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    There's a recent thread out there asking people to rate their top 5 favorite ukulele players. I kind of chuckled because I wouldn't even be able to come up with 5 names let alone trying to pick 5 favorites from a larger list. Do you seek out and listen to ukulele music? Maybe I'm just an oddball in the minority. I don't know ukulele players, I don't listen to ukulele music (unless you want to count string band type music), I don't seek out ukulele music and I don't play much if any of what would be considered ukulele music. I enjoy making music with my ukes but other than the fact that what I'm playing is a ukulele, I'm pretty much otherwise outside of the ukulele sphere. Am I alone in this?
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    I was just thinking about something along this line today. I've only been at the uke for 2.5 years and still only strum various chords that I'm good at, varying the strum pattern and changing the progression. I started strumming with thumb as it felt natural to me, but now I'm trying to switch to index finger even tho the middle is over 1/2 longer.

    I've tried a few songs from Richard G's website - I really liked "Cat's in the cradle" and a few others. I learned S&G's "Sound of Silence" as a going away song when my sister moved - I had changed the words for their situation.

    What's really odd is that I liked stringing together chord progressions that could be neat little songs, but I don't have the extra brain cells to come up with lyrics or a melody... other than the little ditty I came up with for our grandson. I don't think "Coonpaws" will ever be on YouTube!

    So, perhaps like you, I'm just in it for my own sound making pleasure I guess.
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    Yes, as often as I can. I live in Connecticut and Jake plays Conn. once or twice a year. He'll be in Holyoke, Mass and Pawling, NY
    in June. I'm only an hour or so from each venue. Leaning toward the Holyoke show as it's in a theater. The Pawling show is at Darryl's House and it's a restaurant/bar. I find places like that too noisy. Darryl's House is owned by Darryl Hall.Two years ago James Hill and Anne Janelle played at a small church in Madison. James and Anne are great to hear live.
    Some years back George Kahumoku played in the area. His son Keoki is a wonderful ukulele player. I spend 4-6 weeks every year visiting my wife's family on Oahu. I've gone to hear Ohta San, Herb Ohta Jr., Kelly Boy DeLima, Willie K and Led.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelz777 View Post
    There's a recent thread out there asking people to rate their top 5 favorite ukulele players. I kind of chuckled because I wouldn't even be able to come up with 5 names let alone trying to pick 5 favorites from a larger list. Do you seek out and listen to ukulele music? Maybe I'm just an oddball in the minority. I don't know ukulele players, I don't listen to ukulele music (unless you want to count string band type music), I don't seek out ukulele music and I don't play much if any of what would be considered ukulele music. I enjoy making music with my ukes but other than the fact that what I'm playing is a ukulele, I'm pretty much otherwise outside of the ukulele sphere. Am I alone in this?

    I prefer a video to see the play. They fire me up and motivate me. I have started listening too in my car, but that’s because I’m obsessed.

    The favorites I posted in the thread you’re talking about all have iTunes albums that are good. Besides Feng E.
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    I was thinking the same thing about the 5 favorite players thread. I go to my uke-playing friends' gigs. I've attended a few uke workshops and festivals. And I sometimes listen to uke players on YouTube when I want to learn a technique. But otherwise, for everyday listening I enjoy a lot of music and I choose none of it on the basis of what instrument is being played.

    I suppose if I were trying to become a professional ukulele player then I would need to be paying more attention. A big fish in a small pond needs to keep an eye on the other big fish. For a teeny tiny fish like me it doesn't matter and I can go swim in the ocean instead ;-)

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    Sure I listen to music played with an ukulele. Lil'Rev, DelRay, Jake S, Led Kaapana, Papa Lemon Nash, Israel K. ....to name a few. I've other cd's I listen too that are compilations one of Hawaiain music, one of Hokum Blues from the 20's, some cd's from some song books I have like Fred Sokolow Blues Ukulele.......

    There is actually quiet a lot of music out there that is recorded played and available of people playing ukulele as the primary instrument.....

    I enjoy playing the instrument.....I enjoy listening to others play......and I am inspired by and learn things from listening to others play .......... there are times when I hear a tune and I say to my self......could I play that on the ukulele??.......to me it's all good.....
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    I listen to ukulele music on TuneIn Internet radio - just put ukulele in the search bar and you get Aloha Joe's Ukulele Island & Aloha Joe Vintage Ukulele Music. There are also podcasts and episodes.

    I also stream ukulele music on YouTube. Many here on UU have great channels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikelz777 View Post
    There's a recent thread out there asking people to rate their top 5 favorite ukulele players. I kind of chuckled because I wouldn't even be able to come up with 5 names let alone trying to pick 5 favorites from a larger list. Do you seek out and listen to ukulele music? Maybe I'm just an oddball in the minority. I don't know ukulele players, I don't listen to ukulele music (unless you want to count string band type music), I don't seek out ukulele music and I don't play much if any of what would be considered ukulele music. I enjoy making music with my ukes but other than the fact that what I'm playing is a ukulele, I'm pretty much otherwise outside of the ukulele sphere. Am I alone in this?
    Nope, you're not alone because that's exactly how I sort of feel about it as well. I love playing the uke but the irony is that the large proportion of the music that ukulele performers play just isn't my thing and wouldn't be my first choice of music to listen to. Jake Shimabukuro is just amazing but I just don't listen to music like that just like I don't listen to to that style played on other instruments (Tommy Emmanuel etc...).

    None of the top players make it to my neck of the woods in Australia so that might be it as well.

    Most probably blasphemy on this site but I still really like listening to Eddie Vedders Ukulele Songs and Lil' Rev is closer to my kind of thing. I like watching/listening to Christopher Shannon-Davis when he pops up on facebook or youtube but that's about it.
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    My view is that the ukulele is a folk instrument. It rarely sounds good if you are just sitting and watching. It sounds best when you are playing it yourself, and that is when you will have the most fun with a ukulele. It is an instrument that has a world where everyone can have a turn at being on the stage instead of being in the audience, no matter how well they play. The energy is being on the stage, there is nothing better than seeing large group of people hammering away at the ukes on a stage with no audience. And when a person shows up to be an audience, they give the person a uke and get them on the stage, joining in the fun instead of just watching.
    I always think that looking for "ukulele" music is a big waste of time in most cases. I like to look for music that I want to play, first I find the music in a written and audio format and then I try to play it on the ukulele. It can be any genre. It is a lot more fun to find music you like and then arrange it for ukulele.
    I once paid a lot to see a "Ukulele Orchestra", we all took ukes and went along to the concert hall. It was so boring sitting there paying for someone else have all the fun. I doubt that I will ever pay to see a "ukulele" only performance ever again.
    However, if you are taking a class or are doing some study with a teacher, you will need to look at the videos and listen to the music as part of the learning process. Also there are some amazing great ukulele players who are inspirational and who show you what can be done on a ukulele, I see them more as part of a learning process than as entertainment. Maybe it is worthwhile seeking out the great players as a learning experience.
    So I don't seek out "ukulele" music, I just look for music and then play it on my ukulele.[/QUOTE]

    Wow, I could not disagree more. Although I respect your view. Just a folk instrument? One of the coolest things about the Uke was discovering it’s range and showing that to people as well. I am in awe of great players. From watching their hands jump like dancing fleas, to the amazing sound that is produced. Either acoustic or plugged in. I can totally understand not just listening to the music. I don’t get how people are not interested in watching and listening to the best doing it. I’m sure it’s way more entertaining to watch Kalei live than an orchestra. Plus I love the pure joy on the players faces. You know, if you love this instrument like most do on here. To each their own.

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