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I Wanna Head To Hawaii!!!

Just for the ukes. XD

No, just kidding. Of course, I want to go there for more than just the ukuleles (although that’s a perk too, there is only ONE brand of tenor ukulele I’ve seen here, and that’s the Nashville tenor uke, I want to find out how the Pono line of ukuleles sound like in real life, because in the video, it sounds so frickin’ sweet).

Actually, with everything that’s been going on around me (and probably from the weather we’re having… it’s the rainy season again, and I am beginning to miss the sun), I’m starting to think about taking a really nice vacation, and of course I thought about Hawaii because of the pristine beaches they have, the luaus, surfing, the food…

The ukus. XD

I wish there was a place like Hawaii here in the Philippines I can visit and take a vacation in.

Seriously though, I need a beach to chill in for at least three days… to bury my feet in the sand, lie down on a towel and play ukulele songs. All this rain is making me feel a little dreary, and I want to feel little heat of the sun and the sand (not too much or it’ll end up scalding me or something. Nobody wants to return from a vacation looking like a steamed lobster). Not to mention that since it’s the rainy season, the rainwaters are causing some flooding around my area, making me and my family panic. Everytime the news talk about some Low Pressure Area, or some storm coming into my country’s area of responsibility, I can’t help but get this twinge of fear. The smallest hint of flood waters outside my street makes alarm bells sound in my head and I end up staying up late to watch the news or listen to the radio to see if there’s a massive storm coming.

I guess Typhoon Ketsana caused a lot of trauma for me. I still get nervous around floods, even though they’re only ankle deep. And with the rains happening frequently, well… you can imagine my distress…

I NEED A FRICKIN’ VACATION!!

So yeah, I wish I could head over to Hawaii… and probably have plenty of pocket money for the trip, too. I get the feeling that if I ever do end up there, I’d end up buying five ukuleles from the pocket uke all the way up to the tenor uke… and all of them would be Ponos. XD

It kind of makes me want to get a ticket to a flight to the US and head over there.

Ugh, I wish. T_T

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - September 20, 2013 at 10:06 am

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Violin Case to Ukulele Case

Whoops, no pictures yet, mainly because it’s still all dismembered and stuff. XD

Anyway, I’ve been having problems getting a ukulele case, so I’ve looked around the internet to find something I can do. I’ve read somewhere that I can turn my old ukulele box into a case using some art materials, but when I looked around the mall, the materials it required could cost me P2000… ouch.

So I looked around again, and found this P950 pink violin case. Sure, it’s pink (and I hate pink ~_~) but as of this time, I’m desperate.

So I’m going to turn it to a ukulele case… but I’m probably going to need some wooden scrap from my old wall cabinets. And foam. And lots… and LOTS of glue.

And of course, my favorite cloth of all… black, silky velvet. XD

I’ll be sure to post it up when I finish it. XD

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Ukulele Frustration: Europa

I wonder how many years it’s going to take before I can actually play the picking part in this…

From my stiff fingers to my lack of knowledge in sheet music and tabs, I have a feeling it’s going to take me forever. T_T

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - January 13, 2013 at 8:07 pm

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My Ukulele Needs…

Oh, hey! Happy New Year! XD

Yeah, I know, I haven’t written in a while, but it’s because I have been WAAAY too busy during the holidays.

Not to mention my life has been pretty boring recently. ~_~

Anyway, I’ve recently made a list of stuff that I still want for my ukus:

1. A decent gig bag (either padded or hard case) for Maki (my Makala MK-S XD) and Sammie (my Samick UK-50) [aw man, I am naming my ukus… I must be that obsessed now ~_~]

2. A felt plectrum. Cuz I suck at strumming sometimes. ~_~

3. Lower G Aquilas

4. A Makala Dolphin ( the plastic back one, which will be my travelling uku [I should probably get this before the summer break XD])

Oh and this:

Yep, it’s a ukulele stand, as built and made by Aldrine Guerrero. I don’t know if the materials shown here are available in the Philippines, but it would be cool if it is. Quite honestly, I need ukulele stands with mounts, because most of the time, my ukus are in their boxes. And who can play an instrument that’s often in it’s box? ~_~

But it’s not like I WANT to keep them in their box, it’s just that I don’t want them to gather too much dust…

Anyway, maybe when I get the funds I can make one of these, and probably get one of the stuff on my list. Hopefully I can get the Lower Gs and the Dolphin soon…

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Level Up to Guitar?

I’ve been thinking…

All this playing with my ukes is making me want to try playing the guitar.

Or maybe I’m just being ambitious again. XD

I’m really happy with my ukus, but sometimes I have a really hard time playing sad and dark songs. And I really want to play some of those songs too. I’m thinking that I should get Lower G strings or just get a guitar.

My nephew, Cholo, recently got an awesome looking Fender Acoustic Guitar, that came complete with a pick-up. It is a monster mainly because of it’s price tag, but also from it’s size. My teeny tiny hands can’t play properly on it. T_T

However, I have been seeing some smaller scale guitars that might be good for children, and probably for small fingered people like myself. Maybe I should buy one of those?

