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pakiboy949
07-07-2008, 10:41 PM
So I haven't touched my uke for a while due to the fact that I feel I've reached the pinnacle of my ability to play :(... I think I'm decent, but for a few months I haven't felt any improvement and lost interest in playing because everything I know is all getting old... what do i do?!

FHS-72
07-07-2008, 10:50 PM
maybe u should try new material or take a short hiatus, but don't give it up.:( i did not play for 30 yrs after my 1st uke got stolen and now i regret not playing that long. maybe try playing with different people. i hope u stick it out brah.:rock:

UkuLeLesReggAe
07-07-2008, 10:55 PM
So I haven't touched my uke for a while due to the fact that I feel I've reached the pinnacle of my ability to play :(... I think I'm decent, but for a few months I haven't felt any improvement and lost interest in playing because everything I know is all getting old... what do i do?!

wow.. about 10minutes ago i was just thinking this, because i can't play anything but dragon... its sad.

I tried playing guava jam but i can't seem to pick that fast so i failed that. Im nt sure what to do either.

Jack33@
07-07-2008, 11:31 PM
Perhaps you need a slight re-direction?

Pick up a banjo uke and learn this:

a nice beginner's song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9u8VZj1uvTU)

Then go back to your uke.



...seriously though, it's like writer's block, you have to go back into the soul of your memory and dig out the faded sunny photo of your early romance with the instrument and try to find that joy again. If you don't do this you may never pick it up again.
All relationships need work, otherwise i'd have left my uke for a cute little susiphone years ago....

redsedge
07-07-2008, 11:44 PM
You could try doing something that scares and excites you, or just something you wouldn't normally do - last night I travelled for 2 hours to play with a ukulele club and it was a blast. My knuckles ache this morning - we played and played and laughed so much.

http://i291.photobucket.com/albums/ll287/redsedge_photos/SS850234.jpg

Step out of your comfort zone!

Plainsong
07-07-2008, 11:53 PM
Yeah, try something you wouldn't normally try. You gotta have more discpline than that if you want to play a musical instrument. Yes, it should be fun, but there time when you gotta push.

UkeNinja
07-08-2008, 03:07 AM
You could try doing something that scares and excites you, or just something you wouldn't normally do - last night I travelled for 2 hours to play with a ukulele club and it was a blast...Step out of your comfort zone!
Good advice, especially meeting new people can be a really good incentive because they will have little things that you can learn off of them.

But... that photo. Maybe it's just me, but it looks like they are all restringing their uke at the same time. :music:

elemenohpee
07-08-2008, 04:02 AM
pick up a guitar!
i have my uke phases and guitar phases
it's a good way to keep things fresh

cMejilla
07-08-2008, 04:07 AM
i've been in that rut before and i did take a break from it for about 2-3 months. the next time i picked it up though, it seemed like everything began to click again and improved dramatically because i had that effect of a new found glory again. i think its completely natural to hit that point. there just needs to be a catalyst for new motivation and i'm sure you'll pick it up again in a hurry.

cMejilla
07-08-2008, 04:14 AM
wow.. about 10minutes ago i was just thinking this, because i can't play anything but dragon... its sad.

I tried playing guava jam but i can't seem to pick that fast so i failed that. Im nt sure what to do either.

guava jam is a killer to learn when picking seems awkward and slow. by the time i finished it, i played it so slow that it could have been a love ballad. finger memorization was not a strong suit with me. lol

Ukulele Dude
07-08-2008, 04:18 AM
You might try reading the book, "Zen Guitar" by Philip Toshio Sudo. It's a good inspirational read that might help you. In the book he discusses plateaus and gives a little insight on how to overcome them.

polynesianpop
07-08-2008, 04:57 AM
Although I'm still a newb I seem to go through this too every once in a while - especially once I've "mastered" a song. For me, I think thats where the rut begins. Practising a song again and again to learn it can be like listening to the same thing on the radio 100x over. Its starts to get boring.

I try to keep things fresh by moving to/learning a new song thats a little harder than the last. It becomes my new "goal" so to speak to master that one and once I've practiced that one 100x over I go back to some of the earlier songs I learned and find that I actually play them better since I stepped away from them for awhile and they seem like fresh new music to me all over again.

