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swordfishtrombone
05-22-2013, 10:20 AM
I was wondering what this community thought about the viability of the ukulele in a band. I was thinking that it would be cool to include a ukulele player in an indie folk type project. I know that the mandolin is louder and considered more versatile, but I think the ukulele could work well too provided the proper provisions are met.

Tootler
05-22-2013, 11:33 AM
We use a uke in our folk band, though it's our guitarist who usually plays it. I normally play flute recorders & harmonica, though I have played uke occasionally. It helps us provide us a variety of different textures in our music.

fernandogardinali
05-22-2013, 11:37 AM
Consider getting a banjo-uke or a resophonic uke if you are playing acoustically. I only play my wooden ukes with my band when it is possible to mike.

swordfishtrombone
05-22-2013, 04:21 PM
What about drums? Is the uke not loud enough to play with drums?

TaoJones1066
05-22-2013, 04:22 PM
Maybe bongos or a djembe.

MisterRios
05-22-2013, 10:43 PM
What about drums? Is the uke not loud enough to play with drums?

I feel like here in Germany the Cajon is the go-to percussion instrument for the uke.

Mattyukaholic
05-22-2013, 11:52 PM
We use ukulele in Banana and Louie and A Fine Day for Sailing, my indiepop bands. You just need to get one with a decent pick up or mic it well. We played some festivals quite loudly and still managed to get it in the mix successfully with drums, bass, electrics and a string section.

Of course it really shines at smaller venues. We do the odd acoustic gig and it's a lovely addition.

Tootler
05-23-2013, 01:06 AM
What about drums? Is the uke not loud enough to play with drums?

Our percussionist mostly plays bodhran which is not really all that loud.

Barbablanca
05-23-2013, 01:26 AM
I use an Epiphone Les Paul Uke fed through a POD effects Unit in our Blues Band. No problems!

There are loads of new young bands of all colours and persuasions introducing the Uke into their mix :).

FiL
05-23-2013, 03:25 AM
I use an 8-string uke and a banjo-uke in several semi-acoustic bands. They both add nice textures.

- FiL

Tootler
05-23-2013, 07:12 AM
Our percussionist mostly plays bodhran which is not really all that loud.

I should say we normally play entirely acoustic except when playing for a dance.