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lorrinhiggins
01-26-2012, 08:06 AM
I started playing ukulele on Christmas day, playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on my brand new Kala pineapple ukulele on speaker for the entire family get-together while my cousin sang along on a microphone.

It's been three years since then, and one new ukulele has been bought (concert Oscar Schmidt), a capo, plenty of chord books and no new strings (knock on wood), and I couldn't imagine my life without a uke.

How long has everyone else been playing?

itsscottwilder
01-26-2012, 08:09 AM
Since Christmas.

lorrinhiggins
01-26-2012, 08:12 AM
of this year?

fernandogardinali
01-26-2012, 08:15 AM
I started playing on nov 2008. My first uke was a Kala KA15s I bought on an impulse. It's been 3 years and 2 months and I still do it!

lorrinhiggins
01-26-2012, 08:28 AM
ah! do you have any other ukuleles?

Mandarb
01-26-2012, 08:28 AM
Since July 2010.

Plainsong
01-26-2012, 08:33 AM
Since 2007ish. My family still thinks it's a fad, and I'm grown woman.

lorrinhiggins
01-26-2012, 08:35 AM
Oh, my family knows it's not a fad for me.
I've even gotten a couple of old high school friends into it, and given some lessons.

nscafe
01-26-2012, 08:40 AM
Hmm, since April 2010 or so I believe. Still goin' strong.

edit: Oops, actually it's March 2010 (based on the date I started on this forum...)

UkueBass23
01-26-2012, 08:43 AM
You should change those strings. Just sayin. Probably make your uke sounds brand new again (or even better). BTW, since June 2011.

ghardy
01-26-2012, 09:09 AM
Since October '11

Boosted
01-26-2012, 09:13 AM
December '11

bigchiz
01-26-2012, 09:13 AM
Short answer, since April 2010 plus about 3 months.

Received a soprano Hohner as a Xmas present in 2009, played it for several months and even wore into the neck on the first two frets. The tuning is a nightmare though. Had the action lowered by having a luthier cut a deeper groove in the nut for each string, but it's still a nightmare for tuning. Opened strings are in tune, and playing all strings down sounds fine, but mix an open string with a fretted string and ... ouch. Almost seems like the string is resting on the far side of the nut, as if there is too much space between the nut and first fret.

So anyway, in April 2011 I bought a tenor Kala and have been playing daily ever since. Always get in a bare minimum of three chord changes before leaving the house in the morning. In early November 2011 I purchased a ubass, acoustic fretless and mostly play that at the uke jams. Helps a lot to keep the group together and is a nice contrast to the upper register of the ukuleles. The other players often comment they appreciate having a bass. Still kind of rusty with it, but had many years of experience as a major instrument in college in the '80s. No problem playing 1 5 1 5, and a few passing tones. "Showed off" with a walking bass line in one song at the jam the other day. It's coming back, slowly but surely.

GX9901
01-26-2012, 09:16 AM
It's been exactly 5 years since I first picked up a ukulele (Jan, 2007). I've enjoyed learning and playing (not to mention buying) the ukulele immensely and will be playing it for life.

csibona
01-26-2012, 10:19 AM
I think it was January, 2010. I still have a lot to learn - but at least my wife, who would like to keep things somewhat neat around my desk, said that I pretty much could keep the music books nearby (despite the large stack of them) because she said that I use them all the time.

stevepetergal
01-26-2012, 10:19 AM
August 23rd 2007, a 50th birthday present. The crummiest ukulele ever made, but the greatest gift ever given!

Drew Bear
01-26-2012, 10:22 AM
My Uke Day (first time I played a uke): Nov. 30, 2011
My uke's "birthday" (completion date at Kanile'a): Aug. 14, 2011

Spanalier
01-26-2012, 11:05 AM
Around a year. I think it was the second or third week in february when I got my first uke. A not very nice sounding Lanikai LU-21.

I got a Kala tenor spruce top cut-away for my birthday in October. As corny as it sounds, picking up the uke has really pushed my life in a fairly different direction.

