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kiki611
10-16-2013, 10:38 PM
under 25?

25-30?

30-40?

40-50?

over 50?

xommen
10-16-2013, 11:20 PM
I thinks this would work best as a poll? When you make a new item you can turn it into a poll by selecting that option.

I was 39 by the way ;). And welcome to the forum I guess.

Osprey
10-17-2013, 12:22 AM
Over 50
Cliff

Linho
10-17-2013, 12:26 AM
24.

For a poll "under 25" is to imprecise. There's a big difference if someone starts with 24, or with 4. ;)

drbekken
10-17-2013, 12:46 AM
About 12 or 13, I believe....from the age of 20, I had a 25-year hiatus, maybe more, before I rediscovered it. I'm glad I found it again.

BWright
10-17-2013, 03:42 AM
Way past 50, ...67!

Jon Moody
10-17-2013, 03:45 AM
34.

I originally picked it up as something to just play with around the house. a number of gigs later (as a solo artist and sideman) and now it's something I'm known for and take pride in my continual learning.

Ken Middleton
10-17-2013, 04:35 AM
Around 6 years old.

Steedy
10-17-2013, 04:39 AM
I was 56. Wish I could have started at 55. :)

ichadwick
10-17-2013, 04:39 AM
Mentally, physically or the age I really wished I had been?

sonomajazz
10-17-2013, 04:44 AM
Around 6 years old.

A multiple of 6 that shall remain secret..!

iamesperambient
10-17-2013, 04:50 AM
under 25?

25-30?

30-40?

40-50?

over 50?

I'm going to be 32 in jan....i started 10 years ago
so i was about 21 almost 22 when i started playing uke.

Sporin
10-17-2013, 04:51 AM
It was a gift from my wife for my 40th birthday. I don't think she expected it would be a life changer for me, but it certainly has. :)

bunnyf
10-17-2013, 04:54 AM
Started at 58 after I retired. I wish I had started sooner but working f/t and having 6 kids. I don't know if I would have really found the time to play and enjoy my uke. I probably would have felt guilty, like I should be doing a chore.

janeray1940
10-17-2013, 05:01 AM
I first got one for my 7th birthday, but learned informally from my dad and did not really take it seriously. By 10 I had abandoned it for guitar, piano, and bass, all of which I failed miserably at.

In my early 40s, I picked up the uke again, and this time it took, and there's been no looking back. Maybe by the time I'm 50 I'll even been good at it :)

sugengshi
10-17-2013, 05:15 AM
When I was 42. I am 44 now. :-)

Doc_J
10-17-2013, 05:20 AM
40-50 when I started. OK, I was exactly 50.

I would like to be a decent player by 60.
( I also would like to be rich, good looking, and living in Hawaii. :D Probably none of these will happen.)

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-17-2013, 05:20 AM
6th grade, about 11-12, Ali'iolani Elementary, Honolulu, Mrs Wong!! :)

Been playing ever since... mostly strumming and singing... like now :)

keep uke'in',

PS 6th grade was back in 1960.

JLM
10-17-2013, 05:39 AM
49...just getting started!

bassballz
10-17-2013, 06:36 AM
52...after decades of banging on the electric bass (the other four-stringer).

bariukish
10-17-2013, 06:40 AM
My wife and I were 75 when we first started self teaching ourselves a little over 2 years ago. The good news is that you're never to old to start something. The bad news is that I miss the strings occasionally and can't hear what I'm playing very well. No, wait...the way I play, that's probably good news too. Keep on strummin'!

DaveY
10-17-2013, 06:40 AM
uh . . . I can't remember. It's all foggy . . . confusing . . . vague images, visual and aural . . . trying to do the arithmetic . . .

So I guess that means I was over 50.

Manalishi
10-17-2013, 07:06 AM
Fifty nine I reckon.Or very late fifty eight.One or the other!

JesseLeanos
10-17-2013, 07:24 AM
I was 20. Haha
So like 6 months ago

ScooterD35
10-17-2013, 07:49 AM
49


Scooter

Tootler
10-17-2013, 08:23 AM
66...

Or thereabouts...

I think.

cigarfan
10-17-2013, 08:28 AM
59 ... after playing guitar for 40+ years. Not real good at it yet. It's a work in progress.

Trinimon
10-17-2013, 08:41 AM
41 for me, and I sound just a hair better two years later. :p

estreya
10-17-2013, 09:50 AM
It's said that the best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. And yet we dig our holes and bury tiny roots, knowing there are greater rewards than our immediate gratification. For me, it's been like that with the ukulele. Sure, i wish i'd started playing when i was as tall as my leg is now long. But i didn't. And yet i play. And i love it. And there ya go ...

PS: 40-50 is my answer.

NewKid
10-17-2013, 10:34 AM
49...after 36 years of acoustic guitar. I just turned 50 last week...and hope to get at least 40 years of ukulele

rickkes
10-17-2013, 11:58 AM
4 years ago. . .so 58. surprised by the number of folks around my age who have responded. Isn't this supposed to be a hipster thing?

bborzell
10-17-2013, 12:02 PM
8 months ago at 68.

tainauke
10-17-2013, 12:58 PM
Had just turned 31... Wish it had been sooner

SailingUke
10-17-2013, 01:05 PM
Around 6 years old.

Wow !, do they have ukuleles that old? :)

Actual I believe I am older than Ken, I started at 10 or 11.
I went over to the darkside to guitar while in high school. I finally saw the light and took up ukulele seriously about 5 years ago.

cantsing
10-17-2013, 04:00 PM
I started about 3 years ago at age 54. I sometimes wish I had started years earlier, but I learned everything I know from the Internet, and that wouldn't have been possible even 10 years ago. So the timing is about right for me.

bobO G
10-17-2013, 04:09 PM
57 Think I'll be doing this for the rest of the ride.

UkerDanno
10-17-2013, 04:14 PM
over 50...2 years ago, inspired by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's Over the Rainbow/Wonderful World medley!

kohanmike
10-17-2013, 09:13 PM
About 4 months ago at 63 when I saw a Mahalo UT-30 soprano designed after a Fender Telecaster, which I have. I thought it would be cute to have it, and once I did, I started playing (then sold the soprano for a tenor, up to five now, UAS). Been playing guitar for 50 years.

kwokkie
10-18-2013, 12:19 AM
31. 1 1/2 years ago I was looking for a new hobby. I'm glad I did!

consitter
10-18-2013, 12:23 AM
At the age of 38, I was on a Hawaiian cruise, and bought a uke during a stopover on the big island.

Kem
10-18-2013, 02:52 AM
I was eight...so thirty years ago.

vanflynn
10-18-2013, 02:58 AM
9 years old in music class at Pearl Harbor Kai Elementary (I'm a military brat). Stopped at around 12 and picked it back up at 50. So glad I did!

UkeyDave
10-18-2013, 03:06 AM
Over 50. Wish I'd discovered it earlier though.

Dan Uke
10-18-2013, 03:12 AM
40 years old

Tristan Castro
10-18-2013, 03:15 AM
2 years ago when i was 13 years old :)

PereBourik
10-18-2013, 04:08 AM
60

I wanted something to help me sustain a good attitude. So far it is working. I'm crazy for 'ukulele.

wrestlingmatt51
10-18-2013, 05:02 AM
I was 11 years old when my family went on vacation to Hawaii and I bought a ten dollar soprano. It looks like I might be going back there for the first time since then this winter.

Mahalo Mike
11-22-2016, 08:16 AM
Seven decades + 1/10 of a decade - I started 2 weeks ago.

...and I'm lovin' it!


My living room venue guitar playing has helped a lot, except when I see a chord written on paper, when my "muscle memory" (optic nerve to brain to arm to hand to fingers nerves/muscles) wants to play the chord as if my ukes have six strings.

Mahalo Mike
11-22-2016, 08:20 AM
My wife and I were 75 when we first started self teaching ourselves a little over 2 years ago. The good news is that you're never to old to start something. The bad news is that I miss the strings occasionally and can't hear what I'm playing very well. No, wait...the way I play, that's probably good news too. Keep on strummin'!


Great answer.

Snargle
11-22-2016, 08:22 AM
69. Never too old...I'm learning new things every day. Some of it even sounds good!

Pete F
11-22-2016, 08:26 AM
49 for me :)

Mahalo Mike
11-22-2016, 08:52 AM
4 years ago. . .so 58. surprised by the number of folks around my age who have responded. Isn't this supposed to be a hipster thing?

