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Ron
08-03-2012, 12:28 PM
Surprise presenty today - Cook Islands uke.
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My freind Kaye has one which I have coveted. https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.361705227178732.104865.353449294670992&type=3#!/photo.php?fbid=361712383844683&set=a.361705227178732.104865.353449294670992&type=3&theater
and my wife oreganised for her to pick one up on her last visit to Cook islands. Turned up as a complete surprise to me.
I like this one. It's quite plain and is well made - good intonation, neat work. It sounds great. Completely different from a standard uke, of course, but a lovely sound. I have played some Cooky ukes that sound quite dead and are far to heavy. This is light, bright and has quite a ring to it.
Chuffed.

mm stan
08-03-2012, 12:41 PM
Congrats on da new Tahitian/cook uke....have fun and happy strummings...

Ron
08-06-2012, 06:10 PM
So - have discovered - the above uke was built by Mahutaariki Adamu of M&M Ukalele and Crafts in Avatiu, Rarotonga.
Mahogony and Hibiscus.
https://www.facebook.com/#!/mmukalele682

kalmario
08-06-2012, 07:11 PM
nice uke Ron, are you going to amp it for the band?

Cliff

Nickie
08-07-2012, 06:00 AM
Wow, very interesting! Congrats!

Ron
08-07-2012, 11:14 AM
nice uke Ron, are you going to amp it for the band?

Cliff

I think we will look at that. I'm thinking one of those dot pickups inside the sound hole in the back. We'll experiment a bit. I have no skill in the Cook Island style of playing but it sounds great on some of our bluegrassy, country songs.

Trinimon
08-07-2012, 11:21 AM
That's pretty cool! Congrats.

Maybe send Gerald (berean_315) a PM. He seems well versed with Tahitian ukes & guitars.

patico
08-07-2012, 01:18 PM
listen to

Te Ava Piti


super ukuleler

Ron
08-07-2012, 01:31 PM
I have and he is! The chord patters aren't so hard but I have a hell of a job getting that quick time strum down!

kaizersoza
08-07-2012, 02:29 PM
WOW! that is one unusual instrument m8, congratulations

patico
08-07-2012, 05:58 PM
the chors and fingerings are exaxctly the same for the ukulele (hawaiian) and for the ukeke (tahitian)
start learning basic strummings, slowly increase new patterns, and you'll be playing nice in a few months

have fun