- Feb 29, 2012
Yesterday I was quite surprised how different my uke sounded when I took it outdoors to play with some other uke players. It's a solid spruce top with laminate sides and back. Indoors and playing alone it's bright and chimes and you can really hear the sustain. It's not a boomer but the volume is average, what you'd expect. Outdoors it was so quiet!! I felt I had to adjust my strumming and really bear down on the strings just to try and approach the same volume I would get strumming casually indoors. (Which caused errors/clams I wouldn't usually make.) It just sounded so washed out and lost amongst the other players. I could barely hear it and I was playing it! Maybe it's because I'm not used to playing with others so the environment was throwing me off. Maybe it's a uke meant to be played in a quieter more intimate setting. All I know for sure is that there was a significant difference in sound and I won't be bringing that uke to play outdoors with a group again. Has anyone else out there had a similar experience?