It started with my inquiring to a person local to me in Southern Ca about the LA uke fest in Torrance this upcoming September.
I asked if there were going to be any guitalele classes there,and when I was told no,I inquired as to why. I thought maybe there wasn't any teachers for 6 string ukulele.
Well,to my shock,this guy (who I will not name) wrote me back a rather insulting email about it,listing these reasons for not having guitalele classes at any uke fest,and certainly not the L.A. one:
Hi - the guitarlele is definitely a mini-guitar and I can think of many reasons why it would make sense to have a dedicated class for this at an ukulele festival:
- I doubt there’s anyone who plays JUST guitar-lele so they’d have to bring 2 instruments with them which most folks wouldn’t want to bother with
- not enough demand for such a class
- It’s hard enough to satisfy everyone with regular ukulele classes
- if someone was serious enough to want to play more sophisticated stuff on one, most guitarleles are not spaced wide enough for comfortable fingerpicking anyway
For another,the 6 string uke is not a mini guitar. It has an altogether different tuning,and the only similarity is that it's matches the notes on the guitar at the 5th fret. The 6 string uke is a modern version of the quint guitar,tho it's mistakingly marketed as a travel guitar in the modern era.
I wrote back,and he was anxious to show off his "guitar education" as well as making sure I knew he was in the right and I was the one who was "off". After this,he actually invited me to a uke get to gether he was having. No thank you.
He obviously has never played a guitalele from the absolutely nonsense comment about not being able to play "more sophisticated stuff" on one due to the fingerboard. My Yamaha GL-1 is a pleasure to play classical and finger picked pieces on,and the intonation is perfect.
This person gives the impression of being linked to the LA uke fest,tho I'm not certain on that.
So my question to my readers is,would guitalele classes be welcome at uke fests,and would you sign up for a workshop for one if it were available?