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SuzukHammer
07-09-2011, 05:54 AM
Sure, it looks like the coolest thing....

and it is ....

for about half an hour.

and then the salt air makes your strings heavy and sticky. It feels like you are playing a sticky cantaloupe.

Hopefully Wet Wipes is the solution. because.....

Its too damned cool playing music in the water, your feet sinking in the sand as the surf keeps throwing water up your shorts.

I can't wait for my wife to join me. I'm thinking campfire, ukulele, and Bernadette Peters.

Living by the beach is cool.

ItsMrPitchy
07-09-2011, 06:17 AM
Coll you mentioned this coz i was just playing down by the park. Isnt playing outside the coolest thing.

janeray1940
07-09-2011, 06:18 AM
Living by the beach is cool.

Oh yes it is :)

I've never had the sticky strings issue, but then I've never had the guts to actually stand in the water with my HF-1 and play. I sit a short distance away, usually sheltered by rocks if it's that kind of beach.

Sigh. Wish I was doing that today!

rem50
07-09-2011, 06:29 AM
Keep an eye on the uke at all times. I live by beach too and some kids tried to take my uke and run. I guess no one can resist a dolphin!

diego
07-09-2011, 08:23 AM
I have more issues with the powdery white sand we have on Aruba, but most of our go to beaches have offshore wind all year long.

haolejohn
07-09-2011, 08:51 AM
when i go to the beach
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/268843_10150224707630208_593995207_7260423_6138658 _n.jpg
i don't play around
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/261964_10150224694895208_593995207_7260259_690011_ n.jpg

MisoHappy
07-09-2011, 10:04 AM
Really?? I've never had that problem my entire life :/

SuzukHammer
07-09-2011, 02:40 PM
yeah John, that's me too.

Hawaiians to have it lucky Miso.

Just to let you know, in the country I am in, music is forbidden in public. Yes, No kidding. I live on a compound that is supposed to be a shelter from the public so I can feel more at ease with my own culture. The problem is that now the compound has more percentage of nationals and I have to find secluded spots to play or sing. Its funny. I'll be strumming along and if I see somebody who looks like they could be a national, I have to stop playing out of respect for them.

So..... This playing in the water feels extra fun.

SuzukHammer
07-09-2011, 02:43 PM
@ Diego, Some sands are hard to scrape off. I'm lucky that I can just walk in the grass and it all comes off. I have been to Aruba. I just never made it to the beach because I was just making a plane transition.

I see you play harmonica. So do I. Do you play harp on the beach?

SuzukHammer
07-09-2011, 02:47 PM
Oh yes it is :)

I've never had the sticky strings issue, but then I've never had the guts to actually stand in the water with my HF-1 and play. I sit a short distance away, usually sheltered by rocks if it's that kind of beach.

Sigh. Wish I was doing that today!

Santa Monica, I have some memories from there. Most of them hazey from a girl and too much cerveza. I like that song named Santa Monica by Everclear. Maybe some day I can play that.

I say that you should try it. But just limit the time to 15 minutes and have something to clean off the uke when you get out. I think ukes are supposed to have experiences. They call it Mojo.

SuzukHammer
07-09-2011, 02:48 PM
Coll you mentioned this coz i was just playing down by the park. Isnt playing outside the coolest thing.

Yes, I take my uke with me on all my walks. I'll find a spot and just play something. Its fun to watch the kids stare at the uke.

SuzukHammer
07-09-2011, 02:50 PM
Keep an eye on the uke at all times. I live by beach too and some kids tried to take my uke and run. I guess no one can resist a dolphin!

Put it on a fishing line and when the kids almost have it, reel it back. I think a Dolphin would be good beach uke; but, I like my Low G Fluke too much. It is loud and that is important outside.

janeray1940
07-09-2011, 03:01 PM
I think ukes are supposed to have experiences. They call it Mojo.

I fully agree with this. People think I'm nuts to bring a Kamaka to the beach, but hey, it's meant to be portable and to be played :)

itsme
07-09-2011, 03:04 PM
Just to let you know, in the country I am in, music is forbidden in public. Yes, No kidding. I live on a compound that is supposed to be a shelter from the public so I can feel more at ease with my own culture. The problem is that now the compound has more percentage of nationals and I have to find secluded spots to play or sing. Its funny. I'll be strumming along and if I see somebody who looks like they could be a national, I have to stop playing out of respect for them.
Interesting. Where do you live?