BlueLatitude
01-26-2012, 11:53 AM
A week and a day! LOL!


Oops, no, a week and TWO days. How time flies!

kaizersoza
01-26-2012, 12:22 PM
15th June 2011, i bought myself a Dolphin and i am hooked

efiscella
01-26-2012, 12:28 PM
since September 2011.

paeataa
01-26-2012, 12:58 PM
Since April 2011 with my friend's Lanikai LU-21. I have also grown two more ukulele players so far :) But we are still newbie, needless to say.

SweetWaterBlue
01-26-2012, 01:12 PM
Its been a little over 2 years for me. I started just before Christmas in 2009. Wow - I should be a lot better by now.

jackwhale
01-26-2012, 02:57 PM
I bought my first baritone 50 years ago and my second baritone on my birthday in February last year. I haven't gone a day without at least an hour or two of playing.

Joined my first ukulele 'band' (5 of us) one month ago.

2012 will be the year of the tenor ukulele. A Pohaku might arrive close to my birthday this year.

TCK
01-26-2012, 03:16 PM
August 2010, but I got my first Uke in 1993 I think, just never got around to playing.
It now shares it's home with 3 CBU's, an electric Uke, 7 acoustics, 6 banjo ukes...and daddy wants a resonator. Some of them I have built so I guess it is not that bad ;)
The part that got me about your post though is the strings- I have changed strings about a million times (truth be told, I am almost through the top on a year old Vita Uke, so I play a LOT)- they go totally dead for me after about 2 mos. on everything but my Martin which I do not play much. How do you get away with leaving them on so long?

connor013
01-26-2012, 04:02 PM
April 2011 for me. Stopped into a local shop on a whim, snagged a used (and beat as it turned out) LU-21, and have played every day since save three.


Wow - I should be a lot better by now.

I feel you, SweetWater.

itsme
01-26-2012, 04:20 PM
2-1/2 years for me, after many years of guitar.

Since 2007ish. My family still thinks it's a fad, and I'm grown woman.
I can empathize. My husband still calls my ukes "those repulsive little twangy things of yours", even if it's in jest.

Recently bought a Yamaha Guitalele, and I think he's impressed with the fact I can play it like one of my full-sized classicals. :)

foxfair
01-26-2012, 04:34 PM
Bought my first uke in Jun last year, but I noticed the uke wave before that. I think it was Q4 2010, can't decide if I wanna pull the trigger at that time.

lorrinhiggins
01-26-2012, 05:12 PM
You should change those strings. Just sayin. Probably make your uke sounds brand new again (or even better). BTW, since June 2011.

what do you recommend I use to change them? so far, my accu-pitch tuner says they're on the right pitches, I didn't even think about changing them yet!

SuzukHammer
01-26-2012, 05:37 PM
June 2010 and habit is now formed.

Chris Tarman
01-26-2012, 05:45 PM
I started playing ukulele on Christmas day, playing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" on my brand new Kala pineapple ukulele on speaker for the entire family get-together while my cousin sang along on a microphone.

It's been three years since then, and one new ukulele has been bought (concert Oscar Schmidt), a capo, plenty of chord books and no new strings (knock on wood), and I couldn't imagine my life without a uke.

How long has everyone else been playing?

Three years and only one new uke???? Whoa! I've been playing three years and I have 22 of them! I both applaud and pity your self-control.
Actually, I bought my first ukulele several years earlier, but I don't remember when exactly. It was not long after George Harrison died, which was November of '01, so let's say I bought my first uke in early '02. I messed with it a bit, but it was a horrible instrument. In January of '09, I pulled it out again, realized it was a lousy uke, started looking on eBay and YouTube, and ordered a Kala concert. I've played pretty much daily since then.

falty
01-26-2012, 05:59 PM
October 2011. I'm hooked. Have played at least a little bit everyday since except for a couple of days.

