A little over a month ago I took some of my yearly bonus and bought a Lanikai LU-21 ukulele. I had became a secret Tiny Tim fan after buying the CD he did with Brave Combo, Girl, from the cut-out bin as a joke. It is mostly covers and it turned out to be funny and fantastic. His “psychedelic” album from 1968, God Bless Tiny Tim is great, too. I had toyed with the idea of getting one for years, even going so far at to buy a build your own uke kit that was never completed. The thing that finally convinced me to take the plunge was seeing a video on YouTube of Julia Nunes playing “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys on the uke.
Ukes are cheap, relatively easy to play, and quite portable. I am having a lot of fun with mine. The band I play with has even worked up a few songs featuring the ukulele. (We are called Boy/Girl Party. No, you’ve never heard of us. We have only ever played in the guitarist’s dinning room with my son, her roommate, and her cat as an audience. It is a blast!)
Thinking about getting one? Here is a guide from Ukulele Hunt. (By the way, it is abbreviated in their logo as “Uke Hunt” Say that out loud, but make sure there are no children in the room. *snicker!*)
Gotten one and don’t know what to do next? Ukulele Hunt offers a downloadable beginner’s guide in exchange for signing up for their How to Play Ukulele mailing list.