Whom to believe? A ukulele controversy?

The Pittsburgh Press in 1927 happily published contradictory views on the ukulele.

1 May — Ukulele Ike (jazzy uke player) said…

“It is a purely modern instrument that appeals to the person who enjoys music, and desires to play some instrument, but who does not care to spend many hours in study.”

5 June — Nawahi (the champion uke player of the world) said (and I paraphrase) …

The ukulele is really a Hawaiian instrument that was never meant for the jazz tunes that you hear played on it in this country.

Nawahi played classical tunes and previously had won a Chicago Championship.

It seems there was a little ukulele tribalism going on (and the uke can suit any tribe).

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Anyone can play ukulele

The Colville Examiner 5 August 1916 ran the following, aiming to strike the balance between selling a uke to anyone and warning that it might take a bit of work, really.

Get one today!

 The key selling points seem to be

1. The ukulele has had a sudden rise in popularity.

2. A worthwhile instrument if you study it seriously.

3. There are thousands of ukuleles in schools.

4. On US Pacfic Coast the ukulele has become a craze (almost every home in California has one)

5. The ukulele is ideal to accompany the human voice

6. The ukulele is cheap (compared to grand piano).

7. Seller has lots to get rid off, and is willing to help the beginner.

So it was all there at the beginning of the craze.

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