What Ukulele Players Really Want To Know
by Barry Maz
Published by Barry Maz at Smashwords
Copyright 2011 Barry Maz
To new ukulele players everywhere....
Cover photograph, Mainland Mahogany Concert Ukulele – photo copyright Barry Maz 2010
Barry, and I'm a ukulele player. Well, actually, I am not just a
player. In fact, I have found myself rather obsessed by the ukulele.
You see, the little instrument can do that to you, it kind of gets
under your skin. Before you know it, it has taken hold and you are
stuck. It's fun though!
I'm actually a guitar player by trade and have been playing for over twenty years, until a few years ago I was re-watching a documentary about a hero of mine, George Harrison. George liked the uke. In fact, that is an understatement, George LOVED the uke. In fact many of his friends are on record pointing out that he actually put the uke higher than the guitar in his affections. He would always travel with two ukuleles, so that if he was playing with friends, he could also pass one to somebody else to join in. I love that story. George had the ukulele bug bad, just like me. In fact, most people I meet who have started playing the ukulele have the same bug...
When I first bought a ukulele, totally contrary to all of my knowledge and good practice with guitars, I assumed the uke was a toy instrument, that it wasn't very serious. I therefore spent as little money as I could get away with in the hope of having some fun. How wrong I was. You see it turns out that the world is flooded with cheap ukuleles that frankly, don't play very well. Nor is the ukulele a toy or anything that shouldn't be taken seriously. It's an instrument and it needs the same thought and attention any other instrument receives. This frustrated me, but I carried on, and bought a slightly better ukulele.