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Ukettante
06-02-2015, 10:55 PM
For me, it was 2 a.m. last night, or this morning. Couldn't sleep, so I thought I might as well get up and work through Uncle Rod's chord bootcamp and cram all those chords into my brain ASAP so I can do what I really want with the uke. After cycling through the chords in several keys, I began to experiment with chord shapes up the neck and the scale attached to each, and bam! Before I knew it I was improvising using a blues scale, milking the flatted third. I couldn't believe the wail coming out of the tiny soprano—it is a veritable blues machine! That was the moment I fell in love with the uke.

DownUpDave
06-03-2015, 12:17 AM
Early March of 2014 approx. 3:30pm. I was flipping channels on a snowny Sunday afternoon when I came upon the documentary channel showing this program about the uke. I was mesmerized, goob smacked and in awe, had no idea the ukulele could sound that good. The uke was not on my radar, I didn't even know it had four strings.

The program was "The Mighty Uke" and within two weeks I had bought a uke, taken a group lesson and attended two uke jams. Yea....... I was in love.

KaraUkey
06-03-2015, 03:05 AM
I was at a gig playing my guitar. The guy that came on after me pulled out a soprano and joked about being the biggest guy in the room with the smallest instrument (he was a big lad). Clamped a capo on the fifth fret of my guitar that night, bought my first Uke 2 days later. Then had to drive for hours to join a uke group miles away, so started my own group. Then I needed everybody in the group to be on the same page playing the same thing at the same time, so started authoring Karaukey songs. Wow, what a journey, wouldn't have missed it for the world.

Trinimon
06-03-2015, 03:20 AM
Bought a cheap Kala soprano uke during a trip to Hawaii just as a mantle piece souvenir. One night after a couple beers, I picked it up and strummed it just for a cheap laugh (I have had zero music background) and the light bulb turned on in my head. That was it... hooked.

johnson430
06-03-2015, 03:58 AM
I was mesmerized, goob smacked and in awe,



Were you gobsmaked or goob smaked? There is a big difference. BIG!

gobsmack-
Completely dumbfounded, shocked. From the Irish word "gob" meaning "mouth".
goob smack-
When you get smacked in the face with a penis whilst passed out or awake it is the tag you earn.

(Please take this light-heartedly. I am an English nerd by trade and I am sure you meant gobsmaked; I just thought it was a very fun misspelling.)

Oh, and to stay on topic.
I would say I really fell in love with uke a few months ago when I was working on Beethoven's "Fur Elise" and I was able to 'make it my own' by creating a Spanish variation.
Johnson
=)

Adrian Ortiga
06-03-2015, 04:16 AM
3 months ago when i heard Kotaro Oshio and Jake Shimabukuro do In my life by the beatles. I went like
" i cannot not learn that"

Captain Simian
06-03-2015, 04:18 AM
My first uke was a used Fender tenor that was an impulse buy. A couple of days after I got it I finally had a chance to sit down and learn a couple of chords. Next thing I knew it was 2AM and I had learned at least 5 songs, 3 of which I still play on a regular basis. It was pretty immediate for me because I've always been more of a song guy than a technique guy.

Adrian Ortiga
06-03-2015, 04:21 AM
First song i played was Let it be - beatles and till now theres never a day i dont play it hahaha

buddhuu
06-03-2015, 05:14 AM
To the member who complained to the mods about a certain post in this thread, I'm afraid there is no rule explicitly prohibiting poor taste/judgement - especially if no malice or insult was intended.

Rllink
06-03-2015, 05:48 AM
Well, I wouldn't use the term "love" to describe how I feel about ukuleles, but for me, it has been more of a gradual thing. No epiphany, so to speak.

uke-garou
06-03-2015, 05:51 AM
Make note of when you fall in love and repost. :)

I kinda love my ukulele...I will love it when I can get through a song competently and make anther person smile instead of cringe.

actadh
06-03-2015, 06:24 AM
Mine was Christmas Eve 2013. Picked up a toy ukulele and never looked back.

sam13
06-03-2015, 06:32 AM
November 2013.

I was looking for something to fill my life with some joy. I sent out a prayer ... had a feeling I would play Spanish guitar ...

Then I heard Jake Shimabukuro play on YouTube: Hallelujah, and My Guitar Gently Weeps.

