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Tom

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Ukulele revival
« on: October 28, 2016, 07:09:14 PM »
We are a mere subset of the huge ukulele revival. Our Delta Strummers web site has numerous uke-related resource links.

Meanwhile, I continue to practice uke playing and learn new playing techniques.

A ukulele is a great instrument to take along on your RV trips.
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Re: Ukulele revival
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2016, 07:26:53 PM »
Huge is the key word here. In the 20s the uke became popular due to a massive fascination with everything Hawaiian. Then WW2 killed it. It started back up again in the 50s with Arthur Godfrey becoming a daytime TV fixture. In the 70s it was Tiny Tim and lately we have had a cute little 12 year old girl and her uke win America's Got Talent. I started playing recently and I was shocked at how many local uke clubs are in existence.
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Re: Ukulele revival
« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2016, 09:07:34 AM »
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Huge is the key word here.

Aye, I feel like a mere grain of sand at the seaside. The book we both purchased contains much of the history in an easily digestible form, although I'd previously read a lot of the stuff online.

FWIW I grew up watching George Formby movies; He played a banjouke using a combo split strum/triple strum, quite clever. Tiny Tim showed up on our TV screens only occasionally, and as something of a joke; Most folks in the UK, including myself, didn't understand/appreciate his musical skills at the time.

I wish I'd learned to play as a kid. When our band conducts uke teaching sessions for a program at  local high schools, I'm always blown away by how quickly they absorb it and start playing.
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Re: Ukulele revival
« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2016, 09:59:06 AM »
Tiny Tim was very popular in the US for a short while and on TV quite a lot. Whenever I would visit my relatives they would get drunk and insist that I serenade them on guitar. One of the highlights was me imitating Tiny Tim singing Tip Toe Through The Tulips. I really hammed it up singing in a really sarcastic imitation of him. The whole problem was I never knew the words to the song, especially the knee deep part. And I never knew how to actually play the song, I was faking it. But of some reason (probably alcohol) they really loved it. I never did have the guts to perform it when they were sober or they might have kicked me out of the family.
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Re: Ukulele revival
« Reply #4 on: October 29, 2016, 06:38:21 PM »
I guess that music/songs sound better to an inebriated audience  ;D
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Re: Ukulele revival
« Reply #5 on: October 29, 2016, 07:42:27 PM »
I guess that music/songs sound better to an inebriated audience  ;D
I used to play in a bar band and the drunker the audience got the more they liked us.
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Re: Ukulele revival
« Reply #6 on: October 29, 2016, 07:50:36 PM »
There's a line in Lodi (Credence Clearwater Revival) that you'd associate with:

"If I only had a dollar for every song I've sung, and every time I've had to play, while people sat there drunk."
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Re: Ukulele revival
« Reply #7 on: October 29, 2016, 07:51:39 PM »
BTW that's a great song to play on the uke and sing along.
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Re: Ukulele revival
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2016, 08:49:28 PM »
Yep it is great to play and sing on the guitar too.
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