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studentaccount1
01-05-2008, 07:58 PM
A few questions for everyone:

Did you take lessons from someone?

Did you have a cool neighbor/relative/classmate/etc?

What is some of the best advice you have received as far as music is concerned?

Fred Miu
01-05-2008, 08:11 PM
Did you take lessons from someone? Nope, i basically asked my guitar friends how to strum and then watched videos and found some jack johnson tabs from youtube and watched videos to learn. then i started to get more eager with this passion that i started googling like crazy. and here i am

Did you have a cool neighbor/relative/classmate/etc? there were some classmates that i hung around with at school, but they were so lazy to teach me. i just watched to learn. but they had some what of an influence for me


What is some of the best advice you have received as far as music is concerned? watch and listen VERY well, talk to all kinds of musicians, and if i possible, try and learn a little bit about other instruments so that it will help me with mine.

Ikaru
01-05-2008, 09:46 PM
the internet

pakiboy949
01-05-2008, 09:52 PM
My buddy told me how to read chords, from there I watched videos, looked at online lessons, and gave close attention to all sorts of ukulele videos and tips. From there on it's mostly self teach, experiment.

kyle
01-05-2008, 10:10 PM
pretty much self taught. took lessons in san jose for a bit, but i got bored of just up, down, up down strumming. since then, youtube, iamhawaii, and the rest of the internet has been my teacher

Duke
01-05-2008, 10:42 PM
to me, too.
self taught and internet.
sometimes i wish a had a teacher for the musictheory but otherwise i think it's better no to complicate to much...

NukeDOC
01-06-2008, 12:06 AM
Did you take lessons from someone?
first instrument i took up was the piano. pretty much self taught so i can read notes, but i cant spot read. then i picked up the guitar while in the philippines. and just a few months ago, the uke. my background in the keys has help immensely in my guitar and uke playing.

Did you have a cool neighbor/relative/classmate/etc?
ive had a few neighbors that came and went that had some influence in my musical history.

What is some of the best advice you have received as far as music is concerned?
best advice ive ever gotten was from my little brother. "stop banging on the strings", he said.

studentaccount1
01-06-2008, 07:05 AM
What is some of the best advice you have received as far as music is concerned?
best advice ive ever gotten was from my little brother. "stop banging on the strings", he said.

My older sister gave me similar advice when I was starting.:D

Landon
01-06-2008, 09:26 AM
i learned the basics in a class i took in high school. since then i pretty much taught myself. now and then one of my friends would teach me a song but other then that its been tabs and my ear that i use to get better.

BUGOY
01-06-2008, 09:58 AM
My older sister gave me similar advice when I was starting.:D


ya but i told him that like 2 weeks ago... hahahaha!

NukeDOC
01-06-2008, 10:08 AM
ya but i told him that like 2 weeks ago... hahahaha!

yah the little punk let me sound like crap for 15 years before hookin me up!

tripl3thr33
01-06-2008, 12:31 PM
im pretty much self taught. I remembered picking up the uke in elementary and i couldnt even play "Surf" which was supposed to be THE easiest song to learn. But in my junior year i just looked at chords, learned from tabs, and basically watch and listen what other ppl do, whether in person or on the internet

deadeye
01-06-2008, 12:56 PM
self taught from the internet, i remember there was an aussie guy who made some ukulele lessons on youtube just after i started, so i learn my first few chords from him. then alligatorboogaloo which doesnt update anymore :(

i played the piano and trumpet at pretty high standard when i was younger and i did exams in music theory so i got to grips with some of it kinda quick. but most of my theory is out the window now, but i get by!

im also the only person ive ever met who plays the ukulele which is a really sad thing :(

titoboy5
01-06-2008, 03:34 PM
aldrine,aldrine, train your ears! makes life easier when you want to learn a new song thats impossible to find on the net!

davoomac
01-26-2008, 04:40 AM
started out playing trumpet in middle school that kept me busy for a while. took piano for all of 6 months. Then I went over to my neighbors house and saw him playing the uke. I'm not sure what it was but I was fascinated by it. In my mind I thought "Man, I could play that thing better than he can if I wanted to" ;)So I got myself a uke. Listened to island music and taught myself how to play.

Later, the internet became one of my best teachers. Dominator's tabs helped me along the way too. Nothing beats a real teacher and mentor though. The Uke has made a huge surge on Guam though, and its impossible to get a decent teacher without being on a waiting list several months long.:eek:

Crayon
01-26-2008, 05:34 AM
On a general context, I taught myself.. but like for some songs/chords/picking that I don't know how to do, I ask my friends and they teach me.

