If you have bought a ukulele, then hopefully you have fallen in love with it. If that has happened, you will find that you want to take your ukulele with you everywhere - to work, on holiday, to the shops (!). You may also be thinking about gigging your uke.
If that is the case, then what should you carry with you along with your uke - what is the essential gear list that no uke should be without? Listed below are the items that always go with my uke if I am gigging, or taking it away from home for extended periods.
- Case - Kind of obvious, but if you are travelling with a uke, or taking it to gigs you REALLY SHOULD invest in a good case. My views on ukulele cases.
- Spare strings - even if I have just put a new set on the ukulele before I leave the house, I always keep a spare set of strings in my case. You never know when you might get a break, and even those new strings could run into trouble.
- Tuner - I carry two tuners at all times. I carry a clip on tuner (I use a Snark Ukulele tuner. ). I also carry a cheap pitchpipe tuner in my case for the unlikely eventuality my clip on tuner breaks or the more likely chance that the battery dies.
- Small screwdriver - for tightening tuning pegs
- Soft polishing cloth - I always carry a soft cloth and get myself in the habit of wiping down the instrument after a session. Cleaning the strings in particular will lengthen their life.
- Uke Leash - Just because its brilliant
- Songbook - I print my ukulele lyrics and chords on to A4 paper and keep them inside clear plastic wallets bound in a 4 ring binder. The plastic wallets stop them getting dog eared or drenched by spilled beer! I keep an extensive ukulele chord chart in the back of the binder in case I am challenged by an obscure chord I don't have committed to memory. Good for beginner playing friends also for reference.
It's not a lot to take along - the uke is a simple instrument and you don't want to be bogged down with gear. The above should, however, ensure you never get into a tight spot!