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gritstone
04-24-2011, 10:23 PM
Hi Guys, I'm new here and though I'd kick off with this post:

I played acoustic guitar for many years, and was always disappointing at my personal lack of ability on it. I then had a 10yr gap, and picked up a Uke for the first time recently (bit of a leap of faith).

I have to say I am quite amazed at how much easier it is for me to play. Not just easier, it feels so much more natural and intuitive to me -I feel a better player on my Uke after just a few weeks than I ever did after years on a guitar.

Bottom line is, I'm really enjoying it and wished I'd found out about Ukes years ago - feels like coming home:

I've now got 3 and love them all: Pono, Kala and Eleuke. Must try a Ohana sometime...

Teek
04-24-2011, 10:37 PM
Sold a guitar today.

Bought a uke today. ;)

Welcome home to UU! :D

bunnyrawr
04-24-2011, 10:43 PM
ditto, my guitar is abandoned in the corner now :D
I have extreme eczema on my hands, so I never thought I'd be able to manage an instrument, but then the ukulele came along!

ukulefty
04-25-2011, 12:12 AM
I am historically an epic musical instrument failure, but I've taken to the uke like a duck to water!! :)

ichadwick
04-25-2011, 01:58 AM
...wished I'd found out about Ukes years ago - feels like coming home...
Welcome. You'll read a lot of posts like yours over the next year or two. Many of us felt the same way. I played guitar 45+ years before I picked up the uke.

kissing
04-25-2011, 02:23 AM
The only guitar I'd get is a Tenor guitar, which has 4 strings :)

wolfybau
04-25-2011, 04:28 AM
The only guitar I'd get is a Tenor guitar, which has 4 strings :)

haha! :cool:

roxhum
04-25-2011, 05:13 AM
Welcome to UU Gritstone, As you are probably already learning UU is a great place to be.
You must have an Ohana? Don't forget Mainland and Flea...
This is actually a dangerous place if you are trying to not get UAS. The whole website is pretty much infected.

808boy
04-25-2011, 07:27 AM
Aloha gritstone,
They are alot of ukulele players here that are/was into other instruments. Myself, I started on the uke first before the guitar. Small 3rd grader hands fit the uke better...seemed that way for all the kids in my neighborhood in Honolulu.
Anyway, welcome to the forum, enjoy your stay.............................BO............... .............

bazmaz
04-25-2011, 09:40 AM
I started on guitar, which certainly made picking up the uke quite quick.

Would NEVER sell my guitars though, and still gig them regularly. But I am finding that I have been playing uke MORE for a couple of years.

Always weird when I go back to the guitar too - the string spacings are tough to go back to!

Dotted
04-25-2011, 10:39 AM
I'd been planning to learn guitar for years and ended up going for a ukulele instead. So I guess I missed a step? ;)

marymac
04-25-2011, 08:35 PM
I'd been planning to learn guitar for years and ended up going for a ukulele instead. So I guess I missed a step? ;)

Me too! I just bought my first guitar (electric) last week actually. Holy cow - those suckas make the uke feel sooooo easy. Not sure I'm going to get too far with it but we'll see. I'm doing better on my lap steel than on the regular (electric) guitar. My fat fingers prefer the string spacing on the uke (or the bar on the lap steel).

freackykit
04-27-2011, 06:39 AM
Welcome to the UU...

I played chord guitar for about 15 years. Through the uke (two years in) I am even interested enough to learn all that cpmplex chord stuff I never bothered with before. When I play a uke it sounds bright and empathic with what I am up to. Could never go back to the guitar now and like you, wish I had found the uke years ago!

Glad to find similar minds,

Chris

Richie23
04-27-2011, 09:19 AM
I like both, but maybe I'm out of step with the UKE V GUITAR battle that seems to exist, although it always seems more lightheartedly with ukers (guitar players seem to take it more seriously judging by some vitriolic comments I've read on guitar forums). But then I prefer 'smaller guitars' (my favorite being my SX Baby-E), and bigger 'ukes' (my Kala Baritone).

I picked up a Mandolin the other day, now that really did feel that it would be difficult to master.

eddyfinnguy
04-27-2011, 09:28 AM
I started on guitar, which certainly made picking up the uke quite quick.

Would NEVER sell my guitars though, and still gig them regularly. But I am finding that I have been playing uke MORE for a couple of years.

Always weird when I go back to the guitar too - the string spacings are tough to go back to!

I have 52 guitars and now 3 ukes, but I really need to sell about 44 guitars ....... I could use the closet/studio space :) Love my ukes and need a lot more

GVlog
04-27-2011, 09:36 AM
I see myself as an amateur musician first and foremost so I'll choose whatever instrument does the best job at breathing life into a piece. I seriously doubt that I would ever give up my six guitars, or my lute, or my Irish tin whistle. I need one more lute (baroque) or perhaps a 13-string guitar and then I might be satisfied. Or perhaps I'd need to add a theorbo.

Of course, every instrument has certain advantages. For me, playing the ukulele is very comfortable owing to the low tension of the strings and the fretting hand can cover a substantial amount of territory.

You've obviously found it to be a good fit so congratulations!
:)

v30
04-27-2011, 09:57 AM
Yes there's certainly something about the ukulele......I tried guitar before and gave up after about a month. I tried mandolin and gave up after about 2 -3 months. I've been playing a ukulele now for about 9 months and have no thoughts of putting it down. Not sure if its because its easier or if its just that lovely tone it emits but I think I'm hooked.

LoMa
04-27-2011, 12:50 PM
Well, welcome to ukeland.

Me,
I like guitars.
I like ukes,

They both be cool.

Helms
04-30-2011, 02:47 AM
Been playing guitars for a couple of years, and once i picked up a uke for the first time I felt that this was the instrument I had been looking for.
Though the uke is amazing, I sometimes miss the deep tones from the guitar. however, my guitars has been very quiet since I've bought my ukulele.

8daypsalmist
04-30-2011, 04:38 AM
Welcome gritstone!

With me it is both/and rather than either/or :)

Peace,

James

Nickie
04-30-2011, 09:11 AM
Well, being guitar naive myself, I find the ukulele a lot more enjoyable, since it's do-able. I don't mind the difference in tone, either. I've even heard ukers that make them sound like a section of violins and violas...

garywj
04-30-2011, 09:37 AM
I like both instruments, however, I play a uke way more than a guitar. I've also found that improvement has come much faster on the uke. Guitar has 6 strings, uke has 4 strings, I have 5 fingers on each hand. I have enough fingers for the uke.