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joeybug
12-30-2011, 11:42 PM
Hi Everyone :D

Firstly, Happy 2012 to those in time zones that have already hit the New Year!

As some of you know I do a blog and was doing my first set of weekly goals for 2012 and started thinking about what I'd like to achieve in 2012 Ukulele wise. I thought it would be a good topic for those who also set themselves goals/resolutions etc,

So, here's mine!


Finish doing The Daily Ukulele songs with videos
Finally save up enough to pay for my Custom Cursley Ukulele
Finish writing the notes for my "Ukulele Bible"
Finish doing UUU courses
Progress to Intermediate as an Ukulele player
Find a cure for UAS!
Write four more original songs
Do a CD of all of my original songs for myself (and friends)
Work my way through learning another songbook


For those wondering the book "Ukulele Bible" is my compilation of all I've learnt from UUU and other places about the Ukulele, it's going to be my reference book, I doubt it'll ever be used by anyone other than me, though I may pass it on to people if they ask.

So, what are your goals/resolutions for 2012 when it comes to the Ukulele? (Or other things if you feel like sharing, I also plan to lose more weight and get myself some savings!)


Happy New Year! :music:

Lexxy
12-31-2011, 12:07 AM
There is no cure for UAS! :P

Fliss
12-31-2011, 12:18 AM
Great set of goals, Joey!

I don't have too many specific goals for the uke, but definitely want to learn more songs and tunes on it. The sound quality on my computer is so awful that it's impossible for me to get anything of value from online lessons, so I want to upgrade my computer to help with that.

Also, I found out that there's a uke group starting up near where I live, so I'm going to go along to the first meeting of that (which is the week after next) and see what it's like. I'm hoping it will be a really fun way to make some progress and play along with others :)

raecarter
12-31-2011, 12:18 AM
Hi joey! That's a fairly comprehensive list! I have one goal and that's to gig more

Cyril
12-31-2011, 12:20 AM
I wish i'll have the strength to :

-set up a voice/ukulele cover songs show

-find some cool places to perform it

-compose some more original songs

-find a not-too-expensive vintage Martin uke

-find the money to buy it

-make some more and more uke videos to please all my web friends

Plainsong
12-31-2011, 01:28 AM
Save up for what should be my last uke.
Record more, with husband would be a plus.
Get some decent pedals.
Learn more songs, and generally try to kick it up a notch.

Olarte
12-31-2011, 01:55 AM
Nice set of goals Joey,

Now that you got me thinkng about it i guess mine are:

- To Stop buying any more ukes, now that my collection is complete with my Pineapple Sunday
- To show my wife that while I don't need all these a ukes, each one is worth having and playing On a regular basis
- To practice and learn the uke as seriously as I do Classical Guitar
- To learn different types of music including some Classical pieces
- To learn to sing with confidence and clarity as I strum along
- Most important of all To have Fun every step of the way!

Happy 2012!

janeray1940
12-31-2011, 06:15 AM
Very ambitious list, Joey :)

I actually started one of my 2012 goals about a month early - I'm focusing more on theory than on just learning songs right now, and one project my uke instructor gave me was to take a dozen or so standards and transpose them into at least two different keys. The first two were easy-peasy; the third one I started could take a while. Darn you, Cole Porter and your musical cleverness and the key of Eb!

My second uke goal is to learn four John King pieces by the end of the year. This is a far more realistic version of last year's goal - er, dream - which was to learn one John King piece a month! I learned one and a half in the entire year, but I blame 2011's slow progress on a series of health setbacks. I'd like to perfect that one and a half, and learn two more well enough to play them in front of others by year's end.

And I gave up on resolutions in the traditional sense a long time ago, but I have two hopes for 2012: to get back to Hawaii at least once, and to stay out of hospitals all year long. Pretty sure those are possible :)

Here's to a happy and healthy 2012!

mattydee
12-31-2011, 06:31 AM
My goals are pretty similar to everybody's here. In a nutshell, I'd like to get better. I have a three-pronged plan:

1. Sign up for UUU and get working on more theory with more practice on scales etc.
2. Inspired by Victoria Vox, I'd like to learn a new song every week, and get it performance ready by recording it. This will also help me expand my recording and editing skills.
2a. This will help me have a good repertoire to start gigging as well -- I already bring my uke to parties and have good response, and have played a couple of gigs,but I'd like to get more serious about it.
3. Keep UAS at bay long enough to save for a KoAloha Pineapple Longneck. I hope to make that one happen by summer.

