PDA

View Full Version : Taimane's Uke



mangorockfish
05-08-2011, 11:34 AM
What brand of uke does Taimane play in her videos? She plays a black one and one that looks like it has a spruce top and maybe rosewood back and sides. They are both 8-string cut-a-ways.

fabioponta
05-08-2011, 11:56 AM
She has a Koaloha Special model: http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?34831-KoAloha-sceptre-Ebony

geetee
05-08-2011, 11:57 AM
Kamaka, custom no doubt. I've seen pictures of her with a four string Ko'Aloha.

allanr
05-08-2011, 12:00 PM
I've wondered that too. In her videos it looks like she plays an 8 string uke that has fewer than 8 strings actually strung on it. Has anyone seen her play in person? Is my "observation" just my own optical delusion?

janeray1940
05-08-2011, 12:03 PM
Pretty sure she was playing a custom Koaloha when I saw her play at the Hyatt a couple months back. I'll bet she plays a custom Kamaka also.

FiL
05-08-2011, 12:15 PM
I took a workshop with her at the NY Uke Fest this weekend and got to see her uke up close. She only had 5 strings on it. The G was the only one doubled (high and low G, I believe).

mm stan
05-08-2011, 12:27 PM
I know she play a Ko Aloha but it may not be her main uke....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCAkaKcVaPk
http://taimane.com/

haole
05-08-2011, 01:13 PM
Which one? I was there for her first one!

The 8-string spruce top with the cutaway is definitely a Kamaka, even though it doesn't look like one. She beats the crap out of it and it looks like it's been taped back together.

Kanaka916
05-08-2011, 01:29 PM
In many of her old vids, she uses 2 Custom Kamaka 8 String. Both are cutaways and one is painted black and the other is koa with a spruce top.

bbycrts
05-08-2011, 01:32 PM
I've watched the vids with the black Kamaka many times - no way it has all 8 strings on it. I wonder if she does it for the extra space on the fretboard...

Kanaka916
05-08-2011, 02:34 PM
I've watched the vids with the black Kamaka many times - no way it has all 8 strings on it. I wonder if she does it for the extra space on the fretboard...
You're right - the first two courses (A & E) are singles. Why that is, I don't know.

Keef
05-08-2011, 05:18 PM
My guess is it makes it easyer for her ultra fast finger solos. Would you want to try this with 8 strings?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6JX13LwnZss&feature=youtube_gdata_player

OldePhart
05-09-2011, 01:31 PM
Love Taimane - so, if I get a Kamaka 8-string tenor and take the three extra strings off I can play like that, right? LOL

Actually, if I was going to spend a lot of time playing tenor I probably would get an 8-string and take the C E and A doubled strings off - unfortunately, I'm afraid that in the extroardinarily unlikely event that I live to be 100 I would still never be able to play like that. :(

John