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Thread: Ukulele monogamous, too much of a good thing?

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    I simply could not reasonably get all I want to out of just one ukulele (without forever changing strings), hi-G, lo-G, banjolele or tuned in 5th's, they all get played regularly and all have a very different sound and a different repertoire
    There are those who will wax lyrical about the ability to play a double shuffle with a split fan and a tight G-string ...
    it just makes me walk funny!

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    Theblackegg thank you for this thread. Like the others....... one wife and only two words......Yes Dear.

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    I'm a one ukulele player bit works for me.

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    My playing ability increased once I got more than one ukulele. I learned that what worked on one might not work on another - finger pressure, fretting chords etc.

    Adjusting for different string tension etc. also made a difference - the Opio and the Brueko are way different sopranos to play.

    It took another jump once I consistently played on more than one size ukulele. Muscle memory for a soprano had to be adjusted for a tenor, and then back to a soprano. That was a good way to get better on the ukulele for me.
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    I actually progressed better when I got my concert, but when I shifted back to tenor, the skills I learned on the concert made the tenor easy. After I bought my baritone I found it was easy to shift up to the increased reach after only a couple of days. Now, after a year, I shift between them pretty easily. I still have problems with my soprano though.

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    I have seven, I like each for one reason or another and it's just great fun.

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    I consider myself mostly monogamous. I have my one great Bari that I stick with almost all the time. I only step out on him when I want to play something he just doesn't want to play (like girlie pop or some old times stuff). Or if I go someplace where he will be like a bull in a china shop and just wont fit comfortably (like traveling, beach, boat). Then I two-time him with my soprano. Or if I really just have to get down and dirty, I leave him out of it and I go play with my beater (like camping or around children).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gammo View Post
    The problem with monogamy is how do you know your uke isn't being played by other people.
    Good one. I like it . Made me laugh.
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    If we are talking just starting to learn, stick with the one scale length.

    That doesn't mean you can't try out other ukes though.

    I found the concert scale suited me when starting out, spent about 6 months mainly using that scale, & seemed to progress fairly quickly.

    But, as with most people, I had to try out the different scales, (& long necks too).
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    One wife......many ukes. That's my motto
    Quote Originally Posted by kypfer View Post
    I simply could not reasonably get all I want to out of just one ukulele (without forever changing strings), hi-G, lo-G, banjolele or tuned in 5th's, they all get played regularly and all have a very different sound and a different repertoire
    Although I have have had more Ukuleles than I have now, I couldn't see not having a collection that gave me a choice of 'voices' to choose from. Each of my instruments have something unique about them and being able to use the best voice for a particular piece of music gives me a lot of joy.
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