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Tsaw
05-30-2012, 07:57 AM
Was just reading the Wikipedia entry about Jimi Hendrix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix) and came accross this statement regarding his first guitar:

"This guitar replaced both the broomstick he had been strumming in imitation, and a ukulele which his father had found while cleaning a garage."

Awesome!!
Even Jimi Hendrix was a Uker!!

Brad Bordessa
05-30-2012, 08:09 AM
Yeah, I've heard it was an old Martin with one string.

Brian May from Queen plays (or did play) the ukulele. So did Johnny Winter. I think there was a thread about famous people who play 'ukulele if you do a search.

Tsaw
05-30-2012, 08:35 AM
Thanks Brad, I'll search the forum for that thread.

Dougf
05-30-2012, 08:41 AM
Brian May from Queen plays (or did play) the ukulele. So did Johnny Winter. I think there was a thread about famous people who play 'ukulele if you do a search.

Charlie Christian played ukulele. According to wikipedia, Charlie Christian first showed Kenny Clarke the chords to "Epistropy" on a ukulele.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Christian

Plainsong
05-30-2012, 08:45 AM
I'm pretty sure I read somewhere Neil Young started on a baritone uke. And we all know George Harrison was as crazy, maybe more, than us.

Tsaw
05-30-2012, 08:47 AM
Charlie Christian played ukulele. According to wikipedia, Charlie Christian first showed Kenny Clarke the chords to "Epistropy" on a ukulele.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charlie_Christian

Interesting tid-bit of info!
BTW, saw your version of "Epistrophy" on YouTube, sounds good!

Jim T.
05-30-2012, 10:46 AM
Was just reading the Wikipedia entry about Jimi Hendrix (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jimi_Hendrix) and came accross this statement regarding his first guitar:

"This guitar replaced both the broomstick he had been strumming in imitation, and a ukulele which his father had found while cleaning a garage."

Awesome!!
Even Jimi Hendrix was a Uker!!

In Leon Hendrix's new book on his brother Jimi, he provides a detailed account of where the ukulele came from and what Jimi did with it -- even though it only had one string.