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Ukulele Quotes


"Tough like a Ukulele." - Kool Keith

"The ukulele is the instrument of peace," - Jake Shimabukuro

"There's no ego when you're a ukulele player." - Jake Shimabukuro

"The ukulele has always appealed to the older generation." - Jake Shimabukuro

"One thing you might want to learn before you attend the world's largest ukulele lesson is how to say ukulele." - Mary Schmich

"To this day, if I ever meet grownups who play ukulele, I love 'em." - Paul Mccartney

"Because if everyone played the ukulele, this world would be a much happier place." - Jake Shimabukuro

"There's not much you can do with a ukulele that doesn't sound happy." - Jeff Lynne

"I think beating someone to death with a ukulele would just sound funny." - Dane Cook

"If you pick up a ukulele, it will make you unbelievably happy." - Bette Midler

"You can give him a ukulele and he can make it sound like a Stradivarius." - Bob Ezrin

"I actually first picked up an ukulele before I picked up a guitar." - Dick Dale

"Sometimes when you're writing on a ukulele, you're in a totally new land, rhythmically or melodically." - Tift Merritt

"If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place." - Jake Shimabukuro

"When I was growing up, there was no such thing as a touring ukulele player." - Jake Shimabukuro

"I started out playing ukulele when I was 5 or 6 years old." - Edgar Winter

"Growing up, the ukulele was always a respected instrument. It's a big part of our culture. It wasn't until I started traveling outside of Hawaii that I realized people didn't really consider the ukulele to be a real instrument." - Jake Shimabukuro

"I play the ukulele. I have a great group of friends, and we do things like have battles of the bands - me sometimes on ukulele, but mostly on drums." - Mike Myers

"My mother gave me a ukulele at age eight, and I sang the popular tunes of the day." - Pete Seeger

"It's hard to be depressed around a ukulele. You just pick it up and you're halfway home." - William H Macy

"I had a $1.50 from playing the ukulele after owning it seven minutes. I thought, "Hmmm, this has some possibilities."" - Eddie Vedder

"I realized that I really didn't like the sound of the ukulele so much so I started playing the guitar." - Lola Kirke

"I bring my ukulele everywhere I go, play a little music in the park, always have it with me." - Max Schneider

"Bill Gates recently picked up the ukulele. And Warren Buffett is a huge ukulele fan. I even got to strum a few chords with Francis Ford Coppola. It blows my mind that these people, who have everything in the world they could want, have picked up the ukulele and found a little bit of joy." - Jake Shimabukuro

"I learned so much about music by playing this little, miniature songwriting machine [ukulele], especially about melody. The motto is less strings more melody." - Eddie Vedder

"Playing the ukulele and singing is a fantastic stress reliever. So is cleaning! Scrubbing away at the dirt helps clear my mind as well." - Kandyse Mcclure

"Unfortunately for humanity, I've gotten into the habit of providing my own closing music for shows by singing a song and playing the ukulele." - John Hodgman

"II know very, very little about the ukulele, but I actually grew up playing the viola from 4th grade through high school." - Kris Allen

"I think my first instrument was a ukulele that they gave me. I used to know how to play that pretty well." - Don Henley

"I like to play the ukulele, but I'm not, like, awesome at it. I mostly play the piano and the guitar." - Zooey Deschanel

"As I try to get around with a guitar, a banjo and a suitcase of high heels and dresses, I treasure that little ukulele." - Valerie June

"There's something about the ukulele that just makes you smile. It makes you let your guard down. It brings out the child in all of us." - Jake Shimabukuro

"You know, the ukulele itself is not a very loud instrument, all right? And, you know, compared to like a trumpet, right? A trumpet is really loud." - Jake Shimabukuro

"I love the ukulele. It's got a beautiful, melodic tone to it. There's something innocent and romantic, and it's just a grand instrument to play." - Pierce Brosnan

"Love is an irrational force, making humans do all sorts of strange and wonderful things like write poetry and take up the ukulele." - Amy Dickinson

"It feels much more natural to move forward and grow with the instruments I've grown accustomed to. Piano, accordion, brass, ukulele." - Zach Condon

"The ukulele totally fits that whole hipster community or whatever you want to call it, but then at the same time it works great in nursing homes where senior citizens get together and play, and then as the traditional Hawaiian instrument with people doing the Hula and strumming the ukulele and singing." - Jake Shimabukuro

