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marihhen
12-05-2010, 02:24 AM
This is my story that I want to share.
To start from beginning you might want to read THIS (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?35379-Hello-from-Estonia-%29)post I did when I first started to play ukulele.
from there to here...
As I learned, I soon realized, that I need a better uke. I looked through internet, I searched the webs of local music stores. I cold not decide, because I had never seen, with my own two little eyes, a real ukulele in my life.

I think that if you see something wrong, you should not complain about it. You should ask yourself what can you do to make it better.
So I went home and put my brain into work.
I had three problems
1. Nobody I knew played (or even knew someone else who)ukulele. Most people even didnt know what the ukulele is.
2.There is possible to order ukuleles from local stores but you cant see the ukuleles before you order. That makes it pretty hard to choose an instrument .
3. There is no information about ukulele in Est.
To improve that situation I made a little homepage to popularize ukulele, I have ordered some ukuleles
plastic, ply, solid, acoustic, electro-acoustic, even one Eleuke, recently I recived first Mainland Mangos...
My friends think I´m crazy to get into something like that. but I believe in it so strongly, can´t help myself.
So far I have sold 5ukuleles (thats 5 PEOPLE!) it might seam very little to you, but to me... I know 4 people, who are starting to play ukulele! that is great for me :)
Now Im thinking how should I go forwards. I really would like to create a community here. I have made a page in Facebook but I fear that it does not cut it, because there is so much crap in facebook. Maybe a forum? or I gather the e-mails and when time is right Ill send some e-mails. Any ideas?
I thought that when christmas is over, I start to play with my 11 y. son and his friends and maybe guide them a bit (Im such a neewbie myself but it must be better for them and me than doing it alone, right?!).
Any suggestions? what do I do now?

PS. I still play my Leolani because I cant decide what uke do I want. Mainland I think... but Im not sure. I cant let go of old.. we have so many memories together

UPDATE 3months
Time for a update!

So far I have done:

Gave my dad and little sister ukuleles for Christmas.

1.Managed to beg myself ( actually i did´nt have to beg, they where happy to take me) into local folk music group that has 2 double basses, flute, 4-6 accordions, guitar, AND NOW A UKULELE! Its been great, I am learning so much from these people. At first I tried to play really quietly so nobody could hear if I mess up, but now I am more confident. Its hard because they play from sheet music and I need a great deal of practicing but I can manage. Its great fun!

2. From the start of this month we have our very own uke club! There is 4 of us right now and I need to think if we can keep going next month because the rent is too high for me to pay alone ( I cant ask from other three in multiple reasons) maybe we just must move to our sauna. I don´t know yet. lets see. But we are definetly playing together once a week and that´s a great- great- great thing!

3. I just came back from local secondary school where I was part of a music class :) I took 6 ukuleles with me and talked a bit about the ukulele and then we played Frere Jacques together. God! the kids (4grade) where so great! they could not wait until I checked the tuning of each ukulele. They wanted to try them sooo badly :) And they played perfectly! I left one ukulele for teacher to try out ( she was exited too).

well... its not much but its a start, right?

I am very happy to have all of you supporting me. I could not do it without your faith in me. and a friendly kick every once in a while is the best!

Take care!
Thanks
Mari



UPDATE 1st year

Well hello!!!

oh yes! I am very much still spreading the love of ukulele!

So a year has passed (quite fast I must say) and its time for update!
I have had most wonderful time!
DID:
ukeclub is now about 10 headed- and that is the amount of people who come regulary.
Articles- wrote many of them, one even apparently so nice that people gave me money for it, heheee.
In summer i attended biggest folk festival- people could see and play ukes sold them there too- it was so great to see how people reacted! I did´nt sit for a moment, there was always someone who I could talk about ukuleles with. Made many people happy! Turns out, almost everyone loves ukuleles, you just need to give them a chance to get to know ukulele!
Paul Moore from Ukuleles For Peace and Juha Väänänen from FUN- brought them to a nice music festival to perform. It all ended too soon and we do it again next year. 24 hours is too little time for jamming and performing! Oh it was great!
Had couple of open uke jams in summer- mostly only my uke club came.
This Monday we had a great Ukeparty/ workshop with Juha Väänänen from Finland Ukulele Network aka. FUN. it took place in a pub and everyone could come. Mostly my uke club came. But there where people who just came and then later started to interact with us asking questions.
Oh, one guy was a bit drunk and made a comment to me about rest of us not playing as good as Juha... then he asked how long have we played.. I showed him people and told him... 3monhts, 1year, 1month, first time, 1,5years, 6 months.. that shut him up good :D carry on, good work! he was really impressed I think.
We had a strum of 16 people together on that night!
Oh and we had a short and serious talk with guy from centre of Tallinn and he is thinking of making another uke club there! so we are growing!
Juha from Finland Ukulele Network has been a great help during all this time.
My little web-shop UkuPood is growing too, its been up and running from nov. last year and we have a stock now, first orders I made was- 1MK-SN, 1MK-Dolphin red, 1.... well now I can stock more than 1 of each ukulele. Mainlands are coming today and Kala should get here this week too. So we are ready for Christmas.
Also, I made shop a bit more user friendly, so you can just click click click and buy your uke. Also the shop part of my homepage is now in English (http://ukupood.ukulele.ee) too. There is still a gigant amount of work to do in english part about translating the texts, i hope I can fix that soon.

Lets think, what else... nothing I guess. Im just so glad that when I start to talk about ukuleles, people dont think I am crazy, well they do sometimes when I get all wired up and preachy, hihiii (that happens often) but most of them have already heard about ukulele and they know what it is! And that, my friends, is freaking cool! I could not be more happy

Thank you, I couldnt of done it without your help and encouragement. This victory of uke is all ours, you can congradulate yourself! Good work universe of ukulele!
Happy holidays to all and merry ukulele!
Mari


oh, PS. there are some pictures on my facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.177818832250741.39470.100000678767679&type=3) about the growth of our community :)

KevinV
12-05-2010, 03:48 AM
I'm not sure what you have in your community that you could use as a gathering place...library, community center, church hall, etc. Perhaps if you find a place that would be open to giving some time and space you could advertise on boards, paper, etc. that there will be an 'ukulele club meeting for both the novice and accomplished. Have some 'ukes and learning material on hand for purchase by those that are interested and make the atmosphere relaxed. Maybe start it out with some 'ukulele music playing over some speakers, free coffee for those in attendance...just getting to know each other and sharing the love of music. You never know, you may find some interested folks and have a regular meet up in time.

lozarkman
12-05-2010, 04:28 AM
Well Marihhen, you are a very ambitious young lady and certainly a poster girl for enthusiasm in learning and promoting our wonderful ukes. Kevin has give you some sound advice and should help you tremendously. I think you have hit upon a wonderful opportunity in your last statement regarding your son. No doubt you will want to cultivate a group of adults to work and play with, but getting your son involved and as many of his friends as you can will grow into something worthwhile and once you can get your school interested, no telling where your enthusiasm will carry you. Contact Music Mike http://ukulelemikelynch.com and I am sure he will help you on how to go about this. He has taught ukulele in Seattle to young folks for many years and should have some good ideas for you. He will also give you some personal advice on how to develop your own interest and playability. Good luck to you and don't get discouraged. It will all work out. and yes, in a year you will be amazed at your progress and smile at where you once were. Lozark

ItsMrPitchy
12-05-2010, 05:11 AM
Maybe have jam sessions at somwhere in your local area. Maybe not a formal idea but would be good fun.

Ken
12-05-2010, 05:15 AM
Maybe have jam sessions at somwhere in your local area. Maybe not a formal idea but would be good fun.

Yeah, if you can't find Ukulele Players to help you out, seek out some guitarists or banjo players and jam with 'em for a while. I've learned immensely from fiddling around (no pun intended) with musicians of other stringed instruments.

I bid you luck with your endeavours :D

salukulady
12-05-2010, 05:18 AM
Sounds like someone needs to open a ukulele shop in Estonia.

Harold O.
12-05-2010, 06:20 AM
Sounds like someone needs to open a ukulele shop in Estonia.

Ukestonia's Music, perhaps?

Marihhen, if you can find a few nearby people who already play music casually, then they will likely be willing to offer up some advice on where and when to play. Especially stringed instrument players. Most folks who play for fun are open to playing with others looking for the same thing. It's up to you to make the first move and it sounds as though you are up to the task.

