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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    No real musician would touch a ukulele. These guys are definitely going nowhere:
    I need to save this forever to slap the naysayers in the face with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    I have been reluctant to say this, but to some degree I see the point of the stupid comment. After all, the ukulele isn't a piano with 88 keys. The ukulele cannot play 9 chords without without dropping the root or the fifth. It has limitations but that's why I like it. I really like taking a folk instrument that isn't a proper instrument and pushing it to the limit so that you can play it like a proper instrument. I have a similar relationship to diatonic harmonicas where the player has to learn to bend/overblow notes to get the range that a chromatic harmonica takes for granted. Similarly, my ukulele practice seems to be devoted to legitimizing the uke by playing modes and scales as far up the neck as the 17th fret. I've been around this forum for a few years and my commitment to the ukulele is unmistakable. However I do see a kernel of truth in what that mean-spirited person was saying
    But the sax, flute, clarinet. . . cannot play chords at all. The piano can't bend notes. All instruments have their limitations. What is the definition of "a proper instrument"? A violinist can't play a four note chord without loosening the bow hair and playing like Joe Venuti used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    No real musician would touch a ukulele. These guys are definitely going nowhere:



    Of course, that last guy was worried he wouldn't be taken seriously, so maybe not a good example:

    I really thought that Pete was gonna smash that nice little uke at the end of the song.

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    A little over 2 years ago, our local Farmer's Market did a promotional video on Facebook about the market. I learned about the video from one of the vendors, who asked how I liked it. Not being a Facebook user, I had no idea what she was talking about.

    Here's the post: https://www.facebook.com/Schenectady...3131913778910/

    What I loved most about it was, the person who had been booking the performers the prior year told me - to my face- that "a ukulele is not a musical instrument", and she didn't plan to have me play often at all.

    Then the Powers That Be for the Market decided to use me and my ukulele to promote the Market.

    Also, now that we get a $25 stipend, plus tips, there are so many performers wanting to play, that most performers are only getting hired once per market season (one indoor, fall/winter one outdoor spring/summer.) Some performers have been dropped because of audience/vendor feedback. I have been hired once solo, and once as part of a duo.

    I get paid just as much as anyone else who sings, plays keyboards, stringed instruments, woodwinds, or percussion. I guess that proves it is a proper instrument.

    Plus, I have May Singhi Breen's battle with the Musician's Union in the 1930's to back me up.

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    Love the videos, Jim! I just realized that's Joe Brown on rhythm guitar in the George Harrison video. He closed out the famous concert honoring George's memory with his wonderful uke version of "I'll See You In My Dreams". Don't know much about Joe, but he certainly seems like a nice person!

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    No one a bigger bore than a SNOB, be it an instrument snob, or whatever kind. Teach your niece how to recognize one and point out that relatives are no exception.

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