'1, 2, 3, 4, grab a uke and play some more...'Feel free to disagree but I do not think ukuleles are a useful addition to
5, 6, 7, 8. Stop playing your ukulele in the house or I am going to beat you with a stick.
They sound silly and are hard to spell (uku? uke?), and it is impossible not to look ridiculous wielding a banjo, ukulele, or banjolele - what? Apparently a banjo uke is "an essential part of any collection."
Here is what Google thinks of the uke, the banjo, and the banjo uke:
Anyway, as part of our Ukulele Festival there is a thing call UKEQUEST! They write it just like that. UKEQUEST! is "New Zealand's search for teen uke talent," and its winner is impressive enough that I felt I had to mention him.
He is 14-year-old Siuta Veaila, of Otara (I think), who is now a national ukelebrity, and deservedly so because while he can't read music, he CAN play Pokarekare Ana on the ukulele...
With his teeth.
Unlike Ivor Biggun, who performs "Nobody Does it like the Ukulele Man" with an undisclosed part of his anatomy.No sarcasm, that's kind of awesome. And while I'm not entirely sure this sort of behaviour (playing of the ukulele) should be encouraged, he totally deserves the title for toothuking. I certainly can't play Pokarekare Ana on the ukulele with my teeth. I just tried to play it on the piano (with my teeth) and I can't do that either.
If you would like to see this young prodigy chompin' down on the uke, well, you can't because I couldn't find it on youtube. I could, however, find one of the other entrants performing Billionaire. Here it is.
I am certain both he and young Uketooth have glittering careers ahead of them...
Just like Ukulele Ray.
How do you even make love ukulele style? Do you just have uke music playing in the background, or is it more complex? Is there... is there a 'ukulele' position? "Oh, darling, I'm feeling adventurous tonight... let's try the Painted Banjo!" Yuckulele. Ukulele Ray is real.