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ROUGHRIDER13
03-31-2013, 12:07 PM
Which ukulele types go best with which genre, in your opinion?

Hippie Dribble
03-31-2013, 12:21 PM
banjo ukes = traditional folk, bluegrass, clawhammer

baritone/reso ukes = blues, jazz

tenor = classical, fingerstyle melodies

soprano/concert = tin pan alley, ragtime, vaudeville, trad. Hawaiian


This is just a real simplistic view. Really, I think the uke is the instrument that, more than any other, is adaptable to any genre from any era. I reckon you can play any style of music on any kind of uke and it'll sound great. :shaka:

OldePhart
03-31-2013, 12:31 PM
Jon...you forgot classic rock...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53n92rNXaYM

I can't believe that video has been up 4-1/2 years and still hasn't hit 10,000 views. We need to do something about that!

John

OldePhart
03-31-2013, 12:38 PM
And these guys illustrate that everything from sopranino up through tenor works pretty well for rock!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pWKYIFcl_M

BTW, this is the first I've heard of these guys. Looks like they follow a similar format to UOGB but without being quite such a blatant rip off or attempt to confuse as that other bunch of UOGB imitators out of the UK.

John

ChaosToo
03-31-2013, 01:05 PM
Surely the beauty of any instrument is that you can play anything you want on it? IMHO, the uke is no different - it just calls for a different interpretation of the song........

chrimess
03-31-2013, 01:24 PM
I feel like the KoAloha Scepter is the greatest rocker out there.

OldePhart
03-31-2013, 01:33 PM
I feel like the KoAloha Scepter is the greatest rocker out there.

Especially if you tape a roman candle behind the headstock... :)

OldePhart
03-31-2013, 01:34 PM
Surely the beauty of any instrument is that you can play anything you want on it? IMHO, the uke is no different - it just calls for a different interpretation of the song........

Exactly...and this is an outfit that pretty much proves that point (not directly uke related though). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4aUPC0zMok

John

Tootler
03-31-2013, 09:55 PM
I agree with Eugene Uke's last statement. You can use any size with any genre. It's a matter if adapting your style.

I use a soprano to accompany traditional folk. He has a point about banjo uke but then George Formby came from the Music Hall tradition.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-01-2013, 03:41 AM
Most of the fun of playing uke for me is figuring out how to get songs I like (from any and all genres) to sound good played on my ukulele. How to best play a punk song (or a reggae song, a pop song, a country song etc.) on the uke is not always obvious, but I've found that with a little patience and an open mind (and ears), any great song can sound great on the uke.

The best uke for any genre? It's most likely the uke you're most comfortable playing that day.