I'm a uky newbie at 71 and I believe I'm a hipster. At least, I think that's what she said...

Mahalo Mike
11-22-2016, 09:08 AM
60

I wanted something to help me sustain a good attitude. So far it is working. I'm crazy for 'ukulele.

Come to Florida - medical marijuana will soon be available.
Or Colorado...

Osprey
11-22-2016, 09:18 AM
66, I thought about it for a few years before I took the plunge. Happy that I did.

crisson
11-22-2016, 09:26 AM
I started the uke at 67 (over 50) but I played around with the guitar, banjo, and dulcimer many years before that.

Rambo2
11-22-2016, 09:45 AM
29. Im 32. Wish I started sooner too! Oh well, we got the rest of our lives to keep learning. "Always a student."

BluesPreacher
11-22-2016, 10:53 AM
Let's see...I think I was about 47 or so. About 13 years ago.

Nickie
11-22-2016, 11:57 AM
I was 59. Youre never too old

Mezcalero
11-22-2016, 12:44 PM
53 years old when I started playing 3 months ago. Now I feel 53 years young, since i've been playing the ukulele every day :)

padlin
11-22-2016, 01:17 PM
Learning an instrument is a bucket list thing, started 2 years ago at 58.

Django
11-22-2016, 01:41 PM
I started playing seriously at 59, but played some when I was about 9. Much better this time around.

Croaky Keith
11-22-2016, 11:31 PM
Didn't know this thread existed, & I looked at a lot of threads when I joined. ;)

It was a retirement project for me, to learn a musical instrument, first try was a digital piano, (will go back to it eventually), second was harmonicas, (just gone back to trying to learn), third was ukes. :)

Age of 65 (& a half).

Axemaniac88
11-22-2016, 11:46 PM
Started at age 28. Still 28...just about! Bought a uke on a whim and haven't looked back since.

Dan Gleibitz
11-22-2016, 11:51 PM
I'm a uky newbie at 71 and I believe I'm a hipster. At least, I think that's what she said...

I think the doctor prescribed "hip op", not hip hop.

Sorry, I SAID I THINK THE DOCTOR PRESCRIBED "HIP OP", NOT HIP HOP.


I jest, and sorry for doing so. I started at age 40.

DownUpDave
11-23-2016, 12:12 AM
I started 2 years ago at the age of 57. I don't regret not starting at a younger age. I have had a lifetime of enjoyable and compelling interests and hobbies. I believe the uke came to me at the right time in my life. I am glad it did because I love being able to make music. I like UAS as well, better than acquiring hangovers, gave that up a while back ;)

SoloRule
11-23-2016, 03:02 AM
I have always been fascinated by classical guitar. Started playing guitar at age 10 then stop then pick it up again in my late teen years and took some private lessons.
My wrist started to hurt really bad so I had to give up guitar playing and never touched it for like a 100 years.
2 1/2 years ago a friend showed me her cute little uke that she bought off kijjii. Her musicial talented 20 years old son strummed a few chords and I was hook ever since.
I could not read tabs and forgot how to read music note but I was determine to get that part of the brain active again. After 2 1/2 years , things are starting to return to my brain and fingers!
Uke is my only passion in life now especially after meeting this guy upstairs (thread #65).
Uke changed my life. I am a happier person and I actually looking forward to alone time so that I can play without interruption.

DownUpDave
11-23-2016, 03:10 AM
I have always been fascinated by classical guitar. Started playing guitar at age 10 then stop then pick it up again in my late teen years and took some private lessons.
My wrist started to hurt really bad so I had to give up guitar playing and never touched it for like a 100 years.
2 1/2 years ago a friend showed me her cute little uke that she bought off kijjii. Her musicial talented 20 years old son strummed a few chords and I was hook ever since.
I could not read tabs and forgot how to read music note but I was determine to get that part of the brain active again. After 2 1/2 years , things are starting to return to my brain and fingers!
Uke is my only passion in life now especially after meeting this guy upstairs (thread #65).
Uke changed my life. I am a happier person and I actually looking forward to alone time so that I can play without interruption.

