Thursday, February 17, 2011

Cobwebs!

Whoa! It's been quite a long time since I've posted here. Cobwebs have definitely been growing in the ghetto!

Well, since the last holiday season, I guess my attention have been quite divided. Besides having 3 kids to handle, I've also been getting back into a couple of other hobbies. I didn't get any new ukuleles for Christmas, but I got myself (people my age basically use Christmas as an excuse to buy stuff for themselves. At least I do, har!) other stuff that occupied my attention for the last couple of months. Ukulele kind of taken a backseat in terms of me learning new stuff and following what going on in the ukulele world. My temporary UAS binge (Lanikai zebra and Kala pocket) totally went away, and while I busted the ukulele to play most days, there were a few days where I didn't even get around to playing the ukulele. I still enjoyed playing the ukulele, but it was kind of a "time away" from my ukes. I think that's good though, because I know ukulele is pretty much in my blood, and I will always be interested in it and come back to it.

I've been listening to Jake's new CD in my car fairly often of late, and sure enough, I got an itch to learn something from that disc. I know I would like to play his version of Bohemian Rhapsody someday, but it's really long and probably not that easy to learn, so the next song I really wanted to learn was Bring Your Adz. I have no idea what "Adz" means, but the tune is pretty cool. I started messing with the opening section last week and kind of figured out how it was played. Then a couple of days ago, I decided to tackle the song hard and dug up a few Youtube videos to attempt to learn it. It isn't a hard song to learn, so I more of less got all the parts down. But it is pretty hard to execute (for me anyway), so now it will just take some time to refine it the best I can. I guess there is no shortage of songs I would like to learn, sometimes the motivation is there, and sometimes there isn't. I'm definitely feeling the urge to learn a few new songs now, so hopefully I'll have something to share soon.

On the UAS front, although I have not felt any urges to get new ukes, there is one on the horizon. That is the Mya Moe I ordered last year. I think it was slated to start in March and be completed by April. Mya Moe appears to be the most "on-time" builder around, so I'm thinking I'll be getting the uke sometime in April. I hope it doesn't trigger another UAS binge, but I guess we'll see about that.

Anyway, all is well. I still love the ukulele very much, although I just don't have as much time or things I could share here right now. Hopefully I will continue to be able to put of semi-useful or halfway entertaining stuff here.

Until next time, I leave you with a quick picture of the myrtle wood set I recently choose for the Mya Moe:

6 comments:

Jonathan said...

George, if you're having less time for ukulele, it means it's time for you to start posting about your watches! I've gotten on WUS and it's crazy. I'm thinking about selling off most of my uke collection to finance a Submariner or Datejust.

GX9901 said...

Jon,

Yeah, but I don't really have much to add to what's already out there in the watch world. (then again, that never stopped me with this blog...:p)

Go for the Rollie dude! Even though you'll be selling off ukes to fund it, at least you do plan to keep a couple, and that's good.

Plainsong said...

I blame Mya-Moe for the delay of getting a Damasko DA46 AND righting the wrong of selling the Sinn 356 UTC.

I gotta have some blond myrtle with maple binding. Gotta have it!

GX9901 said...

I've been checking out German stuff such as Nomos and Stowa of late. Probably should check out Damasko and Sinn too...wait, what are we talking about here??? Ukes???

Plainsong said...

I had the 356 UTC but stupidly sold it, telling myself I'd replace it one day with the sapphire version. But I don't know, it's not been worth it, the time away. Hydrocarbon has it, so when you see his pics of a 356 in grave danger on a bike in the mountains, that was mine, on great adventures now. :)

I picked up the 556 because of the long waiting lists for Stowa Airman no logos. I just got to looking at the specs and the look of it, and it had me at 200m WR.

When I got it, I remembered what it was like having a Sinn. Even though it's the cheapie Sinn, I kinda got a grail without knowing it.

To bring it back to ukes, is it safe to wear an auto movement on your fretting hand? ;)

GX9901 said...

Ukulele playing barely charges an automatic watch. At least that's what my autos with PR meters tell me. :p

Which uke should I bring on my next trip to Oahu???

What's the maximum you'd spend on a ukulele case for your best uke?

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: