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Dan Uke
11-23-2011, 01:33 PM
I'm 40 and wondering how old everyone is? If there is a gathering, would we have things in common besides our love for the uke? Secondly, I just started and wondering if people take ukes seriously or practice hard at a young age as they do with other instruments? I guess if I had a second part to the poll it would be at what age did you really start practicing or take uke seriously?

elisdad
11-23-2011, 01:47 PM
I came into the uke late. I started (and started practicing seriously) last year. I am 36.

austin1
11-23-2011, 01:55 PM
23 here, I started when I was 21

Kem
11-23-2011, 01:59 PM
36, started when I was 8 or so. Have been "taking it seriously" on and off for the last 28 years. I sometimes wander away, but I always return to it in the end.

chindog
11-23-2011, 02:07 PM
58. I started when I was 57.

ukuleledaveey
11-23-2011, 02:15 PM
40 and only started this year i play/practice nearly everyday :)

Calebcat
11-23-2011, 02:23 PM
17. I started when I was 15.

Hippie Dribble
11-23-2011, 02:26 PM
39 started when I was 34

mascompro
11-23-2011, 02:29 PM
48, and i started when I was 48 :D

ksiegel
11-23-2011, 02:33 PM
54 - started just about a year ago.



-Kurt

Big_e
11-23-2011, 03:34 PM
46- no wait, just turned 47. I started with the uke about 3 years ago and just did chord progressions and strumming patterns. I have just started to really get serious about it this year.
Ernest

itsme
11-23-2011, 03:54 PM
Wow, it's a dead heat between over/under 40.

Big_e
11-23-2011, 04:02 PM
Funny, I thought we had more of the younger cats in the forum, I figured the Under 20 and the 20 to 30 would outnumber everyone.
Ernest

Dan Uke
11-23-2011, 04:53 PM
Funny, I thought we had more of the younger cats in the forum, I figured the Under 20 and the 20 to 30 would outnumber everyone.
Ernest

I knew it would be an older crowd cuz it seems like everyone owns several ukes!! I barely could afford my meals when I was in my early 20s!!

janeray1940
11-23-2011, 04:58 PM
46. I got my first uke when I was 7 but did not take it, nor the piano, nor the guitar, nor the bass, seriously enough to make any progress. Picked up a uke again at 44 and it was as if all of a sudden, music made sense to me. I guess I was finally ready for it!

PoiDog
11-23-2011, 05:14 PM
47 years under my belt. Though if you were to talk to my wife she'd likely say that my maturity is closer to 11 (given my affinity for Bugs Bunny, Godzilla, Ren & Stimpy, and the Three Stooges).

Picked up the uke in a not-so-serious way for the first time when I was in my late 30's. Took it up again, for reals, earlier this year. It just fits.

Trinimon
11-23-2011, 05:16 PM
Started when I was 41... and now 4mts into playing. lol

Penguinofsorts
11-23-2011, 05:30 PM
30, started at 28... Wish I would have started sooner!!

allanr
11-23-2011, 05:47 PM
I came into the uke late. I started (and started practicing seriously) last year. I am 36.

You came into the uke EARLY by my reckoning :p

808boy
11-23-2011, 05:54 PM
Aloha all,
Then 9 or 10, now 65 years young. Off and on player forever, dedicated player for 14 months.....................BO..........

haolejohn
11-23-2011, 06:03 PM
I'm 34 and I got my first uke back in 2001 just after 9/11. Been playing seriously for...wait, I don't play seriously. I never practice.I just play. Might be why i suck. But I do play more often for about 2 years. maybe 3...I really don't know. i just know I always have one on me.

haolejohn
11-23-2011, 06:04 PM
as far as folks thinking we would be a young crowd...Have you ever been to a uke function?

Kanaka916
11-23-2011, 06:11 PM
Here's the same question asked back in Sept of 2008 and went 46 pages . . . http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?5790-Whats-the-average-age-here-at-UU.....poll

Nickie
11-23-2011, 06:32 PM
Never ask a woman how old she is! I'll always be 39. I've been playing just less than a year, and I'm hooked... bad.

Huckleberry
11-23-2011, 06:41 PM
73 next month. Going for the record. Started two years ago. There's hope, Bill Tapia is 103 and still going strong.

mr moonlight
11-23-2011, 09:33 PM
I knew it would be an older crowd cuz it seems like everyone owns several ukes!! I barely could afford my meals when I was in my early 20s!!I sort of figured the same thing. There's no way I could afford to buy so many Ukes when I was in my 20's. UAS wouldnt have been an option.

Teek
11-23-2011, 10:43 PM
54, picked it up 2 years ago, still hoping I have time to learn how to play something before I die if I can keep my fingers from locking up.

sweetiecino
11-23-2011, 10:59 PM
Thanks for posting this thread nongdam as I have been wondering about this myself!! Do the uke clubs in your areas have a similar age breakdown?

mangorockfish
11-24-2011, 12:58 AM
62, 63 in March. Had my ukes for about three years now. I like to think that I've been a serious player for the last few months, but I'm not. I'm a drummer and it is the only melodic instrument I can play. Not really affected by UAS, am completely satisfied with what I have.

Ukuleleblues
11-24-2011, 01:18 AM
I knew it would be an older crowd cuz it seems like everyone owns several ukes!! I barely could afford my meals when I was in my early 20s!!
When I was in my 20s I ate well....59 cent Burrito TV dinners.....every day, I can still taste them..... I also picked up a Spam cookbook some where. A SPAM COOKBOOK!!! No Kidding, YUM (Kidding)

I had two guitars one Epiphone acoustic and one Natural Les Paul custom, Had to sell the Custom for $400 top pay for rent when I got Married a few years earlier.

Ambient Doughnut
11-24-2011, 01:40 AM
Old enough to regularly forget my age - err..born in 68....I must be 43 then.

Actually only been playing since last Xmas but I've played guitars since my teens. Wish I'd tried uke earlier though, I've made far more progress in the last year than in 20 odd years of guitar!

metricfuture
11-24-2011, 01:58 AM
I'm 33, started a few weeks after my 27th birthday.

BWright
11-24-2011, 02:12 AM
Sixty nine. It would be interesting to see the "over 60" category broken down into more decades.

dkcrown
11-24-2011, 02:51 AM
I'm 52. I feel like I'm 42. I act like I'm 12. I've been playing for almost 3 years.

Lardy Fatboy
11-24-2011, 02:59 AM
Have been uking about a year now I know when I was young I didn't consider the ukulele as a proper instrument - It was not cool, George Formby played one and I hated him and all he stood for

ItsMrPitchy
11-24-2011, 03:01 AM
Im 16 and been playing since i was 15.

joeybug
11-24-2011, 03:15 AM
I'm 29, started practising and taking it seriously when I was 28 :D

cantsing
11-24-2011, 04:47 AM
54, started when I was 54. Wish I'd started sooner, but better late than never!

Huna
11-24-2011, 05:31 AM
I am 56 and it looks like we are winning! I started around last christmas and been on a sabbatical the last few months with strumsticks, cigar box guitars and drums etc... but coming back now. I would like to learn melodies or something I think. learn to play by ear maybe.

Gary Gill
11-24-2011, 05:48 AM
I'm 54 and have only been learning to play for six months. I am mostly learning that I do not know much. ;-)

TCK
11-24-2011, 05:54 AM
Wrote my wife (then special lady friend) a lovely punk rock ballad about how she did not understand my needs on my Martin when I was 20...while I was trying to hawk it for a guitar. Decided I could not play guitar (I had some semblance of intellect then) and boxed it up so it could warm a shelf.
Still got the wife, still got the Martin, got a bug and really started playing it at 38.
39 now.

KamakOzzie
11-24-2011, 06:07 AM
I'm 62 now. Been uking for about two years. I started saxophone at age 11 then guitar & bass in high school. Picked up banjo in the 70's and mandolin in '84.

Bill

janeray1940
11-24-2011, 07:02 AM
Do the uke clubs in your areas have a similar age breakdown?

This is an interesting question! I play in several uke groups and I'd say the age breakdown is mainly between 40s-60s, with a lot of us in the mid 40s-mid 50s range.

The observations not having the funds to indulge in UAS (or for that matter, lessons) in one's twenties certainly hold true for me. I had wanted to pick up the uke again for years but could not find the right balance of free time and disposable income until I was in my mid-40s.

vanflynn
11-24-2011, 07:18 AM
53. Started at 8, stopped and picked it back up 40 years later.

Will be adding a 2 year old grand niece to the poll on Christmas.

Sim
11-24-2011, 07:20 AM
I'm 26 but my little boy is two. It is his ukulele... But I still answered for my age bracket :D

Manalishi
11-24-2011, 08:17 AM
62 approaching 63 too fast for my liking.Play
ukulele because its a fabulous little instrument!

pdxuke
11-24-2011, 10:21 AM
57. Been playing music since 3rd grade:
Clarinet, Sax: played 30 years, stopped--hard to play by yourself
Guitar: Playing for 40 years, but rarely play anymore since I discovered--
Uke!
Playing A few years, and going strong. Wish I had picked it up years ago.

sweetiecino
11-24-2011, 10:37 AM
The observations not having the funds to indulge in UAS (or for that matter, lessons) in one's twenties certainly hold true for me. I had wanted to pick up the uke again for years but could not find the right balance of free time and disposable income until I was in my mid-40s.

I actually thought it would be opposite i.e. People in 20s and 30s have a lot more disposable income because there is more chance they do not have to support a family yet - I guess the stats say otherwise!!

pdxuke
11-24-2011, 11:02 AM
I actually thought it would be opposite i.e. People in 20s and 30s have a lot more disposable income because there is more chance they do not have to support a family yet - I guess the stats say otherwise!!

I'm DONE supporting my family--my children are grown up! So, that may also factor into it.

rreffner
11-24-2011, 11:04 AM
65, seriously playing for 2 years.

janeray1940
11-24-2011, 11:14 AM
I actually thought it would be opposite i.e. People in 20s and 30s have a lot more disposable income because there is more chance they do not have to support a family yet - I guess the stats say otherwise!!

Whoops, darn it, that reminds me - I forgot to start a family! Hadn't thought of that. That explains why I've got the disposable income now I suppose :) Funny how things always seem to work out.

I was self-supporting at age 16, and putting myself through college and grad school in my 20s and 30s, and often working more than one job - hence no time, as well as no money. While I realize my path may have been a little different than most of my peers', the one thing we all did have in common back then was we were all always broke - probably in part due to unwise spending choices, but a lot of us made minimum wage in those days. I don't think I saw what I would call a "comfortable" paycheck until I was well into my 30s.

abeluke
11-24-2011, 11:54 AM
60,started july 2008.

MauiArtist
11-24-2011, 12:01 PM
Started practicing when I was 11.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
11-24-2011, 12:16 PM
39, started playing uke in 2007 or so.

fabioponta
11-24-2011, 12:36 PM
I'm 29, I started a little before completly 28. Looking at the average age of UU friends, I found it interesting that most have more than 40 years. Here in Brazil, most of the uke players has between 15 and 25. People over 40 have less interest in learning a new instrument here.
The adults of the northern hemisphere are definitely younger :)

zac987
11-24-2011, 12:43 PM
18, almost 19. I started playing when I was 16.

Bob-in-Alberta
11-24-2011, 12:45 PM
I just voted. 56 and really new to the ukulele. I took guitar lessons for about a year over 40 years ago until my teacher left town. I don't think it was because of me. I sold my guitar a couple of years after he moved because I wasn't using it anyway and and now back trying to learn after a long long break.

arpie
11-24-2011, 12:48 PM
he, he, the Baby Boomers are leading the Poll!!! :D I am 58 and just started again in April this year, but strummed for 1 year in 1970 as well!!

My husband, Keith was 75 years 'young' yesterday & started playing just a week ago!! He is very happy with his Bruce Wei Pineapple Tenor Uke and is now playing every day!:)

30242

Roberta

allanr
11-24-2011, 03:12 PM
For those keeping score:
Under 40 = 65 ukesters
Over 40 = 78 ukers

itsme
11-24-2011, 03:45 PM
For those keeping score:
Under 40 = 65 ukesters
Over 40 = 78 ukers
What's that saying... Old age and treachery will beat youth and beauty any day? Or something like that. :p

Lori
11-24-2011, 06:41 PM
...Secondly, I just started and wondering if people take ukes seriously or practice hard at a young age as they do with other instruments? I guess if I had a second part to the poll it would be at what age did you really start practicing or take uke seriously?
I picked up the uke because I took it seriously. Seeing Jake doing "weeps" convinced me to pick up this instrument. I had years of classical guitar, and a little banjo study in my youth, and was ready to take on the ukulele. It just seemed to fit into my lifestyle. I have been playing the uke for a little over 2 and a half years, but I was always a serious music hobbyist (which helps a lot). If I had discovered the uke earlier, I could have kept up my music playing hobby during those over-stressed work decades. It would have come with me to work, and I would have played it at lunch time. Drat, that would have been nice.
–Lori

DougNC
11-24-2011, 07:07 PM
Hmm. Do you mean how old am I really or how old I am in my mental image of myself? :)

Seriously, I'm 61 and have been playing the ukulele for 3 months.

About 7 years ago I decided I was going to fulfill a teenage dream (I am a child of the '60s after all) and learn the guitar. For some reason I just could not connect with it, though I tried. Truthfully, I have to admit that I had a hard time allowing myself time away from work to have fun with it and give it the practice time required. That was when I lived in the Washington DC area and was "enjoying" being in IT management.

Four years ago I put that career behind me and moved to North Carolina to get away from places like DC and northern VA...the crowds, the traffic congestion, the demands of working in corporate IT. I thought I'd take up guitar again and actually learn it, but I still found it difficult to connect with it.

Then, this summer I saw the documentary "The Mighty Uke" and got to thinking that the people in the film had found what I had been searching for. Got my first uke as a wedding anniversary present to myself and discovered for myself how much fun it is just to noodle around with it, and how it fits so well with my new found attitude and outlook on life in general.

I find myself constantly picking up one of my ukes and either practicing, or experimenting, or just playing around with it.

Fun, fun, fun!

Doug

Kazz3lrath
11-24-2011, 08:33 PM
Hopefully by the time I am in my 40's or 50's there will be enough young folk playing the uke that the under 20 age bracket will stand somewhat of a chance. Currently we are solidly in last place.

deadpool
11-25-2011, 06:17 PM
I started my musical "career" late at age 51. Started on the guitar then. Mandolin at age 61 and ukulele at age 64. I'm 65 now after 5 months of off and on uke playing (only off due to tendon issues in my right arm-getting old sucks!)

sweetiecino
11-25-2011, 08:55 PM
Whoops, darn it, that reminds me - I forgot to start a family! Hadn't thought of that. That explains why I've got the disposable income now I suppose :) Funny how things always seem to work out.

I was self-supporting at age 16, and putting myself through college and grad school in my 20s and 30s, and often working more than one job - hence no time, as well as no money. While I realize my path may have been a little different than most of my peers', the one thing we all did have in common back then was we were all always broke - probably in part due to unwise spending choices, but a lot of us made minimum wage in those days. I don't think I saw what I would call a "comfortable" paycheck until I was well into my 30s.

Forgot that the cost of education was 10 times the amount in US than in Sydney.....

peatstackron
11-25-2011, 10:17 PM
I'm coming up for 65 only started just over a month ago but the progress I am making is keeping me really interested in learning. Never had any musical instruments before. But I have always had a wide appreciation for all kinds of music. My favourites being Old music hall, Blues, and bluegrass. I really love our local celtic music as well. I would love to get a ukulele in amongst all those pipes, drums, fiddles and accordions.

musiccityuker
11-26-2011, 03:05 AM
Picked up my first uke at Mele Ukulele while on vacation in Maui. It was an impulse buy. Have never put it down... and my uke collection has grown since. That was three year ago when I was 54 years old! Never had played any instrument before. Truly an old dog learning a new trick and enjoying every note of it. Hooked for life! And UAS is still chewing on this old man!

sukie
11-26-2011, 06:52 AM
I'm 54. Started when I was 51. Yep. I'm liking my fifties.

Rick Turner
11-26-2011, 08:45 AM
68, but my 16 year old son plays, too.

Ryan<3Ukes
11-26-2011, 09:04 AM
Wow. I'm still in school. Theres an advantage in getting me more experience as I get older but me being a student doesn't help my UAS. :(

addicted2myuke
11-26-2011, 09:37 AM
I'm 59 years old and been playing for 8 months. Noone knows how bad my addiction is except my partner. He hears me practice for hours every day.

AKuker
11-26-2011, 10:11 AM
61 & started three months ago with my first uke. Music was what came out of the speakers when I pressed Play! But I like most styles. Lots to
learn.

coolkayaker1
11-27-2011, 06:19 AM
Looking at the poll, I think it's a pretty even split, decade to decade, for ages. Except at the ends. The ones over sixty taper from falling off this mortal coil, and the ones in the first decades are too busy playing drums on mom's pots and pans with a wooden spoon.

In the middle years we get soft, we cut our hair, we realize that life is like a bowl of cherries only insofar as we are the pits, and we take our fingertips, tender from only clicking buttons on computers and television remotes, and find a gentle nylon stringed instrument to strum with coiffed nails while as we set the tiny hollow body on our pus guts on the couch. That's the majority of the poll. And, sadly, it's me.

consitter
11-27-2011, 07:05 AM
I'm 44, and I've picked up a lifetime habit. The ukulele is too much fun to stop.

bbqribs
11-27-2011, 09:03 AM
Looking at the poll, I think it's a pretty even split, decade to decade, for ages. Except at the ends. The ones over sixty taper from falling off this mortal coil, and the ones in the first decades are too busy playing drums on mom's pots and pans with a wooden spoon.

In the middle years we get soft, we cut our hair, we realize that life is like a bowl of cherries only insofar as we are the pits, and we take our fingertips, tender from only clicking buttons on computers and television remotes, and find a gentle nylon stringed instrument to strum with coiffed nails while as we set the tiny hollow body on our pus guts on the couch. That's the majority of the poll. And, sadly, it's me.

English major? :)

Dan Uke
11-27-2011, 09:05 AM
Looking at the poll, I think it's a pretty even split, decade to decade, for ages. Except at the ends. The ones over sixty taper from falling off this mortal coil, and the ones in the first decades are too busy playing drums on mom's pots and pans with a wooden spoon.

In the middle years we get soft, we cut our hair, we realize that life is like a bowl of cherries only insofar as we are the pits, and we take our fingertips, tender from only clicking buttons on computers and television remotes, and find a gentle nylon stringed instrument to strum with coiffed nails while as we set the tiny hollow body on our pus guts on the couch. That's the majority of the poll. And, sadly, it's me.

That sounds about right!!! LOL

ukegirl
11-27-2011, 09:45 AM
I'm 51 now, but had a Polk a Lele and an islander back in the '60's....

Tootler
11-27-2011, 01:03 PM
66 now but 67 in less than a month. Started playing uke at 66 after several failed attempts at guitar. Wanted an instrument to accompany my singing and the uke fits the bill very nicely. I also play recorders, flute, concertina and harmonica.

ksiegel
11-27-2011, 03:55 PM
I started my musical "career" late at age 51. Started on the guitar then. Mandolin at age 61 and ukulele at age 64. I'm 65 now after 5 months of off and on uke playing (only off due to tendon issues in my right arm-getting old sucks!)

Interesting, Mike.

I started playing uke because of a torn tendon in my left arm - can't play guitar anymore (at least not for more than 10-15 minutes, without lots of pain), but I can play ululele for hours with no problems.




-Kurt

uke4ia
11-27-2011, 06:31 PM
I'm 50 and started playing uke when I was 15.

sugengshi
11-27-2011, 09:49 PM
I am 42 this year. Started only few weeks ago, although I played guitar when I was young. :D

drbekken
11-27-2011, 10:34 PM
I'm 47, and I have had musical education since I was six. Even though my main instrument is piano, I played ukulele, guitar, diatonic accordion and tuba on the side. I have played the big horn and the squeezebox live in concert (and as a studio musician), but the guitar remains mainly a closet thing...Somehow, the uke slipped away when I was in my teens - until I saw a documentary on Norwegian TV about a year ago. Then I rediscovered it, and that's a beautiful thing. Now, I'm a ukulele recording artist...wow!

equiplay
11-27-2011, 10:46 PM
I'm 68 and I only started when I was 66 (because I didn't want to peak too early)

ukuhippo
11-28-2011, 12:15 AM
Ukes are for all ages, and played by all ages. The averag age of the world population is somewhere in the late 30's, so my guess is that's what the average age of ukesters is to.

ChrisRCovington
11-28-2011, 03:32 AM
I am 32 right now. I started playing a little bit in 2002 so I guess I was 23. I saw a photo of myself as a toddler and I was holding a cheap plastic ukulele so I guess it was fate? At my parent's house this weekend for Thanksgiving I found my ukulele from 2002. It was a cheap Chinese made Hilo. The black paint on the fretboard was worn off in some places from use, but get this, the thing was still in tune and I haven't seen it since about 2003 when I upgraded to a Fluke! Crazy!

papplehead
11-28-2011, 08:53 PM
Im 20, been playing since I was 17.
This poll surprises me a lot, but then again, at all the uke functions I go to, Im usually the youngest one there by a long ways. It seems like there's a lot of youth on youtube, but I guess while there is some overlap, probably most people who make uke videos arent on this forum.

23skidoo
11-29-2011, 02:51 AM
I'm 37 and just picked up the uke this year. I've played guitar since I was a teenager but just got serious about practicing this past year..... saw a uke video posted on a guitar forum and showed it to my 8 year old daughter. She convinced me to get her a uke and the rest is history. She knows 5 or 6 chords pretty well and my four year old son knows 2 chords (three if you count open C6 ;) ).

Unlike a lot of folks, I play my guitar and uke pretty much equally - I find they compliment each other really well. Trying to learn to play 'lead' guitar, the uke is really helping me learn the guitar fret board higher up, since it's the same as the bottom four strings of the guitar above the fifth fret. That's where most of the melodic action happens on the guitar so the uke just reinforces what I practice on the guitar, helping me visualize chords and melodic patterns in a different way. Plus, it's just so much fun - and so easy - to play.

As far as the demographics - I'm up to 4,000+ views of all the videos on my YouTube channel. Every once in awhile, I hit the little 'Insight' button and look at the data on who is watching my videos. You can look at a bar graph of the ages of the folks who have tuned in and it matches the results of this poll almost exactly. 35-65 years old accounts for about 70% of the views with the same distribution as our poll results.....

islander16
12-10-2011, 06:25 PM
im 19. i got my ukulele this past summer. i havent had much time to practice though because of school and such. but now that finals are almost over i an play again! I find it hard to play though. Like playing certain chords. Its so hard to reach the string for some of the notes. Has it gotten easier for the beginners on here?

efiscella
12-21-2011, 04:26 PM
I'm 40 and wondering how old everyone is? If there is a gathering, would we have things in common besides our love for the uke? Secondly, I just started and wondering if people take ukes seriously or practice hard at a young age as they do with other instruments? I guess if I had a second part to the poll it would be at what age did you really start practicing or take uke seriously?