I wept with joy.

And my journey began.

bassballz
06-03-2015, 06:54 AM
Summer family trip to the Big Island a few years ago. While staying at the Fairmont Orchid and slightly(?) under the spell of a full day of mai-tai and rums, I sat in the lobby to watch the sunset while being serenaded by a small uke ensemble. On their break I entered into conversation with one of them, a lovely gal who asked if I'd like to play along with them. She handed me a spare and taught me 4 chords. Being a bass player I was comfortable enough with 4 strings and was able to manage a rudimentary strum pattern. I stood there and played along as best I could....I was hooked from that moment on.
Now. many ukes later......

Pickinguker
06-03-2015, 07:09 AM
A small question, in the case when I would fall in love with one of these wood piece: is a ukulele a "she" or a "he" ?
I have to be prepared in the case when it would be a he...

Icelander53
06-03-2015, 07:29 AM
For me, it was 2 a.m. last night, or this morning. Couldn't sleep, so I thought I might as well get up and work through Uncle Rod's chord bootcamp and cram all those chords into my brain ASAP so I can do what I really want with the uke. After cycling through the chords in several keys, I began to experiment with chord shapes up the neck and the scale attached to each, and bam! Before I knew it I was improvising using a blues scale, milking the flatted third. I couldn't believe the wail coming out of the tiny soprano—it is a veritable blues machine! That was the moment I fell in love with the uke.

For me it was the first time I saw one wearing a bikini.

sam13
06-03-2015, 08:24 AM
For me it was the first time I saw one wearing a bikini.

And now I know why it brings joy to so many people ... lol.

kohanmike
06-03-2015, 08:50 AM
I also wouldn't say "in love", but certainly enthralled. June of 2013 I bought a Mahalo soprano (learned about sizes later) Fender Telecaster style uke on a whim, I recently bought a Telecaster guitar (played guitar almost 50 years) and thought the uke would look cute hanging next to the guitar. About a week later I received a postcard from the Los Angeles Music Center announcing the annual summer play-along series, which I attended in the past for guitar, this time it was ukulele. Hey, I thought, I have a ukulele now, so why not attend? I got online to learn about playing a uke and found Jake doing "Bohemian Rhapsody" and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain doing a show in Germany. That was it, hooked.

turtledrum
06-03-2015, 08:54 AM
I ordered my first uke on an impulse buy: Stupid Deal Of the Day on the Musician's Friend website. It was a Lanikai spalted mango tenor that listed for about $600 and was $220 that day.It looked great and then I thought about How someday I'd get to Hawaii and bring home a uke as a souvenir. Bottom line, I thought, "Why wait?"

When I opened that box, I fell in love. It was that beautiful. And I was in love. It was love at first look.

Booli
06-03-2015, 08:58 AM
There are three crtitical events for me, in order:

1. December 12, 2012, 1:38am, when I first saw a video of Jake Shimabukuro's TED Talk, where he plays Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

2. Then again the next day when I saw a video of James Hill perform Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'.

3. Nail in the coffin was then the following day after that when I saw several videos of John King playing on his 'Nalu Music' YT channel.

I've been hopelessly (and happily) obsessed with all things ukulele ever since. Fixated even. This instrument dominates all my thinking and often it feels like 'real life' interferes with my enjoyment/listening/learning/practice and playing of the ukulele. I don’t want a cure for this affliction. Kill me first! LOL. :shaka:

Icelander53
06-03-2015, 09:37 AM
Well then you should post more often.

(;))

uke-garou
06-03-2015, 09:41 AM
A small question, in the case when I would fall in love with one of these wood piece: is a ukulele a "she" or a "he" ?
I have to be prepared in the case when it would be a he...

They are whatever floats your boat.

turtledrum
06-03-2015, 10:02 AM
There are three crtitical events for me, in order:

1. December 12, 2012, 1:38am, when I first saw a video of Jake Shimabukuro's TED Talk, where he plays Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.

2. Then again the next day when I saw a video of James Hill perform Michael Jackson's 'Billie Jean'.

3. Nail in the coffin was then the following day after that when I saw several videos of John King playing on his 'Nalu Music' YT channel.

