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    Default Guitar vs Ukulele

    When I bought my Taylor GS mini a few months ago I thought it would not be long until I sold off most of my ukes. Guitar has THE SOUND I have always strived for with my linear tuned ukes, deep, full, resonant. I also bought a used Taylor 512e 12 fret, cedar and mahogany. This thing is like angels singing when finger picked, unbelievably good.

    Then I went away on vacation a couple weeks ago and took my Kimo tenor, I always take a uke on vacation. Spending one week with it got me to re-appreciate the lovely sound a ukulele produces. No it is not a guitar, not even close, but it sounds nice anyways. Then I played my Kamaka super concert, one of my few reentrant strung ukes. Holy Cow a great reentrant is wonderful for strumming and singing.

    There appears to be room in my musical life for uke and guitar. Sorry to fellow UUers if I got you excited about a huge sell off of excellent ukuleles. I am spending 80% of my playing time with guitar now because of the learning curve. I will sit on my stash of ukes for one year then have an honest assesment of where I am headed and what I should keep and or sell.

    There is a big disadvantage to playing/learning both uke and guitar when you are at my level. It can be very confusing and slows down the learning curve on both instruments, espiecally muscle memory. Some people would scorn this approach but I play for my own enjoyment, I don't do this for money. I just LOVE the sound stringed instruments produce, it always makes me happy, no matter how well or poorly I play at times.

    Anyone else in the same boat as me?????
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 05-14-2018 at 12:50 AM.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Yup, I can't stick to one instrument. Been playing NAF for a year or so and just started picking up whistles. Very different fingerings and blowing technique. Also recently picked up guilele and trying to make sense of what to do with the two extra strings. And then there's all the tunings on ukulele like you say - linear, reentrant, cuatro. I've accepted the fact that I'll never be "great" on any of them.
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    I am for sure. I’m playing guitar about 80% of the time as well, but still love to grab the uke. I think that getting the cordoba mini really was the catalyst to pick up a full size guitar after about 10 years.

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    For me the best of all worlds is the tenor guitar. Steel strings have a sweet sound that I just cannot match with nylon.

    I still have more ukes than anything else and they all get playing time. The ukes are more convenient, being able to grab-and-go with the ukes easier than with the guitars and banjo.
    ...SteveZ

    Ukuleles: Martin T1K (T)*, Oscar Schmidt OU28T (T8)*, Lanikai LU-6 (T6)*, Lanikai LU-22T (T)*, RISA Solid (C)*, Effin UkeStart (C)*, Flea (S)*, Diamind Head DU-150 (S)**
    Banjo-Ukes: Duke 10 (T)*, Lanikai LB6-S (S)**
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveZ View Post
    For me the best of all worlds is the tenor guitar. Steel strings have a sweet sound that I just cannot match with nylon.

    I still have more ukes than anything else and they all get playing time. The ukes are more convenient, being able to grab-and-go with the ukes easier than with the guitars and banjo.
    SteveZ, as you may remember I own a Blueridge BR40 T tenor guitar just like you. That is what started this whole mess, lol. They are a great sounding instrument and I encourage anyone looking for the steel string sound but keeping it more "uke-like" to get one. So much fun and they sound so good
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    I don't do guitars, too big for me, but my problem at the moment is learning to play harmonicas, & that is keeping me off my ukes, but I am trying to learn to read music at the same time, & that makes it a slow process, but I'm sure I'll get there in the end, but luckily, I only play for my own pleasure, so no rush.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Yes, I am definitely in the same boat. Guitars, then ukes, then guitars, then back to ukes, then ocarinas, then ukes, then guitars, then NAF (thank you, Jim Hanks), then ukes, now guitars and ukes. Not necessarily in that order. I think there's some overlap, though: there's a particular short piece, played only on the first four strings, that I had a terrible time with in my classical guitar days, to the extent that my instructor just decided it was time to give up on the piece and move on. It worked out nicely on a tenor uke, and then I tried it on a baritone, and now it's no problem at all on the guitar.
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    I played guitar for almost 50 years before I took up the uke 5 years ago, and bass uke a year later. I haven't touched my guitars since, I also find they're too big compared to the convenience and comfort of playing a uke. (I also learned harmonica from Lyle Waggoner of the Carol Burnett Show, but only dabble at it now.)


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    I played guitar for most of my life before I discovered the ukulele. Then when I went uke crazy, it was like ukuleles were more fun and less work than guitar, so I mostly played ukes. But now, for me, there's room for both, and it comes down to which songs sound better on uke or guitar. Some songs work better for me on ukulele, and some work better on guitar, so they're like different tools for the same job, basically. A uke with C6 tuning is the same as a guitar capo'd at the fifth fret, so it's mostly the same chord shapes on both.

    But with this dualistic approach, I now prefer playing Tenor and Baritone ukes, and small-body short-scale guitars, like a Taylor GS Mini or a Martin D-Jr. That way, the size difference isn't as great and it's physically easier to switch back and forth.
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    I've always wanted to play the guitar, but when trying it, I really had to struggle hard due to my tiny hands and my extremely short fingers. This is why I was more than happy to find "my" stringed instrument when discovering the ukulele some time ago. With regard to sound, I love both and I'm very happy that I can also enjoy the sound of the guitar as my husband plays not only the ukulele, but also the guitar. But to me, the ukulele opened up a whole new musical world!
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