Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 17

Thread: Hang out with your uke

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Gilroy CA
    Posts
    144

    Default Hang out with your uke

    I live in a very small (25 foot) trailer, jammed full of books, tools, work-space, etc. I had my uke, in its nice case, on top of a bookshelf in the bedroom in the back. It was safe, but when I was sitting up front here at my computer, I'd get the urge to mess around on it and it was too much hassle to go back and open up the case, after perhaps taking a thing or two off of the top of the case, and get it out.


    So, last night I repositioned the OSH calendar with trains, safety glasses, etc hanging from various odd nails and hooks here, made a little loop out of blind-cord (made for Venetian etc blinds and shades, very sturdy, I save it whenever I come across it) and use the loop to go behind 2 pegs and around the hook. Now the uke hangs right next to the calendar here and is easy to take down and strum a bit, tuned it up (Easy, I just have an A tuning fork, for "fleas", I generally have it dead on in my head anyway but it keeps me honest) tune'er up and go.

    The point is:

    Ukes are VERY light. If you can hang a picture, you can hang a loop to keep your uke close by.

    If your uke is somewhere YOU hang out, you'll spend time with IT. For most of us, it's by the computer.

    And, it's possible to work through one of Uncle Rod's practice sheets many times while the coffee cooks.
    Last edited by ConspiracyUkeist; 04-21-2011 at 07:40 AM. Reason: spelling
    I strum a Cordoba 15CM Concert (it has 18 grits) and love it!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Oakland, CA
    Posts
    1,525

    Default

    ConspiracyUkeist, That's great to make it easy for yourself to play/practice. I have 3 ukes a Makala Tenor that lives on a guit stand next to the bed, a Kala concert that lives in a guit stand next to the computer and my new fav is a Dolphin that lives in its gig bag next to the front door that goes for car rides. The goal like yours is to have one handy always.
    Don
    Kala KA-TE
    Makala MK-T
    Kala KA-C (low G)
    Makala Dolphin-green burst

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Germany
    Posts
    42

    Default

    My uke lives on my coffee table and is only removed when guests are coming around.
    So I can grab it whenever I want and play a few tunes - and I do, as often as I've got to wait for something, even in the commercial breaks during a Film on TV I'm playing the uke, and keep annoying my better half with it ;-)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    NJ,USA
    Posts
    888

    Default

    I keep mine in bed with me like a teddy bear

  5. #5

    Default

    ^ OMGoodness, me too, except it's more like a puppy pile b/c I have 6. They're safely in their bags for sleepy time, tho. And we only do this on special occasion.
    Makala Dolphin Teaching Pod: 1 LightTurquoise, 1 RedBurst, 1 WhiteSparkle, 1 BlueSparkle, 1 Pink, 1 Pinkburst, 1 Purple, 1 Yellow, 1 Yellowburst

    Personal Ukes: 2 Dolphin OrangeBursts (1 Low G), Makala LightBlueBurst Tenor (Low G), Disney Princess Plastic

    Cigar Box Strummer ~ Strat-body Ibanez 3/4 ~ Clayz Raindrop Alto Ab ~ Focalink Jade Crackle Soprano B

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2008
    Location
    Nashville, TN
    Posts
    2,925

    Default

    This is the beauty of the Flea (and Fluke). They have a flat "bottom", so you can just stand it up next to your desk or wherever.

    JJ
    "Talent is just a pursued interest. In other words, anything you are willing to practice, you can do." -- Bob Ross

  7. #7

    Default

    i keep mine in my room, however, my ukulele always follows me to wherever in the house just in case i get the urge to play
    Go Oregon Ducks, Go Portland Trail Blazers, Go Portland Timbers.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Oct 2010
    Location
    NJ,USA
    Posts
    888

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Maiyah888 View Post
    ^ OMGoodness, me too, except it's more like a puppy pile b/c I have 6. They're safely in their bags for sleepy time, tho. And we only do this on special occasion.
    6? lol that IS like a litter of puppies! I've often thought my uke was like one of my guitars had a puppy hehee

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Sydney Australia
    Posts
    305

    Default

    "Hang out with your uke" ... I like the sound of that - that's my philosophy and practice - totally.
    It's true - the advantages of the uke such as its size, weight and affordability mean that you really can keep one close by at all times. And it's when you least expect it that life presents an opportunity to play the uke, practice the uke, share the uke and be comforted by the uke. I recently had surgery and took a uke with me and had a (very) quiet strum while waiting to be taken in to get changed. Not so long ago I got to strum on an aeroplane - it gave me practice time that I hadn't expected. And that's it - the more time spent with the uke, the more practice, the more progress. I have a uke by the computer, and one beside the bed, one in the loungeroom, an old beat up one that goes on bushwalks and dogwalks and car rides, and probably the worst quality uke that I own that probably gets the most play (other than my main squeeze my Mainland) is the one stationed in the smallest room in the house. It sits there waiting patiently for me to visit - which it knows I will, and regularly! I blutack onto the wall along side the lyrics/chords of the songs I'm currently learning. And every time I drop by, I commit to running through the song/s a few times. It's made a world of difference in so many ways, and apart from anything else - it makes me happy
    Attached Images Attached Images

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    Port Hueneme, CA
    Posts
    498

    Default

    I'm thinking having my ukes out is what I need to do. Now, I think about it but don't want to bother getting it out of the case for 5 min of time. If you hang it on the wall does it need to be in a special place other than out of the heating vents or direct sunlight? I don't even know if that's important but it is for my piano. (It's on an outside wall but sometimes you've just got to do what you've got to do). I'm a bit nervous taking the new Kamaka out of it's case. The wall is a better solution for me than a stand since we babysit the grand daughters sometimes and they're all under 5.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •