View Full Version : Feeling sorry for myself...

06-02-2011, 10:32 PM
So...my wife buys me my first Uke for Christmas and for a few months it sits in our bedroom. I don't know why I didn't pick it up initially but I think it was something to do with never having been able to get to grips with the guitar despite trying on and off for years.

March arrives and on a day off from work I pick up my Uke and beginners guide and 'have a go'. And it's great! Two months, and lots of practice, later and chords are sticking in my memory and I'm learning songs, joining uke sites and having a great time. Even considering attending my local uke group meeting.

Then two weeks ago I fall downstairs and have to have my collarbone pinned together and mash up the fingers of my left hand. Now in an immobiliser sling for 6 weeks after the op! If no complications then hopefully full recovery in three months after physio.

Just thought I'd post this as feeling down at the minute and could do with some cheering up from fellow uke fans!

(Above all typed slowly with one finger!!!).

06-02-2011, 11:12 PM
Keep on keeping on,is the only way! I played
Guitar for 48 years,had a heart attack,and
simply couldn't be bothered to pick up any of
my instruments.After a while,I spotted a cheap
Mahalo painted uke in the local music shop,and
on impulse bought it.Have since got rid of all my
guitars,bar one,(which I never play!) and built up
a motley collection of six ukuleles,one home made
ukulele banjo,and have dipped my toe in the water
and made two 'biscuit tin' ukes,and a resonator!
If you like it/love it,you will be fine,just take your
time,spend the healing period reading up on the
ukulele,and perhaps collecting songs you like from
the net? I started slowly and have almost a
thousand songs now,and have played (but not
learned!) all of them.Have faith in whatever gets
you through the day!

06-03-2011, 12:50 AM
Hey.. So sorry that you got injured. I can only imagine how you feel. I hurt myself and couldn't play for a week and that was like torture! H
Here's an idea, embrace this time to learn music and theory! Get on amazon and check out some ukulele and music theory books..
Music Theory for Dummies, Fretboard Roadmaps, Chord Melody for the Uke, Understanding ukulele chords.. and read, keep the excitement alive and learn, so you can hit the road running when you can play again...
In the mean time wishing you a speedy recovery!

06-03-2011, 05:16 AM
So very sorry to hear about your accident! They say listening to music can shorten your practice time, so maybe go online and soak up some great ukulele performances. Maybe, if your right hand is free, you can practice some right hand strumming techniques. You could mute the strings on the neck, and work on triple strums, fan strums, tremolo and picking patterns. It takes a lot of repetition to get those techniques, and it would be a good use of you time while you recover.

Uke shopping always cheers me up too.

Good luck.


06-03-2011, 05:36 AM
No worries ;D you'll be able to play again, one of the reasons i picked up the uke is becouse my pinky and ringfinger don't always bend (broke them twice) and its getting along just fine atm ^^

Uncle Rod Higuchi
06-03-2011, 06:13 AM
Wonderful encouragement and great suggestions.

I concur about mental practice, reading, and listening - oh and right-hand technique (wrap a piece of cloth around the neck and strum those strings).

Hey, you 'wrote' that the uke is the 'thinking man's' violin...

keep 'uke'in',

06-03-2011, 07:09 AM
Glad to hear you are recovering!!! In the mean time listen here (http://hawaiianrainbow.com/listen.html) to some Island music, it will keep you in the mood!!!
Get well quick....your uke misses you!!!

06-03-2011, 07:51 AM
If it makes you feel any better I broke my right hand last wednesday and received my first uke crushed by UPS on the same day.

Currently waiting for my replacement (uke!) so I can start at least practicing chords with my left. Life's fun ain't it?

06-03-2011, 08:01 AM

Here's wishing speedy recoveries to both momento and ferret!!

06-03-2011, 08:06 AM
You know what they say, "life is what happens to you after you've made plans to do something else." Go watch that new movie about the teenage surfing champion who lost her arm to a shark, then, when you get home, start watching YouTube video how to's and performances that you think you might like. You may even run across the young guy who plays like hell, but just doesn't know how to tune his uke!

06-03-2011, 12:54 PM
Thanks for the replies everyone. Lots of good ideas from all of you and they're really appreciated.

mm stan
06-03-2011, 02:02 PM
Aloha Momento and Ferret,
Sorry to hear about your injuries..hope you have a good and quick recovery...in the meantime watch You tube Ukulele videos for inspiration and motivation...Happy Strummings, MM Stan

06-04-2011, 06:41 AM
Ouch, for both momento and ferret! Hope you guys heal up quickly!

06-04-2011, 01:35 PM
wow momento and ferret, that is rough! :( sorry to hear of your troubles

On the positive, atleast you know in time you will heal and then the ukulele goodness will be yours. Some folks aren't so lucky so while you are licking your wounds also count your blessings. I know easy to say hard to do.

In the mean time ther is plenty you cna do, like studying things baout the uke, liek sight reading memorising the fret board, listening to all sorts of music and training your ears, searching for music an songs to try when you are recovered, learning about the different makes and models etc. uke you are lucky oo in that playing an instrument is good physical therapy for when you are workign on your recovery ;)

best of luck , feel better

06-04-2011, 02:53 PM
Thanks for the well wishes too. I'm not so bad off, not even wearing a full cast and only for a month. I've since mastered the left-handed mouse and logging time watching uke videos and downloading lesson materials.

06-04-2011, 04:42 PM
If it makes you feel any better I broke my right hand last wednesday and received my first uke crushed by UPS on the same day.

Currently waiting for my replacement (uke!) so I can start at least practicing chords with my left. Life's fun ain't it?


*sending vibes to upgrade your life!*

06-07-2011, 10:28 PM
Ouch! Sounds like you've been in the wars! I go through stages of not being able to play because of health issues and life getting in the way - and I know how frustrating it is, so as someone suggested, try learning some music theory, I just finished, "Music Theory For Dummies" and man, it was great, I learnt so much! There is also a group of us learning Fretboard Roadmaps, if you want to give that a go, learning a whole heap of stuff in my "downtime"

Hope you get back to being able to play soon! I'll play a song for you tonight!

06-08-2011, 07:36 AM
Good luck with your recovery! I agree with the suggestion to use this time to look at some music theory - I never want to do it over actually playing the uke, but it will make your playing even stronger.

06-11-2011, 01:22 AM
Thanks again for all the good wishes, love this forum!

06-12-2011, 03:06 PM
When you start therapy after you heal, the ukulele can be a great way to regain the dexterity in your fingers after being immobilized for a long time. Your therapist will be amazed!

06-12-2011, 09:33 PM
Hi momento,
Feeling sorry for your injury and hope you will heal soon.
Do keep practicing ukulele again after recovery and soon we will hear great composition from you :)

12-26-2011, 04:59 PM
I hope your 6 weeks went by quickly and you are back to uke practice. I just rediscovered the thread because my collarbone was broken a few weeks ago in an accident. It is terrible to stare at my ukes on the wall for weeks and weeks.

12-27-2011, 04:24 PM
I too am sorry to hear about your accident. I fractured my wrist from a motorcycle accident, went 2 mos. before it was known as broken, and another 2 mos. between a cast and a brace. I'm just learning the uke, but because of the accident I've just been getting back to the guitar I've played for years. There's been no reason for not singing, but I let that go to out of discouragement, so I'm rusty on guitar and voice. I know it is discouraging, especially when you just started to get excited about your progress, but the ideas of reading is a fantastic idea. Keep your head up.

12-28-2011, 12:47 AM
ouch those accdents sound bad ,, sorry to hear that :(

I've had Lyme disease , for 15 years now (got it when i was only 24) and its taken a terrible toll on me and my playing. i used to be a professioanl guitairts but switche to uke because my hands didnt hav eth estrnegth for a guitar anymore. now Im gettign pain and weakness when I play the uke too. its very discouraging indeed to be slowly and steadily gettign worse and worse instead of healing. Not to mention memory and cognition problems .it takes me so lng to try and learn andy thing and as soon as i do i forget it. I try not too but i certainly do feel sorry for myself as I watch others do the things I wish I coudl do but can't. not to mention the loss of my livelyhood and career. It certialy is frustrating. Im still trying to improve my health and hoping things will get better somehow.

nest of luck to you folks with your recovery.

12-29-2011, 01:17 PM
Thanks so much for all the good wishes from everyone (and I hope that the other posters with problems recover quickly and can get back to playing).

Seven months on from the fracture now and I had to have a second op in November. The physio continues and I'm awaiting more treatment in the New Year. I'm still having problems with the shoulder joint (which is basically locked in position now) but...I'm able to play my uke again!!!!!!! It's painful and uncomfortable a lot of the time but being able to play at all is progress.

It's difficult to get non-players to understand how great being able to play and practice again makes me feel!

Sure, I do have days when I think my shoulder will NEVER be sorted out and feel very down but picking up my uke and just playing a simple song and practising some chords really does lift my mood.

Thanks again for all the good wishes and encouragement and my very best wishes to all those with problems stopping them playing. I hope you'll all be sorted soon.

12-29-2011, 01:48 PM
Glad to hear you're on the mend. :)

It's difficult to get non-players to understand how great being able to play and practice again makes me feel!
Ain't that the truth!

Some years ago I managed to sever some tendons in my left hand. Had to have surgery, wear a cast for what seemed forever and go thru several months of therapy. While my hand will never be 100%, both the doc and therapist said they were amazed by my recovery. The therapist said musicians were always her best patients because they're really motivated to get the use of their hands back to be able to play.

12-29-2011, 04:57 PM
It's sad to hear about fellow musicians being injured. Only other musicians can appreciate what any loss of mobility means to us.

I cherish every day that I can play music or run (barefoot) because I know that some day be it due to injury, or as the body decays with age, I will not be able to do two of the things that I love the most and make feel truly alive, music & barefoot running.

It inspires me to see the motivation and effort you are putting into your recovery, and my prayers and thoughts are with you on your journey back to full health!