View Full Version : The Very Beginning?

01-01-2009, 08:28 PM
what inspired you to play the uke over other instruments? what age?

Captain Google
01-01-2009, 08:44 PM
Alan (UKISOCIETY on YouTube and these forums) inspired me to pick up the uke just a few months ago (I was, and still am, 18). He told me who to buy from, I bought Tomo, and the rest is history. One day, I hope to have a duet with him on YouTube.

01-01-2009, 08:54 PM
I play a bunch of other instruments, but I have been playing the ukulele since the 1960s. I think I enjoy the uke most, but, my friends and family enjoy my guitar-playing more...

My wife has really fallen in love with the ukulele, though, and she is starting to take interest in playing one. My son and his wife are also getting interested in playing.

01-01-2009, 09:02 PM
I was inspired at the age of 13 or 14, I believe. I started seeing lots of people with ukulele's and it got me interested. My friend introduced me to Aldrine's Super Mario Medley when it was somewhat new and I just loved it. I started learning from my friends' ukulele and they taught me and stuff and eventually I got myself one.

01-01-2009, 09:10 PM
I'm a parrothead and I saw this kick-ass Hawaiian kid, (Jake) play uke with Jimmy's band. So at 46 I went to a beginners uke class to check it out, left the class, bought a uke and never looked back.

01-01-2009, 09:16 PM
Umm Julia Nunes. I love youtube and I was looking through covers and saw her. I have been playing guitar for 2 years so I thought the uke would be pretty easy to learn.Oh and I'm 15!

01-02-2009, 11:09 PM
I got into the uke when trying to cover "You and I" by Ingrid Michaelson on guitar. Halfway through trying to learn it, I realized it was the ukulele that made the song sound so special. That sparked my initial interest. From there I began searching through youtube for covers and came across Julia Nunes [surprise, huh?], and I knew I NEEDED a ukulele.
So after about a couple months of anticipation I found my beautiful new ukulele under the Christmas tree :]
My parents wrapped it in a Guitar Hero III box, I thought it was pretty witty.

01-03-2009, 01:18 AM
The thing that inspired me to play the ukulele over the other instruments is that it is easy to learn, portable, people are inspired by the instrument. I am 33 years and I am so glad that I picked up the ukulele....

01-03-2009, 01:29 AM
Not ashamed to admit.. Julia Nunes was the person who got me in to them. Already a bassist and guitarist, I saw her Bushman entry last year. From there I spent a few months flirting with the idea.. continuing to watch Seeso, Aldrine, and Jason Arimoto. The on a whim with a few extra bucks I bought a Uke from guitar center. 3 or 4 months later... and now it's threatening guitar and bass's status as my most played instrument.

01-03-2009, 06:34 AM
I've played the guitar for 10 years +. Saw the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain a few months back and was bitten by the Uke bug. Only regret is not having started on the Uke years ago.

01-03-2009, 06:49 AM
I started green about 5+ years ago at the age of 37.A friend who had also never learned a string instrument before,talked me into it when he started.To this day,I feel like I owe him for convincing me to learn uke.

01-03-2009, 07:03 AM
I was 8 years old I think when I saw the "Roy Sakuma's ukulele studio" sign, and I begged and begged to take lessons.(which were 15 dollars a week, 60 dollars a month). After two years going to lessons once a week, I stopped, and I stumbled upon this website :D

01-03-2009, 07:16 AM
When I was 11 or 12, I found my grandfather's old baritone uke (an Aria spruce-top) in the attic and banged around on it with my guitar chords for years. Never took it all that seriously, though, and focused on guitar.
A few years later, I was vacationing on Kaua'i with some friends, and regretted not bringing a guitar. Walked into Bounty Music hoping to find a cheap travel guitar, and walked out with a Kamaka soprano and no more spending money for the rest of the trip. It was worth it. :D

01-03-2009, 07:41 AM
after i saw aldrine play legend of zelda on the uke i bought a baritone uke from mgm, at that time i was still learning guitar but felt that i needed to focus on guitar more so i sold the uke that was feb. Then on november my uke urge came back so here i am again back in this site.

01-03-2009, 07:46 AM
julia nunes, that's it

01-03-2009, 07:55 AM
I saw lots of amazing ukuleles on Holiday in Hawaii, I bought a Lanikai and learned from there. I lost interest until I found this site. It was a combination of one of Davoomac's videos, Jake Shimabukuro and the UU that got me started again. Cheers guys you do a great job.

01-03-2009, 08:04 AM
I've played guitar for 18 years. A while back, I started doing a lot of camping with a friend of mine, Tsani on UU, who played ukulele. It seemed easier to take a uke camping than a guitar, so I thought I'd give it a try. I was stationed in Hawaii from 1988 ~ 1992 at Hickam AFB, (lived in Pearl City) so I picked up the Hawaiian music bug when I lived there. Over the years I had stopped listening to Hawaiian music until I started uke'n. Now, (almost 2 years later) it is about all I listen to. I must say that I've had more enjoyment playing the uke these past couple years than I ever did playing the guitar, and UU is a big reason for that. Ya'll keep me practicing, working on videos, figuring out tabs and what not. A big mahalo to all of you for giving me an excuse to do something I love.:)

01-03-2009, 08:54 AM
i got inspiration from guting when i saw him on youtube playing the is this love-waiting in vain front shot

01-03-2009, 09:09 AM
Last winter I came across Seeso's original songs and really liked them. After browsing through more uke originals and covers (definintely including While My Guitar Gently Weeps) I began to debate purchasing a lanikai soprano since its only $50 and had decent reviews. Then one night I came across Iz's Over the Rainbow, realized it was a ukulele (I loved that song for a few months), and immediately purchased the uke. One of the best decisions I've ever made!:love:

01-03-2009, 09:31 AM
two wordz: Bruddah Iz.

well him and the movie shallow hal lol.

