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(ABC 27)   In this corner, the ukulele. In the other corner, the steel guitar. Which one will become the state instrument of Hawaii? DING DING   (abc27.com) divider line 60
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2014-04-26 02:24:25 PM
Tough choice, but I'm going to guess the Ukelele.
 
2014-04-26 02:26:02 PM

special20: Tough choice, but I'm going to guess the Ukelele.


This.
 
2014-04-26 02:30:41 PM
As my ukulele gently weeps.
 
2014-04-26 02:30:51 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: special20: Tough choice, but I'm going to guess the Ukelele.

This.


Any ol' Ho can play the ukulele. Gimmie that steel guitar.
 
2014-04-26 02:31:09 PM
When I think of a big dude in a hula skirt and flowers on his head, I think of the ukulele.  Buuuuuuuuuut... they pretty much invented what we think of as steel guitar, so... ding, ding, indeed.
 
2014-04-26 02:32:50 PM
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I've always found it strange that so many Thai girls - and SE Asians in general - play the ukulele. Makes me more fond of it.
 
2014-04-26 02:33:25 PM
I like the word 'pono'. There is an underlying belief that something is right and correct. The guy who came up with the steel guitar should have his face carved on a mountain.
 
2014-04-26 02:35:19 PM

farkingismybusiness: As my ukulele gently weeps.


Nice find! Thought it was going to be Paul playing George's uku on his last tour. /seen him play "something" on it last year in St Louis
 
2014-04-26 02:37:12 PM
The steel guitar is an awesome, versatile instrument.  The ukulele is quirky.
 
2014-04-26 02:41:16 PM
It takes a lot of talent to play the steel. Not so much for the uke. My vote is the steel.
 
2014-04-26 02:42:24 PM
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"Oooooooh oooooh ooooooh oooh oooh What a wonderful world ..."
 
2014-04-26 02:44:30 PM

The Martintuckian: It takes a lot of talent to play the steel. Not so much for the uke. My vote is the steel.


You could make the exact opposite argument and be as valid.
 
2014-04-26 02:45:52 PM
Steve Fishell explains how pedal steel guitar works
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrbSL92Kz1Y
 
2014-04-26 02:48:21 PM
A steel guitar was the first electric guitar ever invented.  Before the Strat, before the Tele, before the Les Paul there was the frying pan.

In fact if you asked this question any time but the last 20 years or so it wouldn't even be a contest. It's always been the steel guitar.  The popularity of Hawaiian steel guitar is also the reason the steel guitar is so prevalent in country music.  Back in the day the house bands for clubs would play Hawaiian music on the weekends, and then play country music all through the week.  Same musicians and same instrumentation.

For all of these reasons steel guitar should be Hawaii's state instrument.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frying_pan_%28guitar%29
 
2014-04-26 02:59:22 PM

scopecreep: A steel guitar was the first electric guitar ever invented.  Before the Strat, before the Tele, before the Les Paul there was the frying pan.

In fact if you asked this question any time but the last 20 years or so it wouldn't even be a contest. It's always been the steel guitar.  The popularity of Hawaiian steel guitar is also the reason the steel guitar is so prevalent in country music.  Back in the day the house bands for clubs would play Hawaiian music on the weekends, and then play country music all through the week.  Same musicians and same instrumentation.

For all of these reasons steel guitar should be Hawaii's state instrument.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frying_pan_%28guitar%29


This.
 
2014-04-26 02:59:40 PM
I did not know that!
 
2014-04-26 03:00:37 PM
The fact that the ukulele is ultimately Portuguese is irrelevant, though.  Any strummed string instrument is technically a variation on something from another continent.
 
2014-04-26 03:02:24 PM
Not a steel guitar, but I thought was relevant nonetheless:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_vTY67Wd9I&feature=kp
 
2014-04-26 03:06:11 PM

Xcott: The fact that the ukulele is ultimately Portuguese is irrelevant, though.  Any strummed string instrument is technically a variation on something from another continent.


Or from a galaxy far, far away ...

