The key to world peace

I used to play the Ukulele.  It’s easy to learn, it’s a great instrument for people with itty bitty hands, and the sound it produces works better than any antidepressant known to man.  Think the ukulele doesn’t rock?  Think again!

“If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place.” -Jake Shimabukuro

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12 thoughts on “The key to world peace

  1. Okay, Jake can play, but where’s your audio? You need to convince me that the ukulele does, in fact, rock. I’ve always wanted to play the drums — bang! bang! bang! Anger management therapy. 🙂

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  2. I don’t know much about music, but aren’t there supposed to be more chords than that? And how come I can’t hear you singing? 😀

    I’m worried about your obsession with moldy oranges… Where did you come across moldy oranges? I had a tangelo yesterday, and I’m like, dude, it’s an orange.

    Since I don’t like to smile, my spirit animal is perfect. 🙂

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    • Just about every song can be played with 4 chords. I suppose I’ll have to get my next game of singstar on video, and it will fully explain why I don’t usually sing and pluck strings at the same time. And moldy oranges? I’m cursed. I pick out the nicest looking bunch, get them home, and they go all penicillin on me.

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  3. Good Goddess, that guy is a monster! I actually couldn’t listen to it all the way through. Too many notes all in one place! Interesting mods on an old koa wood Hawaiian baritone uke body. Looks like he’s added a neck with a much longer scale, wider, with inlays that weren’t really a feature of uke necks. (Can you tell, I buy and sell antique stringed instruments ;-D)

    Myself, I don’t pay bluegrass. Far, far too many notes😨

    I play old time clawhammer style. Very primitive and hypnotic. I have a CD out. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get the tunes in a format that I could put in my WP media library. Do you know how to do that (you know how to do everything technical, so surely you know this :-))

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      • Wow! You’re a museeshun too?! Damn, woman! Do you restore historical cars? Did you invent push-pops? You’re amazing. If I remember correctly, the only way to upload video/audio of your own is to upgrade to wordpress premium, then it automatically embeds them in your post like it would a picture. Otherwise, you could upload your music to Youtube with a static image. The entire album, or do each song individually. Links can be added in the description that allows a view/listener to switch to a play time that corresponds with a certain track. That’s probably the simplest way to do it. I’m not sure if there’s a fee for uploading high quality audio or not. I’d love to hear it!

        I love my little Uke. It’s a Kala electric/acoustic, concert size. I still want a soprano uke, preferably purple and glittery. 🙂 I tried to teach myself guitar, but my hands are so frickin’ tiny, I don’t have the stretch to hit a lot of the chords. I can play them in my lap with the strings facing the ceiling, but the ukulele makes such delightful sounds that it doesn’t really matter. It scratches the itch to play a stringed instrument.

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        • Orange push-ups! Unfortunately, I did not invent them, but when I was a kid I would spend several weeks with my cousins, who lived in a place called “civilization.” The Good Humor ice cream truck went right by their house!!! We waited every day impatiently until we heard its tinkling out of tune tunes, and we’d rush with our quarters (um, yeah, that was a while back) and get in line for a Drumstick, or a Fudgesickle, or a Push-up.

          I have the same tiny hands issue, which is precisely why I play the uke, too! I did have a tenor guitar made for me by a friend who is a luthier, but I haven’t picked it up yet because my hands have been all crippled up with the fucking arthritis.

          Here’s a wonderful vid of my own favorite uke player, IZ. He died some years back from obesity. His mass prevented him from breathing, literally, and he suffocated. This video has a few scenes of his traditional Hawaiian water burial.

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