Ukeleles

Looking to grow that little Mozart or Chloe to their full potential? Find out how others are doing it here.

Ukeleles

Postby slmkhoo » Mon May 05, 2014 7:50 am

Some questions: what's the price range of ukeleles? Where are good places to buy a reasonable quality, not-too-expensive one? My daughter (turning 15yo) already plays the guitar, but she seems interested in the ukelele too, so we are thinking of getting her one for her birthday. It's also a lot more portable than a guitar! Thanks!

slmkhoo
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
 
Posts: 8072
Joined: Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:16 pm
Total Likes: 173


Re: Ukeleles

Postby slmkhoo » Tue May 06, 2014 4:41 pm

No ukelele players here?

slmkhoo
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
 
Posts: 8072
Joined: Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:16 pm
Total Likes: 173


Re: Ukeleles

Postby schweppes » Thu May 08, 2014 9:11 am

DH bought his ukelele at one of the shops at Peace Centre area (sorry can't remember the shop name).

He said that the price range can be $45 - $1000+!!

A decent ukelele can go for about $100. He said that you don't want to get the very el cheapo ones as it affects the tone and feel whilst playing. There must also be the "shiok" factor, as the player must derive a sense of satisfaction whilst strumming on the instrument.

He said you can check out Swee Lee @ Bras Basah Complex.

I came across this blog that listed shops that sell ukelele in Spore.
http://www.seriouslysarah.com/blog/2012 ... singapore/

HTH.

schweppes
Councillor
Councillor
 
Posts: 5811
Joined: Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:56 pm
Total Likes: 66


Re: Ukeleles

Postby schweppes » Thu May 08, 2014 9:15 am

We have a ukelele that dh bought at Freemantle Market some years back. Cost less than $20. He said please don't get those. It's a "masak masak" (toy) instrument that does nothing for the player. He bought it "just for fun" to commemorate our trip to Perth.

edited for grammar.
Last edited by schweppes on Thu May 08, 2014 9:19 am, edited 2 times in total.

schweppes
Councillor
Councillor
 
Posts: 5811
Joined: Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:56 pm
Total Likes: 66


Re: Ukeleles

Postby slmkhoo » Thu May 08, 2014 9:17 am

Thanks! I read that website too after posting. Actually, my husband just bought a ukelele yesterday from a shop at Peninsula/Excelsior area. He bought an $80 one as it's just for my daughter to strum - good enough that it doesn't sound too bad, but won't break the bank! He was tuning it earlier (after the kids had left for school) and figuring out some chords. It's now hiding in our cupboard until her birthday at the end of the month.

slmkhoo
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
 
Posts: 8072
Joined: Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:16 pm
Total Likes: 173



Re: Ukeleles

Postby schweppes » Thu May 08, 2014 9:20 am

slmkhoo wrote:Thanks! I read that website too after posting. Actually, my husband just bought a ukelele yesterday from a shop at Peninsula/Excelsior area. He bought an $80 one as it's just for my daughter to strum - good enough that it doesn't sound too bad, but won't break the bank! He was tuning it earlier (after the kids had left for school) and figuring out some chords. It's now hiding in our cupboard until her birthday at the end of the month.



That's great to hear. $80 sounds reasonable!! Your dd will be so pleased. :rahrah:

schweppes
Councillor
Councillor
 
Posts: 5811
Joined: Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:56 pm
Total Likes: 66


Re: Ukeleles

Postby slmkhoo » Thu May 08, 2014 9:26 am

schweppes wrote:We have a ukelele that dh bought at Freemantle Market some years back. Cost less than $20. He said please don't get those. It's a "masak masak" (toy) instrument that does nothing for the player. He bought it "just for fun" to commemorate our trip to Perth.

edited for grammar.

We encountered one of those masak-masak ones at a relative's house recently. My daughter was trying it out and getting very frustrated because it was impossible to tune (loose pegs) and sounded terrible. But that's what gave us the idea of getting her one for her birthday.

slmkhoo
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
 
Posts: 8072
Joined: Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:16 pm
Total Likes: 173


Re: Ukeleles

Postby schweppes » Thu May 08, 2014 9:27 am

DH gets his ukelele ideas from Jake Shimabukuro

Sharing with you my 3 fave pieces. That and because Jake's kinda eye candy too :wink:

Somewhere over the rainbow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFaFxNNHvpI

Bohemian Rhapsody
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB3RbO7updc

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen's version) - video recording for this is a little shaky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdqozsGJGdM


Enjoy.

schweppes
Councillor
Councillor
 
Posts: 5811
Joined: Wed Oct 28, 2009 7:56 pm
Total Likes: 66


Re: Ukeleles

Postby slmkhoo » Thu May 08, 2014 9:36 am

schweppes wrote:DH gets his ukelele ideas from Jake Shimabukuro

Sharing with you my 3 fave pieces. That and because Jake's kinda eye candy too :wink:

Somewhere over the rainbow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFaFxNNHvpI

Bohemian Rhapsody
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB3RbO7updc

Hallelujah (Leonard Cohen's version) - video recording for this is a little shaky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdqozsGJGdM

Enjoy.

Thanks. Will send these links to my daughter after we give her the ukelele.

slmkhoo
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
 
Posts: 8072
Joined: Wed Sep 15, 2010 2:16 pm
Total Likes: 173


Re: Ukeleles

Postby zeemimi » Thu May 08, 2014 10:50 am

We bought our ukelele together with a AROMA AT-201 clip tuner for chromatic, guitar, base, ukelele and violin. Quite a basic tuner. Even my youngest can tune the ukelele with it.
zeemimi
KiasuGrandMaster
KiasuGrandMaster
 
Posts: 2032
Joined: Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:31 pm
Total Likes: 44


Next

Return to Music, Singing, Dancing, Speech & Drama