Ukulele quotes:

  • There's no ego when you're a ukulele player. -- 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
  • I like to play the ukulele, but I'm not, like, awesome at it. I mostly play the piano and the guitar. -- Zooey Deschanel
  • I think my first instrument was a ukulele that they gave me. I used to know how to play that pretty well. -- Don Henley
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The ukulele is the instrument of peace, -- Jake Shimabukuro
  • I started doing improv my sophomore year. -- Rachel Dratch
  • I started out playing ukulele when I was 5 or 6 years old. -- Edgar Winter
  • Because if everyone played the ukulele, this world would be a much happier place. -- Jake Shimabukuro
  • We started out when I was 6 years old. We played ukuleles and sang Everly Brothers songs. -- Edgar Winter
  • Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life. -- Bette Davis
  • 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
  • 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
  • My mind started wandering. I started playing carefully, instead of playing the way that had gotten me to that point. I had to force myself to keep driving the ball. -- Tracy Austin
  • So I learnt a few country western songs, I bought a chord book, and right away I started writing my own stuff, which nobody else did that, I don't know why. -- John Fahey
  • 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • Tough like a Ukulele. -- Kool Keith
  • The ukulele has always appealed to the older generation. -- Jake Shimabukuro
  • If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place. -- Jake Shimabukuro
  • Sometimes when you're writing on a ukulele, you're in a totally new land, rhythmically or melodically. -- Tift Merritt
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • If you pick up a ukulele, it will make you unbelievably happy. -- Bette Midler
  • I think beating someone to death with a ukulele would just sound funny. -- Dane Cook
  • There's not much you can do with a ukulele that doesn't sound happy. -- Jeff Lynne
  • To this day, if I ever meet grownups who play ukulele, I love 'em. -- Paul McCartney
  • It's hard to be depressed around a ukulele. You just pick it up and you're halfway home. -- William H. Macy
  • My mother gave me a ukulele at age eight, and I sang the popular tunes of the day. -- Pete Seeger
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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