I've been hopelessly (and happily) obsessed with all things ukulele ever since. Fixated even. This instrument dominates all my thinking and often it feels like 'real life' interferes with my enjoyment/listening/learning/practice and playing of the ukulele. I don’t want a cure for this affliction. Kill me first! LOL. :shaka:

Ditto! :agree::agree:

bonesigh
06-03-2015, 10:20 AM
Love at first strum for me back in 2008 when my then 5 year old asked for one. I purchased it online, not knowing a thing, bought a cheap Mahalo. When it was delivered I was kind of in shock thinking, what did I do, I don't know how to play this thing! How can I teach her! Played my first song and ta-da an instant romance (:

rappsy
06-03-2015, 10:47 AM
I can't say the first date but it was early in 2014 and the feeling has been building ever since. It has brought me great joy, and friends that I feel will last. I couldn't ask for any more.

theabsurdman
06-03-2015, 10:57 AM
I bought a purple Mahalo in a charity (Thrift) shop for £5 on a whim.

Saw this Rigk (President of Risa) Sauer video on YouTube:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APYXhN8yUg0

... and was hooked.

Ukejenny
06-03-2015, 11:18 AM
Right around New Year's Day, 2013. I was recovering from the flu and was stuck on the couch for about 3 days without being able to play any of my wind instruments, so I grabbed my son's blue Mahalo and started strumming. Then got a book down and started going through it. Once I got my strength back at the end of those days, I was strumming along and loved it.

tbeltrans
06-03-2015, 11:28 AM
At Willie's American Guitars, when the owner (Nate) was wandering around playing all manner of standards as fingerstyle instrumental solos on a really nice sounding ukulele. I now own that ukulele (Ko'olau Delux Custom tenor) and am learning to play it like that. What I learned from that is that the ukulele is far more capable than I had realized and that ukuleles really can sound GOOD.

Then, a bit later, I got Daniel Ho's CD "Polani" - all solo instrumental fingerstyle. I am learning to play that music now.

Tony

SoloRule
06-03-2015, 04:05 PM
2014 a friend bought a used Kala concert played me a three chords song . I was hook. I played classical guitar in my teenage years, gave up when my wrist started to hurt as I got older. I knew right the way that this four strings instrument is exactly what I want.
A year later , I can master most of the songs I couldn't play on a classical guitar . The sense of accomplishment brought me so much joy. I can play all day , all night If my fingers and wrist allowed.
I also play Daniel Ho Polani. I recently discovered a Hong Kong guitarist name Steven Law who posted a lot of really pretty ukulele arrangements for free. Although I don't know most of the songs but music has no language barrier. As long as it sounds pretty I want to learn. When I found a piece that I like , I practise non stop .

Hippie Dribble
06-03-2015, 04:08 PM
When I first heard Cliff Edwards sing and play a song called 'Hang On To Me'. Maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I was a part-time player then but love came at that moment like an epiphany and has grown stronger with each passing year.

uke-garou
06-03-2015, 05:00 PM
Ok, earlier I posted that I would fall in love when I made somebody smile and not cringe. At 9:11 pm today, I sent a bad iPhone recording of me playing the intro to an alternative rock song to my nephews and brother/sister-in-law. I received an overwhelming positive response. They wanted more. So I am officially in love and ready to improve. Yay me.
I really didn't expect that response. I am :D .

tbeltrans
06-04-2015, 02:25 AM
2014 a friend bought a used Kala concert played me a three chords song . I was hook. I played classical guitar in my teenage years, gave up when my wrist started to hurt as I got older. I knew right the way that this four strings instrument is exactly what I want.
A year later , I can master most of the songs I couldn't play on a classical guitar . The sense of accomplishment brought me so much joy. I can play all day , all night If my fingers and wrist allowed.
I also play Daniel Ho Polani. I recently discovered a Hong Kong guitarist name Steven Law who posted a lot of really pretty ukulele arrangements for free. Although I don't know most of the songs but music has no language barrier. As long as it sounds pretty I want to learn. When I found a piece that I like , I practise non stop .

Very nice music from Steven Law. Thanks for pointing him out!

Tony

SoloRule
06-04-2015, 07:56 AM
Very nice music from Steven Law. Thanks for pointing him out!

Tony

Tony
Just PM you with more Steven Law arrangement.

Nickie
06-05-2015, 04:53 PM
When I went to my first jam session and realized I had a whole new room full of friends.