And if you need advice on which instrument best fits your need (and availability), contact Music Guy Mike. He deals with a lot of shipping issues, different brands, and newbies.

mm stan
12-05-2010, 06:31 AM
Aloha Marihhen,
Since christmas is around the corner, buy your friends a couple entry level ukes and create you own group....Musicians friend has a soprano uklelele for $24.99 each and should do the job!
Have fun and enjoy!! Happy strummings in Estonia!!! BTW cool Avatar girl!! WoW!! MM Stan....

georgio
12-05-2010, 06:51 AM
Get some exposure via open mics in restaurants and coffee shops. Hand out flyers. Provide lessons. build a web hangout with info, tech stuff, forum & sales. And dont forget the youtube vids! :) Good luck with it!

marihhen
12-05-2010, 08:01 AM
Thank you!!! So many great ideas!

Kevin, I was thinking what could those places be and I just had idea, that just might work.will ask around in small pubs, if they maybe could be interested trhowing a midwinter Hawaii party :D its so cold here, that people would really like it. Now I just need to figure out how can I introduce ukuleles there. as for regular gatherings, I must do a list of public places that could fit and try to find the best for best price.
Lozark, yes! Ukulele Mike is great idea! I hope he has time for me.
ItsMrPichy and Ken- did a little research and found nearby senior stringed instruments group. I hope they take me jamming with them, shall call first thing tomorrow morning.
Salukulady and Harold O- done :) well I dont have actual shop yet but if the sales starts to go a bit better than now then I will open it. forgot to say before that I have a business (on paper, it just stood and waited its time because I waited for the perfect idea) so everything is in order. Estonia is saved :D and I got a great domain too, its www.ukulele.ee no doubt Im the first right?!
mm Stan guess what my father, little sister and my brother in law are getting for christmas :D
Georgio unfortunatly I cant do open mic. Not yet. But I can start to shake off my fear of performance with youtube video or two. maby local seniors singing group will take me under their wing aswell.
maybe I should do a flyer with my cool picture. hmm... need to think a bit.
all of those ideas.
You all have been great help. thank you so much!

Lori
12-05-2010, 09:31 AM
You might consider getting a few of your new uke friends together, and playing at a hospital or nursing home. Maybe, if you can teach some school children to play, you could perform at a park or shopping center.
Good luck!

–Lori

h00k00
12-05-2010, 10:03 AM
Check also the Finnish Ukulele Network's forum http://ukulelenurkka.arkku.net/phpBB2/index.php. There is every now and then ukulele happenings in Helsinki, which is not that far from Estonia.

joeybug
12-05-2010, 10:50 AM
I just wanted to congratulate you on spreading the Aloha of the Ukulele so well :D

Looks like you've gotten the advice you need, so just again, WELL DONE :D

JT_Ukes
12-05-2010, 11:04 AM
set up an account on meetup.com you'd be surprised how many people you can find with similar interests through them,.

seeso
12-05-2010, 12:10 PM
I think you're off to a great start. I like the idea of setting up a weekly Hawai'i/Ukulele night at a small pub. If you have it on a weekday night, you might have better luck with the owner. Pub owners are always looking for ways to bring in business on nights that are usually slow.

You can start off the night just listening to the music of Hawai'i. Encourage the people who come to bring some Hawaiian music, too. The pub can make Hawaiian drinks, Mai Tais, Blue Hawaiians, Piña Coladas, etc. Spend this first half of your event just talking about the music and islands, and getting to know each other.

The second half of your event can be spent learning the ukulele. I would buy a few Makala dolphin ukuleles from Musicguymic on eBay. You'll want to have at least 5 extra ukuleles for the people that come but don't own one. If they like it, they can buy it from you. Bring some chord and lyric sheets for everyone. Teach them some simple stuff to start out.

Alustame küll internetipoena kuid põrsast kotis ostma ei pea – kui soovid siis helista ette, saame kokku ja vaatame pillid üle. - "Let's start though internetipoena but do not have to buy a pig in the bag - if you want to call in advance, we will meet and look over the pills."

Pig in the bag? Pills? What kind of site are you running over there? ;)

Heheh...

Edu!

ADD
12-05-2010, 11:32 PM
Wish I could read you web site, but thought your video choices were perfect. I admire what you've done so far and believe you will definitely succeed in creating the first ukulele community in Estonia. When selling your ukes, let people know that UU is a great resource.

