Andres Segovia slates the ukulele

The Pittsburgh Post of 1 January 1955 reports that Andres Segovia, who was in town to play with the Pittsburgh symphony orchestra, admitted that there was a family resemblance between uke and his axe, but the ukulele — in his view — was AWFUL.

This revelation is a little disappointing, as he himself had to combat the prejudices that many had against the guitar when he began playing at the age of 14.

Published in: on October 29, 2010 at 4:28 pm  Comments (3)  
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  1. He wasn’t any friendlier for baroque guitars as wel, so I am not surprised at all! Fast reactions without a closer look are seldom good. As a classical guitarist I am still in a dicovering stage about the full potential of the ukulele after nearly two years of playing it daily.

    • It might merely have been what was played (and how) on the uke that offended him, but I think it would have been good if he had given it a go himself.

    • Herman
      I had to check out you uploads on soundcloud – very nice playing and I particularly liked the kalimba uke composition.

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