01-03-2009, 01:23 PM
I was walking through a mall and for whatever reason I was drawn into a music shop. Im not even sure why I went in there because I have never played any instrument and knew nothing about music. Started lookin around and saw one of these hangin on the wall . The one I have is baby blue though.

I thought wow that little things cute I'm gonna buy it never really expecting to learn it. Needless to say its been a little over a year and I'm soooo glad I was drawn into that music store! :p So I guess I wasn't really inspired by anyone or anything it was more or less an impulse buy that I fell in love with.

01-03-2009, 03:19 PM
George was enjoying playing his too much to answer questions on the Beatles Anthology. I instantly thought that was cool, but thought I sucked too hard at strings to try. Years later I heard someone playing Jammin' on uke and I had to have that sound. I got a Koaloha ksm-10 from MGM and the uke is my instrument for keeps (I do want an alto clarinet one day though). No one in my family takes it seriously, but for my husband ... Who would play if he could sound like Bosko.

It turns out I do suck pretty hard at it, but I love it anyway.

01-03-2009, 04:55 PM
I had taken a brief interest in lutheir-ing, so I built a uke kit from Steward-MacDonald. Then later I got a Kala curly mango soprano.

01-28-2009, 02:21 PM
what inspired you to play the uke over other instruments? what age?
Ive been play'n guitar for about3-4yrs,, I found my uke,, never had any intension of buying one or gett'n into it,, but much to my surprise,, i cant put the thing down,, so much so,, i dont play my guitars anymore,, i just luv the big sound you can get out of a small instrument,,, and i've found that the uke is one of the best blues instruments gett'n around

01-28-2009, 02:49 PM
I wanted to learn for a few years, mostly because of Stephen Merritt. Then, last year, I decided that I wanted to learn an instrument before I turned thirty.

Now I'm thirty and I play the uke. Not well, but well enough to make myself happy.

01-28-2009, 02:58 PM
I always loved Hawaii, and last year on a cruise, I noticed they had beginner ukulele classes. I attended, and fell in love. I had tried piano and guitar before but never got good enough to encourage sticking with it. I'm still not good at ukulele but the progress I have made has allowed me to keep with it. For the record, I was (and still am) 35 years old.

01-28-2009, 03:14 PM
Jaaaaaaa :D a.k.a Julia Nunes got me hooked at age 18, I've been playing ever since October 2008 and I love it, and I love learning new chords and songs, and learning more about this magical little instrument each day. Its great, thank you Ms. Nunes! :D

Harold O.
01-28-2009, 03:18 PM
My sister brought me a handmade ukulele home from Tahiti last summer. It's a beautiful piece with carved totems in the mahogany and 8 strings. Rings out well with a high tone.

After looking at it for a few months I decided to learn how to play it. That particular ukulele is not yet being played, but I now have three others that occupy different rooms in my house so I can pick one up at any time.

Guitar proved too difficult for my 48 year old brain and big fingers. Ukulele only has four strings and you hit them all every time!

Harold O.


01-28-2009, 03:32 PM
Bruddah IZ. I picked up one of his CD's on our first trip to Maui(five years ago.) I am not going to lie, I seen this big guy in a swimming pool and bought it as a joke. I played it and fell in love with it. I told my wife I would like to play the ukulele one day and she said I had too many hobbies. So last year, after retiring from my roller and ice hockey leagues, I bought one. I have not put it down since.

01-28-2009, 04:48 PM
My FIRST ukulele influence was the esteemed Ernie of Sesame Street. U is for UKULELE!

01-29-2009, 04:23 AM
I got my husband an ukulele for his birthday a couple of years ago. I play harmonica and I really wanted someone to jam with, so I talked him into trying it.

After about 3 months, I decided he was having so much fun with the ukulele that I would give it a try.

We've been playing for a bit over 2 years. We just wish we had discovered ukuleles years ago. All that fun that we missed out on!

01-29-2009, 08:51 AM
I've played bass for about 10 years and have sucked at guitar for about 4... I went to a family reunion with my fiancee and her great uncle and aunt sat together on the porch and played their ukes and sang old songs... which I thought was the coolest thing ever. I plunked around on one with absolutely no idea what I was doing, and it occurred to me that I could handle another four-stringed instrument.

Now I'm a little nervous about the next reunion... they've all heard I picked it up and I've no idea what they expect... I rarely play "traditional" ukulele music.

01-29-2009, 09:24 AM
My local pub used to have regular acoustic music sessions. I enjoyed them, and got the urge to join in. My wife used to play guitar, so I got hers down from the loft. After one evening of struggling to get my small hands to make sense of the thing I gave up. When I was putting it back in the loft, I found a ukulele, and an instruction book by John Pearce. I gave it a try, and was hooked. That was about 14 years ago, when I was 57.