September 13, 2022 – Live Lesson: What Ukulele Can Do That Guitar Can’t

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    Live Stream: Tuesday, September 13th at 3:00pm EST (check your local time zone)


    Hey guys, we are back with Live Lesson EP046! This month’s topic is: What Ukulele Can Do That Guitar Can’t!

    Some critics condemn the ukulele as an underdog instrument. But in recent years, it’s made a blazing comeback to reach new heights of popularity. In this session, you’ll find out what gives the mighty four-stringer an edge over its six-string cousin.

    This month’s topic should stir up some great questions! So please post all you have below and I hope you guys join us for the live stream. 🙂



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    I’m so excited for this topic!

    I shan’t be able to attend the lesson live, but I do have questions! Probably too many. 🥺

    * An elitist guitar player might point out the limited range of the uke compared to guitar. How do you address this without getting into a literal instrument sword fight?

    * Does it ever make sense (if you really like a guitar arrangement) to try to “transpose” it to uke? Or is it always better to start from scratch and create a new arrangement of that song for uke?

    * If a uke player and guitar player fall in love, how much would it be like West Side Story?

    I really look forward to watching the lesson back later!

    But also, sorry. 😅


    True story: My daughter had a friend over and her mother came to pick her up. As she wondered in she sees my Uke and says ‘Oh wow who plays’… she then follows with ‘Ah I didn’t realise it was a kids guitar’.

    Some people are not going to get it… More Ukes for us 😎😎😎

    • This reply was modified 2 weeks, 3 days ago by surferjay.

    Hahaha oh dear. Someone’s a little confused. 😂

    Did you know there’s a thing called a guitarlele, though? Same size as a uke (I think) but it has six strings. Kinda neat!


    I like my guitalele. Here is a video of me playing it a few years ago. Sorry the sound is out of sync.


    @robinboyd, that is really neat!! Well played!

    For me the guitarlele seemed like a good idea because I like to play classical music and thought that would lend well to that, but I also do like the ukulele “sound” a lot. The one you have does seem pretty neat though! 🙂


    @robinboyd very nice! I do fancy a guitarlele or a six string baratone (not sure if they are the same thing).. I even saw a Romero creations guitarlele with steel strings and guitar tuning which looked pretty cool.

    Not sure the wife will be happy though as I’ve brought to much this year already..


    @surferjay – That’s definitely a lot of stuff

    I see my guitalele as kind of a transition instrument between the ukulele and the guitar. I started on the uke, and still only play a little bit of guitar, but the guitalele helped me bridge the gap. It’s much more comfortable for me to carry and hold than a full-sized guitar.

    My one is a little bit fancy, but I got it ultra cheap second-hand because it has a few cracks in it that don’t affect the sound or playability.


    @surferjay, that’s quite a collection! Is the bigger one in the back a guitar? I kind of want to know what they all are. 😅

    , I see what you mean, I think, how the guitarlele could maybe sort of bridge the gap between the uke and guitar. From what I remember, the guitarlele has four of the same strings as a uke plus two lower strings?

    For me, there are certain songs I get obsessed with and I view the instruments I have (and the ones I want to get) through that filter. Obviously I’m also very intrigued / tempted by the novelty and cuteness of certain instruments and want to get all of them, which is why I don’t often window shop because I’d lose control. 😅😂

    After this live lesson though, “confirmed” that I will at some point get a sopranissimo ukulele, maybe very soon, to go with the John King music book I bought. 😅😂😳🥺 I already was eyeing that size uke for its extra small ‘n’ cute factor but now I see there’s a real practical reason, that such great classical players have used it, including some from the site. So then maybe I won’t have to cry as much about struggling to stretch my hands to reach certain chords even on a soprano uke (like for a simple Chopin song I learned). I still will stretch those boundaries because that can be good but I feel like that’s a physical limitation that’s hard to get passed if your hands and/or fingers can’t stretch. Does anyone else here have that problem?

    Like a stretch from fret 2 on the C string to fret 8 on the A string?


    Yes, the top 4 strings of a guitalele are the same as for a low g ukulele. The top 4 strings of a low G ukulele are also the same as a guitar relative to each other, just in a different key. The guitalele is the same as a guitar relative to each other, but in the same key as the ukulele. I hope that makes sense. I know it’s a bit tricky.

    I’ve always been pretty good at stretch chords. I can do that stretch on my tenor.


    Hi Andrew – is there a way to get notifications prior to the actual live stream for each of the monthly live sessions? I put it on my calendar, but I never seem to be able to attend the live session because I forget to tune in on time. It’d be great if we could get a reminder with a link.



    I have a:

    – Mahalo Rainbow 🌈 which mainly gets used to turn my air conditioning on and off 😂😂

    – Kala KA-15 Soprano

    – Kala KA-15 Concert

    – Cordoba 24 TCE Tenor

    – Flight Carabao Tenor

    – Taylor Big Baby Guitar

    I need a Guitarlele to bridge the gap between the Flight & Taylor I’ll get my requests into Santa 🎅🏻


    Hi June, can you create an alert in your calendar on your phone that repeats monthly? We wouldn’t be able to create a notification within the live stream video as it’s an unlisted link.


    @june2020 I pretty much do exactly what Andrew just said to remember the live lesson: Put a reminder on my calendar with a time set with it.

    , ha, that all makes sense, I think! Thank you for explaining that. I knew about some of those overlaps but that’s part of why I’m mainly focusing on the uke. I can only comprehend so much at a time. 😂 I feel like if I threw in the guitarlele it would require reprogramming my brain even more.

    Sigh, stretch chords are a challenge for me. I noticed in the lesson that Matt, seemingly without batting an eye, stretched from fret 2 to 10. I’ll just have to get finger extensions. Then I could also use them for a Halloween costume, because that’s terrifying. 😂

    , that’s a pretty dang great collection! I have wanted a rainbow uke for a long time but could not justify it because the main reason I wanted it was, “ohhhh pretty rainbows!” 😅

    Is one of the tenors you have an electric uke?

    This is my collection:

    – My orange Hola! Soprano uke. It’s the cheapest but still pretty much my favorite uke.

    – A Donner banjolele

    – A Luna concert uke that I got for Christmas last year

    – The fight centurion tenor electric ukulele that I won here 🙂

    – A child’s guitar that I bought for $15 from a thrift store because I didn’t realize what it was. 😅

    I may get a sopranissimo uke as a Christmas present for myself at some point. My family would get it for me but I’m not sure I could take the joking sarcastic glances. 😉😅


    OK, here’s my collection (from small to big)

    Mahalo soprano (bought for my wife to use at work)
    Luna Tattoo pineapple (waste of money, but it was our first uke)
    Mele Mango concert
    Kelly Stillfield custom boatpaddle concert
    Koa Pili Koko tenor
    Bruce Wei Arts guitalele
    Ibanez Artcore electric guitar
    Martinez lap steel guitar

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