View Full Version : What style of music do you play?

02-03-2011, 07:05 AM
I'm just curious. My main reason for buying my ukulele (now ukuleles) is to play Hawaiian music. I just love the sound of the ukulele.
Just curious what everyone else likes to play....

02-03-2011, 07:07 AM
Beatles,old rock music,standards,Blues music,
jazz,funnily enough,no Hawaiian stuff at all...

02-03-2011, 07:09 AM
I do know that I will play more "mainstream" music - but Hawaiian is my #1

02-03-2011, 07:32 AM
I like to croon, so crooner type stuff and I love the hawaiian music too.

02-03-2011, 07:32 AM
the Beatles work really well on ukulele. Also the beachboys and other such bands, bossa nova stuff sounds awesome too.

I also like playing ragtime stuff, plucking comes easy on ukuleles.

02-03-2011, 07:39 AM
Mostly country

02-03-2011, 07:45 AM
I would think the Beatles wouuld be good on the uke as well. Never thought about the beach boys, but that sounds fun.

02-03-2011, 07:46 AM
Both of the ukulele classes I'm taking focus exclusively on Hawaiian music. On my own, I also play Beatles songs and other pop music from the 60s and 70s, some more recent pop music, and some older stuff like "Tiptoe Through The Tulips" and "When You're Smiling."

02-03-2011, 07:48 AM
mds you take classs for Hawaiian music? Cool. Are they classes by you in SF?

Eric Blooduke
02-03-2011, 07:51 AM
I guess mostly 60's 70's with some older (e.g. "Five Foot Two") and some more modern (e.g. "Kids", MGMT)

mm stan
02-03-2011, 07:54 AM
I'll try anything....started with Hawaiian... check this out....http://www.tropicalstormhawaii.com/
Have fun and enjoy...Happy Strummings..MM Stan....

02-03-2011, 08:04 AM
Pop, Rock, Country&Western, Show Tunes, 1920a-1940s Uke classics, Jazz, Bluegrass, Hawaiin, Cajon, Spiritual, Classical, etc. - pretty much everything except Rap (at least not yet anyway).

02-03-2011, 08:04 AM
I love playing the blues on the ukulele, but I play a little of everything.

02-03-2011, 08:06 AM
Me, classical music. Bach is my guy.

Beatles gets my vote, too, but no singing from me.


02-03-2011, 08:21 AM
Mainly standards, though a few other genres pop up (but they fit feelwise with standards).

02-03-2011, 08:26 AM
Tin pan alley and George Formby tunes right now, but I also play standards, and enjoy the Beatles, the Kinks, and other British Invasion groups. I plan to transfer my ragtime arrangements from guitar to uke, and also start playing some ska on the banjo uke, because why not?

02-03-2011, 08:32 AM
I guess mostly 60's 70's with some older (e.g. "Five Foot Two") and some more modern (e.g. "Kids", MGMT)

Same here. Starting to play some Hawaiian as well.

02-03-2011, 08:46 AM
Reggae and Hawaiian were an awesome starting place for me. getting into blues and jazz a little bit. But mostly finger style hawaiian.

02-03-2011, 08:56 AM
Whatever I can play and don't have to sing. I agree, Five Foot-Two is fun to play. I'm staying away from Rap, because I don't like it, but everything else is fair game.
I used to be a music snob (listened only to Classical, Bluegrass, and a tiny bit of Blues) before I got my ukulele. Now, I like just about any genre of music.

02-03-2011, 09:00 AM
I play just about everything, but I really like music from the 1920's, 30's & 40's.
I grew up with the 50's & 60's music, but play most of those tunes on the guitar.

02-03-2011, 09:17 AM
I'll try anything if it sounds good and if I can manage it. I could go to a Spinal Tap concert just as well as to a Folksmen one (Has anyone ever actually watched these two movies, Spinal Tap and A Mighty Wind... it's the same comic geniuses...)

Ukulele Jim
02-03-2011, 09:24 AM
I've been told my music is "folk" and "acoustic pop". I honestly don't know for sure what to call it.

02-03-2011, 09:43 AM
Mostly, but not exclusively, classic rock, indie rock, & my own songs that fit roughly somewhere between those two genres.

02-03-2011, 09:47 AM
Me, classical music.
Same here. When are we going to see some more tabs from you? (Hint, hint!) :p

02-03-2011, 10:15 AM
pretty much everything except Rap (at least not yet anyway).

Don't know it til you've tried it haha, playing along with hip-hop's quite fun, and usually has hilarious results. See Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer. I play all sorts, mostly indie rock and folk pop sorts of things though. Admittedly not into Hawaiian and old banjolele type stuff. Love me The Beatles too.

02-03-2011, 10:42 AM
I like old standards from the 1910 through the 40's and all blues... but play Hawaiian too just because.

Howlin Hobbit
02-03-2011, 11:36 AM
I like a lot of old standards. I also do my own (and friends) original tunes plus a few odd ones here and there from lots of genres.

Check out the youtube and bandcamp links in my sig if you want to have a listen.

02-03-2011, 11:39 AM
Mostly rock or singer/songwriter-type stuff. Though one of my current favorites is Pink's "Raise Your Glass".

02-03-2011, 12:44 PM
My guitar is Rock, Metal, Blues + anything else.
I have hankered after a Uke for a while and simply want to learn trad Uke songs, will try the Hawaii thing in a bit. What I do NOT want to try and play s 'ENTER SANDMAN' on my baby......

02-03-2011, 01:11 PM
Actually, probably 80% of the time I'm just noodling around with chord progressions, arpeggios, etc., and not really playing a "song" at all. When I do play a "song" it's usually blues/rock/gospel.


02-03-2011, 03:59 PM
Hmmm.. Lessee... Not Opera, not acid rock, DEFINITELY NOT Led Zeppelin... Don't know any Hawaiian music (yet).

So I guess just about anything I can play and sing is fair game. Especially Folk, Irish, (some) country, and Blues.


02-03-2011, 04:28 PM
I am really impressed with all this different genres of music. I am really looking forward to branching out n

02-03-2011, 04:44 PM
I'm currently learning the intro to Devastator by For Today on my uke ;) thats right, hard metalcore on ukulele. I could start a band, DethUke. But yeah, the intro is like the G and C (other 2 muted) 2nd fret strummed really fast, then a string bend to take it up ~half a step, back to 2, then slide up to 5, back to 2, then open. It actually sounds pretty beastly :D but yeah, I play... anything xD

Uncle Leroy
02-03-2011, 05:09 PM
Vaudeville type stuff I guess.

02-03-2011, 05:21 PM
I'm with others who play Tin Pan music, and novelty songs from that era. I also like songs that sound Tin Panny, like "Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head". I guess when I finally get my first K brand I'll learn some Hawaiian songs! :-)