PDA

View Full Version : Ukuleles



d000hg
13th August 2012, 11:28
Mrs. D000hg is interested in getting one to do music with at school (reception children) but neither of us know anything about them. I play guitar so I imagine I could easily pick it up and teach her a few chords, but what should be getting? Only want something cheap and cheerful but someone told me/her there were different types, like how you can get tenor recorders and so on.

Any idiots' guide style tips would be nice - at our low-end do we just buy any old thing or are there still choices to make? And is it as easy to transfer guitar strumming to ukulele as I imagine?

stek
13th August 2012, 11:33
Mrs. D000hg is interested in getting one to do music with at school (reception children) but neither of us know anything about them. I play guitar so I imagine I could easily pick it up and teach her a few chords, but what should be getting? Only want something cheap and cheerful but someone told me/her there were different types, like how you can get tenor recorders and so on.

Any idiots' guide style tips would be nice - at our low-end do we just buy any old thing or are there still choices to make? And is it as easy to transfer guitar strumming to ukulele as I imagine?

Watch some George Formby (seriously), what a right hand, I've never had a bash on a Uke but I'd imagine a strong right hand technique to be vital to get something out of it otherwise it sounds a bit weedy....

Netraider
13th August 2012, 11:44
Cojak would be the one to ask. I've seen her play open mic a few times.

TestMangler
13th August 2012, 12:03
Mrs. D000hg is interested in getting one to do music with at school (reception children) but neither of us know anything about them. I play guitar so I imagine I could easily pick it up and teach her a few chords, but what should be getting? Only want something cheap and cheerful but someone told me/her there were different types, like how you can get tenor recorders and so on.

Any idiots' guide style tips would be nice - at our low-end do we just buy any old thing or are there still choices to make? And is it as easy to transfer guitar strumming to ukulele as I imagine?

Don't know about different types of ukes, but someone in the pub showed me a couple of chord shapes on one once and they are the same shapes as a lot of open guitar chords, although not for the same chords (if you see what i mean) !! Like, E and A shapes were used, but they weren't E and A :eek

I'm sure you'll get chord charts off the net easily enough though.

norrahe
13th August 2012, 12:16
Cojak would be the one to ask. I've seen her play open mic a few times.

WNRS ( but I have only seen her on you tube).

Send Cojak a PM.

Bunk
13th August 2012, 12:43
Don't know about different types of ukes, but someone in the pub showed me a couple of chord shapes on one once and they are the same shapes as a lot of open guitar chords, although not for the same chords (if you see what i mean) !! Like, E and A shapes were used, but they weren't E and A :eek


That's no great surprise, just means the strings are tuned to the same intervals as a guitar but at a different pitch. Similar to using a capo on a guitar, same chord shapes, different pitch chords.

ChrisPackit
14th August 2012, 06:57
The strings on a uke are tuned to the same as the bottom four on a standard E tuned guitar i.e. GDAE. You can play a naff sounding version of ukelele based songs on the bottom four of a guitar.

Don't know much about different types, though don't confuse a ukelele with a banjolele, with the former looking like a small guitar whilst the latter being a banjo drum with a ukelele neck, much like GF used most of the time. Ukes can be had from £20 or so for a crumby one whilst banjoleles are much more expensive.

TestMangler
14th August 2012, 07:35
The strings on a uke are tuned to the same as the bottom four on a standard E tuned guitar i.e. GDAE. You can play a naff sounding version of ukelele based songs on the bottom four of a guitar.

Don't know much about different types, though don't confuse a ukelele with a banjolele, with the former looking like a small guitar whilst the latter being a banjo drum with a ukelele neck, much like GF used most of the time. Ukes can be had from £20 or so for a crumby one whilst banjoleles are much more expensive.

You've just described anything ever played on a uke.

eek
14th August 2012, 08:09
You've just described anything ever played on a uke.

Don't worry Cojak will be along later to take her revenge.

While you wait here is MF playing his favourite song


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ABN76oeec0

TestMangler
14th August 2012, 08:10
Don't worry Cojak will be along later to take her revenge.



Do you think she knows the difference between a Uke and an Onion ?

NotAllThere
14th August 2012, 09:15
Watch some George Formby (seriously), what a right hand, I've never had a bash on a Uke but I'd imagine a strong right hand technique to be vital to get something out of it otherwise it sounds a bit weedy....

I got one with a pickup (for about £65) that I can plug into my amp. It's totally ridiculous and a lot of fun.

I'm fairly confident that stairway to heaven was written on the uke, since it is so easy to play.

northernladuk
14th August 2012, 09:33
Mrs. D000hg is interested in getting one to do music with at school (reception children) but neither of us know anything about them. I play guitar so I imagine I could easily pick it up and teach her a few chords, but what should be getting? Only want something cheap and cheerful but someone told me/her there were different types, like how you can get tenor recorders and so on.

Any idiots' guide style tips would be nice - at our low-end do we just buy any old thing or are there still choices to make? And is it as easy to transfer guitar strumming to ukulele as I imagine?

My other halfs school got a few in to try last year but they ended up getting broken and abused and weren't really much use as it does still take a bit of skill to get a tune out of them. They ditched them and went back to recorders and stuff you can bang I am afraid.

NotAllThere
14th August 2012, 11:57
... went back to recorders and stuff you can bang I am afraid.So, it's a porn studio then?

northernladuk
14th August 2012, 12:20
So, it's a porn studio then?

3/10 - Must try harder.

d000hg
14th August 2012, 13:10
My other halfs school got a few in to try last year but they ended up getting broken and abused and weren't really much use as it does still take a bit of skill to get a tune out of them. They ditched them and went back to recorders and stuff you can bang I am afraid.She's not thinking to let the kids play them - they're only 4-5 years old. But for her to play, probably the kids would be clapping or other percussion; apparently teaching that at a young age is important for non music related development.

northernladuk
14th August 2012, 13:18
She's not thinking to let the kids play them - they're only 4-5 years old. But for her to play, probably the kids would be clapping or other percussion; apparently teaching that at a young age is important for non music related development.

Ah my apologies, my other half does year 6 where they are taught to play. I would have though a ukelele would be a fun instrument for playing and for the kids as well. Would be a great party trick to pull ukelele out and strum a tune for your other half as well!

A local music shop provides bits and bobs to the school from time to time, does the school have any similar arragenemt? Might get a second hand one free or something.

NotAllThere
14th August 2012, 13:33
3/10 - Must try harder.

Fnnarr fnnarr.

d000hg
14th August 2012, 14:47
A local music shop provides bits and bobs to the school from time to time, does the school have any similar arragenemt? Might get a second hand one free or something.Maybe, although she's managed to find seemingly the one school in the NE with a budget to throw around on non-essentials like music, PVA glue and pens.

If you can get one that isn't a waste of time for £20 it's a bit of a non-issue, my fear was it would be like a £20 guitar ;)

stek
14th August 2012, 15:00
Maybe, although she's managed to find seemingly the one school in the NE with a budget to throw around on non-essentials like music, PVA glue and pens.

If you can get one that isn't a waste of time for £20 it's a bit of a non-issue, my fear was it would be like a £20 guitar ;)

I bought a Soviet seven string acoustic off Ebay actually, £60 and it's a work of art, made in Leningrad in 1960...

Has three nylon strings and four metal, tuned open G, Russian term is Syemistrunka, down to five strings now tho....

northernladuk
14th August 2012, 16:36
Fnnarr fnnarr.

:facepalm:

I fail so much.

northernladuk
14th August 2012, 16:38
I bought a Soviet seven string acoustic off Ebay actually, £60 and it's a work of art, made in Leningrad in 1960...

Has three nylon strings and four metal, tuned open G, Russian term is Syemistrunka, down to five strings now tho....

This isn't going to factor in Steks daft question of the day tomorrow is it? ;)

northernladuk
14th August 2012, 16:41
Maybe, although she's managed to find seemingly the one school in the NE with a budget to throw around on non-essentials like music, PVA glue and pens.

If you can get one that isn't a waste of time for £20 it's a bit of a non-issue, my fear was it would be like a £20 guitar ;)

LOL SWMBO brought home the YPO catalogue last year and the damn thing is nearly a foot thick.. It's chuffin mad all the stuff in it. I was like 'OMG buy this, buy that' until she told me how much her budget was :eyes I don't think it would have covered the postage to send the catalogue back!!!

stek
14th August 2012, 17:42
This isn't going to factor in Steks daft question of the day tomorrow is it? ;)

Ya khachu povyetsitsya, fonar', verovka, letsitsnya.....

Archangel
14th August 2012, 18:12
My ukulele is tuned to gcea which is classed as normal for a concert ukulele. Despite having absolutely no musical background I've managed to learn to play a few tunes which some people can recognise once I've told them what I'm trying to play! £80 will get you a decent uke, but change the strings for aguila ones, they are much better.

cojak
18th August 2012, 13:47
You can get a tune out of a £20 Mahala. It takes 10 minutes to learn 2 or 3 chords and years to play 'properly', but with a bit of persistence and enthusiasm you'll be learning basic songs in an afternoon.

You can get a 'Ukulele for Dummies' enhanced e-book that will show you how to play*Ukulele for Dummies (http://ukulelehunt.com/2011/06/08/ukulele-for-dummies/) and one of the better websites for cheatsheets and the like*http://ukulelehunt.com/

(standard tuning on soprano, concert and tenor ukes are GCEA, Baritone tuning is DGBE)

(On me hols in Skye with crap Internet connection at the moment so sorry for the late reply d000hg )

darmstadt
19th August 2012, 20:52
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hIUKRVKG-0s&feature=player_embedded