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Thread: Do you feel you were destined to play uke?

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    Default Do you feel you were destined to play uke?

    Today, I was watching a very nostalgic cartoon from my childhood.
    There was a character in it who was a musician ("Michael").

    And in the first scene he comes out, he plays a 4 string electric guitar-type (Electric ukulele?!) instrument. I couldn't believe my eyes. I watched this when I was 8 or 9 years old, and since then I really wanted to be a musician like him. Who woulda thought after all these years, I'd be playing a 4-string electric uke just like him!

    40 seconds in.

    (more likely, the artist was too lazy to draw 2 more strings)

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    Aloha Kissing,
    Man, you gotta get one made for you like that!!!!

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    It would be living my childhood dream ^^;; Perhaps some day!

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    And what 4 pegged instrument magicaly flies them off at the 4.14 spot???

    (LOL will have to watch the entire Thunderbirds to see if any of the Tracys play a Uke, surely Tintin is a uke playin' gal)

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    Nah. Destiny and pre-destination are religious notions, not musical ones. I can't imagine some omniscient supernatural entity pre-destined me long before my birth to play shuffle on a four-stringed instrument. Rather a bizarre idea, that. It would mean my musical tastes are pre-destined, too (so some god or godlet made me love jazz but not country music?). And my type of car must be pre-destined. My clothes. My books. My mediocre chess game and my preference for E4 openings. My preference for FPS over MMPORGs. My dog's name. The colour of my carpet. The kind of toothpaste I bought when shopping. The movie I watched last night.

    Nope. Give me free will any day over some medieval notion of deity-invoked, irrevocable fate.

    I CHOOSE to play the ukulele. Any day now, I could wake up and choose to play the oud. Or the sitar. Or the charango. Or nothing at all. Today, though, I CHOOSE the uke. I CHOOSE to play a relatively unknown Bob Dylan piece on a four-stringed instrument. I CHOOSE to pick up the mahogany baritone instead of the lovely mango tenor. I CHOOSE to fingerpick instead of strum. No kismet, no fate, no predestination.

    The only things I know for sure that are predestined are death and taxes (well, at least in my wage bracket - were I rich and crafty, I might even escape those!).
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    I always had toy ukes as a toddler in the 60's. Yes, they were Beatles and Monkees models that'd probably be worth a couple of bucks now if my Mom hadn't thrown them down the steps and broken them to punish me for playing after she told me to stop. That's a different story.

    Anyway, after that, I became a drummer and took to it almost like magic. I spent the next 25 years or so playing drums, professionally for a big chunk of that. However, I always regretted not being a guitar player, as they seemed to get all the girls. Long story short: Years after putting down my drumsticks for the last time, I picked up a $40 uke on eBay, put it in my hands and started playing like I had been playing my whole life. I don't mean that I'm an impresario, but I have a natural ability for the instrument that blew the minds of all my guitar player friends.

    My only "experience" with a stringed instrument my whole life was watching the guitar players in my bands and thinking "I can do that," so it's pretty spooky that the ability turned out to be there all along. Yes, I believe I was destined to play the uke. I only wish I had started many, many years ago so I'd be better at it now.

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    People tell me the uke fits e best, not just in a phsyical sense, but this is a very interesting question. We do choose, but there may be something about us that helps us make those selections as well, even if it's something like being tuned in to like certain colors or shapes or music. Of course, I have also found changes in the things I like over the years, so who really knows, but still a cool question to ponder. Mike
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    As technical as this sounds, and I don't mean to take the fun out of it. But, the 4 string thing is more than likely just a chartoon logistic. In cartooning, you don't want to get too technical in your drawings, it takes the imagination out of it, as well as porportions are ussally exaduated in cartoon art. This is also why most cartoon charactors only have 4 fingers, not 5. 5 fingers on their hands are too "busy".

    But none the less, it got you interested and yeah, it would be cool to have one built just like it like mentioned if that was your inspiration to be a musician. Besides that, how cool would it be to have an electric uke with a wammy bar? lol
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    I CHOOSE to play the ukulele. Any day now, I could wake up and choose to play the oud. Or the sitar. Or the charango. Or nothing at all. Today, though, I CHOOSE the uke. I CHOOSE to play a relatively unknown Bob Dylan piece on a four-stringed instrument. I CHOOSE to pick up the mahogany baritone instead of the lovely mango tenor. I CHOOSE to fingerpick instead of strum. No kismet, no fate, no predestination.
    My idea of "destiny" is a bit different from being 'pre-destined' or 'fated' . It is a guiding force that we have an active part in shaping. Destiny is things like where we are born, where we live, where we end up moving, etc. It is not necessarily a superstitious/supernatural thing. They are simply factors in our lives beyond our control that will have some influence in how our life progresses. Destiny and free will are thus not mutually exclusive in my mind.

    I don't believe in Fate though - that things inevitably happen completely beyond our control because of some pre-set control we have no part in.
    Speaking of religion, I don't think Christianity revolves around fate either. I think (from a Christian perspective) God gave us free will; however there is always a choice to give our lives for a 'calling' or 'purpose' he has planned for us. But that comes with choice.

    Another example, musically related, is that ever since I was a little kid, my dream instrument was a small, portable and unique flute-like instrument. One I could take along anywhere with me and play music to my heart's content. In a TV show I watched later in life, I encountered an instrument called 'ocarina' that was used to summon a legendary bird (I think it was a Roc).

    Later in life, I played Zelda Ocarina of Time and I felt very very compelled to go look on the internet to see real life ocarinas in action and it wasn't before long that I ended up buying the instruments myself and playing them. I got passionately involved, and had some part in developing an internet community of ocarina players and makers.

    One day, I had this idea, which turned into a dream, that I would use ocarinas for charitable reasons somehow. Just January this year, that dream came true - I took 250 ocarinas to Cambodia to teach children how to play music on them.

    I believe destiny played some role in this happening. Ukulele is no different. There have been certain exposures throughout my life to ukuleles that really drove me to get into them.
    I believe that given the kind of person I am, it was only a matter of time I got into ukuleles. I believe I discovered ukuleles for a reason, and at the same time it was by free will.
    Last edited by kissing; 11-13-2010 at 03:00 AM.

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    Depending on your denomination, some might think that their fate is already decided.

    To contribute, it FEELS like this is the isntrument for me. I tried guitar and found then unwieldly and strange, and hated piano lessons. Uke is a joy to play, and to practice.
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