OK, bit of an odd one this, but something I felt the need to respond to. My post yesterday about fishing lines had a rather incredible amount of traffic. Not saying everyone would be in agreement, but an incredible amount of traffic all the same. The whole string debate still seems to be every ukulele players favourite subject! But someone pulled me up on it with a valid observation - that in the past I had claimed that certain strings were my favourites and that I COULD tell strong differences between them. Yet here I am now saying the opposite. What gives?
Well it's simple really and it's part of the problem with the whole blog concept. I have been writing this site for over five years now and in that time an awful lot have things have, naturally, changed. In respect to ukulele, my tastes have changed (as tastes do) but of course as one continues to play the thing your playing changes. Hopefully it gets better, but even if it doesn't it will still change. I would argue that most people out there play differently to some degree than they did five years ago.
So in the same way as I used to have views on certain strings, I equally look back at instrument reviews I did years ago and find myself not agreeing with them now. Does that mean I should go back to the reviews and change them? Well, I don't think so. I made that a policy when I started this blog that my opinions are dated and I would not change them. They represent what I thought at the time.
Thankfully there are not masses of posts that I now disagree with, but there are certainly a couple of ukulele reviews that I read now and find that I actually grew tired of the instruments and sold them on. But I don't think that makes the reviews irrelevant. And the reason is simple. They are just one guys opinion and for the reader who may be thinking of buying them, what I thought further down the line is not really the issue. It was how the instrument moved me when I reviewed it. That is about as honest as it can be.
And so it is with ukulele strings. Over the last 9-12 months I have played more and more ukulele strings and my playing changed also. Over that time I slowly started to come to the dawning realisation that, actually, these days ALL fluorocarbon ukulele strings are pretty good and I would probably be hard pressed to pick a favourite. To illustrate that, I used to have quite an aversion to Aquila brand strings (just me - I KNOW they are popular), but actually in recent months I have actually quite enjoyed playing them.
So there you go, tastes change, and the curse of a blog being time sensitive strikes. It shouldn't matter really though - I never did really give string recommendations as I think it is too personal a subject, and I still don't. I will still WRITE about strings of course, but as always - 'YOUR MILEAGE MAY VARY'.
By way of another example, as much as I hate to admit this publicly, I did actually used to enjoy Top Gear on the television years ago. In recent years though, I would rather put needles in my eyes than watch it. But I can't change the past!
So in the same way that I don't expect 100% of my readers to agree with 100% of my reviews, likewise, be aware that opinions and tastes change with passing years. It's normal. Maybe they will change again. Who knows?
© Barry Maz