UKESTAR
01-26-2008, 07:16 AM
My older sister gave me similar advice when I was starting.:D

So both you and nukedoc got the same advice? Describe "banging on the strings" please. I want to make sure I am not doing this either... thanks.

UKESTAR
01-26-2008, 07:18 AM
yah the little punk let me sound like crap for 15 years before hookin me up!

Nuker.. I asked another member the same question. What do you mean exaclty by "banging on the strings"? I want to make sure I am not doing this either if it effects the sound quality etc..

UkuLeLesReggAe
01-27-2008, 12:08 AM
I guess you could say Aldrine taught me.. i have only learnt off iamhawaii.com and love song on here. And i can't play anything perfect... >.<

studentaccount1
01-27-2008, 12:39 AM
Nuker.. I asked another member the same question. What do you mean exaclty by "banging on the strings"? I want to make sure I am not doing this either if it effects the sound quality etc..

I think my sister meant like play songs instead of just going crazy wailing away at the strings. (I guess I liked to get all nuts and "in the moment" or whatever...) I don't know really... I should ask her. In any case, I think I fixed the problem 'cause she never says that to me anymore.

studentaccount1
01-27-2008, 12:45 AM
Nuker.. I asked another member the same question. What do you mean exaclty by "banging on the strings"? I want to make sure I am not doing this either if it effects the sound quality etc..

I suppose an alternate way to mean "banging on the strings" could be when you pick/strum/play the strings so hard that you get more percussive slap/buzz than the actual notes (i.e. "play too hard"?)

tripl3thr33
01-27-2008, 08:39 AM
kinda like how some guitar players hit the strings? i find myself doing that every now and then when im just fooling around.

NukeDOC
01-27-2008, 09:06 AM
hmmm banging on the strings...

its just hitting the strings waaaaay too hard.

i guess the best way i can explain this is... acoustically, these instruments all have their own volumes. and generally, one would think that to get more volume you should strum harder. but for the most part thats not the case, while there are some songs that actually call for this kind of string abuse hahaha.

when i was "banging" on the strings, i was basically strumming them so hard that the sound of the instrument i was playing (guitar or uke) was actually getting distored. i wondered why it always sounded so much cleaner when my brother was playing, and thats when he pointed out that i was too hard on my strings. his next reply was "thats why we have amps and volume controls". if you take it easier on you instrument, you may notice a loss in acoustic volume, but the clarity will come along with it.

and to be honest, im still working on it. if i lose my concentration while im playing a song that is somewhat upbeat and i forget about the clarity, i get overcome with the urge to rock out with my rooster out and start wailing on my strings again. its not pretty.

hope i cleared this up.

vawahine
02-01-2008, 07:22 AM
I was in Hawai'i getting my master's at UH, and saw an ad for 'ukulele instruction in the paper. Guess who was my teacher? Herb Ohta.....Ohta San! He is the BEST! Am still friends with him (I got my M.Ed in '82)

UKESTAR
02-01-2008, 08:02 AM
Please go to the "Youtube lesson" thread and list the screen names of the youtube "teachers" so I can compile a list for everyone in the UU!

Many thanks.

rklicsu
02-01-2008, 08:26 AM
Did you take lessons from someone? I was self taught and picked up anything I could on the Internet. Recently, I began taking lessons from Frank Leong of the Moonlight Beach Strummers in Encinitas, CA. I have to say, Lessons have really helped me progress, Franklin is a great teacher.


Did you have a cool neighbor/relative/classmate/etc? Plenty of cool neighbors, relatives and classmates but none that really helped me to learn to play the Uke.


What is some of the best advice you have received as far as music is concerned? Everyone can teach you something, Always be open to learn.

studentaccount1
02-01-2008, 06:10 PM
Did you take lessons from someone? I was self taught and picked up anything I could on the Internet. Recently, I began taking lessons from Frank Leong of the Moonlight Beach Strummers in Encinitas, CA. I have to say, Lessons have really helped me progress, Franklin is a great teacher.


Did you have a cool neighbor/relative/classmate/etc? Plenty of cool neighbors, relatives and classmates but none that really helped me to learn to play the Uke.


What is some of the best advice you have received as far as music is concerned? Everyone can teach you something, Always be open to learn.


Cool :D

It seems like a lot of people are self taught.

UKESTAR
02-02-2008, 03:46 AM
I was in Hawai'i getting my master's at UH, and saw an ad for 'ukulele instruction in the paper. Guess who was my teacher? Herb Ohta.....Ohta San! He is the BEST! Am still friends with him (I got my M.Ed in '82)

No kidding...."lucky me". That's pretty cool..