PDA

View Full Version : Where do you see yourself with your ukulele down the road?



specialmike
08-23-2009, 05:11 PM
As a college student, I get asked that question "What do you see yourself doing in five/ten/twenty years?"

Lately, I haven't really known the answer. All I know is that I'll be playing with my ukuleles and I'll be a much better player by then (at least that is the plan and my intention) As for an occupation or what not.. I'm not a bit concerned. The way I see it, as long as I have a uke in hand, I'll be pretty happy with whatever I do.

So: Where do you guys and gals see yourself in five/ten/twenty years?

haolejohn
08-23-2009, 05:29 PM
Either on maui, puerto rico, maybe spain, or georgia. Teaching college and being a principal. I'll be uking it up with a complete set of koalohas and a few meles and kamakas as well. I'll have my doctorate and road king. 1 or 2 kids and still surfing uu.

uke142464
08-23-2009, 05:38 PM
working in an independent recording studio, backing up bands, and producing, hoping to get a record deal somehow as a singer/songwriter. Also having built a few instruments by then and owning a vintage martin d-28 and a custom glyph tenor ukulele. And having studied some sort of music/instrument in a good college with a minor in music engineering, later to go back for a master's degree. hopefully these plans wont go too awry. Im going into my freshman year of highschool, so in 10 years Ill be 25, thats what these are based on.

Hawai'ian Mex
08-23-2009, 05:41 PM
hopefully on oahu playing on a dinner cruise, in a luau, or anywhere where the sound of my ukulele will stay in the minds of many happy vacationers long after they get back home.

Duddles
08-23-2009, 05:44 PM
Well my road is a short one as I see myself bartending in Hawaii by this time next year, and drooling over Mai'a (my soon to be new tenor uklectic).... unless, that is, some major things happen in my life back here in Missouri.

If that is the case then I see myself bartending in Missouri this time next year and drooling over Mai'a (my soon to be new tenor uklectic).

nikolo727
08-23-2009, 05:56 PM
as for an occupation, no idea. As for place of living, no idea. Since my dad got laid off there are a number of jobs he might get. some of them staying in PA and another one in kentucky i think. Personally i want to move to kentucky, go to college there, get my masters. and maybe be a occupational therapist, physical therapist, or a speech therapist. I want to move to a lot of places haha. I want to move to texas, cuz its shweet there, but thats too far away from ski resorts, but moving near a ski resort is to far away from the beach.....ugh.\

in simple terms. Take me where the wind blowss..

MisoHappy
08-23-2009, 06:02 PM
In college, starting a uke REVOLUTION!!!

fatfingers75
08-23-2009, 08:18 PM
in 5 or so years i would want to be good enough to play at gigs, shows etc.. and a moderator for uu, lol just kidding!

cashew
08-23-2009, 08:29 PM
in 5 years, I want to be singing lullaby's to my children (hopefully, I'll have some of the appropriate age at that point)

in 10 years, I want to be cringing as I watch them play with the uke.

in 25 years, I hope to be with my husband, singing love songs to each other as we do now...

One can only hope.

Ahnko Honu
08-23-2009, 08:38 PM
I see myself the same as I am now struggling to make ends meet like most locals, will probably wind up moving away from my home, the land I love because my retirement check won't pay enough to survive here. I have been told Texas and the Carolinas is nice cost of living wise, hope they like Hawaiians. Gotta be close to the sea so I can fish, my other love. As far as 'ukuleles I hope I'm making them by the time I retire but no desire to play anywhere except kanikapila with friends

clayton56
08-23-2009, 08:39 PM
I'm getting into ukes so I can grow old gracefully as a musician. Banjos are big and heavy, guitars are big and clunky, clarinets take too much wind (especially the big ones) and all of them hurt my ears and wrists these days.

Ukes, on the other hand, are physically less demanding, and although they're theoretically limited, there's still plenty to do with them. I'm working on laying out some classical melodies on uke, writing rags, etc. When all I feel like doing is sitting in a chair, the uke will be in my lap.

