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rem50
07-12-2013, 01:51 PM
under 25?

25-30?

30-40?

40-50?

over 50?

BIGDB
07-12-2013, 01:54 PM
under 25. I was 14 im 15 now so its been about a 1-1 1/2 years

rem50
07-12-2013, 01:55 PM
I wanted to do this as a poll but screwed up. If you can delete and make a poll out of it I would appreciate it

ArtfulDodger
07-12-2013, 01:57 PM
Way, way under 25... take a look at my profile pic! Im in my late 50s now!!

RonT
07-12-2013, 02:06 PM
70. Really.
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Tele295
07-12-2013, 02:18 PM
D) 40-50 - just started a few months ago

janeray1940
07-12-2013, 02:21 PM
For the first time? Definitely under 25, I got one for my 7th birthday and played until I was around 9 and life...got in the way.

Then, sadly, I didn't pick one up again for another 35 years. That was 4 years ago.

1300cc
07-12-2013, 02:24 PM
54. im 55 now

hibiscus
07-12-2013, 02:54 PM
over 50. . . .

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
07-12-2013, 02:56 PM
I was 30-40. :)

gadha007
07-12-2013, 02:58 PM
25 when I started three-four months ago.

ukemunga
07-12-2013, 03:06 PM
70. Really.
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You old fart! As opposed to "OldePhart"...

60, (almost old fart). A couple of years ago.

Fred

chillywilly
07-12-2013, 03:07 PM
Over 50 when my dad gave me his soprano Martin he bought in the 40's for 2 bucks a week....

ukemunga
07-12-2013, 03:18 PM
Over 50 when my dad gave me his soprano Martin he bought in the 40's for 2 bucks a week....

That's one precious soprano. Love it.

kenikas
07-12-2013, 04:16 PM
Mid 50's, been playing (well some might call it that :)) for about 4 yrs.

sukie
07-12-2013, 04:21 PM
51. I know. I don't look a day over, either. :-p

Captain Simian
07-12-2013, 04:25 PM
I was 43 and 96/100ths years old.

chillywilly
07-12-2013, 04:27 PM
Thank you i do...and it is in most excellent condition. dad comes over every Sunday and he plays the keyboards while i try my best on the ukulele. he says i'm good, the wife says i'm good, but i see others on here who are REALLY good...

connor013
07-12-2013, 04:32 PM
Five days before my 33rd birthday I was walking my dog past a local music store that was going out of business. We walked in without any expectations and and walked out with an LU-21C.

Single best purchase I've ever made (for myself).

bassballz
07-12-2013, 04:42 PM
52 when I picked up the uke..... after banging on the "other" 4 string (electric bass) for 30 years.

pootsie
07-12-2013, 04:47 PM
http://walyou.com/wp-content/uploads//2012/05/42-e1338168111522.jpg

ukemunga
07-12-2013, 05:39 PM
Thank you i do...and it is in most excellent condition. dad comes over every Sunday and he plays the keyboards while i try my best on the ukulele. he says i'm good, the wife says i'm good, but i see others on here who are REALLY good...

Some day I want to be REALLY good, too. In the meantime I'll just keep enjoying the journey. I hope I keep getting better at it, and I think I am... but to me, my goal is to have fun every time I pick up a uke.

And I sure do.

GKK
07-12-2013, 06:02 PM
48...Two years ago!...

kvehe
07-12-2013, 06:03 PM
Over 50.....

weerpool
07-12-2013, 06:32 PM
22 yrs old , 5 years ago

clb
07-12-2013, 06:51 PM
28. Three days ago. ;)

pootsie
07-12-2013, 07:25 PM
28. Three days ago. ;)

Good on you.

AKuker
07-12-2013, 07:34 PM
61. Even older dogs can learn tricks, well sometimes.

Tigeralum2001
07-12-2013, 07:44 PM
30-40... the mystery of that statement will get to someone... ;)

DavidMark
07-12-2013, 08:45 PM
I was under 25

Brad Bordessa
07-12-2013, 09:39 PM
Ahh... But have any of us REALLY started? That is the question... :)

consitter
07-12-2013, 09:44 PM
38. It was my first stringed instrument.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
07-12-2013, 09:53 PM
as a 6th grader in HNL because it was part of the teacher's curriculum.

Blessings on you, Mrs Wong, wherever you are!!

That was back in 1960 I believe! So it's been a few years. No real instruction since then, just a lot of practice and self-discovery, as in lots of 'ah-ha' moments when trying to figure things out.

It's been a lot of fun over the years.

keep uke'in' everybody, :)

Helms
07-12-2013, 10:13 PM
19. I am now at the age of 22.
Best thing I ever did

Manalishi
07-12-2013, 10:31 PM
58 if my failing memory serves................

