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Thread: Season of the Ukulele 387: Shapes of Things

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    Hello, Rick! This is a double-whammy ... a "square" song, played on a square(ish) uke; my Ukubidon, made here in France from an old oilcan. ZOOM!!!

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    I opened the contest thread this afternoon while I was getting ready to leave the school where I teach. Reading it, I was vaguely disappointed because all my 5 ukes are regular pear-shaped ones. Ooo... New uke? Then it hit me . There's not much of a ukulele market here in Yangon, and there would be no way for me to buy one. Resigned, I looked up the "shape" I'm going to see. It needed a capo. I didn't have one, but I thought the eclectic music shop in Yangon's min market just across the road would have one - maybe even one made for a uke.

    What did I find there? Lo and Behold! Uke #6! It's going to be my office uke.

    Best of all, it's funny shaped!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joko View Post
    I opened the contest thread this afternoon while I was getting ready to leave the school where I teach. Reading it, I was vaguely disappointed because all my 5 ukes are regular pear-shaped ones. Ooo... New uke? Then it hit me . There's not much of a ukulele market here in Yangon, and there would be no way for me to buy one. Resigned, I looked up the "shape" I'm going to see. It needed a capo. I didn't have one, but I thought the eclectic music shop in Yangon's min market just across the road would have one - maybe even one made for a uke.

    What did I find there? Lo and Behold! Uke #6! It's going to be my office uke.

    Best of all, it's funny shaped!

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    I'd say that was perfect timing, Joko.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

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    Never mind the words, just hum along and keep on going...

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    I only have two non traditional shaped ukes and I hope to do a song with each one. First up, I pulled the banjolele out and worked up this old Grateful Dead song. Though I do like the unique tone of this uke, the tight string spacing at the bridge is a bit of a challenge for me to finger pick. But that's what you do with banjoleles right? So I stuck with it. . . Thanks for the season and the reason to pull this neglected instrument out of it's case Rick!


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    A quick question/clarification: Does a non-standard number of strings count as non-standard, or is this just all about the shape?

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    Quote Originally Posted by greyghost View Post
    A quick question/clarification: Does a non-standard number of strings count as non-standard, or is this just all about the shape?
    I’ll allow unusual string configurations, too. Thanks!
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    I haven't made a video specifically for The Seasons in over a year. Sorry for being a Class A Jerk, but things have been a bit tight... Another reason that I usually do things as one-and-done, aka "warts and all".

    So, for Season 387 - The Shape of Things, played on my Tenor Fluke is Sheldon Harnick's "The Ballad of the Shape of Things" (as I learned it from the Kingston Trio recording...). And keep in mind, Sheldon Harnick is the composer of Fiddler on the Roof...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joko View Post
    Ooo... New uke?
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    a. great looking little uke!

    and b. i wonder just how many people are gonna get a new uke this week?

    ok here is a homemade square song played on a homemade square uke

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