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    Default Funk ukulele?? Is it possible?

    Hi guys!!! I just finish a track with my singer and record it and as you can see, there's a funk guitar that I did on the track. Now, I would like to know if I would like to perform this track in live situation and use a uke instead of a guitar, how can I do to get that kind of sound from a uke? For sure I will have to amplify but how do you think?

    Anyone here did try to play funk uke?

    Comments are welcome too.

    Here's the track

    https://soundcloud.com/baouke/lady-s...by-lotus-notes
    http://soundcloud.com/baouke/ : ukulele mixed with some electro-ambient lap steel music.....

    http://www.youtube.com/user/baouke : anything about ukulele, lap slide ukulele, dulcimer, shahi baaja or mountain dulcimer

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    A chunka-chunka strum pattern and a wah pedal will get you most of the way there. The rest is ATTITUDE!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    It is amazing what sounds you can get from an electric uke by fiddling with the tone and feedback/gain controls on the amp and uke. Steel strings with guitar pickups will sound like a guitar if you have them on the uke, but nylon and piezo can also get some great effects.
    Then you can plug in some foot controlled boxes.
    I'm sure with a little bit experimentation with controlled boxes, I can get something decent that can come close to that kind of funk guitar sound but with a uke flavor...thanks
    http://soundcloud.com/baouke/ : ukulele mixed with some electro-ambient lap steel music.....

    http://www.youtube.com/user/baouke : anything about ukulele, lap slide ukulele, dulcimer, shahi baaja or mountain dulcimer

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    I am finding most any style is possible with the uke. It is all in how your strum it.

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    check my youtube channel. yes, im a diehard funkster on the uke.

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    I'm still figuring out the exact chords and strums for this one weerpool, I love it.


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    I think if you were going to describe a ukulele, you would say that it:

    1. Is great when strummed
    2. Is good at producing a variety of percussive effects

    Given that the vast majority of funk guitar is at least a bit up the neck, it is almost all comfortably in the ukulele's range.

    Conclusion:

    Ukulele = Born to Funk
    "A few chords strummed on a ukulele, enough to please a few others beside yourself, does more good in this world than the combined efforts of all the financiers and politicians that ever lived."

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    Quote Originally Posted by pulelehua View Post
    I think if you were going to describe a ukulele, you would say that it:

    1. Is great when strummed
    2. Is good at producing a variety of percussive effects

    Given that the vast majority of funk guitar is at least a bit up the neck, it is almost all comfortably in the ukulele's range.

    Conclusion:

    Ukulele = Born to Funk
    Hahhaahahahah!!!!!!!! This is so well said man!!!! Ok, I think I'm convinced that I can do this thing in live with my uke with a wah....... strumming in all manners and making percussive sound with an uke....hummm...I think I can do that!!!!!!
    http://soundcloud.com/baouke/ : ukulele mixed with some electro-ambient lap steel music.....

    http://www.youtube.com/user/baouke : anything about ukulele, lap slide ukulele, dulcimer, shahi baaja or mountain dulcimer

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    Quote Originally Posted by weerpool View Post
    check my youtube channel. yes, im a diehard funkster on the uke.

    I think with an amplified uke, the chunk and the whole sound can sound more funkyfied but I think wah pedals is almost a must......
    http://soundcloud.com/baouke/ : ukulele mixed with some electro-ambient lap steel music.....

    http://www.youtube.com/user/baouke : anything about ukulele, lap slide ukulele, dulcimer, shahi baaja or mountain dulcimer

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    Here's one place to start: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbx3Zn4Bzu0

    How about a $99 les paul? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9go3KCHuY0

    An Eleuke? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36rDOPRDgDM

    Another Kamoa with full electronic accoutrements. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6vWEKSNzrg
    Last edited by PhilUSAFRet; 06-03-2013 at 01:35 PM.

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