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Whokulele? U!kulele
« on: November 24, 2017, 08:30:51 AM »
For my bday last month, my wife spent a week learning two things:

1) how to play ukulele in the context of:
2) learning how to play/sing 21 Pilots' version of "Can't Help Falling In Love With You".


Now we have another activity we can do together: play ukulele. The boys love it. Ukuleles are "play guitars" to our oldest. His little brother loves watching/listening to me play. Definitely plan to introduce them when they are ready.

Having played harp from her youth, and having been a harp instructor, she is no neophyte when it comes to music, so that helps.

I grew up playing guitar, but my knowledge of theory is abysmal. Fairly competent as a performer. I'm great at improv and writing. She is the opposite, so we mesh well together in a complementary fashion. Often I'll be learning a song or writing one, and ask her what I'm doing from a theory perspective. Her answer blows open the doors of awareness and I get more ideas.

So I ended up buying a baritone uke which I'll restring to standard tuning w/ Aquila strings made for that purpose. Have soprano and tenor ukes already.

She seems to like the tenor. I'm comfortable on whatever, but the bari provides a longer scale and thus sustain on higher notes.

Despite its novelty status in the minds of many, the ukulele is not a novelty instrument. It has a serious history behind it, and good players can do some amazing things with it. It's more portable than a guitar and has a soft sound. Standard stringing/tuning uses reentrant tuning ("low" string is high... i.e., the "low" G is higher than the "higher" C). This provides an interesting chord voicing over a low - high pure setup.

Being smaller, it's a great learning tool for kids to be introduced to stringed instruments.

Anyway, that's the news from Lake Wobegon.
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Re: Whokulele? U!kulele
« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2017, 04:11:12 PM »
So which one is her?
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Re: Whokulele? U!kulele
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2017, 05:00:59 PM »
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"And what use are the victories on the battlefield if we are ourselves are defeated in our innermost personal selves?" - St. Maximilian Kolbe

Providence is a present mystery by which our hope is confirmed and our faith solidified, if we give not into despair or disbelief.

Woe is me, because I have held my peace. Isaiah 6