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Uke is Uks biggest seller
cheekytiki
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From: The Haole Hut, London, UK
Posted: 2007-08-31 02:04 am   Permalink

This was an article in last weeks Sunday Times
http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article1940449.ece
Could a new generation of Ukelele players on their way?


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Bongo Bungalow
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Joined: Aug 20, 2007
Posts: 1272
From: Indiana
Posted: 2007-08-31 03:14 am   Permalink

You bet Cheeky. We are currently in the third wave of ukulele popularity. The first got going in 1915 and ran through the '20's, the second in the '50's with George Formby in the UK and Arthur Godfrey on TV in the states, and, of course, the tourist industry developed in Hawaii.

Tiki culture is helping this third wave, certainly, but there's a whole lot of music being played on ukes that is not island related. Jake Shimabukuro's version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", which has been all over the internet, is an example.



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virani
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Joined: Sep 17, 2003
Posts: 1438
From: Volcanic area of France
Posted: 2007-08-31 03:23 am   Permalink

ukulele is huge in France, very big, even on tv, and every player don't know anythng about tiki...


 
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Bongo Bungalow
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Joined: Aug 20, 2007
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From: Indiana
Posted: 2007-08-31 04:08 am   Permalink

I've been told it's big in Japan, also.

There are many manufacturers this time around. While the Chinese are producing low-end ukes, there are quite a few craftsmen in the states turning from guitars to ukuleles.

A plastic backed uke, The Flea, and it's bigger sibling, The Fluke, are good quality ukes and quite popular. They are sold through
http://www.fleamarketmusic.com (No connection to yours truly.)


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pablus
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Joined: Jul 23, 2003
Posts: 2154
From: www.crazedmugs.com
Posted: 2007-08-31 07:18 am   Permalink


Spongebob.
No kidding.

Uke will be huge when the Spongebob generation hits the buying age for instruments.

That's why I'm writing uke music as fast as I can so I can take all of their money and spend it on my life long ambition... a uke made out of diamonds and gold that never goes out of tune. Yeahhh. That'd be awesome.


 
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The Mayor Of Exotica
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Joined: Oct 09, 2005
Posts: 392
From: Boston
Posted: 2007-08-31 1:58 pm   Permalink

Yeah, baby, the Liberace of Uke! How do you play those little frets with those huge rocks on your fingers? Then, there's the cape. How do you keep it from hiding the uke altogether?

If there's anyone who has a solution to these issues, it would be you, my friend!
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Let it not be said that I ran for Mayor of Exotica on a platform of lower taxes and less corruption. My platform is lower rum prices, less reality TV and more rights for Pandas!


 
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Bongo Bungalow
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From: Indiana
Posted: 2007-08-31 2:16 pm   Permalink

Teeth! I play with my teeth! With only four strings, four good teeth is all you need and I've got five!

 
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