Hi, I'm FriendlyFred and running this blog. I play 'em all from soprano to baritone, acoustic and electric. Yes, big hands can handle small instruments. Enjoy strumming around and have a good day !
Ukulele Robot-And you still play the uke with your hands?
In the history of music making there were several machines that did the jobs of the musicians. For example player pianos ( pianolas, autopiano ) the self-playing pianos you might have seen in western movies. So if it works with a piano, why shouldn't it be possible to play a ukulele by a machine ? This is what I found on Youtube: Some students at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ( ERAU ) in Daytona Beach built a ukulele playing robot. Here's their version of Dick Dale's " Misirilou ": And of course they have to strum " Somewhere over the rainbow ": Well done guys ! So no need for playing the uke with human hands anymore ? I'm not shure. Here's another example where Nick Howarth and his partner Sam Wolfson present their RoboUke: Nice one ! And next time you might consider to tune the ukes in advance. If you're more into mechanical solutions you might have a look at the Lego Ukulele Rig - a ukulele-playing machine out of Lego bricks made by Josh Burker: Here's a video from my favorite Robotband " Compressorhead " ( sorry, no ukuleles ): That's a virtual band battle between Compressorhead and Z Machines: Can't wait to see a Jake Shimabukuro- or James Hill-robot entering the stage. So you now can stop practicing, robots do it better. Or don't they ? FriendlyFred