26tiki
07-12-2013, 11:13 PM
37... Almost a year ago now. Can't imagine my life without it.. What the heck did I do before??

Par
07-13-2013, 01:35 AM
49 1/2. I am now at the age of 51.

dkcrown
07-13-2013, 02:42 AM
50. That was 4 1/2 years ago.

Hippie Dribble
07-13-2013, 02:58 AM
If I remember correctly, I was the same age as my tonsils and a little bit older than my teeth.

BWright
07-13-2013, 03:22 AM
In 2009 when I was 67.

ralphk
07-13-2013, 03:42 AM
I was about 75 or so when I picked up my first uke.

OldePhart
07-13-2013, 03:44 AM
fumfy - otherwise known as over 50

Bill Mc
07-13-2013, 03:59 AM
Between 60 and 100.

Dougf
07-13-2013, 04:42 AM
I was about 9 or 10, which was just a few years before Tiny Tim hit the big time. I didn't really pick it up again until about five years ago when I took one along on a backpacking trip. Safe to say it has changed my life.

greyghost
07-13-2013, 04:45 AM
46--after struggling off and on with guitar since about age 12. I have finally found my instrument.

cantsing
07-13-2013, 04:50 AM
I was over 50. Still am.

Huckleberry
07-13-2013, 05:07 AM
Started at 70. Great retirement hobby. Also into music theory.

UkuleleHan96
07-13-2013, 05:08 AM
I was 16 when I first picked up a uke! :)

fowl
07-13-2013, 08:16 AM
I was 61 and had never played an instrument because al my teachers in school told me I was tone deaf. If they could only see me now!

Pondoro
07-13-2013, 08:46 AM
49. I had played tenor banjo and tenor guitar years before, so it was not my first stringed instrument.

Hms
07-13-2013, 09:49 AM
59.
60 in two days! Eek
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LimousinLil
07-13-2013, 10:00 AM
If I remember correctly, I was the same age as my tonsils and a little bit older than my teeth.
My Grandmother used to say that!

In answer to the question, I would put myself in the over-50 group and refuse to commit myself further. It is very encouraging, though, to see that there are a lot of more senior ukers out there!

Val

Pameulu
07-13-2013, 11:21 AM
37, 7 years ago.

revdj
07-13-2013, 11:49 AM
49, about a month ago!

edstrummer
07-13-2013, 12:05 PM
63 years young , on my birthday , last year. Tons of fun since.
Ed.

oldjazznut
07-13-2013, 12:26 PM
Bought 'em at 50, Still haven't put much effort into it at 56, but recently joined this forum for new inspiration.

I started on guitar at 14, had a few brief periods where I was actually pretty decent, but not the last several years. I've also taken a stab at clarinet, trumpet, recorder, and tenor banjo.

I have a Pocket Sax that's fun to mess with. Basically an alto range recorder with a tenor sax reed.

Kem
07-13-2013, 12:34 PM
I was about 8. Now I'm 38. People look at me funny when I say I've been playing for 30 years.

Ukuleleblues
07-13-2013, 12:48 PM
I started playing in one of my previous lives, Not sure if that is over 50 or Under 25? Maybe I should use the age at that life, but I don't remember, anyway it's been a BLAST!!

rem50
07-13-2013, 01:18 PM
I started the post but forgot to say- 51 for me been playing 3 years I think?????

Doc_J
07-13-2013, 02:56 PM
Seems like a lot of us started at or around 50.

Me too. Started at 50.

igorthebarbarian
07-13-2013, 07:38 PM
Wide variety here! I was 34, and that was 2 years ago.

we tigers
07-13-2013, 07:44 PM
Wide variety here! I was 34, and that was 2 years ago.

Same here!

Pippin
07-13-2013, 11:57 PM
I don't remember the exact year... but somewhere around 1966 I started playing. I am fifty-five now.

Walden
07-14-2013, 01:37 AM
I was 12 years old, and passing through the Hawaiian Islands on my way from Oklahoma to the Philippines, when I got my first ukulele. The instructional booklet confused me, at that age, and the re-entrant tuning especially confused me, and I had no teacher, and eventually took up mandolin, when I found a missionary friend who could play that instrument, when I was about 14. I was about 34 or 35 when I learned to play the ukulele, after taking up the similarly-tuned 5-string banjo.

NOTLguy
07-14-2013, 01:43 AM
68........... really. Was a bass player in my youth and thought this would be fun. Been playing for about a month.

ichadwick
07-14-2013, 02:19 AM
Over 50. But then I had four decades of guitar playing to start from...

Frax
07-14-2013, 06:40 AM
Ahah !
Funny stuff here, finally proving age doesn't really matter... at all ;)
I was 28.

Used to be a transverse flute player, ... eventually ;)

bobO G
07-14-2013, 07:19 AM
Started about 7 months ago at 57 . Started playing Blues Harmonica at 17 when a fella named James Cotton taught me a few huffs .

river_driver
07-14-2013, 07:27 AM
36, 37, somewhere around there. Been a few years now.