Uncle Leroy
12-05-2010, 11:42 PM
Congratulations on starting something different in your area. I am sure your enthusiasm will spread, and quickly. I have to agree with Kevin, a comfortable place to meet is important. If you choose to use a pub, once the group grows and gets established, you can alternate between two or three places and they may even do something to support the group like raffling a beginner uke or something along that line. Keep up the great work.

808boy
12-06-2010, 08:59 AM
Aloha Mari,
You're off to a good start, good luck in your endeavours. If you need a nudge, YOU know what to do. Keep on keeping on. Spread the Aloha Spirit and the Ukulele. Maybe you could learn music on the uke from your part of the world and people may be more receptive to our humble instrument of Aloha. ...............BO.........

OldePhart
12-06-2010, 01:31 PM
Well, a really good start would probably be to make posters of that picture of you in the snow with the uke and post them around town. :)

John

marihhen
12-07-2010, 12:15 PM
I cant even describe how much power I get from your support! Thanks! And those ideas, they are great!

seeso, I went and google-translated my page too and I think I was laughing for at least 30minutes.
heheee. young mother?! no word about that topic in there.
but about the bigs in the bag- there is an old sayng that you should never buy a pig in the bag- always take a look before you buy something.
And pills... jeah. that is one of words that has many meanings. in this case it means musical instrument. It also can mean cry or pills :D what a great language.

BO, there is so much great music here. I need to find the songs I can play and sing. That will be hard :D

ADD, I always tell people to come here. If the first one should become a member here, I will open a bottle of bubbly for sure!
John, Im waiting for prices for my poster.
Uncle Leroy I marked city map for future places to do uke nights
h00k00 I tryd to find Finlanf ukulele players but I could not find them, Thanks so much fot the information! It looks great. Deffinetly must go sometime!




Take care and thanks again all of you!
Mari

clamoring
12-15-2010, 05:02 PM
This is a great story! I recently did something similar. I started on a simple ukulele. I made some youtube videos and shared them with my friends. Fortunately, my friends love me and were excited even though my skill level was still very low. They could see how much fun I was having. A couple of them wanted to learn.

As I learned I decided I needed a better uke. I gave my old ukulele to one of my friends and bought another friend a ukulele for her birthday. We posted a few videos all together and another friend (who already played the uke) joined us. Then another friend, who is a singer, also joined us. In short, we started a ukulele band!

Now I have plenty of people to play with. It's great teaching what I have learned, and learning new things together. :)

Very best of luck in your endeavors! Please keep us updated!

ADD
12-15-2010, 07:55 PM
Another great story. How do we get to hear your uke band?

marihhen
12-15-2010, 11:14 PM
Clamoring, that is a great story! YES we want videos!
I think that ukuleles are like puppies or kittens. you just must love them! but ukulele stays always a puppy and never pees on your foot :D

Loveandpeace
12-16-2010, 12:16 AM
Apart from your other ideas, I think the part about trying to get your son and his friends into playing the uke is a great idea. Here in Southern California, my brothers middle school is filled with kids and their ukes. The standard ukes are constantly out of stock and is usually filled with different colored Makala's, so I would that if you reached out to enough kids, it would make a significant impact in developing a uke community there. I really wouldn't condone advertising to younger demographics, but this is moreso of a good cause. Also, you're not really advertising, you're just spreading the joy! :P

All in all, just start with a small group and have them spread the word. Don't lose sight of the goal either!

Pippin
12-16-2010, 02:28 AM
Lorenzo Vignando is superb. What a great choice for a feature video.

When you get your meetings going, be sure to send me the information for Ukulele Player Magazine and I will list the events and meetings that you organize. Submit a little write-up about your effort in Estonia and I can put it in the magazine as a bit of news-worthy information for the global ukulele community. You can PM me and I will give you an e-mail address to submit the information to the magazine.

You effort is why I started Ukulele Player Magazine in the first place. It is all done for the community of players around the globe. We all inhabit this world together and if we can all share a common love, ukulele and music, in general, we have a much better future than if we are always at odds.

Mickey
(pippin)

marihhen
12-16-2010, 10:17 AM
Mickey, I am glad to see that you are back on track!
ukulele Player Magazine seems great! I just browsed a bit and that is something I really want to read :) when the time is right I will send you an e-mail. Thanks!