"I had simply been inspired by Arthur Godfrey (40's) and Ukulele Ike and Cliff Edwards (20's). In there day, they were huge in this country. I bought Godfrey's book "You Too Can Learn To Play Ukulele" and taught myself. It's a very romantic instrument. You can take it on a canoe." - Tiny Tim

"I can start playing ukulele and then I'll go to a note that I think will be there, but because of the tuning, it's a completely different note. That excites me. That's why I had the ukulele around in the first place, years ago. It was to just break out of habits." - Jherek Bischoff

"Some one had brought a ukulele. Some one who hit the strings with a gay discordancy, a gleeful insolence that seemed to say, Sure, it's out of tune. Who cares?" - Vina Delmar

"Trying to be a first-rate reporter on the average American newspaper is like trying to play Bach's St Matthew Passion on a ukulele: The instrument is too crude for the work, for the audience and for the performer." - Ben Bagdikian

"How do I relax? This might sound slightly ridiculous but I play the ukulele for at least an hour a day and I find something really blissful about it." - Frank Skinner

"I started playing ukulele first for 2 years from age 9 to 11 and got my first guitar and got inspired by blues I heard on the radio that turned me on and I started learning myself" - Johnny Winter

"When I was 19 I went to art school. I had six months of teaching myself to play baritone ukulele under my belt, so was sort of a novice folkie. ... I was singing folk songs at that time." - Joni Mitchell

"I was able to apply ukulele to whatever I'm trying to write. It's become part of songwriting for me, the knowledge I gained from hearing the melodies come out, and then applying that to guitar or vocals." - Eddie Vedder

"I was really young, but I can't say that I wrote much of anything. I liked to scribble; I thought of it as that. But I was playing guitar and ukulele when I was in second grade." - Mary Chapin Carpenter

"I spent my entire life working with the smallest budget I could get. Just working with old, junky, donated equipment. The only things I bought myself were the trumpet and the $9 ukulele." - Zach Condon

"There's something about guitars, they're just so big, you know what I mean? You're just like, 'Ugh!' It just seems so overwhelming. And the ukulele is, like, the opposite of overwhelming." - Zooey Deschanel

"I started playing piano; I picked up a ukulele, and I loved it and kept playing that. I play a bit of guitar, and some African drums from back in the day." - Max Schneider

"I always feel a little funny being in front of a lot of people trying to show them my approach to the ukulele, but I do enjoy it. I do get a little more nervous doing workshops rather than performing." - Jake Shimabukuro

"I started playing ukulele first for 2 years from age 9 to 11 and got my first guitar and got inspired by blues I heard on the radio that turned me on and I started learning myself." - Johnny Winter

"When I was five my parents bought me a ukulele for Christmas. I quickly learned how to play it with my father's guidance. Thereafter, my father regularly taught me all the good old fashioned songs." - Tony Visconti

"On the good days, my mother would haul out the ukulele and we'd sit around the kitchen table - it was a cardboard table with a linoleum top - and sing." - Carol Burnett

"I grew up in a musical family; the majority of my growing up was done in Hawaii. It's what we do. You sing, you dance, you play ukulele and you drink." - Dwayne Johnson

"I was starting to play the ukulele at the same time I was having all these conversations with [the late Ramones guitarist] Johnny Ramone, these intense tutorials staying up late and listening to the music he grew up on, and picking up what's a great song and what makes a great song. He was all about lists and dissecting songs, like what's a better song by Cheap Trick: "No Surrender" or "Dream Police"? Sometimes you'd be surprised by the answer. It was an interesting dichotomy between hanging out with the godfather of punk rock and starting to play the ukulele. They came together." - Eddie Vedder

"I've been writing and collecting songs on the ukulele for at least 10 years, so it was time to clear them out of the apartment building and make room for some new occupants.I need to make room for the bassoon record." - Eddie Vedder

"I wasn't popular in school, I was Mexican, I was all these inappropriate things. I started playing the ukulele and taking it to school, and I realized people liked listening to it. I would play it to comfort myself at home, and I'd play rhythm and blues songs that had four chords. That's how it started." - Joan Baez