Edgeguy
07-14-2013, 07:40 AM
49 and I started just this past June.

OldePhart
07-14-2013, 07:54 AM
Started about 7 months ago at 57 . Started playing Blues Harmonica at 17 when a fella named James Cotton taught me a few huffs .

Sweeet! If we ever collide at a festival somewhere I'd be happy to trade uke tips for harp tips!

John

Nikita
07-14-2013, 09:22 AM
Met my first ukulele face to face in 2000, was a guitar player at the time. It was introduced to me while I was in a military training program by the first person I had ever met who was born and raised on Oahu. I also found Iz that year as well, thanks to her :) I picked it up once or twice while hanging out over at her house studying, but the bug didn't bite. Fast forward to 2009, bought a concert Lanikai at my local store while browsing guitars, mostly out of curiosity. Noodled with it, learned a couple of chords. Again-the bug did not bite. I tucked it away in the closet and continued on with my guitars.

Then, for reasons I can't quite put my finger on or remember exactly; I watched some YouTube videos of uke players in August 2012 and at the same time stumbled onto Ukulele Underground and there and then decided I was going to give the uke a real chance. It was cute, it seemed like uke players had fun AND were skilled as well. Boy am I glad I did!! The uke changed my life, and now I can't imagine not having a uke in my life. It is such a positive, happy and satisfying little instrument.

So, 32 when I first encountered a uke and 44 when I decided to actually play the darn thing! Geez, talk about getting things done the hard way. :D I always was a slow learner...

Doug W
07-14-2013, 09:50 AM
I was 9 when got my first uke, 51 years ago. If I had practiced consistently the last 5 decades I would be better than I am now.

xommen
07-14-2013, 10:53 AM
I was definitely 30-40, as I am 40 at the moment and I am not playing my uke for more then 10 years.
But to be more precise I guess I was 38 when I met somebody while camping who had a uke with him, which inspired me to buy one also.

vct33
07-14-2013, 12:33 PM
I was 43 and 96/100ths years old.

Can you please reduce your fractions to lowest terms? Thats 43 and 43/50ths. :p

OldePhart
07-14-2013, 12:49 PM
Can you please reduce your fractions to lowest terms? Thats 43 and 43/50ths. :p

Somebody's a school teacher... :)

Tigeralum2001
07-14-2013, 12:53 PM
Can you please reduce your fractions to lowest terms? Thats 43 and 43/50ths. :p
Actually, that is 43 24/25ths... :)

OldePhart
07-14-2013, 12:58 PM
Actually, that is 43 24/25ths... :)

Good catch...notice I didn't say previous poster was a good school teacher... :biglaugh:

vct33
07-14-2013, 01:55 PM
Actually, that is 43 24/25ths... :)

HAHAHA. Ok, I suck. :o

rem50
07-14-2013, 01:56 PM
This is what I thought. I think the majority of us migrated from other instruments and we were all a little "seasoned" when we started...... not all but alot of us were! :)

longjnsilver
07-14-2013, 02:12 PM
I was 10 - it was 1952, started with (I think) an Arthur Godfrey Eminee with a "Chordmaster" on it, but "graduated" to chording myself in 1954. Here's a pic of me in '54 with my uke - MYSTERY UKE. It appears to have two extra holes in the top, one on either side of the fredboard, and some sort of writing/decal between the bridge and sound hole. MYSTIFIED. I have searched literally hundreds of vintage uke photos and can't find anything matching it. IDEAS? THANKS! - Johnny Long, Hendersonville NC55889

tom
07-14-2013, 02:22 PM
I was 7 - but was forced to take piano lessons at 8 and didn't play the uke much for a while. Switched to guitar at 12. Dabbled with other instruments, but have primarily been a guitarist. Rediscovered the uke again in my 40s. I still have my first guitar (a Yamaha student classical) and actually still play it often, but I don't know what happened to my first uke :^(

dkame
07-14-2013, 03:59 PM
I was 7 too. My first uke was a no name, probably plywood, stained red mahogony. I carried it to lessons in the original cardboard box it came in.

The Great Bedini
07-14-2013, 04:16 PM
63. Which, since I turn 64 next month, wasn't long ago. Nearly 50 years on guitar and harmonica, though. 33 on bass. I still love playing guitar, but Uke is a special treat, and I don't know why. It just feels good.

addicted2myuke
07-15-2013, 02:49 AM
Touched my first uke at age 58. I'm now 61 and still touch my uke every day.

ukegirl
07-15-2013, 03:16 AM
It was in the 1960's with a Islander and a Polk-a-lele...so a day or two!

Sporin
07-15-2013, 03:27 AM
Got one for my 40th birthday.