Answer by Joe on Sunday, March 01, 2010
It’s a great question! To begin with, there are very few similarities in the way people play them. For example, all the top 20 most popular acoustic keys today are the two-string ukulele. The guitar is the most versatile instrument in the world, but it was developed around a single-string instrument for a short period more than a century ago (there’s that old wives’ tale again).
There aren’t a lot of other similarities as well, such as the number of chords you can play on a bass ukulele, and their size and shape. It’s also possible to play an ukulele as a soloist, but it’s not my favourite part of the instrument as much as its versatility. In particular, this is an instrument that I find is very useful when you don’t have time to find your own keys. When you sing out the music, the sound from your ukulele comes out and you can hear the notes of the lyrics, whereas you have to find your own. When you sing along, you can’t hear the chords coming out, because you have to listen to make them out. It’s great for that! The ukulele, or a small upright bass, is the perfect instrument to explore your own ideas, and it’s always a pleasure to play on. I have found when I play on an ukulele I always seem to have new directions to explore, rather than just repeating the familiar, so that’s always a delight to myself and others listening to play.
Q. Where do you get your inspiration for ukulele covers? Do you use guitar, or other different instruments, that I should learn to play?
A. Yes, I’ve learned that I have to use guitar or similar instruments that I already own. The ukulele is an instrument that I enjoy playing a lot myself, but a lot of fun to sing to as well. So my cover songs usually start from that area.
Q. What kinds of ukulele instruments do you have, and what is the most unusual instrument you own? Answer by Joe on Sunday, March 01, 2010
There are lots and lots of different designs in ukulele models. So I’ll start with those, since they are fairly easy to find if you are looking online.
Ukulele Acoustic Key
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