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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2014

    Default If You Own More than One

    If you own more than one ukulele, how many do you usually play per practice session?

    It's rare that I just play one. After all, there are both reentrant and linear tunings to play.

    But, I also often find myself wanting to play everything that I have, and if I have the time, that's a common thing to do.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2018
    Redmond, WA


    I rarely play more than one ukulele per practice session. I have my instruments scattered through the house so I can pick up for a short practice wherever I am and have a few minutes.

    I try never to let a practice session go longer than 30 before a break (15 would probably be better), with the option to link several sessions together. Even so, I don't usually switch instruments unless it's to a different kind (bass vs uke vs electric guitar vs acoustic guitar). Just jamming or rudiments while a TV is on may go longer, but I try to stay mindful for useful practice.

  3. #3


    I definitely play more than one. When I had fewer instruments I would play each. I usually begin with an instrument that I haven't played in a few days. For a shorter practice session I may play with about 3 (of at least two different sizes) but up to 5. I'll play a song and then switch to a different ukulele and play it again, etc.
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  4. #4
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    Apr 2010
    Mission Viejo, CA


    “I mean how silly is that. And we're talking about practice. I know I'm supposed to be there. I know I'm supposed to lead by example. I know that and I'm not shoving it aside, you know, like it don't mean anything. I know it's important. I do, I honestly do. But we're talking about practice, man. What are we talking about? Practice? We're talking about practice, man?”

    ...I couldn’t resist. Like AI, I don’t have practice sessions. When I work on a song, I just start working on it off and on. Sometimes I’ll use more than one uke, but nothing is planned out.


  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    MN metro area


    I only ever play one uke per playing session. Lately I've been trying to grab a different one each time I choose to play. Other times I'll play the same uke for a couple of weeks and then change it up for another couple of weeks.
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

    Ukes are a lot like potato chips. It's hard to stop with just one!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Feb 2017


    I only play one uke at a time, but what I am practicing doesn't influence which one I play. I rotate between the re-entrant and the linear regularly so that I can justify in my mind having them both. However what I practice doesn't change regardless of which uke is scheduled for use. If I'm practicing, for example improvising with the B mixolydian, I'll play that on the fourth fret with my linear and eleventh on my re-entrant.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Sparta, Wisconsin, USA


    Some days it's one tenor I practice/play all day. Other times it's several.

    Re-entrant for learning fingerstyle. Low-G is my preference for strumming. But I find some songs sound better on one instrument, some on others. Sometimes one instrument suits my mood better. Sometimes a different one does. Sometimes I practice on one because I haven't played it for a while.

    I often prefer one uke above the others for a while, then change my mind and really like a different one. The feel, the sound, the way my fingers are feeling that day...

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2013
    Santa Monica, CA


    Usually one tuning but sometimes both. And I'd say 80% of the time I'll play any two of my ukes. I keep three out, but which three rotates every few weeks to month.
    More an appreciator of the ukulele than a true player. My motto is: "Don't matter how good it ring if it ain't got some bling."

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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Ames, Iowa


    I'll start out by saying that I'm not really structured when it comes to practice. I can't say that for me it is one or the other, I play whatever I feel like and if I feel like playing one and then another, I do that. If not, I just play one of them. All of mine are re-entrant tuned, so no difference. They all pretty much sound the same in that regard. But I generally just play one ukulele whenever I sit down to play.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jan 2014
    Raleigh, NC


    All of mine are tuned re-entrant. Some don't see action for weeks. To paraphrase Thelonious Monk, the reason I choose to pick one over another is because that’s the way I feel today.
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