Nah.

I’ll stick to my ukus. I’ll just get the Lower G strings when they become available.

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - December 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

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MAKALA MK-S!!!

It’s here! It’s finally here!

MY MAKALA MK-S UKULELE!!!

Okay, I know I said that I prefer the Lanikai or the Dolphin, but still… IT’S A SOPRANO!!!

And I am freakin’ loving it right now. For once, my teeny tiny fingers can actually do a decent strum of my ever dreaded uku-foe, the E-chord.

Plus I was even able to get it strung with Aquilas! So it sounds so sweet and bright and sunny. Playing it really make me happy, even in my worst days.

I still use my Samick UK-50, but I’m hoping I can get it strung with Lower-G Aquilas. But unfortunately, there seems to be a problem with recent releases of the Red Label (Lower G) Aquilas, so I can’t get them yet.

And for ukulele enthusiast in the Philippines, I was able to get this baby from Ukulele Manila. They sell really nice branded ukuleles like Lanikais, Makala and Kala, and you can buy from them. This particular Makala was on sale the day I bought it. I was lucky enough to have one of their sellers, Sir Jelzon, live close to me, so he was able to deliver it to me via meet up.

Anyway, I am so addicted to this thing that I’m looking for cool songs to play on it. Will post a video soon when I get to play a decent song with my Makala (as insisted by my friend Ivan from Singapore XD).

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Jake Shimabukuro!!!!

So I was surfing Youtube again and I found this guy here:

Which pretty much affirms my old sentiment that I positively suck on the ukulele.

And I guess, in a way, it annoys the heck out of me.

As it turns out, I am the only non-musical person in my family.

My dad and mom are actually pretty good singers, so is my sister and brother. My brother plays the guitar and the drums, and in a recent gig he performed, he plays a mean “Master of Puppets” by Metallica on drums.

So exactly where do I fit in?

My ukulele playing sucks. My strumming sucks. And so does my voice. I’m probably going to need terrific tc helicon just so I can sing well enough for a videoke.

Argh, this sucks.

I am seriously regretting not continuing my old piano lessons. ~_~

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - November 12, 2012 at 9:17 pm

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New Want: Soprano Ukulele

I am serious torn between choosing this:

or this:

In case you’re wondering, the first one in pink is a Makala Dolphin, while the bottom one is a Lanikai LU-21. Both are soprano ukuleles and both are in my wants list. ~_~

I am totally TORN between these two. I’ve been doing my research around the wonderful world of the internet, and both have it’s pros and cons. However, most of the sites I have seen prefer the LU 21 over the Dolphin because it sounds better, and more traditional looking.

But the Makala looks SO fucking CUUUTTTEEEEE!!!!!!

I seriously, seriously want the Makala… specially the pink one. It is actually the only PINK thing I want, because normally I HATE pink. I’m more of a black person. However, a pink Dolphin ukulele just makes me go *KAWAIII!!!*. There’s actually a yellow one too, I’m considering of getting that so that it’s all nice and “sunny-looking”.

I found a distributor here in the Philippines for both, the Makala and the Lanikai. The Makala is slightly cheaper for about P100 (LU21 @ P2900>Makala @ 2800). However, the Lanikai is already stringed with Aquilas (one of the top brands of ukulele strings) and has a gig bag, while the Makala does not.

And I can’t exactly buy both, since I do not have the funds for it. ~_~

Argh! I can’t decide!!!!! >_<

 

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - October 13, 2012 at 11:33 am

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Ukulele Suck-iness

Okay, so even after all these months of playing the ukulele, I still pretty much suck. ~_~

I seem to have a problem with strumming. I can’t strum a song the right way, and I end up making a different beat pattern for the song compared to the original.

I think I need something to help me understand a beat of a song… like a metronome or a synthesizer or something. Just to help me get the rhythm of my strumming and getting the patterns right.

Anyway, it’s still a while since I’ve practiced the ukulele. Maybe I need to focus on practicing strumming.

On a side note, I really want to learn to play this song. It’s so FUN!!! XD

But I still have to practice on how to play the E-chord. And the strumming. And the chucking…

ARGH!!! SO MUCH TO WORK ON!!! T_T

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - September 19, 2012 at 11:03 am

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Missing My Ukulele

I seem to be neglecting my Ukulele lately.

Not because I’ve been busy… but because I can’t seem to pick some songs I can play that does not include an E chord or “chucking”.

Not to mention that the person who owns the song I’m going to sing ought to have general liability insurance, since the way that sing is just so awful that it could be considered “property damage”. ~_~

And it’s not just about me picking a song without an E chord or chucking. I’m just looking for songs that I can cover that aren’t in YouTube yet, and also some good Filipino songs. So many of the ukulele cover songs that I see on YouTube are cover songs from foreign artists. Where is the Filipino love, people?

Anyway, I’ll be sure to post my ukulele video on YouTube once it’s finished. If only I can find a nice place to video it. XD

0 Comment(s) - What do you think?  Posted by ZenkX - June 15, 2012 at 9:08 pm

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