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    So, today, I did an experiment that I honestly thought was weird. I took a rock and roll song, and I played it on the ukulele. It was actually quite funny hearing a rock and roll song played on the ukulele. I texted a video of what I played to my dad.

    He wouldn't stop laughing.

    The song I played on the ukulele was Twisted Sister "We're not going to take it"

    It was very funny in my own opinion.

    I hope this puts a smile on everybody's face!

    Jared

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    Personally I love acoustic covers of rock songs and I've tried several on ukulele [usually my friend's baritone] and it's a lot of fun whether it sounds quite right or not.

    That said, I imagine We're Not Going to Take It was a particularly weird one to hear haha.

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    Gotta get yourself an iceman ukulele! https://www.ibanez.com/usa/products/...t10_2y_01.html

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    Yes, it was quite weird to hear it on the ukulele. I was imagining the singing in my head, and that combined with my soprano ukulele was pretty weird.

    It was also pretty funny. I might make a video of me playing that song later on today. You might enjoy it.

    Jared

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    My two groups play rock as much as anything.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
    https://www.catskillukulelegroup.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Gotta get yourself an iceman ukulele! https://www.ibanez.com/usa/products/...t10_2y_01.html
    Cool! It's kinda plain, though. That's crying out for a custom paint job or some stick-on graphics. Since it has a sound hole, it could probably be played without an amp.

    EDIT: Look here at about 7:40. He bought the UICT10 before Ibanez added the pickup. He added a pickup and some bling.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lryY6COMhQ4
    Last edited by Jerryc41; 06-12-2019 at 11:13 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jnicholes View Post
    So, today, I did an experiment that I honestly thought was weird. I took a rock and roll song, and I played it on the ukulele. It was actually quite funny hearing a rock and roll song played on the ukulele. I texted a video of what I played to my dad.

    He wouldn't stop laughing.

    The song I played on the ukulele was Twisted Sister "We're not going to take it"

    It was very funny in my own opinion.

    I hope this puts a smile on everybody's face!

    Jared
    There's lots of uke players who play rock. Youtube has lots of it. Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Jake Shimabukuro and others have gotten pretty famous playing rock. You can play any ol' song you want on any instrument. So rock on!
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned re-entrant gCEA)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned DGBE)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (currently tuned low-octave ADF#B)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    If you have fun with it, if you enjoy it, then it works.
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    My group surprised people when we play the Taylor Swift song Shake it Off.
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ubulele View Post
    You can, and enjoy doing it, but that doesn't mean it really works.

    So often, I'm reminded of this adage: If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
    Wow, I think we need to define rock and roll. Someone once told me I couldn't play "I don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats but I got the tabs and love playing that song. Sounds great too. Are the Beatles not rock? The Kinks? Creedence? Dylan? The Band? Van Morrison? Neil Young? I know I'm dating myself but my definition of rock includes all those and lots more. The ukulele doesn't seem well suited to amped up distorted heavy metal (not that someone couldn't) but pretty much everything else seems on the table.
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