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consitter
11-10-2014, 08:42 PM
I'm sure this has been asked time and again in threads before this one, but I looked it up in the search in a few different forms and didn't see it...so down to business.

Newbies and old curmudgeons alike...how did you come upon Ukulele Underground?

I really can't remember, but I surmise that I've had to have google 'ukulele' and it came up. I know about the same time that I signed up here, I followed 'Uke Hunt' a lot. If you're not familiar, it's a set of blogs about experiences with different ukes, uke cases and equipment, uke festivals, stars, etc, etc, etc. Coulda been there that I read about UU, I don't know. I do remember that I never lurked. The first time I got on the site, I signed up immediately.

Your turn to tell your experience.

consitter
11-10-2014, 09:00 PM
Well, I'm a goof. I just looked and saw there's a sticky that's essentially the same thing in new member introduction section. So if you want to answer fine. But if a moderator thinks this thread needs to be taken down, so be it.

KaraUkey
11-10-2014, 09:17 PM
I actually googled "Ukulele Forums" because I figured there would be people there that would be fun to chat with. This is the only practical one I found, in that it appeared to be inhabited by lots of Ukulelians/Ukesters/Ukeists

PhilUSAFRet
11-10-2014, 09:25 PM
Just Googled something ukulele. Not sure if I was actually looking for a forum or chat room, but I could have, or not, maybe.........! :old:

Mivo
11-10-2014, 09:33 PM
Like Kara, I googled for "ukulele forum", and UU was right on the first page. It was large and busy, with friendly folks, so I didn't look for any others. It was also easy on the eyes. :)

consitter
11-10-2014, 09:42 PM
Just Googled something ukulele. Not sure if I was actually looking for a forum or chat room, but I could have, or not, maybe.........! :old:

Ah...the first curmudgeon. Thanks for answering!

KaraUkey
11-10-2014, 09:52 PM
Well, I'm a goof. I just looked and saw there's a sticky that's essentially the same thing in new member introduction section. So if you want to answer fine. But if a moderator thinks this thread needs to be taken down, so be it.
This thread is a bit different though. Because the other thread is clearly for newcomers whereas this one is for all and sundry. You never know it might encourage more of the many guests that pass through the forum to actually join and say "Hello".

bunnyf
11-10-2014, 10:15 PM
I am so un-Internet savvy that I didn't even know what a forum was, but I had been playing the ukulel for about a year and wanted to upgrade my starter Uke and was considering vintage. I googled for advice and it lead me here. Oh happy day! I wound up not getting a vintage uke. I realized after reading UU for a bit that I didn't know enough to pick one confidently. Since then, I've continued to explore and enjoy UU. It has really expanded my musical horizon.

PhilUSAFRet
11-11-2014, 01:43 AM
Ah...the first curmudgeon. Thanks for answering!

:old: I can't believe you just called me "a bad-tempered or surly person", and on Veteran's Day!!!!!!!!!! Harumph!! :biglaugh:

PS: 26,359 posts and climbing since 2011..........are you going for the record, or have you already beaten it?

DownUpDave
11-11-2014, 02:40 AM
I just randomly stumbling upon "The Mighty Uke" while flipping channels about 7 months ago. I was mesmerized, I needed to find out more about this ukulele thing. In to a music store to fumble around with some ukes.......I knew nothing......but google is your friend. I decided I wanted to buy a ukulele so I started my search on the interwebs and came upon this site. I moved fast, no screwing around, tire kicking, lurking or window shopping. I signed up, been obsessed ever since. Damn place has forced me to buy 8 ukuleles in that time period......with more on the way. Ain't it GREAT

UkerDanno
11-11-2014, 03:01 AM
I have been involved in a Porsche forum, BMW motorcycle forum, Cadillac forum, golf cart forum, so...when I got involved with ukes and wanted more information, naturally, I googled ukulele forum and the rest is history! All have been a wealth of knowledge and information as well as hours of entertainment.

Down Up Dick
11-11-2014, 03:01 AM
I had just dropped out of another forum where no one commented much and was looking for another. I don't remember how I found this one but noticed that there was lots of chatter. I love music and like to talk and learn about it, so I am enjoying it a lot here. Sometimes learning new stuff is better than playing.

Up the UU! :old:

Rllink
11-11-2014, 03:40 AM
I had been thinking of learning to play the guitar, but it just wasn't calling to me. Then I saw some video of somebody playing a ukulele and thought that it looked fun. So then I went searching for some information about ukuleles and actually found it linked to another ukulele site, which I can not remember what it was.

As far as if there is another "how did you find UU" tread, it seems to me that most everything that can be discussed already has a thread. If we don't start new ones, we might as well quit posting and just read all the old stuff over and over. What fun is that?

Luke El U
11-11-2014, 03:49 AM
February 25, 2012. I was going down the escalator in the Siam Paragon shopping mall in Bangkok when, just by chance, I noticed a sign advertising the Thailand Ukulele Festival being held on that very day! So, I ran outside the mall into the plaza, and there the show had already begun. Somebody was passing out UU stickers and that's how I found out.

Up until then, I had no idea the uke was so big in Thailand. What was this funny sticker all about? Something Thai, perhaps? Ribbee Ukulele put on the show and so I first found out about them, later discovering Baan Ukulele (the owner of which now makes the KoAloha Opio, and through whom I've met the Okami brothers and Daniel Ho.)