Papa Tom
07-09-2011, 04:12 PM
My favorite beach-playing experience was in Aruba. I was still new to the instrument, so mostly I was just faking my way around some very gentle chords as I waited with the usual crew of dorks at 4:30 in the morning to reserve a hut. They all thought I was the ukulele Liberace. I must admit, I did sound much better playing on the beach...

salukulady
07-09-2011, 04:34 PM
I fully agree with this. People think I'm nuts to bring a Kamaka to the beach, but hey, it's meant to be portable and to be played :)Exactly. I've taken all my ukes to the beach.....hello, they came from Hawaii! (well not mine specifically, I don't own a K brand)

diego
07-09-2011, 05:39 PM
@ Diego, Some sands are hard to scrape off. I'm lucky that I can just walk in the grass and it all comes off. I have been to Aruba. I just never made it to the beach because I was just making a plane transition.

I see you play harmonica. So do I. Do you play harp on the beach?

Harp is even worse, as sand gets in between the reedplates and clogs up the instrument. The instrument has to be opened up and cleaned. But yeah I do take them from time to time.

diego
07-09-2011, 05:40 PM
My favorite beach-playing experience was in Aruba. I was still new to the instrument, so mostly I was just faking my way around some very gentle chords as I waited with the usual crew of dorks at 4:30 in the morning to reserve a hut. They all thought I was the ukulele Liberace. I must admit, I did sound much better playing on the beach...

Everything is better on the beach ;)

joejeweler
07-09-2011, 09:43 PM
when i go to the beach
i don't play around
https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/261964_10150224694895208_593995207_7260259_690011_ n.jpg

Hehehe,.....in the water shark attacks can happen in 3 feet or less of water,.....so the shark can pick his teeth clean with your uke, or floss with the strings!

uke4ia
07-10-2011, 02:13 PM
I grew up in Maine. I would take my uke up onto the rocks at the end of the beach and play there. All the fun of playing at the beach without getting sand in the uke.

NYG010
07-10-2011, 03:52 PM
yeah John, that's me too.

Hawaiians to have it lucky Miso.

Just to let you know, in the country I am in, music is forbidden in public. Yes, No kidding. I live on a compound that is supposed to be a shelter from the public so I can feel more at ease with my own culture. The problem is that now the compound has more percentage of nationals and I have to find secluded spots to play or sing. Its funny. I'll be strumming along and if I see somebody who looks like they could be a national, I have to stop playing out of respect for them.

So..... This playing in the water feels extra fun.

Now you got me interested..where exactly are you from??

SuzukHammer
07-11-2011, 07:20 AM
Now you got me interested..where exactly are you from??

I am gonna speak code here.

I attended a James Hill session in Singapore where he taught us how to sing the song Sheik of Araby.

Deek
07-11-2011, 11:23 AM
If your strings get sticky from the salt air, come visit America's third coast...the Great Lakes. The Sweetwater Seas are easy on instruments.

photopatch
07-11-2011, 12:09 PM
Haha this is awesome! I'm definitely taking my uke next time I go to the beach. Ahhh two of my favorites :)

SkeerRacing
07-11-2011, 07:17 PM
Oh I am so tempted to do this now :D Have to learn more stuff tho so I can play for more then 20 minutes without repeating haha

redBee
07-11-2011, 08:07 PM
I am gonna speak code here.


Big Brother is watching you eh?

ricdoug
07-11-2011, 08:39 PM
Where are you at?! Ric


yeah John, that's me too.

Hawaiians to have it lucky Miso.

Just to let you know, in the country I am in, music is forbidden in public. Yes, No kidding. I live on a compound that is supposed to be a shelter from the public so I can feel more at ease with my own culture. The problem is that now the compound has more percentage of nationals and I have to find secluded spots to play or sing. Its funny. I'll be strumming along and if I see somebody who looks like they could be a national, I have to stop playing out of respect for them.

So..... This playing in the water feels extra fun.

Canuke
07-12-2011, 01:37 AM
I love to play outdoors here in Korea but I am no where near a beach!

SuzukHammer
07-12-2011, 04:51 AM
Ok, I am in a Kingdom and there is lots of sand. and lots of oil. Rock the casbah type of place.

I just got "permission" to play and sing in the compound because some of the bosses hired a band a few months ago and this "set precedent".

So.... Here goes. No more shyness playing uke.

ricdoug
07-12-2011, 02:44 PM
Understood. Glad the situation is improving for you, SuzukHammer. Try playing some traditional religious tunes. After all, the ukulele is a distant ancestor of mideastern stringed instruments. Ric

NYG010
07-12-2011, 03:29 PM
oh boy....

itsme
07-12-2011, 03:49 PM
Ok, I am in a Kingdom and there is lots of sand. and lots of oil. Rock the casbah type of place.
So, are you in Algeria?

peewee
07-12-2011, 04:34 PM
I don't think Algeria has had any kings since the 16th century..plus there is music in Algeria.
http://youtu.be/H3X7Y0zT5jo
Think more "absolute islamic monarchy", the place is a mecca, but not for the arts.