm willing to bet that they don't play any instruments.

So in a few years, when you're dating a hot ukulele-loving chick, they'll be playing Ukulele Hero on their XBoxes, wishing they were you. Then you can smile with satisfaction and tell yourself that you made the right choice.

Until then, take the high road, brother. Don't even honor their ignorance with a remark. Stay classy, keep your eyes on the prize, and you'll reap the rewards of hard work sooner than you think.

And remember there's always a group of ukulele players here at UU who you can turn to. We know what's up.

CitizenSnips
06-26-2008, 02:11 PM
Have you played for any of them yet? I live in a tiny redneck town in FL and no one knew what a Uke was down here either. When I told my friends, yeah they laughed their butts off, until I brought the Uke to them and actually played. Then I left them with their jaws wide-open, they'd never heard an instrument that gave the sound a Uke does. Surprisingly the ladies loved it too. :p


If you haven't played for them already, thats what I would do. To somebody who has never even heard a Uke before, it doesn't take much to make then impressed. I played some very easy 3-4 chord songs on my Uke and just that made them want to hear more.

seeso
06-26-2008, 02:13 PM
While I agree with your sentiment, CitizenSnips, it's always a risk that they won't even hear him. At SinisterDom's age, kids are just looking to rip on someone.

russ_buss
06-26-2008, 02:26 PM
SinisterDom, my buddy. I'm sorry you gotta go through that. Unfortunately, you can't control what other people are going to say, no matter how ignorant they may be.

The only thing you can control is you, and the way you feel. You know that the ukulele is a wonderful instrument. That's why you chose to play it. Let those other guys say what they want. I know you hear this a lot, but they're just jealous. I'm willing to bet that they don't play any instruments.

So in a few years, when you're dating a hot ukulele-loving chick, they'll be playing Ukulele Hero on their XBoxes, wishing they were you. Then you can smile with satisfaction and tell yourself that you made the right choice.

Until then, take the high road, brother. Don't even honor their ignorance with a remark. Stay classy, keep your eyes on the prize, and you'll reap the rewards of hard work sooner than you think.

And remember there's always a group of ukulele players here at UU who you can turn to. We know what's up.


very well said seeso!

the haters usually say nasty things to hide their own shortcomings. so like seeso said, don't let them get to you. it ain't worth it. uke on brother!

deach
06-26-2008, 02:29 PM
....
Until then, take the high road, brother. Don't even honor their ignorance with a remark. Stay classy, keep your eyes on the prize, and you'll reap the rewards of hard work sooner than you think.
.....

The high road is over-rated. Slash the tires on their John Deere's to let them know ukulele is pure gangsta!

SailQwest
06-26-2008, 02:32 PM
Seeso is a philosopher!

The people who want to make you feel bad are probably just trying to make themselves feel better by making someone else feel worse.

I'm sure there are people who appreciate your ukulele, they probably just aren't as loud about it. And chicks really like musicians... ;)

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 02:53 PM
Yeah, and those types really do play themselves.

At my school, it was cooler to call out a bully for what they were, rather than to be one, which is why we didn't have many. I'm from a town with a large redneck population, but not everyone is a redneck. Certainly you can sit down in the quad with the nice kids who say "Hey, what's that small guitar? Didn't I see one of those on American Idol?" - "Hey, that's easier to take with you!" or maybe it isn't their thing but they're not going to be derisive about it either.. or maybe they just lightly tease you because they like you.

Are there any musically inclined kids there? At my school, band wasn't a nerdy thing. It was something that had a lot of priviledges come with it. It was something to be envied, it was the toughest letter to earn. And likewise, the choir was something that was very difficult to get into, and if you were in one of these, you were looked up to - usually more than what made you comfortable.

Those kids had clout, and also weren't adverse to new instruments. Maybe hang with them.

And we Southern people usually pride ourselves in being so curteous. :rolleyes:

deach
06-26-2008, 02:55 PM
....

And we Southern people usually pride ourselves in being so curteous. :rolleyes:

After living in Chas for four years, I appreciate the rolling eyes.

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 03:00 PM
After living in Chas for four years, I appreciate the rolling eyes.

Yes, irony can be pretty ironic sometimes. I lived in Summerville. ;) And the iconic HS band I refer to doesn't exist anymore. As to their choir, I'm not sure. The director left when I did, because we went into the same university music program. I think the choir is probably doing better than that band is now.

ChamorroDT
06-26-2008, 05:03 PM
I live in San Diego...the Uke is quite popular at my school now...well I just graduated, but alot of people claimed me as the "original uke player", mainly because I brought it almost every single day, and so alot of people hate on the OTHER people playing...I personally don't care, haha but it does bother me sometimes when people play the uke and its tuning is off...and so someone playing a C chord sound completely horrible...And I dont mean the strings string are tuned down or up, I mean someone has an uke tuned like....I dont know, its just completely off and yeah...Then I usually tune it for them...other than that, it's cool to see that alot of people are starting to play haha

h-drix
06-26-2008, 05:10 PM
whats worse is when people try to tune it

kidin class:*with a surfer accent* "dude you strings are like...out of tune or something..."

me: *confused look* "no there not, i just tuned it and ukes dont go out THAT fast"

kid "dude...yea they are let me tune it for you dude..." *turns strings*

me:"wtf what are you doing"

kid:"its not in EADG tuning dude...like a bass"

i already hated this kid for other reasons before, this just added to the list. oh and he actully uses the word "dude" that many times.