Loveandpeace... isn´t it sad that there is sooo much commercials directed at children but they all are about some pretty useless stuff. Havent seen a advertisment saying Hey little girl, do you want to sing and play ukulele (or piano or any other musical instrument) to your doll?! Hmm... its something to think about.

fitncrafty
12-16-2010, 11:08 AM
This is a great story! I recently did something similar. I started on a simple ukulele. I made some youtube videos and shared them with my friends. Fortunately, my friends love me and were excited even though my skill level was still very low. They could see how much fun I was having. A couple of them wanted to learn.

As I learned I decided I needed a better uke. I gave my old ukulele to one of my friends and bought another friend a ukulele for her birthday. We posted a few videos all together and another friend (who already played the uke) joined us. Then another friend, who is a singer, also joined us. In short, we started a ukulele band!



Now I have plenty of people to play with. It's great teaching what I have learned, and learning new things together. :)

Very best of luck in your endeavors! Please keep us updated!

And you guys always look like you are having so much fun!!! :)

marihhen
02-16-2011, 11:58 PM
Time for a update!

So far I have done:

Gave my dad and little sister ukuleles for Christmas.

1.Managed to beg myself ( actually i did´nt have to beg, they where happy to take me) into local folk music group that has 2 double basses, flute, 4-6 accordions, guitar, AND NOW A UKULELE! Its been great, I am learning so much from these people. At first I tried to play really quietly so nobody could hear if I mess up, but now I am more confident. Its hard because they play from sheet music and I need a great deal of practicing but I can manage. Its great fun!

2. From the start of this month we have our very own uke club! There is 4 of us right now and I need to think if we can keep going next month because the rent is too high for me to pay alone ( I cant ask from other three in multiple reasons) maybe we just must move to our sauna. I don´t know yet. lets see. But we are definetly playing together once a week and that´s a great- great- great thing!

3. I just came back from local secondary school where I was part of a music class :) I took 6 ukuleles with me and talked a bit about the ukulele and then we played Frere Jacques together. God! the kids (4grade) where so great! they could not wait until I checked the tuning of each ukulele. They wanted to try them sooo badly :) And they played perfectly! I left one ukulele for teacher to try out ( she was exited too).

well... its not much but its a start, right?

I am very happy to have all of you supporting me. I could not do it without your faith in me. and a friendly kick every once in a while is the best!

Take care!
Thanks
Mari

fitncrafty
02-17-2011, 01:48 AM
Time for a update!

So far I have done:

Gave my dad and little sister ukuleles for Christmas.

1.Managed to beg myself ( actually i did´nt have to beg, they where happy to take me) into local folk music group that has 2 double basses, flute, 4-6 accordions, guitar, AND NOW A UKULELE! Its been great, I am learning so much from these people. At first I tried to play really quietly so nobody could hear if I mess up, but now I am more confident. Its hard because they play from sheet music and I need a great deal of practicing but I can manage. Its great fun!

2. From the start of this month we have our very own uke club! There is 4 of us right now and I need to think if we can keep going next month because the rent is too high for me to pay alone ( I cant ask from other three in multiple reasons) maybe we just must move to our sauna. I don´t know yet. lets see. But we are definetly playing together once a week and that´s a great- great- great thing!

3. I just came back from local secondary school where I was part of a music class :) I took 6 ukuleles with me and talked a bit about the ukulele and then we played Frere Jacques together. God! the kids (4grade) where so great! they could not wait until I checked the tuning of each ukulele. They wanted to try them sooo badly :) And they played perfectly! I left one ukulele for teacher to try out ( she was exited too).

well... its not much but its a start, right?

I am very happy to have all of you supporting me. I could not do it without your faith in me. and a friendly kick every once in a while is the best!

Take care!
Thanks
Mari

Wow Mari... That sounds amazing! I can't believe that you said it's not much! That's amazing!! and playing once a week with others is great! I am sure your little uke group will grow and grow... (hope you work out the rent part too)
Good luck and thanks for sharing with us!

Lori
02-17-2011, 07:05 AM
Nice work Mari!
I am surprised anyone can hear you over 4-6 accordions! You must be amplified. I would love to see a video of one of your performances.
Keep up the good work.
–Lori

joeybug
02-17-2011, 07:12 AM
That's really great, Mari!

