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    Default Be Glad You Chose the Ukulele

    You could have made a worse choice.

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    Guitar harder than uke? Well, I guess it has 2 more strings

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Guitar harder than uke? Well, I guess it has 2 more strings
    This is just something made up by a guy online. He didn't mention the sitar or many other foreign instruments. Still, I find the uke challenging enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ukecaster View Post
    Guitar harder than uke? Well, I guess it has 2 more strings
    I mean, how hard is it to play an instrument that has a couple of octaves of stair step notes?
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

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    Four fingers, four strings. It is natural for a person to play ukulele. Six strings four fingers, unnatural, unless you are Goliath or a Hemmingway cat. And remember a uke player has to do with just four strings what a guitar plays gets six strings to do. A real disadvantage. I am surprised they left out spoon and the Jews Harp. Play the Jew Harp wrong and you end up missing some teeth. I played trombone from about 5th grade until 1st year college. Looks harder than it was. After all, couldn't be that hard, as I played it.

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    I played guitar for almost 50 years before I took up the ukulele 5 years ago. In the mid-60s with the British music group invasion, many of my friends started playing, as did I. I took a few lessons, which got me started and I did pretty well for all the years. As with any instrument, it takes lots of practice to get good, and that knowledge and experience served me very well when I started playing uke, took to it very readily. As much as I liked playing guitar, since playing ukulele, I actually haven't touched my guitars since.


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    Quote Originally Posted by plunker View Post
    . And remember a uke player has to do with just four strings what a guitar plays gets six strings to do. .
    There's actually some truth to this. I find guitar easier than uke because there's more notes. As much as I love the uke, I really miss the guitar bass notes when improvising or trying to replicate a lick. Plus I can play further up the neck without getting into no-mans land, so there are more position options.



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    Quote Originally Posted by kohanmike View Post
    I played guitar for almost 50 years before I took up the ukulele 5 years ago. In the mid-60s with the British music group invasion, many of my friends started playing, as did I. I took a few lessons, which got me started and I did pretty well for all the years. As with any instrument, it takes lots of practice to get good, and that knowledge and experience served me very well when I started playing uke, took to it very readily. As much as I liked playing guitar, since playing ukulele, I actually haven't touched my guitars since.


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    Same here, although I stopped playing guitar due to bone spurs in the back of my fingering wrist that were aggravated by big stretches and bending my wrist forward around that fatter neck. The uke is small and light, and fits me just fine. If I play my ukes long and hard enough, the bone spur can still aggravate those tendons, but playing classical guitar ultimately became agonizing.
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    I find ukulele easier than guitar. Of course it depends what you expect to accomplish on your instrument.
    I had a guitar, but rarely managed to learn new songs. Unfamiliar chords were difficult to learn. On a ukulele new chords are easier.

    Ukulele is in some way also a more limited instrument, so arrangements can be harder if you want to do fancy stuff.

    It is a trade off: It is harder to play a basis line on a reentrant ukulele than on a guitar. Not to say virtually impossible. But that just means that you don't have to worry about the bass line, which makes it easier to play the Ukulele.
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    Quote Originally Posted by plunker View Post
    I am surprised they left out spoon and the Jews Harp.
    Or one of my favorites, the saw. I have a couple on my Wish List on Amazon. I also like the Theremin, but considering the cost and the size, I'm glad I never got one. My tin whistle and harmonicas don't take up much room, but storing a Theremin would require storage space I don't have. : )
    Last edited by Jerryc41; 06-14-2018 at 12:05 AM.
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