I like bigchiz's comment about playing at least a few chords before leaving the house in the morning. I've been doing that lately.

Just ordered my first quality uke. Shipped today from HMS. Should be here Thursday. Woo hoo.

pwcgecko
01-26-2012, 06:07 PM
Just about 1.5 years.

blender
01-26-2012, 06:34 PM
I was a noob. It's been over a year for me since my first uke: a Kala Concert from MGM. I've since acquired a Boat Paddle tenor, a Flea, and a Mainland Cedar Pineapple.
Love them all (plus the ukes I haven't met, yet).

I'm hooked on the instrument and the community.

guitarman
01-26-2012, 09:02 PM
Been playing since April '11, guitar for 20 yrs. The uke has been such an inspiration.

Hippie Dribble
01-26-2012, 09:11 PM
guitar for 20 yrs

same here guitarman, guitar player here 20+ years.

Bought my first uke - a little painted blue mahalo - on a fancy in mid 2006 while shopping for a mandolin. Hardly touched it for a couple of years and didn't really take it that seriously. Started to get serious in probably mid 2009 and now there is one in the car and pretty much every room of the house. I play every day and can't remember the last time I even picked up my acoustic guitar.

Most humble, beautiful, adaptable, gentle, happy, sweet sounding instrument I ever heard. :)

lochman
01-26-2012, 11:24 PM
played in club cabaret band for years ...after all this time tried a ukulele.....wish i had tried

it years ago ...they are brilliant :agree: :)

Chopped Liver
01-27-2012, 01:15 AM
I've been playing since January 16, 2012! :D

Never going back to a pre-uke life, either! :music:

mr moonlight
01-27-2012, 03:14 AM
what do you recommend I use to change them? so far, my accu-pitch tuner says they're on the right pitches, I didn't even think about changing them yet!
Often times the strings will stay in-tune well after they've worn out. It's more about them losing elasticity which will affect the overall tone. Kala pineapples if its the model I'm thinking of is a laminate uke so the best sounding strings would most likely be Aquilas. Those may very well likely be the strings it came with.

Almost forgot. 1 year this month and 5 uke's later.
Although I only have three at the moment.

bertb
01-27-2012, 03:51 AM
I have only just joined this site but I started playing uke (banjolele actually, hope that counts!) in 1961. I then got married so I put away childish things and got on with the best years of our lives! Last Christmas my friend was given a uke so mine came out of the loft. Unbelievably the strings were still in one piece but the skin was torn. Anyway it still played (after a fashion) and within an hour the tuning and chords came back to me. I have joined a local beginners group, led by a talented musician and also bought a Makala 'cos the banjo uke is too loud. Plus I have to re-skin and restring it and then find a case. What a joy it is to hear those old songs and tunes from the sixties, and now learn the correct chords!

MisterRios
01-27-2012, 04:12 AM
Since June 2011 and I only have two ukes, though if I had my way, I'd have at least five by now!

itsscottwilder
01-27-2012, 05:32 AM
of this year?

Right, I've been playing a little under a month. Totally hooked.

First song I learned was Rainbow Connection. Everyone asks me to play I'm Yours. I have a version of King of Pain by The Police that I love to do on Uke.

I also have worked out my own version of Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time that's basic but has a nice vibe to it.

I worked out The Axle F Theme from Beverly Hills Cop for the ukeeku.com going acoustic challenge too. That was especially fun.

I come from a guitar background so getting my right hand together is turning out to be the bigger challenge.

roxhum
01-27-2012, 05:54 AM
Fun thread
August 8, 2010 I received a used Lanikai LU 11 that I will always be sorry that I sold.

glass
01-27-2012, 06:06 AM
I started in Feb. of 2010 so it's just about 2 yrs for me. I got a sopranino, gourd, cigar box, kala soprano and just recently added an Eddy Finn Swamp Ash tenor!

gokidd
01-27-2012, 07:21 AM
A week and a day! LOL!


Oops, no, a week and TWO days. How time flies!