Good luck, everyone, with your goals, and have a happy and prodUKEtive new year!

TCK
12-31-2011, 07:07 AM
I plan to put together a set of old favorites and go weekly to the Alzheimer's Center and play for the fine folks there. I have about ten tunes I can do cold at this point, but I need to teach them to my co-conspirator and get a schedule going. Right now I am playing
Five Foot Two/Please don't talk about me
I wanna be like you
Chinatown
My Canary has Circles Under His Eyes
Most of That's My Weakness Now
Bear in a Ladies Boudoir
and a couple others. We'll see how it goes, but I figure even a hack like me could brighten things up a bit around there.

Uke Whisperer
12-31-2011, 09:58 AM
Continue to improve my playing.

fitncrafty
12-31-2011, 10:09 AM
You guys have some great lists. My goal is to just find more time to play, play (ukes) with others and improve when I can. Take my UUU lessons!

dnewton2
12-31-2011, 10:54 AM
Simple play more and continue learning.

Tudorp
12-31-2011, 12:17 PM
To just play...

ItsMrPitchy
12-31-2011, 01:10 PM
1. Play more daily
2. Start writing songs
3. perform uke live

Chris Tarman
12-31-2011, 01:23 PM
My Ukulele Goals For 2012:
1) Not to buy any ukuleles in 2012!!!!! (I realize that's near-sacrilege, but after my last two purchases I really need to lay off and lay low for a long while!)
2) To continue to improve my playing.
3) To try to see if there would be any local interest from ANYONE to have some sort of ukulele club (even if I have to teach everyone to play and loan or lease them ukuleles!)
4) To pay off my last two uke purchases and start saving for the custom that I want, which will likely have to be put off until NEXT year (although there IS a six-month wait, so maybe I can get it ordered late in 2012....)

Spanalier
12-31-2011, 02:15 PM
I want to be able to improve my playing all around, but specifically I want to focus on finger style stuff.

blender
12-31-2011, 04:21 PM
Simple play more and continue learning.

I'm with you on this goal.

Nickie
12-31-2011, 04:42 PM
Good thread, I like it. I hadn't thought much about this. I think I'd like to get good enough to play and sing a few songs to residents of nursing homes and ALFs. There are a ton of them hjere... I want to start at least one kid playing whose never played before, too.

mds725
12-31-2011, 10:49 PM
Aloha, Joey, and happy new year to you and everyone. Great goals!

My hopes, not in order of importance, are

- start to play well enough for one of my ukulele instructors will invite me to play somewhere in public with his band

- learn how to videotape my playing and then post some videos

- write original songs, including one that will go viral on YouTube

- get through the year without illness or injury

ksiegel
12-31-2011, 11:16 PM
- To Stop buying any more ukes, now that my collection is complete with my Pineapple Sunday



You already have a KoAloha Sceptre?

It isn't complete until you have a Sceptre!
(I was planning on getting a Pineapple Sunday, until I tried the Sceptre...)



-Kurt

mm stan
12-31-2011, 11:26 PM
Mine is simple...just to be happy that I can play and enjoy...

ukulefty
01-01-2012, 12:54 AM
A great set of goals there Joey! :) You certainly inspired me in my 2011 ukulele startup year to not only keep strumming but also to keep at the whole blogging thing, which I'd slacked off on in the past (always had a site of some sort). So thanks for that!

I haven't really set any uke goals yet, but I would like to improve my singing somewhat....




Oh and I hope you get that Cursley! :cool:

hedgehogsontoast
01-01-2012, 05:09 AM
I have 4 main goals!

1) To write more original songs
2) To upload cover and originals more regularly to Youtube
3) Play with others more often
4) Do some gigs

And those are my goals!

momento
01-01-2012, 06:23 AM
1. To keep practicing and (hopefully) keep improving.

