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    Cool Ukulele Popularity by Country-Curiosity

    I've noticed most of the youtube tutorials I click on are from the UK or Australia. The US ones tend to be people who can open boxes and (surprising to me) none from Hawaii.

    Are ukuleles far more popular in those countries? More popular than other instruments? To be fair I never look for flute tutorials so maybe they just do all the music tutorials.

    I'm in Austin and there is a small-ish ukulele club but we are that little weird spot in Texas. I'm pretty sure 80% of Austin has an acoustic guitar though. And yeah, Texas isn't a "country" but close enough.

    I just find this all very interesting and curious. Where do you live? Is the Uke culture jammin' or are you constantly drowned out by 10 acoustic guitars?

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    Seriously, no videos from Hawaii? There are zillions but HMS is a great place to start if you wanna hear home brew 'ukulele at it's best:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH6...BqrkoKdAyVu2dg

    Only like 6 thousand videos on their channel with 36 million views...

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    Quote Originally Posted by gochugogi View Post
    Seriously, no videos from Hawaii? There are zillions but HMS is a great place to start if you wanna hear home brew 'ukulele at it's best:

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH6...BqrkoKdAyVu2dg

    Only like 6 thousand videos on their channel with 36 million views...
    Haha, I've seen people playing just the general "ukulele tutorial" search hasn't brought any for me thus far. I've watched a ton of lovely players just playing though.

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    He or she who knows how to manipulate the system will appear first in search results. What you are seeing on Google or Youtube is a listing of people's skill at making the algorithm happy, ranked from best to worst. It's not because they're the people you should be learning from!

    Hawai'i is a big player, but my guess is that most players out here couldn't be bothered to care about playing the game (except for HMS). Unless you are making money from it (like all the people in the search results you see), there's better stuff to do than try and make Google happy. It's miserable. Trust me.
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    Ukulele is huge in Taiwan, the Philippines, and Japan. I think we don’t hear much from those countries because they most likely have forums in their own languages. But YouTube has videos from all over the world. In Thailand and Korea there is a ukulele scene, too.

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    I lived in Philippines for nine years and now for l5 years in Korat, Thailand. Yes there is a very big ukulele playing public in this country plus ukulele's are made here. www.ribbee.com. Located in Bangkok, Thailand. However, the outside world would never know because of the language differences. I think, guitars are still king but that is slowly changing. Yesterday I hooked up my baritone to an amp and my wife said that it now sounded like a guitar.

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    I am biased toward thinking the instrument is popular. I live in michigan usa and am within an hours drive of ann arbor and lansing(location of the mighty uke day and Elderly Instruments). I don't know if it is popular in other parts.

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    Hawaii has the largest concentration of ukulele players and there are 100s of people who are trying to make a living by performing and teaching. The number of videos is overwhelming though they are not necessarily identified as Hawaiian. I think that UU is based on Kauai so the tutorials on this site are a typical example.
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    I live in Los Angeles and as you might expect, there's a thriving community for the ukulele. I belong to a group of about 50 regulars that meet twice a week in Culver City. There are groups in most areas of this sprawling city, and there are many music stores that carry ukuleles, especially Island Bazaar in Huntington Beach. I may be biased, but my guess would be that outside of Hawaii, there are more ukulele enthusiasts in the L.A. area than any other city in the states.


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    Quote Originally Posted by juliaann View Post
    I've noticed most of the youtube tutorials I click on are from the UK or Australia. The US ones tend to be people who can open boxes and (surprising to me) none from Hawaii.

    Are ukuleles far more popular in those countries? More popular than other instruments? To be fair I never look for flute tutorials so maybe they just do all the music tutorials.

    I'm in Austin and there is a small-ish ukulele club but we are that little weird spot in Texas. I'm pretty sure 80% of Austin has an acoustic guitar though. And yeah, Texas isn't a "country" but close enough.

    I just find this all very interesting and curious. Where do you live? Is the Uke culture jammin' or are you constantly drowned out by 10 acoustic guitars?
    As others have said don’t be mislead by what the Internet feeds to you (because it may well be misrepresentative).

    There is a non-trivial Ukulele scene in the U.K. but it is one that has, I think, grown from a small base over the last decade. I don’t come across folk playing guitars but the music shops here have a lot on display so they’re being (bought and) played by somebody. Until recently I didn’t know that Ukes were played in China but they are although I’m not certain to what level - probably not that common because it’s a western instrument and they have their own cultures to follow instead. Ukes are also played in France, Germany and Italy but we hear little about those players and likewise those in Asia.

    I’ve wondered about that scant overlap with some other Ukulele players and have decided that it’s pretty all much down to language barriers. If your main or only language is English then activity in non English speaking countries becomes hidden.

    With regard to ‘North America’ it’s a very large land mass and so there’s likely to be a lot of variation within it. Each area will have cultural and historical reasons for Uke playing or not.
    Last edited by Graham Greenbag; 02-04-2020 at 10:47 PM.

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