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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Mc View Post
    Ken, exactly who stated Tommy Emmanuel was a "talented ukulele player." You completely missed the point of the original post.
    Why the aggressive tone, Bill? I certainly had no desire to offend you. In fact I completely understood the post and found it interesting. I responded to it in a way that I wanted. That's what you do on a discussion forum. A forum would be a very boring place if you just answered questions with a straight answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    Hi Ken,

    Since taking up the ukulele last April 2013, after nearly 35 yrs of playing the guitar, when I have told folks of my new interest in the ukulele, they usually act with laughter and ridicule and mention something about Tiny Tim or that it is a 'toy instrument'.

    I will typically show them videos from Roy Smeck, Jake Shimbukuro, James Hill, Victoria Vox, L'il Rev and by that time they have learned to keep the snide remarks to themselves unless they want to become the sole object of my attention in my crusade to alter their thinking away from this obsolete and dysfunctional belief.

    Most of the time after sharing these videos and discussing the ukulele while 'educating' them, folks want to buy a James Hill or Jake Shimabukuro album immediately from iTunes or Amazon.

    I am almost forced to 'fight the good fight' since it has been a lifetime pursuit of mine to eliminate ignorance whenever and wherever possible.

    -Booli
    Hi Booli. Like you, I played the guitar for a long time. Maybe 50 years or so. My experience though has been very different. I have not really met too many people who have treated the ukulele with ridicule or contempt. A few people, who clearly don't understand the potential of the instrument, will always ask about George Formby or Tiny Tim, but it is just lack of understanding on their part. For many thousands of people worldwide though, the ukulele is a real instrument, often their first instrument and playing it is their biggest pastime.

    I stopped guitar playing mainly because of the contempt for the players that I was seeing on YT. People seemed so critical. Even superb players like Tommy get criticism.

    I am sure you are right that critical people's attitudes can be changed after watching videos of players like James. Interesting post.
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    For Living Water Strings go to http://www.kenmiddleton.co.uk/Pages/LWS.aspx

    For Ohana related comments, observations and questions, email me at ken@ohana-music.com

    Remember: a ukulele is forever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Middleton View Post
    Why the aggressive tone, Bill? I certainly had no desire to offend you. In fact I completely understood the post and found it interesting. I responded to it in a way that I wanted. That's what you do on a discussion forum. A forum would be a very boring place if you just answered questions with a straight answer.

    Ken, why the thin skin? I thought your comment about Tommy Emmanuel's ukulele playing to be gratuitous.

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    Tommy rocks. He's such a great musician that people don't know he has a very soothing and beautiful voice. I wish he'd cut an album playing ukulele and singing.

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