2. To start attending the Hull Ukulele Group meetings and start playing with other people.

3. To buy more ukuleles (I think I'll definitely stick to this one).

4. To never lose the sense of fun and enjoyment I get when I pick up my uke.

Have a great 2012 everyone!

redheadedali
01-01-2012, 06:59 AM
My main goal is to get better at fingerpicking. Because right now, I'm kind of terrible at it.

UKEON TERRITORY
01-01-2012, 07:28 AM
Learn more Uke . Play more Uke . Eat more Uke . Sleep more Uke . Drink more Uke . Buy more Uke . Speak more Uke .
THEN DO IT AGAIN !

UKEON TERRITORY
01-01-2012, 07:33 AM
Very ambitious list, Joey :)




And I gave up on resolutions in the traditional sense a long time ago, but I have two hopes for 2012: to get back to Hawaii at least once, and to stay out of hospitals all year long. Pretty sure those are possible :)

Here's to a happy and healthy 2012!

I'm with you on that one sister . I've done my share of ambulance ride . I ought to be caught up for a lifetime for 911 calls and ER visit and operating rooms . I rebuke even the sniffles these days . Better health to you for 2012 and well beyond !

RGAZDADDY

gyosh
01-01-2012, 07:37 AM
Good Luck on your goals Joey!

Mine are:

- to create more time to practice (life got in the way this year).
-build a hot-pipe bender and learn to bend wood.
-work up the nerve to play and sing in front of people.

. . . the last one may be a life-long goal :)

joeybug
01-01-2012, 08:50 PM
I'm with you on that one sister . I've done my share of ambulance ride . I ought to be caught up for a lifetime for 911 calls and ER visit and operating rooms . I rebuke even the sniffles these days . Better health to you for 2012 and well beyond !

RGAZDADDY

I have to say this one is one of mine too! Spend way too much time in hospitals! Health to all who need it for 2012!

joeybug
01-01-2012, 08:52 PM
I have 4 main goals!

1) To write more original songs
2) To upload cover and originals more regularly to Youtube
3) Play with others more often
4) Do some gigs

And those are my goals!


Hey, I'm not far from Hampshire, maybe we could get together and jam at some point! I need to play with others more, only really done it over the internet, never in person! Maybe we should organise a South of England Uke Jam or something!

ukulefty
01-01-2012, 11:37 PM
Maybe we should organise a South of England Uke Jam or something!


I'd be down for something like that! :)

joeybug
01-01-2012, 11:52 PM
I'd be down for something like that! :)

Hmm, this could be the start of something AWESOME!!! I'll post something when I get some idea of when and where! I could actually get to jam with real live people!!! AWEEESSOOOMMMEEEE!!!! :music:

Papa Tom
01-02-2012, 03:10 AM
1. Check out this chronic finger stiffness, find out if it's some type of arthritis, and treat it so I might still be able to play a few years from now

2. Choose 20-25 great party/get-together songs and commit all the changes to memory

Olarte
01-02-2012, 03:19 AM
You know Kurt, for some reason the aesthetics of the sceptre just don't appeal to me... Good thing or I would really be in trouble at home ;)

And i already feel blessed to have both KoAloha Soprano Tenor Neck, and the Pineapple Sunday. And the Soprano is the first one made for Production which makes it extra special for me...



You already have a KoAloha Sceptre?

It isn't complete until you have a Sceptre!
(I was planning on getting a Pineapple Sunday, until I tried the Sceptre...)



-Kurt

myrnaukelele
01-02-2012, 01:10 PM
Happy New Year all! And good luck with all your resolutions for the coming year.
My #1 goal ~ To learn to fingerpick the ukulele.
Other goals~ To buy both a concert and a tenor uke, neither of which I own at the moment (I'd love a Kamaka to add to my collection)
Figure out a good system for recording onto my computer
Practice Practice Practice

Markr1
01-02-2012, 01:18 PM
I have several #1 would be try and stop buying so many ukes. Notice I said try. #2 spend even more time then I do already playing and practicing and just be happy with what I have. #3. Get better.