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2014-04-26 03:06:56 PM
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2014-04-26 03:25:45 PM
Steel guitar or nothing.

Ain't nothing better than a steel guitar moaning away in the background of a good country song.
 
2014-04-26 03:25:45 PM
oi-punk.com
I'm sorry, did you say you play the Perkelele?
 
2014-04-26 03:31:00 PM
Let's compromise and make it the steel ukelele.
 
2014-04-26 03:32:35 PM

red5ish: Steve Fishell explains how pedal steel guitar works
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NrbSL92Kz1Y


Many sincere thanks for that -- I just quadrupled what I knew about how a pedal steel guitar is actually played -- always found them more than a little bit intimidating, though I loved the sound.

But a pedal steel is not at all the same as a steel guitar in this context.
 
2014-04-26 03:34:07 PM

farkingismybusiness: As my ukulele gently weeps.


I didn't even have to click the link to know that is is the awesomeness that is Jake Shimabukoro.

Still, I think steel guitar gets the nod.
 
2014-04-26 03:35:14 PM
I was expecting a curve ball like "Shell".

Who is the guy that sheds on uke?
 
2014-04-26 03:47:41 PM
How about neither?
 
2014-04-26 04:01:10 PM

Betep: I was expecting a curve ball like "Shell".

Who is the guy that sheds on uke?


I think

farkingismybusiness had the answer to that one.

followed by what the cat dragged in: farkingismybusiness: As my ukulele gently weeps.

I didn't even have to click the link to know that is is the awesomeness that is Jake Shimabukoro.

Still, I think steel guitar gets the nod.

 
2014-04-26 04:22:22 PM
 
2014-04-26 04:33:16 PM

what the cat dragged in: farkingismybusiness: As my ukulele gently weeps.

I didn't even have to click the link to know that is is the awesomeness that is Jake Shimabukoro.

Still, I think steel guitar gets the nod.


I had the great pleasure of seeing him in concert a few weeks ago. It was a fun show
 
2014-04-26 04:34:38 PM

Gyrfalcon: Let's compromise and make it the steel ukelele.


This needs to happen, just for the lulz.
 
2014-04-26 04:37:16 PM
Getting a kick as I will be in Honolulu in 2 weeks. Mulling about buying a ukelele :)
 
2014-04-26 04:38:35 PM
It should be the ukulele. Steel guitars were perverted to hell and back by rednecks.
 
2014-04-26 04:41:23 PM

The Martintuckian: It takes a lot of talent to play the steel. Not so much for the uke. My vote is the steel.


I have no talent. Maybe I should take up the ukelele.
 
2014-04-26 04:45:57 PM
 
2014-04-26 04:50:19 PM

Son of Thunder: The Martintuckian: It takes a lot of talent to play the steel. Not so much for the uke. My vote is the steel.

I have no talent. Maybe I should take up the ukelele.


You can make money at it!

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2014-04-26 05:00:54 PM

strangeluck: Gyrfalcon: Let's compromise and make it the steel ukelele.

This needs to happen, just for the lulz.


I've seen someone do mic stand slides on a mandolin, but never on a uke. Though I don't doubt it's happened.

Stephen_Falken: It should be the ukulele. Steel guitars were perverted to hell and back by rednecks.


This would be my "looking at you askance" face.
 
2014-04-26 05:01:57 PM
Seeing as how this is a Hawaii thread, I'll say what must be said: "Thanks Obama"

/state instrument is necessary because why?
 
2014-04-26 05:06:27 PM

Ooba Tooba: drjekel_mrhyde: special20: Tough choice, but I'm going to guess the Ukelele.

This.

Any ol' Ho can play the ukulele. Gimmie that steel guitar.


That was a pretty unfortunate troll, considering the post just above yours...

/Awesome ukulele dude is awesome.
 
2014-04-26 05:07:01 PM

rikkards: Getting a kick as I will be in Honolulu in 2 weeks. Mulling about buying a ukelele :)


Be sure to post a full report for those of us in the rest of the country where you can't just go and buy something like that in a music store.
 
