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pebbleInDaPacific
11-06-2008, 11:33 AM
I just wanted opinions or any shared experiences or information on playing your ukulele while tapping it. Not chunking, but actually I sometimes tap or knock on it lightly for a beat, and i've seen some videos where some people do it, but is it hurting my baby when I do it? yay or nay? some vid links would be nice too if anyone wants to share. :D

h-drix
11-06-2008, 12:08 PM
i do it all the time, but then again i dont have an expensive uke. i know jake does a lot of tapping on his uke.

seeso
11-06-2008, 12:12 PM
I'd say that if you have an ukulele that's keeping you from playing the way that you want to play, get a different ukulele.

deach
11-06-2008, 12:39 PM
I just wanted opinions or any shared experiences or information on playing your ukulele while tapping it. Not chunking, but actually I sometimes tap or knock on it lightly for a beat, and i've seen some videos where some people do it, but is it hurting my baby when I do it? yay or nay? some vid links would be nice too if anyone wants to share. :D

I tap on, drum on, knock on and swat flies with my Kamaka. No problems.

deach
11-06-2008, 12:49 PM
This reminds me. Do a search in YouTube for "One Note Samba Ukulele". A lot of slapping and banging going on there.

Kanaka916
11-06-2008, 02:20 PM
I think it's all part of playing. Nothing wrong with tapping and it certainly wouldn't cause any harm/damage to the instrument. I tap on my 8 string and don't even realize it, especially when someone does an oli (chant) at the end of the mele.

nikolo727
11-06-2008, 03:10 PM
Yeah I would'nt think it would harm your uke. I accidentally elbowed my uke while i was taking off my shirt and i hit it pretty hard and there were no marks what-so-ever. if you are really worrying about it try to look for a uke that has a little bit harder wood. do a search here on the forums to find out what wood type would suit you best, but to my knowledge, you should be fine tapping and such.




EDIT: wow I didnt realize that i was over 600 posts already. CHEEYA!

Kaneohe til the end
11-06-2008, 09:18 PM
as long as you dont "hulk smash" :D tapping should be fine

nikolo727
11-07-2008, 12:02 PM
as long as you dont "hulk smash" :D tapping should be fine

nice choice of words. kudos to you. lol!

hulk is sweet

UKISOCIETY
11-08-2008, 02:07 AM
Don't do it with a plastic uke. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_IevvGZ9No)

Although you can swat flies wit it! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TgkipFFWk-E)

UkuLeLesReggAe
11-08-2008, 10:12 PM
I tap on, drum on, knock on and swat flies with my Kamaka. No problems.

LMAO!! :music:

all good though

u know how rock people are meant to like smash their guitars and make it go everywhere after concerts or sumthing??

i was pretending to do it to my uke, and i dropped it - smashed everywhere hit everything.

all gud :cool:

benmealer
11-09-2008, 06:52 AM
I'm not sure if he's hurting his uke or not, but I think this guy has to probably be the king of percussive playing:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWJseHklTk8

haole
11-09-2008, 08:52 AM
Whenever I worry that I might be a little too rough on an instrument, I look at this and rejoice in knowing that my playing style isn't THAT aggressive.

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1222/1353435231_5986c35b52_o.jpg

Kanaka916
11-09-2008, 10:26 AM
Yea, Willie has been playing that "Uke" for a long time.

hoosierhiver
11-09-2008, 11:27 AM
If your uke is really your sentimental baby,I wouldn't drum on it.Tapping is probably fine,but any amount of substantial banging might loosen your internal braces or make your wood more inclined to split,if it is a solid wood uke.If it is a laminate,I wouldn't be as worried about it.You will probably be inflicted with UAS pretty soon and will have a beater ukulele as well as ukes for any occasion.

Dane
11-09-2008, 11:31 AM
I often sit my uke upright and turn it around (strings against my chest) and drum little beats on the backside of it...