A Ukulele Guitar

Uke GuitarJenny picked up a $50 (Canadian) ukulele guitar at O’Brien’s a couple weeks ago. She’s learning how to play guitar on it.

It has steel strings and sounds like a ukulele, but, depending on how it’s played, it can also sound like a banjo and a mandolin (to my untrained ear, that is). It’s a versatile instrument.

Last night I discovered how good 7th chords sound on it. Here’s a short sample [removed] of what it was like. It’s fun to just bang away at it and explore different strumming patterns.

I know what I want for Xmas now: a 6-string banjo.

UPDATE: We don’t play it anymore because it would never stay in tune, not even for a minute.

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Phillip Cairns is a beekeeper in St. John's, Newfoundland, who writes about beekeeping at mudsongs.org.

2 Replies to “A Ukulele Guitar”

  1. That sounds pretty good, Phillip!

    If you’re really interested in banjo, forget the 6-string banjo and get a 5-string open-back. That high string makes all the difference in the world. You’ll be playing real banjo tunes in a few weeks. I guarantee that you won’t regret it.

  2. Don’t tempt me, John. There was a used 5-string banjo for sale at O’Brien’s in our price range…

    (Elipsis = me seriously thinking about this.)

    And thanks. I screwed up that recording. The equalizer settings on my cheap mixer were all turned down; most of the high twangy notes (i.e., the GOOD notes) got bled out. The full recording is 6 minutes long; I went nuts with it. The rhythm that comes out of those instruments — I love it.

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