Looking forward to hearing more :D

marihhen
02-18-2011, 09:35 PM
Fitncrafty, I just got a word from a woman wanting to join the club with her son! jee!
Lori, I shall be aplified when the time is right :D right now its better if nobody hears me. I started to record the gatherings for learning purposes and it sounds hmm... mostly not good although Its much better than first times when I lost my track right in the beginning and did not know where to jump in again Some really crazy chords there and the marks for jumping ahed, going back and ending in the beginning Good thing is that I am beginning to hear accordions sing a little bit- I see the notes and hear the accordions and sometimes I get back on the track by that.
joeybug... there is more already!

yesterday morning one of my friends called and asked if he could borrow couple of ukuleles for national youth theatre groups gathering :) So I packed 2 ukes up, added couple of chords and La bamba song vith manual and tuner. Cant wait to hear feedback. Its a shame I didnt know about it earlyer- would of gone myself too :)

Oh and one last thing! If you are thinking of doing what I am doing here then you should be prepared to have days like that:

Morning
Good:I woke up my 23month old and got him ready for kinderkarden.
Bad: Asked nicely my boyfriend to wake up and start going. 10 min. later asked again.10 minutes later asked with no friendly note in my tone.
Good: Finally they went.
I started to pack ukuleles for school. Wanted to take all sizes and as much sopranos as I could.
Good: Before I started the car to warm up I checked the mailbox and found a very lovely card waiting for me there!
Bad: I tried to start the car and it didnt work (-25C of cold here). Took ukuleles to school by foot
Good: the school is quite near to me, so I packed some of them in abig travel bag, some of them in a big backbag and one of them was in my hand.
The 4 grade was great. One of the greatest ukulele times for me!
Bad: got back home, wanted to share the good news with you and saw that Ukulele Fun Build contest is over! (i was really sad about that- Dont worry I know that Vic has extended it- jeee!)
Bad: I remembered that its my boyfriends BIRTHDAY! no wonder he didnt want to get up in the morning...
Good: he always says that he didnt want people to make a big deal about his b-day but I never could resist... til that day

after that I had no power to feel anything. I think something more happend... Went to my folk gathering and after that straight to bed.
Its exiting and great what I am doing! I love it! with the good and the little bad:D

marihhen
03-21-2011, 11:00 PM
Update!
we have 8 people in our club!
In the beginning of next month a tiny article will be published in a small local newspaper.


...row, row, row your boat....

fitncrafty
03-22-2011, 01:33 AM
Update!
we have 8 people in our club!
In the beginning of next month a tiny article will be published in a small local newspaper.


...row, row, row your boat....

That's so incredible.. 8 is a good number! Sounds wonderful!

philpot
03-22-2011, 03:17 AM
Update!
we have 8 people in our club!
In the beginning of next month a tiny article will be published in a small local newspaper.


...row, row, row your boat....

Congratulations! George Washington Plunkitt said the most important thing a man needs to be successful in politics is a following, even if it is a following of one. Well, I would think the same applies to a ukulele group ;) so you are well on your way!

Side note, I notice you are from Estonia. Beautiful country, and my dream piano :)

marihhen
03-23-2011, 11:10 AM
jep! I am very- very happy! Today I read my post to all of my friends where I asked if someone knew anyone who anyone who plays ukulele... no one did. It was just fiew months ago. Today I have 7 people to play with :)
Couldnt of done it without all of you!

PS we are wery proud of our pianos :)

Soxett
03-23-2011, 11:38 AM
Amazing story! Enjoyed watching everything unravel! Congratulations Mari. Continue the good work! :)

seeso
03-23-2011, 05:34 PM
Congratulations!

Plainsong
03-24-2011, 04:35 AM
Congrats on the uke club!

Every year I seem to pick a fight with my husband on his birthday... bad me. :(

Remember you're welcome to join us in Finland if they every get anything going again. ukulele.fi or FUN - Finnish Ukulele Network on Facebook!

marihhen
12-13-2011, 10:38 PM
Well hello!!!

oh yes! I am very much still spreading the love of ukulele!