I am 58 years old. Started, kinda, in 1979, when I was 26 and I purchased an 8 string Kamaka lili'u at the factory on a trip to Oahu. However, there was no UU in those days, hell, no internet at all, and I could not find anyone to teach me here in New Jersey. Could not even find books so it sat for 33 years. So now I have a vintage Kamaka 8-string in pristine condition. This past summer on a trip back to Hawaii, I took a few lessons, bought a ton of books, videos, and have taken lessons online, and have purchased 7 ukulele's since September (I guess my priorities are a bit off right now). Sold two of the ukes and one sale pending. This will leave me with a decent uke for each scale. I should be happy with that- don't ya think? AHHHHH - but I can see from fellow UU members that one is never truly content with what they have. I have come to learn that the journey is probably more exciting than the destination.

erinboy
12-21-2011, 04:40 PM
63 and started at 40. It just keeps getting to be more fun!
Jerry

bigchiz
12-21-2011, 05:33 PM
Got an un-tuneable uke two years ago for Xmas. Purchased a Kala tenor in the spring of 2011 and have been playing almost daily ever since. Turned 48 in November.

floydsuke
12-21-2011, 07:06 PM
I started at 60 about 7mo ago. I've never played a fretted instrument before (upright bass, keyboards,electric fiddle,harmonica). I've just booked my 3rd paying gig. I wish I had started at a younger age, but I am having a blast with it now, I guess that is all that matters. ... Floyd A. ... aka floydsuke.

ichadwick
12-22-2011, 03:03 AM
Older than 60. Started in my late 50s. But been playing guitar since the early 60s, with harmonica, bass, dulcimer, sitar and other instruments along the way.

fallon7222
12-22-2011, 02:46 PM
I'm 15 and I started practicing hard at 13.

Dan Uke
09-10-2012, 10:46 AM
In case someone didn't vote last time or joined UU recently

Garydavkra
09-10-2012, 10:58 AM
I started playing the ukulele four months ago. I'm 55. I think the reason there are so many in this age range is because, we tend to have more disposable income compared to the younger groups. I also play guitar so moving to a ukulele seemed to be quite natural.

janeray1940
09-10-2012, 11:08 AM
Interesting to look at the poll as it approaches a year old. It really accurately reflects the various folks I play uke with. Most of us are in our 40s and 50s, with a few over-60s and under-40s in the minority. And a few teens who are the kids of uke players.

seeso
09-10-2012, 11:22 AM
This poll should be titled, "What's the average age of a ukester that visits the UU forum?"

There are entire swaths of ukulele players who do not visit this forum. Forum visitors tend to skew older.

Dan Uke
09-10-2012, 11:26 AM
This poll should be titled, "What's the average age of a ukester that visits the UU forum?"

There are entire swaths of ukulele players who do not visit this forum. Forum visitors tend to skew older.

Thats good to know as I was wondering where all the young people are? LOL

janeray1940
09-10-2012, 11:32 AM
This poll should be titled, "What's the average age of a ukester that visits the UU forum?"

There are entire swaths of ukulele players who do not visit this forum. Forum visitors tend to skew older.

Oh wow, I would have thought the opposite actually. Most of the older uke players I know are internet-averse in general!

The Big Kahuna
09-10-2012, 11:43 AM
50

Played Violin then Viola from age 6. Guitar from age 14. Uke from 50 years 3 months. A few other instruments have been obsessed over then discarded.

seeso
09-10-2012, 12:46 PM
Oh wow, I would have thought the opposite actually. Most of the older uke players I know are internet-averse in general!

The older people who are internet savvy visit and participate on forums much more often than young people.

