Hurt Feelings....

Show up with on the Harley with 101 skulls, wearing full leathers, with a couple of ukes strapped to your back. All I have to say is... "Any questions?"
 
My mom is like, "Oh you and that ukulele..." Condescension mostly.

A co-worker of mine, whom I suggested getting a Uke because he and I both play guitar (and I obviously fell in love with the uke) said, "Grass skirts and hula dancing don't suit you." He was just being funny, but it goes to show the attitude that some people have.

I don't let it bother me. I'm too won over by the instrument to be made to feel like I'm doing something wrong by choosing that over something more prestigious.
 
In a bit over a year, there are now 18 ukes within my reach as I type this. I play them all day, every day. At work, when not at work, for my chickens. Everyone who knows I play watches my hack videos, sees me teaching kids to play, watches me practice while I should be doing something else.
They all unanimously think I am crazy.
They all also wish they had a bit of what I have.
Most of the would be detractors are so hung up on my other musical affair (the accordion) that they never even notice the Ukulele ;)
 
They all unanimously think I am crazy.

You are crazy. So are a lot of us.

But think of some of the other hobbies and pass-times that people pursue and decide whether you are as crazy as them. What about dangerous sports? Free skiing down mountains, for instance. Uke playing is far less life-threatening. What about collecting expensive stuff? Beatles memorabilia or antique vases. Uke collect is much cheaper. What about doing things that just pass the time away? Watching America's Got Talent on TV or gambling in a casino, for example. Playing ukes is far more creative.

No, to an alien from outer space you would not seem crazy at all. But they'd probably wipe us out anyway.
 
They all also wish they had a bit of what I have.
Most of the would be detractors are so hung up on my other musical affair (the accordion) that they never even notice the Ukulele ;)

Not to get too much off topic... One of my TA's in college played a really wonderful piece on the accoridion. I had no idea she played until she announced she was going to play something for the whole class. It was an amazing experience.

I can't even remember what she played. I can only describe it in hind-sight as gypsy-esque / Eastern European.

It gave me a tremendous amount of respect for the instrument.
 
I understand where you are coming from. I get tired of having people kind of snicker when I say I play ukulele. It also annoys me when people say it must be easy because it only has four strings. I always reply "Yeah four strings, just like a violin". That backs them off......

One good thing though. I work at a university, and the young people there have no negative associations with the ukulele. When they see me playing they come up and tell me how cool the uke is and that either they themselves play, or have friends who play!
"Yeah four strings, just like a violin". I love that one, that's brilliant! Must remember it! In the UK, associations with Tiny Tim did a lot of damage to the ukulele, and it was Joe Brown who started the big mend here. Posting videos of good players on facebook helps a lot...
 
Wow......thanks for all the great responses. All good reads and much appreciated.

Don't worry, none of the negativity actually is that big a deal. Since the uke has come into my life, low these past six months, it's brought with it tremendous amounts of joy. I've always loved music and now I'm no longer a spectator, but am actually able to make music......not a whole lot better feeling in the world then that.

The real story is this......I sent my brother a ukulele for his birthday and his wife posted on her Facebook status her opinion (she thinks it's "silly and for old people") and I came here to find solace. (Thank you all for the encouragement, and yes she is a troll and a cantankerous barracuda) Any other incidents have been mild and basically stem from a lack of information......so they are opportunities to educate.
 
She thinks it's silly? For old people? Maybe she missed out on the fact that every pop artist and their purse dog is playing a ukulele now.


Yes, people start out negative. They back off once I play. Especially the egotistical guitar players who can't manage to do with 6 strings what most uke players can do with 4.
 
Igraine,

Is it wrong of me to hope that your brother completely falls in love with the Uke and plays it nonstop, just because it will annoy the trollish barracuda? :p
 
Oh jeez, I feel so bad for the guy. It sucks when not even your spouse can be supportive. Hey, my parents can hate all they want. But my husband? I have to live with him! He's totally uke positive, but finds all sorts of reasons to not play. His fingers are too dry (well that part is true), or he doesn't know fingerings, or doesn't understand why there can't be 6 strings, or why can't the strings be tuned to guitar, and if they are tuned to guitar, why not 2 more? And if there are two more strings, then why not just make it a full bodied guitar?

I can refute each one, that he'd enjoy the lesser tension, that you can be creative with 4 strings, that even messing up sounds nice, and on and on, but he's just set in his ways.

Still though, after fighting his dad's mandolin, he's completely uke positive.

Wow......thanks for all the great responses. All good reads and much appreciated.

Don't worry, none of the negativity actually is that big a deal. Since the uke has come into my life, low these past six months, it's brought with it tremendous amounts of joy. I've always loved music and now I'm no longer a spectator, but am actually able to make music......not a whole lot better feeling in the world then that.

The real story is this......I sent my brother a ukulele for his birthday and his wife posted on her Facebook status her opinion (she thinks it's "silly and for old people") and I came here to find solace. (Thank you all for the encouragement, and yes she is a troll and a cantankerous barracuda) Any other incidents have been mild and basically stem from a lack of information......so they are opportunities to educate.
 
I've only had one bee-otch deride me for it. I havne't spoken to her since. Good riddance!
Everyone else likes it...
 
Wow......thanks for all the great responses. All good reads and much appreciated.

Don't worry, none of the negativity actually is that big a deal. Since the uke has come into my life, low these past six months, it's brought with it tremendous amounts of joy. I've always loved music and now I'm no longer a spectator, but am actually able to make music......not a whole lot better feeling in the world then that.

The real story is this......I sent my brother a ukulele for his birthday and his wife posted on her Facebook status her opinion (she thinks it's "silly and for old people") and I came here to find solace. (Thank you all for the encouragement, and yes she is a troll and a cantankerous barracuda) Any other incidents have been mild and basically stem from a lack of information......so they are opportunities to educate.
YOur uke has brought you tremendous amounts of joy - that's the only thing that counts. And every one of us on here shares that feeling - and the more you learn and the more you play, the more joy it brings. It has taken me a lifetime to discover that actually, not everybody likes music, let alone appreciate the uke! So rejoice in the the uke, rejoice in the pleasure it gives you, and play to your heart's content! What others think just doesn't matter one jot. And some of those people will actually be, underneath, rather jealous!
 
I don't understand all the h8 for the Tiny Tim guy. I thought his stuff was cool. I wouldn't mind playing "Tiptoe Thru the Tulips" if somebody asked me to.

I'm not outspoken enough for people to feel comfortable responding to my ukulele playing negatively. I've gotten mostly positive reactions, though. People ask me if I can play "Hey Soul Sister" and all that guff. I say, "Yeah, that and the million other songs that sound like it." If I'm playing one of my silly songs, they usually laugh and start doing the hula or something.

I used to take the ukulele way too seriously. It's ironic that the less seriously you seem to take your ukulele playing, the more seriously others will take to it.
 
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