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    Default What inspired you to pick up ukulele?

    As the title say, what inspired you to pick up ukulele, UU?
    Also, what song/ jingle/ musician do you think are the iconic symbols of ukulele?
    I'm awfully curious to see the responses.
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    Simple-

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    For me it was a trip to Hawaii and listening to the music and the ukulele. After being there, drinking Mai Tais...I was hooked!

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    This question actually comes up allot. But, anyway, the artist that inspired me was IZ.
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    My Grandma. In 1965 she and Grandpa went to Hawaii and brought home 2 Martin Ukuleles. She knew Martins because Grandpa had a Martin D28.
    I have played it every since but not seriously until the early 2000nds. Now I play almost every day.
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    When I was a little kid I wanted to play guitar, but there weren't many little-kid-size guitars in those days. But there were ukes - so, that's what I got. I didn't stick with it for all that long, and always regretted it. Seeing Janet Klein perform made me decide to pick it up again, because it looked like so much fun - and it is!

    As for iconic - I get asked if I can play "Tonight You Belong to Me" a lot (or, more accurately, "that Steve Martin song from The Jerk" is usually how it's phrased) so that must stand out as *the* ukulele song to my generation.

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    I had a friend who was "collecting" Ukes, and one day I saw a purple one in a shop (I love me some purple!) and I brought it and from there have started learning (I also now have two more Ukes, all of them brought within two months!)

    I don't know enough to answer the second question

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    I guess since I started this thread, I should answer my question.

    I have been playing bass for awhile, and I thought a ukulele was kind of an obscure instrument, so I had to learn it.
    Also, I went to a Nevershoutnever concert and Chris played his and I was instantly sold.
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    I guess I started to play because I thought it was a cool sounding and unique insterment, and beacuse I cant play anything else and I thought the Ukulele would be easy to learn!
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    On one recent visit to Hawaii, I stopped and listened to Troy Fernandez playing ukulele in Waikiki. I was blown away, it made me see the uke in a whole new light, this was a seriously cool little instrument. I was hooked and had to have one!

    For myself have to say IZ personifies Ukes and the sounds of Hawaii.
    1st song I learned was Over the Rainbow/ What a Wonderful World.....IZ style
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