"But now here is the director's cut, which is 20 minutes shorter, lops off a couple of characters and a few of the infinite subplots, and is even more of a mess. I recommend that Kelly keep right on cutting until he whittles it down to a ukulele pick." - Roger Ebert

"Another goal that I have is to learn how to play the ukulele - should be fun - and to stop taking my clothes off for money. But I need money. That is a ridiculous goal. I'm gonna cross that one off. That's stupid." - Kristen Schaal

"I see a young man playing 'Plaisir d'Amour' on guitar. I knew I didn't want to go to college; I was already playing a ukulele, and after I saw that, I was hooked. All I wanted to do was play guitar and sing." - Joan Baez

"I'm an American songbook guy, though I've got eclectic tastes. I really love the American songbook. I've taken up the ukulele, and so you can play 'Five Foot Two' and Hawaiian music, but you can also do some of the great tunes, like 'You Go to My Head,' 'I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry,' 'Taking a Chance on Love.'" - Tony Danza

"Now everybody's got a crazy notion of their own. Some like to mix up with a crowd, some like to be alone. It's no one elses' business as far as I can see, but every time that I go out the people stare at me, with me little ukulele in me hand." - George Formby

"I play guitar, the ukulele and the piano. I grew up on a mountain in Tennessee, and we had 'The Mountain Opry,' where anyone could just get up on stage to perform. It was just about the soul and heart of music. My upbringing was less about being great and more about just doing what you love. It was always for joy." - Rachel Boston

"I was reading a magazine when I was a little kid, probably about twelve years old, and an ad said that if you sell so many jars of Noxzema skin cream, we'll sell you a ukulele. So I went out and banged on doors in the snow in Quincy, Massachusetts, where I was raised, and I sold the skin cream." - Dick Dale

"Sometimes I can't think of a better way to end my day than coming home and just strumming my ukulele for a few minutes. I mean, I joke around and tell people that it's an entire yoga session in one strum, you know?" - Jake Shimabukuro

"I love the fact that people don't see the ukulele as a serious instrument. A lot of people see it as more of a toy, and I love that because it just proves that people aren't intimidated by the instrument. They aren't afraid to pick it up." - Jake Shimabukuro

"Most of my ukulele heroes were traditional players from Hawaii, like Eddie Kamae and Ohta-san. There may not be uke stars in popular culture, but there are certainly pop stars that play uke - George Harrison, Eddie Vedder, Taylor Swift, Train, and Paul McCartney." - Jake Shimabukuro

"I mostly play old period songs, as they suit a ukulele more. I bought it when I saw the tribute concert to George Harrison. Joe Brown came on and sang 'I'll See You In My Dreams,' and there wasn't a dry eye in the house." - Charles Dance

"The ukulele was the first of many instruments they had bought for me. They got me a guitar when I was eleven, which my son Morgan uses until this day. They paid for 3 years of guitar lessons; they bought me a bass fiddle, which I still play." - Tony Visconti

"My Portuguese uncle had a Portuguese version of a ukulele. The family would pull it out after dinner and play Portuguese folk songs on it. I couldn't wait for him to finish so I could get my hands on it. I was seven or eight years old. And he used to have a Fender amp in his house and an electric guitar. I would spend hours making sounds." - Joe Perry

"Elvis came along when I was 10. My father gave me a bass ukulele. I taught myself how to play from a book to play some chords, so I was laying down 'Hound Dog' and things like that when I was 10 years old in 1955. That's the way I was. My ear was glued to the radio. I knew right then what I wanted to do." - Bob Seger

"One interesting thing - I play bass and guitar and stuff like that. I know those instruments really well. But I don't know how to play clarinet or trombone or any of these other instruments. I don't actually know how to play ukulele even though I've played it a lot in the past. Because of the weird tuning it's not exactly like a guitar. That's one of the reasons I like that instrument - it makes for surprises. It's not so predictable as the bass or the guitar is for me." - Jherek Bischoff

"Let me be the first to admit that the naked truth about me is to the naked truth about Salvador Dali as an old ukulele in the attic is to a piano in a tree, and I mean a piano with breasts. Senor Dali has the jump on me from the beginning. He remembers and describes in detail what it was like in the womb. My own earliest memory is of accompanying my father to a polling booth in Columbus, Ohio, where he voted for William McKinley." - James Thurber