SailQwest
06-26-2008, 05:29 PM
whats worse is when people try to tune it

Just reading that made me growl...

Nobody, and I mean, NOBODY, gets to touch my tuners!!! GRRRR!!!

deach
06-26-2008, 05:32 PM
Nobody, and I mean, NOBODY, gets to touch my tuners!!! GRRRR!!!

Not even Mr SailQwest?

SailQwest
06-26-2008, 05:41 PM
Rich has a special dispensation because he knows how to do it "just right." But he only does it on request. ;)

deach
06-26-2008, 05:43 PM
Rich has a special dispensation because he knows how to do it "just right." But he only does it on request. ;)

Oh my!!! :love:

salukulady
06-26-2008, 06:44 PM
Buy a couple of cheap ukes and have your two best friends over, teach 'em 3 chords and start jamming together. With three chords you can play any rock-n-roll song and get the girls. Really! Jimmy Buffett learned three chords to get chicks, and look at him now. A multi-millionaire! Who cares if it's a guitar or uke, the results will be the same and girls will want to try the "little guitar" cuz "it's so cute!" Make the uke cool in your town. Spread the love!

KiLO
06-26-2008, 07:31 PM
Haters suck. I haven't run into that yet down here in SoCal. It's probably a little TOO popular here actually. Ya got all kinds of yahoo's runnin' around with uke's.

SinisterDom
06-26-2008, 08:05 PM
Haha, Thanks guys. I'll keep playing until it forces them to like it. :music::p

leplasti
06-26-2008, 09:55 PM
I live in a town near Barcelona and I'm sure that 90% of the people here don't even know what a ukulele is. But I have a few musician friends (most of them guitar players) and they always show interest when I talk about the uke. Who knows, maybe I'll convince them to get a uke :)

Jack33@
06-26-2008, 10:18 PM
If I'd played uke at school (going back a bit and growing up in a rural community) I'd probably have been singled out as a wierdo and suffered at the hands of my peers. More fools them I say, life is for living and a more harmless pursuit than music I cannot fathom. People fear people who do not conform to thier view of the world. Fear in a ukulele?

It's that old thing about social change as well isn't it?
First they are ignorant, then they laugh at you, then they get angry with you, then they fight you, then they accept you.

Head up, eyes front and keep playing.

SinisterDom
06-26-2008, 11:09 PM
The lack of Uke around here is so bad, the band teacher didn't know what it was, he asked me if it was a kids guitar :mad:. The chorus teacher new what it was but said, she thought of them as a kids instrument. :( I'm totally moving when I turn 18. :)

Plainsong
06-26-2008, 11:30 PM
So the music program at your school sucks then. Do they consider recorders as kid's instruments as well? That would mean that neither had to attend many recitals in college - which means they came from music programs that are sub-standard - which means your HS got them for bargain basement prices.

I'm so glad I didn't get certified to teach.

ChamorroDT
06-27-2008, 05:14 AM
The music teacher at my school actually owns one. He saw me playing it while i was walking to class, asked me if he could see it. I felt lost, I was like..."...For real?" and as soon as he got a hold of it he was jammin'! It was pretty intense.

Plainsong
06-27-2008, 05:56 AM
Last time I was talking to one my band directors, he was trying out bagpipes. Directors by definition have to learn all the major instruments when they're in college, so picking up one more is just part of the fun.

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-27-2008, 03:07 PM
I don't know anyone in real life who hates the ukulele, but everybody has their own opinions.

Plainsong
06-27-2008, 08:12 PM
Well there's this redneck mentality where they'll hate ANYTHING that isn't something in their own narrow path of understanding. They're mean in the guise of being nice, and they judge anything not like them... ANYTHING, as less than.

It's a stressful way to go through life but they don't see it that way. Not that all rednecks are like this particular brand, but yeah, if I said I wasn't surprised or not familiar with it, I wouldn't be telling the truth.

redsedge
06-27-2008, 08:30 PM
Tell 'em that the best things come in small packages.

salukulady
06-27-2008, 08:33 PM
Tell 'em that the best things come in small packages.yea, sure they do.......

raindog
06-27-2008, 09:51 PM
The only thing you can control is you, and the way you feel.

Brilliant words, Seeso! Words to live by.

UkuLeLesReggAe
06-28-2008, 12:55 AM
yea, sure they do.......

depends how fast you are right??? :nana:

i mean, thew faster you strum.. the better it sounds :)

PortugueseSausage
06-28-2008, 07:51 AM
The high road is over-rated. Slash the tires on their John Deere's to let them know ukulele is pure gangsta!

hahah good 1

nikolo727
06-28-2008, 11:01 AM
yea that happens around my place too.

people are so used to guitars that theyve only seen an ukulele on spongebob.

:(