Markr1
01-02-2012, 01:30 PM
Hey Redheadedali, look up some tabs and just follow them slowly taking one bar at a time. Use your thumb for the G and C strings and your index for the E string and the middle finger for the A string and just remember that and do it slowly and over time you'll see yourself getting better. Try some easy fingerpicking songs at first and after a while you'll be doing a little more intricate stuff. When looking down at your picking hand in position over the strings you should be able to see an upside down V between your thumb and first finger. That would be proper hand and finger technique for fingerpicking. Hope you don't mind my giving what I think is correct info on this. Good luck.
My main goal is to get better at fingerpicking. Because right now, I'm kind of terrible at it.

Skidmore
01-02-2012, 01:37 PM
Great goals and I hope you achieve them! For me:
- Improve my playing
- Learn to play bass
- Do the RPM Challenge 2012
- Record a professional album with my band
- Continue to create music videos of our original songs
- Get our local Uke club up and running again

PhilUSAFRet
01-02-2012, 01:50 PM
Just one......to spend at least half as much time practicing as I spend researching ukes online.

bynapkinart
01-02-2012, 02:26 PM
Haha I like seeing all of these New Year's resolutions, i like that many of us are on the same level.

I've made five resolutions this year:

1) Write at least one song per week for the rest of the year.
2) Have recorded and finished an album of original stuff before Dec. 31, 2012
3) Play out at least 2 times per month, whether it be open mics with the uke/guitar or Jazz/Blues jams with the guitar
4) Not drink a drop of soda all year, bring it down to one or two glasses of wine per week, and stop eating convenient food
5) Read more

In addition, I'd like to record a whole lot more covers and videos for you all, but because that can sometimes be a hassle I didn't make a resolution for it because I know I'd be setting myself up for failure. I know that I'd like to commit myself as much as possible to creating music on a steady basis...I had a bit of a writer's block for a few years, but I think the uke is opening up my shell.

Good luck on all of your resolutions as well, everyone!

redheadedali
01-02-2012, 04:28 PM
Hope you don't mind my giving what I think is correct info on this.

Not at all - I appreciate the advice :).

v74
01-02-2012, 06:29 PM
Mine is simple...just to be happy that I can play and enjoy...
+1

my goal not just for the 2012 but for every year to come is to be able to play and enjoy my instruments. :D

UncleElvis
01-02-2012, 07:04 PM
I put up a sign over my computer last night. It says "Go outside and play!"
That's my main resolution.
More music, more laughter and more joy in my life. The ukulele is going to help me with all of that.

Oh, and 100 songs total by the beginning of summer... *grin*

I'm at 35 now.

HaileISela
01-08-2012, 08:12 AM
I guess I'm gonna proceed as usual and just make a bunch more videos with the uke. apart from that I'd like to finally find some people to start a band...

DeVineGuitars
01-09-2012, 05:20 AM
To build 40 ukes!

TheUkulelePanda
01-09-2012, 07:00 AM
A good list to abide by for the new year, good luck to you! I want to play more gigs and progress in my ukulele playing!

Freeda
02-25-2012, 02:44 AM
1. Get to know the local uke scene
2. Go to Needmore
3. Stop strumming with my thumb by default rather than by choice

pulelehua
02-25-2012, 09:32 AM
1. Post a tutorial for each of the ukulele etudes
2. Finish the ukulele duets and get them up and running
3. Find a way to get out of the house in the evenings to play (small children, very busy wife)
4. Get better at techniques I haven't even heard of
5. Get better at putting together the techniques I DO know in different ways
6. Decide yea or nay on custom #2 (my next LAST ukulele ;) )

hibiscus
02-25-2012, 02:12 PM
I can't play very much each day (arthritis), so my goal is to learn one great song on each of my ukuleles. Each one of them is special and unique to me. Many of Ukulele Mike's songs (new book) sound wonderful on my Mainland Mango. Ken Middleton's bluegrass songs sound fantastic on my Ohana Myrtle. The playing experience for me has to do with the feel of the uke as much as the sound for certain songs.
Since I can't play for long, I read and listen and come to the Forum, so I spend a lot of ukulele time absorbing information. I love my ukuleles!:)

hibiscus
02-25-2012, 02:19 PM
P.S. I forgot to say "Hi, Joey!". I'm enjoying your Daily Uke. Thanks for starting this fun thread! Stay well:)