Howlin Hobbit
07-08-2008, 05:05 AM
Heya redsedge! I think I recognize some of those folks. Is that Nipper and Phil right next to him? Could that be the lovely Alli B in the back of the photo?

As far as plateaus go, everybody hits 'em. If you keep working on stuff (and maybe shake up your list a bit) all of a sudden you'll find that you've snapped out of it and are making progress again.

Of course, there's nothing wrong with just smoothing and polishing the stuff you already know.

And there's also nothing wrong with just strumming stuff because it amuses you without attaching any importance to it other than that.

russ_buss
07-08-2008, 05:11 AM
all these guys have great advice. just to reiterate, try some new material, find some people to jam with, or just take a breather. i'm sure you'll miss it after a while, so you'll probably be playing again in no time. whatever you decide to do, good luck!

Kanaka916
07-08-2008, 05:22 AM
Seriously, try some new material. I guess I'm lucky cause I get to learn Hawaiian songs; simple chord progressions but enunciation of a Hawaiian word/s or phrases is tricky and a lot of times frustrating as hell especially when you gotta sing fast. That is usually what keeps me going. Just keep strummin - Good Luck man!

deach
07-08-2008, 05:26 AM
Buy more ukes. As they come in, you'll want to play them, hear how songs sound different on them etc. and the ones you don't like, send them to me. (glad to be here for you) :D

brokenwing
07-08-2008, 06:16 AM
Buy more ukes.Sage advice.:biglaugh:
Listen, take the pressure off yourself. Learning an instrument can occupy an entire lifetime. People tend to get impatient with their progress and that's understandable but don't let your expectations take away the enjoyment of playing the uke. Noodle. Pick it up for a minute or two. Just enjoy the sound it makes. Your enthusiasm will return. Patience, friend.

ukemike
07-08-2008, 07:26 AM
but for a few months I haven't felt any improvement and lost interest in playing because everything I know is all getting old... what do i do?!

Usually a plateau comes right before a breakthrough. Try something new.

redsedge
07-08-2008, 07:57 AM
[QUOTE=Howlin Hobbit;44507]Heya redsedge! I think I recognize some of those folks. Is that Nipper and Phil right next to him? Could that be the lovely Alli B in the back of the photo?

Hey HH

All tucked into the Constitutional Club in Bishop's Wotsit near Taunton. What lovely, lovely people!

Boozelele
07-08-2008, 09:13 AM
Buy more ukes. As they come in, you'll want to play them, hear how songs sound different on them etc.:D

words of wisdom. words of wisdom. I think of old tunes that I remember from long ago that I really liked, and wonder what they would sound like on the uke. Then I try to learn them (some work and some dont). But its fun to change things around. make a fast song a ballad, turn disco into country, country into hip-hop, classic rock into drunken-uke-music. :music:

pakiboy949
07-08-2008, 10:33 AM
I think i'll go ahead and try all these out guys and do what i can, thanks for the words of wisdom.

:o

ricdoug
07-08-2008, 10:57 AM
Start playing the guitar, banjo, mandolin...

You'll learn, from playing more instruments in a variety of tonal ranges. Ric

Guting
07-08-2008, 11:12 AM
So I haven't touched my uke for a while due to the fact that I feel I've reached the pinnacle of my ability to play :(... I think I'm decent, but for a few months I haven't felt any improvement and lost interest in playing because everything I know is all getting old... what do i do?!

You need some motivation, great ideas from the other members. There is always something new to learn. ****, i've been playing for over half my life and never had the feeling of reaching any kind of pinnacle, there were quite a few times where I would lose interest and not play (I think the longest was about 16 months) However, I would always find something that inspired me and it wouldnt always be uke related. An example would be back in 97 when FF7 came out, when I heard the music I grabbed my uke and learned the main theme and aeris' theme in one sitting LOLOL! thats how motivated I was.There is always something new to learn braddah, get up get out and get some.

