Friday, October 5, 2007

First Post

Hello. I started learning to play the ukulele in January of 2007 during a trip to Hawaii, when a guy manning the tour train station at the Dole plantation showed me and a few others some basics about an ukulele he was playing at the time. Since then, I've been totally addicted to the ukulele. So, I've decided to keep a blog about ukuleles here. Hopefully I can make some small contributions to the ukulele world while learning to play the ukulele. To kick off the blog, here's a video of me attempting to play Jake Shimabukuro's Let's Dance.


julie said...

I'm going to assume that you were/are an accomplished guitar player BEFORE you picked up the uke. Right?

GX9901 said...

Thanks for the comment! Actually, this is my first stringed instrument. My previous musical instrument experience consists of a couple of years of electric organ in elementary school 20+ years ago and a couple of years of trumpet in junior high. I'm my no means musically gifted. The ukulele has been pretty easy to learn and I just enjoy it so much!

julie said...

Then all I can say is WOW! You really give me hope for my own uke playing!

Anonymous said...

dude... if you have never played a stringed instrument and learned to play that in less than one year, you got a gift for it man... cause I just picked up a pono tenor mango, and I could barely play a rythmic strum right now... whats your secret? lessons from Jake?... I'm very impressed... WOW!

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If you could steal one of my ukes, which one would it be???

How curly do you like your koa? (preferably on a uke)

What's the maximum number of ukes a perfectly sane person should have???

Poll: How often do you play the ukulele???

Poll: Which guitar company's approach to ukes do you prefer???

Poll: What's your favorite type of headstock???

Poll: The new basic Collings concert uke (UC-1) sells for about $1k, your reaction is: