I want to learn to play the Ukulele

Melensdad

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I am not musically inclined.

I have a very difficult time clapping to music.

In grade school I played the trombone. Not very well. But I played.

For years I have longed to play an instrument.

I've been searching around and it seems that a Ukulele is reasonably easy to learn. Clearly advanced playing of any instrument requires massive practice, time and dedication. But I've been watching YouTube instructional videos on basic chords and I think I might actually be able to learn simple songs ... and I'd probably be happy with that.

Old dog = new tricks?

Anyone ever tried to learn a musical instrument later in life?
 

EastTexFrank

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Anyone ever tried to learn a musical instrument later in life?

No!!! I learned my musical limitations early in life.

I am totally unmusical which is a pity because I love music. Even in school I couldn't learn the basics of playing a recorder. I'm afraid that there is no hope for me.

Best of luck with your endeavor though. Keep us informed. A written report will do. No need to record something and post it on here. :)
 

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I've never played a ukulele. So no clue on how easy or difficult they are. However. They are a stringed instrument. To get you started on learning to move your way around the fretboard and different chord combinations etc I recommend a seagull merlin. Impossible to hit a bad note. Download a guitar tuner on your phone. Standard tuning for the merlin is D A D. it's four strings but the bottom two are tuned the same. Has a ukulele meets banjo sound. They aren't expensive either. They even come with all of the notes marked on the fretboard.

seagull-standup-dulcimer-full-front-1.jpg


http://acousticguitar.com/seagull-merlin/

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Good luck Bob.

At this stage in our lives, I thought the only thing musical we should play is the stereo.
 

Melensdad

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I actually thought about a dulcimer but there are just so many resources for the ukulele that it seems logical to give it a try. We even have a small music shop on the edge of town that gives lessons should all the internet sources (YouTube) and other options (DVDs) fail me.

What I play best is a radio.

I'd like to change that.
 

JimVT

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I bought a neat older thing at an antique store. it is like a mini banjo . it rests in the back room. I gave up on it. it must be from the 40's.
have fun and you'll do ok.
didn't tiny tim or someone like that play one?
jim
 

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I always wanted to try my hand at the banjo, but like others I'm not musically inclined. For whatever reason my fingers and brain are not tuned. I can sing though, and was in the school choir. I kinda wish I would have continued with that in my youth.

Here is something I have been toying with doing, it looks easy enough to do.

http://cigarboxguitars.com/resources/how-to-build-a-cigar-box-guitar

I probably never will build it, but it does look like fun.
 

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The dulcimer is a neat little instrument. Considering I've played since I was 14 it's helping me with my inbividual note picking up and down the fretboard of my guitar.

Now you've got me curious. I'm going to have to go check out ukeleles at the music store. My wife got me a gift certificate there so I may end up walking out with one.

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Melensdad

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I bought a neat older thing at an antique store. it is like a mini banjo . it rests in the back room. I gave up on it. it must be from the 40's.
have fun and you'll do ok.
didn't tiny tim or someone like that play one?
jim

I think Tiny Tim played one.

So did Arthur Godfrey.


Now you've got me curious. I'm going to have to go check out ukeleles at the music store. My wife got me a gift certificate there so I may end up walking out with one.
Nice thing that I've found out about a Uke is that you can play a lot of popular songs. There are websites dedicated to the Uke that show chords.

I've not bought one yet.

But it looks like the "solid" construction Ukes are the best. Cheap Ukes are $39. A nicely made one is about $200. Really good ones start at $400 and go up into the thousands.

I'd be looking for a modest, but well made one. Probably in the $150 to $300 range. If I get one I want one that is actually a real instrument, not a toy.

Also looking at the "concert" size. Soprano size is the small one that are common. Concert size is one size up. From what i can tell you get almost the same sound out of a concert size but you have more room on the fret board for those of us with awkward hands.

Cordoba 15 and 20 series seem like nice Ukes. Lanikai too. There are much better brands. But those seem to have good reputations as being reasonable instruments.
 

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Just got confirmation that the buyers of a medical building I own are going to accept my counter offer ... AND I got a 20% discount on a http://koaloha.com ukulele ... their Hawaiian made Ukes are expensive but considered among the best ... they have a lower priced imported model called an OPIO that they consider to be a their beginner Uke. I believe I will celebrate the sale of my building, and the good fortune of getting a discount coupon by buying one of their OPiO Ukes after the paperwork is signed. Its still above my target price range but I also know that if I fail my daughter, who is actually musically inclined, can have it.

These use solid wood, not plywood, which everyone tells me is the way to go.

Of course I will still burn the receipt so there is no evidence for my wife to find.
 

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pirate_girl

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I think Tiny Tim played one.

Oh myyyyyyy Tiny Tim. lol
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wMbQsKJ64S0"]Tiny Tim - Tip Toe Through The Tulips (Live).mp4 - YouTube[/ame]

and a tutorial to TTTTT :biggrin:

[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=voHkShZDfi4"]tiny tim's tiptoe tutorial // ukulele - YouTube[/ame]
 

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If Tiny Tim can play it, You can too! I bought a Trombone. I don't know how to play it but there is a book and CD that helps you along!
 

Melensdad

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Well I did it.

Ordered a ukulele. The journey begins soon. My high school team's fencing season ends in middle February so I'll need something new to do.

I didn't buy the OPiO, for the same price I got a different brand but its still a 'real' instrument and not a 'toy' ukulele. Near as I can tell the prices on these things can be divided into a few groups.

The $35 to $125 Ukes are pretty much toys. Low grade parts, low grade gearing, all plywood/laminate construction, often plastic body parts, etc.

At somewhere near $125 you can start to find Ukes that have a solid wood top, but they still use all laminate/plywoods for the sides and bodies. The tuning pegs/gears are typically still lower grade.

The 'real' instruments generally start in the $250+ range with all solid wood used for the tops, sides, backs. The tuning gears/pegs are upgraded, etc. Various woods are used. Hawaiian Koa is the top choice, and typically most expensive, prices for real solid Koa Ukes probably start closer to $500. Lower priced solid wood (not plywood) typically will be Spruce, or a mixture of Spruce top, and other woods for the side/back. Monkeypod, Mango, Mahogany are used also.

I found a Mango Lanikai on sale at $100 below its normal price on-line, same price as the prior OPiO I posted, but this Uke is better looking so I should look better when I'm playing badly ... maybe it will act as a much needed distraction :yum:

Should have it later this week. Hope it looks 1/2 as good as the one in the 'stock' photo.
 

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The same goes for guitars. Sure you can pick up a cheap $100 job at walmart but you get what you pay for. The sound and quality isn't there. Most of my stuff is in the 5-800 range. My next one will be around the $1500 mark.
 

Melensdad

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The same goes for guitars. Sure you can pick up a cheap $100 job at walmart but you get what you pay for. The sound and quality isn't there. Most of my stuff is in the 5-800 range. My next one will be around the $1500 mark.

Seems like the $250 mark is the very bottom for the all solid Ukes. $350 to $500 will get you some pretty nice options. Then the price seems go straight up to $1000 and above. Very little in the $500-$1000 range. Mine should be about $469 ... found 1 in stock at only 1 seller for $369. They are tossing in a basic soft case + a tuner too. Nobody else is offering that same model for under $469 so I think I'm getting a great deal. Dealer says it is "brand new" but I suspect that means it is an 'open box' and was displayed & demo'ed at the store? I'm fine with that. I bought my daughter a nice(-ish) Spanish guitar that was an open box unit and its perfect all the way around and it was a good value.
 
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