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    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    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....

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    Cojak would be the one to ask. I've seen her play open mic a few times.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d000hg View Post
    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

    I'm sure you'll get chord charts off the net easily enough though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Netraider View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by TestMangler View Post
    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
    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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisPackit View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TestMangler View Post
    You've just described anything ever played on a uke.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eek View Post
    Don't worry Cojak will be along later to take her revenge.
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