2014-04-26 05:11:40 PM
itsaidwhat:  /state instrument is necessary because why?

So that the legislature can act like they're actually accomplishing something other than fundraising.
 
2014-04-26 05:15:49 PM
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2014-04-26 05:27:32 PM
Going for uke since my mother played one in the 30s, and I would give just about anything to have seen that. But I play a 34 National, so that would be ok ,too. Love Hawaii.
 
2014-04-26 05:35:01 PM

Xcott: rikkards: Getting a kick as I will be in Honolulu in 2 weeks. Mulling about buying a ukelele :)

Be sure to post a full report for those of us in the rest of the country where you can't just go and buy something like that in a music store.


Lol. It's called a souvenir smartass :D
 
2014-04-26 05:55:58 PM
Steal tracks, Commissioner, steal tracks!

Hee, hee, hee, hee, hee! Steel tracks, George make joke!


But remember, stealing music nobody wants or is willing to pay for is a crime.

Somebody could charge you for that crap. And thus make a profit and buy your politicians up for their own nefarious purposes. Keeping prisons profitably full and your music player profitably empty is what civil society is all about.
 
2014-04-26 06:02:55 PM
Make it whatever the fark Don Ho would want it to be.

i.imgur.com
 
2014-04-26 06:09:44 PM

rikkards: Getting a kick as I will be in Honolulu in 2 weeks. Mulling about buying a ukelele :)


Go to Hawaii Music Supply, they have a fantastic variety. Or take the tour at the Koaloha factory and pick up a second for a great price. Or both.

/has 8 ukes and just needs one more
 
2014-04-26 06:18:01 PM
I love my ukes - my bloke plays, and so do two of our kidlets. His collection of them is getting a tad out of hand, however - 34? I only have four (one of each type). Oh and the electric six string.

The mandolin is a KILLER to learn in comparison, ukes are just so damn easy to learn to play. Event the notation is easy.
 
2014-04-26 06:23:57 PM

CruJones: The steel guitar is an awesome, versatile instrument. The ukulele is quirky.


Point for the ukulele

The Martintuckian: It takes a lot of talent to play the steel. Not so much for the uke. My vote is the steel.


Wrong vote.  Another point for the ukulele.

GoodDoctorB: When I think of a big dude in a hula skirt and flowers on his head, I think of the ukulele. Buuuuuuuuuut... they pretty much invented what we think of as steel guitar, so... ding, ding, indeed.


When you think of Hawaii and musical instruments, you think of the...  If you said steel guitar, you're one of a very tiny minority of people.  People who deserve some representation, as an "also ran" - and they've got that now, so the ukulele wins this one.

scopecreep: A steel guitar was the first electric guitar ever invented.  Before the Strat, before the Tele, before the Les Paul there was the frying pan.

In fact if you asked this question any time but the last 20 years or so it wouldn't even be a contest. It's always been the steel guitar.  The popularity of Hawaiian steel guitar is also the reason the steel guitar is so prevalent in country music.  Back in the day the house bands for clubs would play Hawaiian music on the weekends, and then play country music all through the week.  Same musicians and same instrumentation.


First electric guitar invented is irrelevant.  It's not the instrument everyone knows as Hawaiian.

Last 20 years?  Well, that's utterly untrue.  I knew the ukulele was a Hawaiian thing as a kid, nearly 40 years ago.  I had no idea what a steel guitar was until much more recently.  Look at Scooby Doo and the Brady Bunch - Hawaii's instrument is the ukulele.

And you're not helping your case at all with country music.  Country music is Nashville, everybody knows it's Nashville, and you don't associate your state instrument with another state's music.  (And country sucks, so there's that too.)
 
2014-04-26 06:37:01 PM

FirstNationalBastard: Steel guitar or nothing.

Ain't nothing better than a steel guitar moaning away in the background of a good country song.


a)  There is no such thing as a good country song.

b)  Country is not Hawaiian.  Therefore the ukulele is the correct choice.
 
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