Seems as though everyone is playing a ukulele these days—if not everyone, the uke is certainly enjoyed by many folks, and more joining the fun daily. Sales have skyrocketed, and performances and instruction abounds on the internet and You Tube.
Historically, this is the third cycle—too big in each case to be called a mere fad—the 1920s and 30s, when men and women played and sang songs popular at the time—then again in the 50s—remember Tiny Tim, Don Ho and Arthur Godfrey? And now once again, early in the 21st century—recent names are George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Julia Nunes, Sylvia Simmons, and Jake Shimabukuro, a young uke virtuoso who opines “…if everyone played the ukulele, the world woould be a better place!…” hmmm, might be something to that—
How come? Well, the uke is fun—anything you can play on the guitar may be played on little brother uke—the uke is (can be) relatively inexpensive—low maintenance—easy to learn—portable—instruction readily available, including ‘phone “app”—diminutive size a natural for young folks and those with small hands and fingers—
What else? People hearing it played often remark “…it sounds happy…” Saw a man in Fred Meyer carrying what appeared to be a ukulele case—when queried, he proudly showed us his uke, and stated that he’d been playing 52 years!
We don’t know many who can match that claim, but YOU can begin to become acquainted with this “happy” little flea, and experience the joy of making personal, homemade, handmade music for or with your friends and family. Try it, you’ll like it.
Submitted by a Community member