Thanks for mentioning me as the guy up stairs, usually referred to by other names, lol. I like how you dodged the question of "How old were you when you started playing the uke" . I guess the answer is older than 10 and younger than 110 :o

SoloRule
11-23-2016, 04:12 AM
Thanks for mentioning me as the guy up stairs, usually referred to by other names, lol. I like how you dodged the question of "How old were you when you started playing the uke" . I guess the answer is older than 10 and younger than 110 :o

There is no answer to that question when the old brain lost count. All it matter is how young we feel and we act our shoe size.
When I am holding my uke, I wish I have 30 more years to perfect my skill. However, judging of how messy the world is now . I am very happy that I am an old fart !! :D

JMort847
11-23-2016, 04:22 AM
Over 50 for me.

Estudiante
11-23-2016, 07:29 AM
I recently showed my ukulele to my grandmother, who's in her 90's now. Turns out her brother, who lived to 100-and-something, played ukulele for almost 50 years, until shortly before he passed away.

Old MaGoo
11-23-2016, 11:55 AM
Five weeks ago, so over 50.

ralphk
11-23-2016, 01:12 PM
I recall I was about 75, That would be 11 years ago

Debussychopin
11-23-2016, 01:46 PM
I can reminisce back to the day I first started uke. When I was a wee 44 yrs of age. Mommy always said for a grown man I shouldn't still be playjn with toys. It has been a week added to my sprite age of 44 now and still playin; ill show her.
Buying ukes from Asia online is like a box of chocolates.
You never know what you'll get.

Al Davison
11-23-2016, 01:47 PM
61 years old. Do I win anything? ;)

Snargle
11-23-2016, 01:58 PM
61 years old. Do I win anything? ;)

Well, you ain't the oldest and you ain't the youngest. Is there a prize for being the statistical median? :confused:

SoloRule
11-24-2016, 01:55 AM
Can't help making this comment!
I notice there are a lot of age 50+ here
50 is truly the new 30 and 60 is the new 40...
Don't think our parents generation would do what we do at this age !

Ukulele Eddie
11-24-2016, 04:18 AM
Fun thread to revive. I started three years ago at the age 0f 49. Stumbled onto the uke while looking at violins for my daughter. Researched it all weekend and decided I should do something completely different since 50 was fast approaching. Music seemed like a good thing to do. And now it borders on a complete obsession. But I tend to do things 0% or 110%. Not much in between for me.

actadh
11-24-2016, 05:05 AM
Can't help making this comment!
I notice there are a lot of age 50+ here
50 is truly the new 30 and 60 is the new 40...
Don't think our parents generation would do what we do at this age !

I started three years ago at age 55.

My mom did not take up the ukulele in her 50's, but she did start doing aerobics. Eventually became an instructor.

Plenty of "late bloomers" in previous generations in other genres:
Authors https://litreactor.com/columns/10-authors-who-prove-its-never-too-late-to-start-writing
Artists http://blog.redbubble.com/2014/05/6-artists-who-started-very-late-in-life/

I think at least a few of us take up the ukulele in our 50's and 60's because we now have the time and can understand the benefits.
http://sixtyandme.com/benefits-of-learning-a-musical-instrument-after-50/

kvehe
11-24-2016, 07:39 AM
I was 61. I still don't believe I'm over 30.

Barrytone
11-24-2016, 08:19 AM
I was 28 ish. I'm 70 now and still learning.

Mivo
11-24-2016, 11:05 AM
I bought my first ukulele at age forty. That was four years ago. In most forums that I frequent, this puts me in the upper age range, but here it seems to be below average. :)

kkimura
11-25-2016, 02:29 AM
"Over 50", becoming mature enough to play ukulele took me 64 years.

sam13
11-25-2016, 03:21 AM
46.

When I heard Jake play "My Guitar gently weeps", I wept at the beauty and felt compelled to play.

My life is richer for the journey, the friends I have met here on UU and in person and the music I have shared.

Best thing I have done recently for myself.

engravertom
11-25-2016, 04:26 PM
I was 45. 7 years ago next month.

Best musical decision I ever made!

Littlegman
11-26-2016, 06:52 AM
Age 5 (1967) Gus Webling Elementary school in Hawaii. Part of the school curriculum. Will never forget you, Mrs. Matsukawa!

yookalaylee
11-26-2016, 07:10 AM
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