Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Ukulele Perspective Inspires Another Perspective
Ukulele Perspective has a new article about her buying a Kala U-Bass, here. She says she doesn't know how to play bass. This triggers my thoughts about how the ukulele has opened many new doors for people that never knew they were musical. The ukulele is fun and you can play simple to intensely complicated music on it. It is taking it's place as a serious instrument. And WE are all becoming musical.
UP is building cigar box ukuleles and exploring the Kala U-Bass. Adelle of Ukuleles & Languages is exploring the Baritone Ukulele. Pierre of Ukulele Attitude is playing ukuleles and dulcimer strum sticks, Todd Baio is playing ukulele, baritone ukulele, strum stick, harmonica, banjo, guitar, etc.
I recently went to a Friday morning estate sale a few miles from my home that had a ukulele listing. The uke was crap but there was an old Levin guitar and when I saw the label inside said made in Goteborg, Sweden I was compelled to purchase it for $75. I don't play guitar but it was a beautiful parlour guitar. Turns out it was made between 1933-1935. Even tried out a concertina mini accordian. At Burning Uke this year I had a chance to play percussion.
Been doing the Humble Baritonics blog and exploring the deeper sound of the Bari. Been exploring flatpicking (with my fingers) and enjoying the Flatpicking Guitar Magazine which is an amazing resource for learning theory with numerous arrangements.
But the bottom line is that the ukulele community is becoming a wave of musical exploration. Are you feeling a keen interest to try something new? Has another instrument caught your interest too? HU