But wait, it gets better! At the festival, I also briefly met a very nice American ukulele enthusiast whom I later discovered is our very own Hoosierhiver! Finding UU was a very special day for me.

sonomajazz
11-11-2014, 05:02 AM
I can't remember...is that a bad thing...?

But thanks for asking con...

mailman
11-11-2014, 05:28 AM
:old: I can't believe you just called me "a bad-tempered or surly person", and on Veteran's Day!!!!!!!!!! Harumph!! :biglaugh:

PS: 26,359 posts and climbing since 2011..........are you going for the record, or have you already beaten it?

I don't think he's beaten it. ;)

I found UU by accident, after having googled something ukulele-related. Best accidental find....ever.

PhilUSAFRet
11-11-2014, 05:34 AM
Yeah, but he's been at it two years less than you have mailman, LOL

kohanmike
11-11-2014, 06:07 AM
Late June of 2013 I bought a Mahalo Telecaster style uke just to be cute sitting next to my Fender Telecaster guitar. That same week I received a postcard from the Los Angeles Music Center announcing their summer ukulele play-along sessions. I decided I'd attend because I now have a ukelele.

I got online to learn a little (been playing guitar for 50 years) and as I worked on it, found that it was rather difficult to hold the cords. Doing a bit more research, found out about sizes and that the Mahalo was a soprano, so I immediately went out and bought a tenor (Lanikai LQA-TCA, cutaway, solid spruce top, quilted ash body). During the first session of the play-along, the leader mentioned UU, and when I got home, I checked it out and immediately signed up.

UncleMoon
11-11-2014, 06:16 AM
I was like a blind squirrel tripping on a nut.

PhilUSAFRet
11-11-2014, 06:24 AM
I was like a blind squirrel tripping on a nut.


:biglaugh:

Ukejenny
11-11-2014, 06:30 AM
I was like a blind squirrel tripping on a nut.
I like it. :shaka:

I think it happened when I was YouTubing ukulele videos and found Aldrine and the NAMM videos (I was shopping for my first ukulele) and then went on to see his music videos, and then eventually found his oversoul channel on there. The NAMM videos led me to UU, if I remember correctly. That was sometime in early 2013. I joined the forum a few weeks later, if memory serves.

IamNoMan
11-11-2014, 08:02 AM
Thank you Veterans!

Phil, what do you mean by bad mouthing Curmudgeons? I spent 57 years trying to get into that Club!

I bought a uke last September. At the time I was working on the "Vie en Rose" First thing I Googled on was a video list with "La Vie en Rose - Ukulele". Listened to a couple of nice versions and a lot of not-so-nice versions. It actually was a positive encouragement to me. I knew I could do at least that well. After that it seemed that most of the ukulele related topics I Googled on had a tie-in to this Ukulele-Underground site. I checked it out and lurked... for about a half an hour... My kind of People! I signed up.

coolkayaker1
11-11-2014, 09:17 AM
I googled the word "nongdam" and it pointed me here.

consitter
11-11-2014, 11:26 AM
Yeah, but he's been at it two years less than you have mailman, LOL

I'll catch him eventually. ;)

consitter
11-11-2014, 11:29 AM
I was like a blind squirrel tripping on a nut.

Well, I that's the best answer I can imagine. This thread is done as far as I'm concerned. :p

wayfarer75
11-11-2014, 02:49 PM
Pretty sure I googled "what uke to buy" and this place came up.

Newportlocal
11-11-2014, 03:00 PM
I am sure I was looking for ukulele chords to a song.

gyosh
11-11-2014, 03:27 PM
Saw a UU shirt at the 2010 Oahu Ukulele Festival and googled it on my phone.

janeray1940
11-11-2014, 03:39 PM
Metafilter (www.metafilter.com). (Do people even hang out on Metafilter anymore??) It was 2009 and I had just started playing again and had NO IDEA that ukulele was "a thing" - I just thought it was the instrument that I had played as a little kid and wanted to come back to as an adult, it never occurred to me that there were others who would be into it. Then one day on MeFi there was a post about ukulele resources on the web. And I found out that ukulele was "a thing" very quickly after that :)

good_uke_boy
11-11-2014, 04:08 PM
Gifted a Kala mahogany concert in December 2011, started playing, caught the bug, searched the interwebs for tunes and instruments, then...

chenx2
11-11-2014, 10:20 PM
I googled something like "buy beginner ukulele" and ukulele hunt+UU popped up....

Moore Bettah Ukuleles
11-12-2014, 06:50 AM
I don't think there was much competition when I first found UU. I think that was in 2007. It looked quite a bit different then. There are others now of course but UU remains the primary one stop forum for all things ukulele. I was a member of a handful of forums for a while but this is the only one I participate in now. I don't even look at the others. I'm a forum monogamist.

Fleapluckin_Flapper
11-13-2014, 07:20 AM
The subject line gave me a chuckle because whenever I see something referred to as "UU" my 1st thought is Unitarian Universalist. (Yes,I am one!) So I had to read the first post & then had to laugh. To be honest,I can't recall how I found this place but I can tell you it was while I was online. ;)