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fumanshu
06-01-2013, 02:19 PM
Hi guys!!! I just finish a track with my singer and record it and as you can see, there's a funk guitar that I did on the track. Now, I would like to know if I would like to perform this track in live situation and use a uke instead of a guitar, how can I do to get that kind of sound from a uke? For sure I will have to amplify but how do you think?

Anyone here did try to play funk uke?

Comments are welcome too.

Here's the track

https://soundcloud.com/baouke/lady-standby-by-lotus-notes

Jim Hanks
06-01-2013, 04:01 PM
A chunka-chunka strum pattern and a wah pedal will get you most of the way there. The rest is ATTITUDE! :cool:

fumanshu
06-01-2013, 04:33 PM
It is amazing what sounds you can get from an electric uke by fiddling with the tone and feedback/gain controls on the amp and uke. Steel strings with guitar pickups will sound like a guitar if you have them on the uke, but nylon and piezo can also get some great effects.
Then you can plug in some foot controlled boxes.

I'm sure with a little bit experimentation with controlled boxes, I can get something decent that can come close to that kind of funk guitar sound but with a uke flavor...thanks

Sean T.
06-02-2013, 07:52 AM
I am finding most any style is possible with the uke. It is all in how your strum it.

weerpool
06-02-2013, 07:56 AM
check my youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/MrYanny14)channel. yes, im a diehard funkster on the uke.

Rodney.
06-02-2013, 07:59 AM
:agree:

I'm still figuring out the exact chords and strums for this one weerpool, I love it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFh34b_2x1s

pulelehua
06-02-2013, 09:07 AM
I think if you were going to describe a ukulele, you would say that it:

1. Is great when strummed
2. Is good at producing a variety of percussive effects

Given that the vast majority of funk guitar is at least a bit up the neck, it is almost all comfortably in the ukulele's range.

Conclusion:

Ukulele = Born to Funk

fumanshu
06-02-2013, 01:58 PM
I think if you were going to describe a ukulele, you would say that it:

1. Is great when strummed
2. Is good at producing a variety of percussive effects

Given that the vast majority of funk guitar is at least a bit up the neck, it is almost all comfortably in the ukulele's range.

Conclusion:

Ukulele = Born to Funk

Hahhaahahahah!!!!!!!! This is so well said man!!!! Ok, I think I'm convinced that I can do this thing in live with my uke with a wah....... strumming in all manners and making percussive sound with an uke....hummm...I think I can do that!!!!!! :)

fumanshu
06-03-2013, 09:59 AM
check my youtube (http://www.youtube.com/user/MrYanny14)channel. yes, im a diehard funkster on the uke.


I think with an amplified uke, the chunk and the whole sound can sound more funkyfied but I think wah pedals is almost a must......

PhilUSAFRet
06-03-2013, 01:27 PM
Here's one place to start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbx3Zn4Bzu0

How about a $99 les paul? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9go3KCHuY0

An Eleuke? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36rDOPRDgDM

Another Kamoa with full electronic accoutrements. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6vWEKSNzrg

fumanshu
06-04-2013, 10:01 AM
Here's one place to start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbx3Zn4Bzu0

How about a $99 les paul? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9go3KCHuY0

An Eleuke? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36rDOPRDgDM

Another Kamoa with full electronic accoutrements. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6vWEKSNzrg


woahhhh.....the kamoa electric one sounds really cool!!!! It sounds quite different than my Eleuke...it has a very electric tone almost guitar like....


https://soundcloud.com/baouke/lady-standby-by-lotus-notes

stevepetergal
06-04-2013, 10:14 AM
This sounds funky to me:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RylxBtEM0sI

And I love it.