So a year has passed (quite fast I must say) and its time for update!
I have had most wonderful time!
DID:
ukeclub is now about 10 headed- and that is the amount of people who come regulary.
Articles- wrote many of them, one even apparently so nice that people gave me money for it, heheee.
In summer i attended biggest folk festival- people could see and play ukes sold them there too- it was so great to see how people reacted! I did´nt sit for a moment, there was always someone who I could talk about ukuleles with. Made many people happy! Turns out, almost everyone loves ukuleles, you just need to give them a chance to get to know ukulele!
Paul Moore from Ukuleles For Peace and Juha Väänänen from FUN- brought them to a nice music festival to perform. It all ended too soon and we do it again next year. 24 hours is too little time for jamming and performing! Oh it was great!
Had couple of open uke jams in summer- mostly only my uke club came.
This Monday we had a great Ukeparty/ workshop with Juha Väänänen from Finland Ukulele Network aka. FUN. it took place in a pub and everyone could come. Mostly my uke club came. But there where people who just came and then later started to interact with us asking questions.
Oh, one guy was a bit drunk and made a comment to me about rest of us not playing as good as Juha... then he asked how long have we played.. I showed him people and told him... 3monhts, 1year, 1month, first time, 1,5years, 6 months.. that shut him up good :D carry on, good work! he was really impressed I think.
We had a strum of 16 people together on that night!
Oh and we had a short and serious talk with guy from centre of Tallinn and he is thinking of making another uke club there! so we are growing!
Juha from Finland Ukulele Network has been a great help during all this time.
My little web-shop UkuPood is growing too, its been up and running from nov. last year and we have a stock now, first orders I made was- 1MK-SN, 1MK-Dolphin red, 1.... well now I can stock more than 1 of each ukulele. Mainlands are coming today and Kala should get here this week too. So we are ready for Christmas.
Also, I made shop a bit more user friendly, so you can just click click click and buy your uke. Also the shop part of my homepage is now in English (http://ukupood.ukulele.ee) too. There is still a gigant amount of work to do in english part about translating the texts, i hope I can fix that soon.

Lets think, what else... nothing I guess. Im just so glad that when I start to talk about ukuleles, people dont think I am crazy, well they do sometimes when I get all wired up and preachy, hihiii (that happens often) but most of them have already heard about ukulele and they know what it is! And that, my friends, is freaking cool! I could not be more happy

Thank you, I couldnt of done it without your help and encouragement. This victory of uke is all ours, you can congradulate yourself! Good work universe of ukulele!
Happy holidays to all and merry ukulele!
Mari


oh, PS. there are some pictures on my facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.177818832250741.39470.100000678767679&type=3) about the growth of our community :)

Plainsong
12-14-2011, 01:21 AM
It would have been awesome to hop a ferry to Tallinn, but it's tough to do during normal non-vacation weeks. Do you have anything going on in June? :D

Yeah, I don't know what's up with our uke club nowadays.

ricdoug
12-14-2011, 09:10 PM
Mari, I'm using http://www.stars21.com/translator/estonian_to_english.html to read your FaceBook pages. Congratulations on achieving your dreams. The photo on FaceBook with 16 ukulele players sitting around a large table is a beautiful sight. Ric

marihhen
12-16-2011, 12:20 AM
Hey! Plainsong :) it would of been great to see you... but dont you worry we shall cook something up for you in June. And I will let you know if we have something going on before June, maybe on weekend so its better to come here :)
Dont forget that you have a Pikkujoulu event on 18.12


Ric! it is beautiful, isnt it! Im so happy :)


PS. I have even found one uke-sniffer besides me here :D

Plainsong
12-16-2011, 03:23 AM
Yeah, he gave us like a week's notice, and we had already scheduled Pixie's surgery for Monday morning, so..

I'm not intentionally hard to please!

I'll have to take some seasickness stuff before heading out there. I don't know what it is about those larger ships. On a boat, I'm fine, and then on a ship that actually seemingly moves less, I'm hopeless. I should bring the Sailor uke for good luck.




Hey! Plainsong :) it would of been great to see you... but dont you worry we shall cook something up for you in June. And I will let you know if we have something going on before June, maybe on weekend so its better to come here :)
Dont forget that you have a Pikkujoulu event on 18.12


Ric! it is beautiful, isnt it! Im so happy :)


PS. I have even found one uke-sniffer besides me here :D