KoloheBoy
07-08-2008, 11:27 AM
You need some motivation, great ideas from the other members. There is always something new to learn. ****, i've been playing for over half my life and never had the feeling of reaching any kind of pinnacle, there were quite a few times where I would lose interest and not play (I think the longest was about 16 months) However, I would always find something that inspired me and it wouldnt always be uke related. An example would be back in 97 when FF7 came out, when I heard the music I grabbed my uke and learned the main theme and aeris' theme in one sitting LOLOL! thats how motivated I was.There is always something new to learn braddah, get up get out and get some.

True words of wisdom right dea

Ukesista
07-08-2008, 02:16 PM
sometimes it helps to set small achievable goals, rather than go for the big one. Often when I get frustrated with learning a new song that is a bit complex, or, I hit a hard spot, I find it easier to find something a lot less challenging. As someone else mentioned find a song you like and just strum away. I was playing Michael Buble's "Sway" the other day and playing along with the youtube video. I laughed myself silly it was so much fun. Don't compare yourself to other players that's a definite killer.

grappler
07-08-2008, 03:29 PM
i agree with guting and vicky..
Dont give up.. I wanna say something to contribute, but everything has been said clearly. Something will come your way very soon and it will def make u not want to give it up..
Motivation, determination.

btw.

guting

Q:how long you been playing dude?

Lanark
07-08-2008, 04:32 PM
I've hit that same wall more than a few times in the time I was playing guitar.
You're playing fine, but you just kind of hit a plateau. You're at a place where you can mostly play what you want, but there's just that extra little bit that seems beyond you. You're in the doldrums

About all you can do is play through it.

What I sort of discovered for myself about playing is that after a certain point of proficiency progress starts coming in little bursts rather than the steady progression of learning like when you start. You'll keep slogging away playing in a rut for months on end and then one day out of the blue you find you can do something that you weren't able to do before.

About all you can do is keep playing and lay the groundwork for your next breakthrough.

UkuLeLesReggAe
07-08-2008, 04:51 PM
You need some motivation, great ideas from the other members. There is always something new to learn. ****, i've been playing for over half my life and never had the feeling of reaching any kind of pinnacle, there were quite a few times where I would lose interest and not play (I think the longest was about 16 months) However, I would always find something that inspired me and it wouldnt always be uke related. An example would be back in 97 when FF7 came out, when I heard the music I grabbed my uke and learned the main theme and aeris' theme in one sitting LOLOL! thats how motivated I was.There is always something new to learn braddah, get up get out and get some.

wisdom (sp?LMAO) from a good ukulele player, the words are great!

watch people play the ukulele good, like guting for example. I watched him play dragon and wanted to learn it so i got tabs etc... couldn't do it, watched guting do it about 100 times more and now i can do it :) not as well... but its a start ;)

freedive135
07-09-2008, 04:59 AM
I only started playin about 6 weeks ago, I started with an easy one "Surf" and I found out I now know 3 songs by learning one. It's the same as "Where oh where can my baby be" and "Doo-Wop Uke" from Lil Rev's book.

Then I figured out that if I try to learn a couple of songs at the same time it helps me figure them out and I don't get bored with just tryin to learn one song and I try to play them on my Tenor then on my Soprano, they sound different like I am playin different songs.
Right now I'm workin on "Big Rock Candy Mountain", "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land", "Son of a Son of a Sailor" and "Pirate Looks at Fourty".


Good luck and don't stop you will get better.

Try this for fun strumming and finger picking
(finger pick from top string to bottom string holding the chord position)

Strum C, finger pick C, strum C then Am, finger pick Am, strum Am then F, finger pick F, strum F then G7 finger pick G7, strum G7 then C and repeat.
It sounds pretty and the faster you go the harder it gets!!!!!

uke142464
07-09-2008, 08:37 AM
wow.. about 10minutes ago i was just thinking this, because i can't play anything but dragon... its sad.

I tried playing guava jam but i can't seem to pick that fast so i failed that. Im nt sure what to do either.

while my guitar gently weeps, hey jude, quick to learn but you can make them soudn reallly good if you practice a lot. try singing with stuff, dont stop playing, and I know that dragon isn't the only thing you can play, just do stuff you can do.