Dan Uke
09-10-2012, 01:51 PM
The older people who are internet savvy visit and participate on forums much more often than young people.

Because young people still have a social life!! I work all day, watch my kids and when they go to sleep, I hang out on UU!! GREAT LIFE!!

wendellfiddler
09-10-2012, 01:53 PM
I have a theory that part of the enthusiasm for ukes these days is the changing physique of the baby boomers - like me. I can't really play my full-size guitars, and I'm limited some on violin, these days because of a whole variety of physical issues. Ukes are ergonomically superior :)

Doug

Tootler
09-10-2012, 02:20 PM
The older people who are internet savvy visit and participate on forums much more often than young people.

Being older, internet savvy and retired, I spend a lot of time on internet forums and other computer activities. Especially late at night when I can't play my uke 'cos I'll disturb the domestic authorities.

nerdy bit.
Average age? depends which one you mean but it is a bit difficult to calculate the mean accurately but the median age is about 44. The spread is reasonably symmetrical so the mean is almost certainly fairly close to that.

thegame1944
09-10-2012, 05:18 PM
29, just started 2 months ago

kvehe
09-10-2012, 06:46 PM
I'll be 62 on Friday. I bought my first uke in February and had my first lesson three weeks ago.

bazmaz
09-10-2012, 10:23 PM
I'm 40 too, but to put some perspective on that - in our uke group we have ages from 15 to late 60's.

jesatl13
09-11-2012, 12:42 AM
60 and I got my first uke when I was 59. My only recollection of the ukulele was from the Howdy Doodie show. It occured to me that the uke might be fun to learn and play; I've been unable to get past frustration with a guitar. I began reading uke forums and researching ukuleles and found this big wide world of uke players that appeared happy, friendly, and fun through playing the uke! I jumped in and am loving it from the first strum. Much gratitude!!

Booksniffer
09-11-2012, 01:12 AM
I just turned 40; looking forward to at least 40 years of playing the ukulele! :music:
(edit: started about 4 months ago, when I was still 39)

Among the ukists I've met offline I seem to be one of the older ones, there are quite a few youngsters taking lessons now.

Wongo
09-11-2012, 02:54 AM
I'm 29. Went on holiday with my family and my sisters. Her husband had his uke with him. I kept stealing it and disappearing for hours on end so my they bought me one for my 29th birthday. I still can't get enough of playing it

VaGoddess
09-11-2012, 03:40 AM
I'm 25 and started just about 6 months ago

caroljean
09-11-2012, 04:30 AM
I'm 35, started at 34.

kirbo
09-11-2012, 04:42 AM
I'm 37. Started about 8 months ago. I still practice quite often, although not daily like I did during the first 4 months.

cantcook1
09-11-2012, 06:13 AM
I,m 54 srarted at 53 after failing with a guitar. Love the uke though.

J'Ukebox
09-11-2012, 07:58 AM
I'm 62, started @ 59. Have been able to put lots more time into it the past year, vs. the first 2. My interest keeps growing, I'm fascinated with all the many directions I could take it, and realize that I've only scratched the surface... seems to be one of those things (maybe all things are this way?) that the more U learn, the more U realize how little U actually know!!

thejumpingflea
09-11-2012, 08:16 AM
I'm 22 and started playing when I was about 14!

Koka
09-11-2012, 01:34 PM
44
Started this year-finally.




:shaka:

Koka

strummin'&hummin'
09-11-2012, 02:04 PM
I'm a late bloomer when it comes to playing the uke. I just started playing a few months ago when I turned 45. I'm not quite sure what took me so long because my dad has been playing ALL MY LIFE! He used to stroll around the house strumming his Kay uke singing "5'2" Eyes of Blue" all the time. He still plays and he's turning 80 in October.

ukunuke
09-11-2012, 07:16 PM
Hmmm. My "average age" is is 27. . .

myrnaukelele
09-11-2012, 07:58 PM
Another baby boomer here:)
I got my first uke in 1980.