YAY!! Keep going.

Tsani
01-27-2012, 08:31 AM
I think I have been playing "seriously" since about 2007, but I started in about 1970. There was a long hiatus in the middle before I figured out that I was never going to be any good at playing instruments with 6 strings. :rofl:

tjomball
01-27-2012, 08:41 AM
Played since December 23. 2010.
Bought myself a cheap Reno laminate. Which I since adjusted the saddle and bridge on. Restrung the uke.
Then bought myself 2 eleukes and a solid mahogany concert uke.
I since gave my first laminate to my best friend as a totally random and unexpected gift. :)
With clear instructions that when he buys himself a better uke he has to give it to some other worthy soul.. :D

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
01-27-2012, 09:00 AM
Took me a minute to figure this out... I got my first ukulele from one of my best friends for Christmas in 2007.

If I'd been smart enough to find a case for my first uke, I'd still be playing it. Protect your ukes, my friends.

itsscottwilder
01-27-2012, 09:10 AM
Played since December 23. 2010.
Bought myself a cheap Reno laminate. Which I since adjusted the saddle and bridge on. Restrung the uke.
Then bought myself 2 eleukes and a solid mahogany concert uke.
I since gave my first laminate to my best friend as a totally random and unexpected gift. :)
With clear instructions that when he buys himself a better uke he has to give it to some other worthy soul.. :D

That's an awesome idea. I'm stealing that from you!

molokinirum
01-27-2012, 09:10 AM
October 2009

itsscottwilder
01-27-2012, 09:10 AM
Took me a minute to figure this out... I got my first ukulele from one of my best friends for Christmas in 2007.

If I'd been smart enough to find a case for my first uke, I'd still be playing it. Protect your ukes, my friends.

Which reminds me that I need to find a decent case for my luna.

Anyone know of a case for multiple Ukes?

HoldinCoffee
01-27-2012, 11:51 PM
Which reminds me that I need to find a decent case for my luna.

Anyone know of a case for multiple Ukes?

MGM used to sell a case for two ukes, but he's the only vender I ever saw with it... and I can't remember who made it... so to answer your question; no, not really.

Oct 2008.

foxfair
01-28-2012, 12:10 AM
maybe this? http://elderly.com/accessories/items/U2B.htm

tjomball
01-28-2012, 05:04 AM
That's an awesome idea. I'm stealing that from you!

Go ahead.. We gotta pay it forward.. ;)

YooperUker
01-28-2012, 08:20 AM
August 1989, when I inherited my grandfather's Kamaka soprano (which, I believe, he purchased from the Kamaka shop during a 1972 trip to the islands).

I was just finishing up my first round at university. Had not played a stringed instrument before. It was alien, but I liked the little bug.

Bought a few ukulele instruction books and song books. (Contrary to what I've read on UU and elsewhere, there were many different ukulele books still around in the late '80s/early '90s.) Learned a few chords and plenty o' uke lore.

Later dabbled in guitar and mandolin, but could never figure out what was supposed to be so special about them.

Got a cheap laminate, knock-around uke soon afterward.

Thus far, I've only accumulated about 10 or 12 ukuleles because the kids keep saying they need to eat.

cantcook1
01-28-2012, 09:41 AM
Only since Sep 2011, every day i play even, the wife is starting to recognise the tunes i am playing. Yee Ha improvement.

Sporin
01-28-2012, 10:51 AM
I'm coming up on my 1 year UkeAversary. It would not be an exaggeration to say that taking up the Ukulele at age 40 has literally changed my life... all for the better. :)

ItsMrPitchy
01-28-2012, 11:36 AM
About a year an a half, and loving every minute.

hedgehogsontoast
01-28-2012, 11:52 AM
since July 2010... or is it July 2011? I don't know, time flies when your having fun

lorrinhiggins
01-29-2012, 02:09 PM
I think ukulele playing is a way of life. that's how some of my friends describe me. I met someone today, and was introduced as the ukulele-playing hipster.