Aloha and Mahalo.
I have traveled to Hawaii many times over the years and have always loved the sound of the Ukulele, but I had little desire to actually learn to play it until recently. I don’t know why, but I guess I always thought it was going to be harder than it is. So, when we decided we were going to spend the holidays in Hawaii I also decided I was going to learn to play the Ukulele and take it along with me. What better way is there to spend an evening, if not on the veranda playing the Uke?
So fast forward to four weeks ago and I was stepping into the Lifelong Learning Ukulele too class. Apparently there were so many people on the waiting list for the last class they popped this one up to appease the masses. I had picked up my Uke at Local Music, located on 800 S. and 800 E. and played along a few times with some You Tube videos. All I can say is that I was afraid to walk into class and look like I didn’t know anything.
So, did I have anything to worry about? Nope. After some quick instruction on how to tune, a check on my ability to move from chord to chord, and an inspection of my Uke, we were off and playing. By playing I don’t mean a concert, but we learned the chords for a song and then strummed our way through it.
Fast forward 4 weeks and I can play a song. I am no Iz yet, but I am on my way to some level of reasonable play and I already want to trade in my starter uke for something a little nicer. I am a uke player for life now. It was easy, fun, and a great diversion from all those other things that call for you in life. Sitting on your porch and strumming out a song is the only way to live.