A small, light instrument also makes a nice composing tool for working out stuff while sitting in front of the computer. Then you can take the parts and adapt them to other instruments. I thought a keyboard would be great for this, but a uke is even easier.

One thing I do now, and will do for a while, is create play-along rhythm section-only tunes for people to download from my music website. Haven't yet used a uke for this, but give me time.

KC8AFW
08-24-2009, 03:16 AM
I play for personal enjoyment. I would like to try an open mike someday, though (Deach inspired me with his performance). Maybe try a little busking.

UkuLeLesReggAe
08-24-2009, 03:51 AM
im in the same boat. im a student, i have 6weeks to figure out what i want to do in life. I have not one bit of a clue, dental technician comes to mind, thought, and trying to track some people down, but it isn't easy to get. I'm so unsure, its doing my head in.

As for the ukulele, i see myself pretty good player, nothing like Aldrine, Jake, but decent, type of player that people would love to see play again.

yookyoolayleeh
08-24-2009, 04:03 AM
Dude you do not have six weeks to figure out what to do with your life. You could lose your mind thinking like that. Just do something, anything for now - studying, working, just maintain momentum even if it means working in admin, or in McDonalds. Your no.1 priority is to maintain some kind of momentum - don't get stuck in an unemployed indecisive rut. Anything other than that is progress.

bbycrts
08-24-2009, 05:08 AM
as for an occupation, no idea. As for place of living, no idea. Since my dad got laid off there are a number of jobs he might get. some of them staying in PA and another one in kentucky i think. Personally i want to move to kentucky, go to college there, get my masters. and maybe be a occupational therapist, physical therapist, or a speech therapist. I want to move to a lot of places haha. I want to move to texas, cuz its shweet there, but thats too far away from ski resorts, but moving near a ski resort is to far away from the beach.....ugh.\

in simple terms. Take me where the wind blowss..

Move to Oregon, Nick. I live an hour from the beach to the west and an hour from three ski resorts to the east...

gordoma
08-24-2009, 05:29 AM
Dude you do not have six weeks to figure out what to do with your life. You could lose your mind thinking like that. Just do something, anything for now - studying, working, just maintain momentum even if it means working in admin, or in McDonalds. Your no.1 priority is to maintain some kind of momentum - don't get stuck in an unemployed indecisive rut. Anything other than that is progress.
Hear hear! Very few people pick a direction at the start and stay on that road all their life. There will be many crossroads that you don't know about at the moment - you make those decisions as you reach them. As Yook says... you need to keep up that momentum so that when you get to those crossroads, you're ready for them.

""The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves." - John Connor, Terminator 2... a cheesy quote perhaps, but worth thinking about!

As for me, I've no idea where I will be career-wise in the future. I have a number of hobbies that I would like to start doing semi-professionally to see if I can make a career out of them... let's see how that goes?

As for my Uke playing - It's been only just over a week since I got my first Uke so I'm still in practice, learning chords, strumming, picking, etc. Once I've become a bit more proficient in that, I'll be getting the courage up to post my first YouTube video. Long term, I'm really inspired by people who do this professionally, have CDs, give concerts, go on tours etc. Don't know if I'll get to that standard, but it's something to aspire to!

Kanaka916
08-24-2009, 05:36 AM
Very intriguing question. Within the next 5 years, hopefully be retired. As far as the uke goes, just have fun with it, learn new songs and definetly kanikapila with friends whenever and wherever.

Tsani
08-24-2009, 05:48 AM
I will probably be where I am now as far as where I live and what I do. I hope I will move a little further up the ladder in my profession, but I will most likely be doing the same thing.

As far as uke playing goes, I hope I will be able to play some of the more simple pieces of baroque music for the ukulele. I'm never going to be John King, but I hope I can get a little further down that road. My interest is in Vivaldi and Bach. I hope to do well enough to play in church occasionally. I would also like to learn most of the Beatles songbook as well as a variety of folk music songs, mostly English and Celtic stuff.

I hope to improve my finger-picking technique and I would really like to be able to improve my rhythm and get to where I can sing and play at the same time without messing up. I seem to be able to either sing or play, but not both. :wallbash:

Sigmund
08-24-2009, 05:59 AM
I'm a teacher. The Fall semester begins next week and marks the beginning of my 29th year in this position. I'm looking at 35 for retirement.

That said, I plan on following in the footsteps of a good friend who retired back in 2001 - he plays guitar for fun at a lot of local and regional festivals. Just add mandolin and uke to the mix and you have my retirement plan. (Well, maybe you throw a bit of sailing and long distance bicycling in for good measure.)

smithpaul60
08-24-2009, 06:07 AM
in 5 years: I'll own my own resturant, (Senior year of college now) the uke will be hanging in the office for times when i need to unwind or just want to goof off for a few minutes.

In 10-30 years: pretty much the same as five years, business will grow I want to train leaders and help those coming after me to improve on what I know. I'll have raised a family (Ihave a 3 year old and a 21 month old). I'll still be in love with my wife.I'll be doing something for church, i don't know what. But the uke will still be in the office, and a few of my team will probably know how to play a few chords.

in 35 years: retired, money in the bank, sitting (probably) in Alaska, in a camper in the middle of nowhere on the denali highway. Of course the uke will be with me. I'll smile and play my wife yet another love song, one she has heard a hundred times.

cornfedgroove
08-24-2009, 06:15 AM
playing out doing old school rap songs

Brad Bordessa
08-24-2009, 06:58 AM
My ultimate goal is to be happy. I'm happy right now, but if I wind up in a job that ever makes me unhappy I'll be outta there like lightning disappear (that's an old school rap reference right?). Since "rock star wanted" isn't in the classifieds very often, hopefully I can wind up in a music related job of any kind (engineer, tech, teaching, etc.). But if all goes unexpectedly well:

Within a year I want to be in a band of far out talented musicians and experiment and chart the unexplored.

[Somewhere in here is some sort of college education]

In five years I would like to have recorded an awesome album with that band - an album that people will listen to from one end to the other. Study with Indian musicians and learn the genre.

Long-term: maybe do a world tour. Play in the Taj Mahal (for some reason that just calls to me). Continue with a satisfying career. Play with all of my heroes. Be the best that I can be. Be well respected. Be happy in a world of peace. Retire comfortably and be able to travel the world. Die onstage from old age.

Skrik
08-24-2009, 07:09 AM
What's the time perspective?

Och, it doesn't matter. I expect to end my ukulele playing days as I started them -- on the sofa watching telly. The only difference will be that I have a greater selection of ukes to choose from.

psesinkclee
08-24-2009, 08:05 AM
I'll probably be in S.Africa working with companies that do field research in national parks like Kruger for most of the year, and planning research methodologies in England for the rest of the time. And of course, I'll have a uke with me on all my journeys to keep me busy during down time :o

deach
08-24-2009, 08:46 AM
With my wife Gwen Stefani by my side, I'll be headlining Uke-a-palooza. Young up-and-comers like Jake and James Hill will be opening up for me.

Ahnko Honu
08-24-2009, 09:47 AM
What's the time perspective?

Och, it doesn't matter. I expect to end my ukulele playing days as I started them -- on the sofa watching telly. The only difference will be that I have a greater selection of ukes to choose from.

First thing that popped into my mind when I read your post:
http://images.allposters.com/images/71/039_13679.jpg

cornfedgroove
08-24-2009, 09:54 AM
in five years i'd like to be pretty proficient at building genuine ukes rather than cigar box ones, and making a little money doing it.

