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SuzukHammer
06-08-2012, 06:57 AM
I was hoping my child could pickup the uke quickly. THey say children are sponges.

But.... he is not progressing like I had hoped.

I guess i can have him go through ALdrines videos or something - thats an idea.

I was hoping he could pick up on Elephant Town; but, even that is past him.

See for yourself. Any advice is appreciated.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MU38A7QWZUs

PoiDog
06-08-2012, 07:00 AM
I think you need to get one of those uber strict Soviet-era instructers ... the one's that will use a very hard, long, wooden rod to beat the child at every mistake, and who won't allow breaks for water or intestinal relief until fingers are bloody and chord changes are PERFECT.

It's the only way to be sure.

Lori
06-08-2012, 07:17 AM
I think this is clear evidence that the uke is not for him. He looks more like a drummer or keyboard player to me, or maybe harmonica. What does he want to destroy first when taken to a music store?

–Lori

Freeda
06-08-2012, 07:54 AM
Kid is a slacker. See if you can get a refund, or at least a credit towards a new one.

malweth
06-08-2012, 08:05 AM
(Note: I haven't seen the video and know nothing about you, your kid, or your parenting style - just take this as general advice).

Music is important and you should encourage your kid, but trying to push your image onto them will not work.

See what the kid likes to do, encourage them to do what they enjoy, and try to introduce new things, such as ukulele or music in general, more organically.

I still don't like to be forced to do things... and I'm in my 30s!

jmw
06-08-2012, 08:47 AM
I don't know, he seems to have finger-picking down pretty well.

hibiscus
06-08-2012, 09:08 AM
Aww, I think he did quite well! And so cute, too:-)

SuzukHammer
06-08-2012, 01:47 PM
The little guy actually likes to play with the uke everyday. He sees me play uke and he likes to either come over to me and make his note changes on my uke or he'll grab that Fluke and start banging on it.

THe other good thing is he will sing along with me. He doesn't know words or how to change notes; but, he makes noise.

He's alot of fun to watch. This crying in the video was fun. The actual raw length of the video was 5 minutes which is fairly long time for a kids focus time.

SuzukHammer
06-08-2012, 01:50 PM
Kid is a slacker. See if you can get a refund, or at least a credit towards a new one.

haha. :) Yes, indeed!!

cantsing
06-09-2012, 03:09 AM
He doesn't know words or how to change notes; but, he makes noise.
Maybe get him some voice lessons too?

Bill Mc
06-09-2012, 05:00 AM
The problem is obvious. He needs a more expensive ukulele then he will play better.

blue_knight_usa
06-09-2012, 06:28 AM
Everyone is almost on the mark, it's very clear, he needs a SOPRANINO uke...he's obvioulsly having problems with the fingerings because the fretboard is just too big!


The problem is obvious. He needs a more expensive ukulele then he will play better.

vanflynn
06-09-2012, 07:59 AM
Using your leg for barr chords! Why hadn't I thought of that?

Thanks for the tip Dominick.

mm stan
06-09-2012, 03:30 PM
Aloha Frankie,
that is so cute and cool man...wow he is 9 and a half months already...looks like he is going to be a cool thai uker.
Here is another young thai uker...my friends kid at 6 months...ha ha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbwuM5Qo0R0&feature=channel&list=UL

SuzukHammer
06-09-2012, 04:06 PM
Aloha Frankie,
that is so cute and cool man...wow he is 9 and a half months already...looks like he is going to be a cool thai uker.
Here is another young thai uker...my friends kid at 6 months...ha ha http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VbwuM5Qo0R0&feature=channel&list=UL

Wow. I'm gonna show that clip to my son. That kid doesn't cry when he plays the uke. haha. And a gift from Papa Koalaha??? All that kid could make at that time was dirty diapers and he gets a Koaloha???!!! THat FLuke I gave my boy is at least indestructable which is real necessary at this time with my son who seems to be able to break things at will.

SuzukHammer
06-09-2012, 04:08 PM
Maybe get him some voice lessons too?

He copies inflections. He's currenlty working on raspy blues voicing which is pretty good for a 9 month little boy.

SuzukHammer
06-09-2012, 04:09 PM
The problem is obvious. He needs a more expensive ukulele then he will play better.

I'll put a lock on my stash sitting in its own special room. Daddy plays the Collings and the boy migrates to that uke whenever I'm not looking.

tigersister
06-09-2012, 06:55 PM
Such angst! Maybe he'll bring back grunge, but for uke. At least he won't be able to smash the Fluke so easily.

ricdoug
06-09-2012, 08:18 PM
Dominick did some of the best Michael Jackson vocals I've ever heard. His vocals will improve with age. Soon he'll be singing some tasty Elvis Costello licks. I see you're using the progressive learning system. Dom's already advanced to three strings. His stage name will soon be Dominator and he'll be playing like this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kU8sczxu-Q

BIGDB
06-09-2012, 09:07 PM
I'll put a lock on my stash sitting in its own special room. Daddy plays the Collings and the boy migrates to that uke whenever I'm not looking.

Lol let him get a custom or a k brand

mm stan
06-09-2012, 09:55 PM
Wow. I'm gonna show that clip to my son. That kid doesn't cry when he plays the uke. haha. And a gift from Papa Koalaha??? All that kid could make at that time was dirty diapers and he gets a Koaloha???!!! THat FLuke I gave my boy is at least indestructable which is real necessary at this time with my son who seems to be able to break things at will.
Frankie, here he is at 1 year 9 months...he now likes tenors..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JOwG7rawk-g&list=UUzxOs-g_v-cJ9isJzY9r5xw&index=7&feature=plcp

Ukulele JJ
06-11-2012, 04:50 PM
If you tuned the first string two whole steps sharp, he'd have Elephant Town down in no time.

JJ

CasanovaGuy
06-12-2012, 10:24 PM
Give him some time and let him explore the world of music. I started taking ukulele lessons when I was 5, guitar lessons when I was 12, and I even tried exploring piano on my own. Finally, I decided to go the ukulele route. So, just let music grow on him, and even though he might not choose the ukulele now, maybe he'll choose it later in the future :)

franklin.habit
06-13-2012, 01:48 AM
His fingerpicking technique is better than mine. Maybe he could give me lessons.