Ken
08-24-2009, 10:15 AM
Within 1 year, I hope to "find" my voice and a vocal coach and play Bodysurfing pretty well (with my own improvisation and intro, I'd basically make the song "my own style"). Maybe buy a ukulele for a close friend and rid myself of stage fright.

Within 5 years, I'd like to play songs at least half as proficiently as Aldrine can right now. I'd also like to spread the joy of the ukulele through either: buying (basically giving away) ukuleles for my friends and jamming with them out on the streets or just making people happy with my ukulele. At this point I'd like to have played a couple gigs, nothing major, just a small bar or something.

Within 10 years, I'd to like to be able to play many of Aldrine's and Jake's songs pretty well (as well as making my own mind blowing songs at that point). I might start like a ukulele-based foundation if I have any fame whatsoever.


By the time I'm close to death, I hope to have truly touched at least one other stranger's heart through my ukulele and have inspired that person to take up the ukulele.

hoosierhiver
08-24-2009, 10:22 AM
Hosting " Hee Haw, The Next Generation"

SamWise
08-24-2009, 11:06 AM
I'll be happy if I'm making videos that I like and that other people are enjoying! I'll be even happier if I'm writing new songs on the ukulele. I dream of having found a way to make my living out of music, but I don't feel that I NEED that any more. I'm just happy enjoying my playing.

noah_clinnson
08-24-2009, 11:13 AM
I plan on living very modestly until I publish something while using a uke to keep my sanity. Second year of college starting up, I'll probably go straight to graduate school to prolong the inevitable college debt slam.

WS64
08-24-2009, 11:24 AM
I see myself in 5 or 20 years at the same spot I am today. Sitting in my living room making music that gets completely unnoticed by the masses.
Same spot I am in for the last 20 years too.

Ahnko Honu
08-24-2009, 12:05 PM
Hosting " Hee Haw, The Next Generation"

You know what's weird, when I was growing up they used to air "Hee Haw" here in Hawai'i. Most of us just scratch our head and say hmmm. :confused:

noah_clinnson
08-24-2009, 12:42 PM
I see myself in 5 or 20 years at the same spot I am today. Sitting in my living room making music that gets completely unnoticed by the masses.
Same spot I am in for the last 20 years too.

Mildly sad. But really, I'd rather be in your position in comparison to being in a band like Nickelback. If you like it, roll with it.

hoosierhiver
08-24-2009, 12:55 PM
You know what's weird, when I was growing up they used to air "Hee Haw" here in Hawai'i. Most of us just scratch our head and say hmmm. :confused:

They should have had a Hawaiin version "Aloh-Haw"

wfwhitson
08-24-2009, 01:52 PM
In 5 years I will be five years older than I am now, and finaly will be able to play a song on my uke. Maybe more than one.

In 10 years (maybe) can play two songs by now.

In 20 years: Dead

1014
08-24-2009, 02:05 PM
as long i stay with my `ohana and we happy, i'll be satisfied. somewhat the same with the `ukulele. as long as i can jam with my `ohana, i'll be satisfied.

smgold101
08-24-2009, 06:30 PM
I see myself the same as I am now struggling to make ends meet like most locals, will probably wind up moving away from my home, the land I love because my retirement check won't pay enough to survive here. I have been told Texas and the Carolinas is nice cost of living wise, hope they like Hawaiians. Gotta be close to the sea so I can fish, my other love. As far as 'ukuleles I hope I'm making them by the time I retire but no desire to play anywhere except kanikapila with friends

That first part was kind of depressing and made me sad. But i will tell you this right now im in NC so u ever wana come check it out you just let me know!

And in five years i hope to be doing something bigger then myself. I want to help others thats what i really love doing. And of course be a ukulele all star!

MGM
08-24-2009, 07:20 PM
In a period of time i will probbly find myslef lying inside a large ukulele casket staring the the kerf lining...LOL hopefully I will have passed on..... to the bighouse Kanikapila in the Heavens...I'm no Chris Angel