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Doc_J
12-22-2013, 09:06 AM
Hey, it's getting close to the end of 2013. Time to think about the new year, fresh starts, and setting some uke resolutions (goals) for 2014. While I'm not big on New Year's resolutions, goals are good.

What are your uke goals in 2014?

Here's my 2014 uke resolutions (make that 2014 uke goals):

1. I definitely want to be a better finger-style player. So, I resolve to get through at least 2 of the finger-style books I already own. (I won't list all the finger-style books I have tried and didn't get very far, it's too embarrassing.) :o

2. I will definitely build that CBU and the Stew-Mac kit this year, after I get my wood working area together. I did realize that Habor Freight work tables came in so many pieces. :D

3. While I would like to say that I won't buy any ukes in 2014, that probably won't happen. So, instead, I will end 2014 with less ukes than I ended up with 2013. Not that I don't like all my ukes, but maybe if I concentrate on playing fewer ukes, then maybe I will be a better player.

Legal disclaimer: All 2014 resolutions are subject to change. :rulez:

janeray1940
12-22-2013, 10:03 AM
I look back on past failed resolutions - to learn one John King arrangement a month (ha!), to not rely on sheet music so much (double ha!) and feel like a total loser, so I'm gonna make it easy on myself and make my 2014 uke resolution simply this: to just play. A lot.

I think that's actually one I can keep! :)

OldePhart
12-22-2013, 10:07 AM
I resolve, as pretty much always, not to make resolutions... :)

John

rem50
12-22-2013, 10:24 AM
My 2014 resolution is to only buy one new ukulele this year. Oh, with that said, I have yet to keep a resolution. :)

Ukulele Eddie
12-22-2013, 10:25 AM
Doc_J, I'm here for you on your goal #3: just ship a few of those gorgeous tenors to me and mark that one "Done!". ;-)

My goals:

1. Be able to play The Trees by Rush, which my teacher has been arranging for me
2. Learn 5 Beatles songs (working on Here Comes the Sun)
3. Redirect some of my time fueling my UAS and invest that in practicing more

JamieWG
12-22-2013, 10:48 AM
What a great thread. I'm getting a kick out of the contagious UAS going on around this site. I think I'm catching it too.
Since I don't even have a ukulele until Monday (when it's scheduled for delivery), it's hard for me to know how far I can get. But for sure I am going to embark on learning to play ukulele in 2014. I'm counting the minutes until it arrives. In the meantime, I've taken the lower two strings off my requinto (which is already tuned to A) and swapped out the 4th string for one an octave higher, so at least I have an inkling of what I'll be up against! My first goals will be to learn Jake Shimabukoro's arrangement of "Yesterday", and follow along for some strumming fun with Ukulele Mike (Over the Rainbow, etc.) That should keep me busy for a few weeks! ;)

Jamie

Shady Wilbury
12-22-2013, 11:51 AM
Two words - "Crazy G". Another - perfectly.*

*This was my original goal 'before I buy another ukulele...'. - however, Pajaro ended up in my life first. Therefore, the goal stands. Although I won't be buying another ukulele in 2014.

lakesideglenn
12-22-2013, 03:48 PM
1) I need to sell some of my guitars (way too many) so I can buy more ukes (never enough)

2) buy a vintage Martin

3) See #1

Merry Christmas everyone!

Captain America
12-22-2013, 03:55 PM
I want to push from intermediate into advanced.

I want to buy an all-solid mahogany concert.

I'll keep an eye out for a good condition Favilla soprano, or consider picking up that Kala long-necked soprano.

I want to put together a large area jam.

That's about it: I just for the most part expect that keeping picking it up will lead to improvement.

PTOEguy
12-22-2013, 04:09 PM
Resolutions:

1. Practice violin with my kids every day (we did 40 days in a row before the last virus caught up with us - lets go for 365)

2. Take music lessons myself (but first I need to decide if its going to be trombone, viola, uke or possibly guitar...)

3. Infect as many people as possible with UAS.

dalamaricus
12-22-2013, 08:58 PM
1. Work on rhythm and timing.
2. Practice some holiday songs earlier so I can be more useful next Christmas!

OldePhart
12-23-2013, 04:00 AM
...consider picking up that Kala long-necked soprano.


I believe there is one currently for sale in the Marketplace (not mine I just remember seeing one). You can get started on 2014 early... :evilgrin:

John

Five Ways
12-23-2013, 04:16 AM
1. same as this year just to keep on learning fingerpick tunes and building my repertoire.

2.i thought I was over UAS but thinking there is room for another tenor.

3. wish everyone a fantastic ukulele new year.

GaryC1968
12-23-2013, 05:14 AM
1. play more open mics.

2. work on better quality recordings.

3. do more song writing.

Kyle23
12-23-2013, 05:49 AM
My resolution last year was to learn the ukulele. Now it's just to get better. I guess mostly at finger picking.

teruterubouzu
12-23-2013, 05:53 AM
I started in January so I still have loads to learn.

My goals

1. I've got the basic chords down and now I need to get better at strumming. Add some more variety.

2. Make my way through the UU practice sessions without taking a break.

3. Learn some finger style

4. Pick up some theory so that I can join in with jams that aren't limited to ukukele.

jimdville
12-23-2013, 07:02 AM
Listen more closely.

PeteyHoudini
12-23-2013, 07:53 AM
Learn the clawhammer technique.

ChaosToo
12-23-2013, 07:58 AM
Practice more (plenty of time for that where I'm going)

Save for our trip to Hawaii in 2015 (and the K brand that will be bought whilst there)

Skinny Money McGee
12-23-2013, 08:03 AM
Learn the clawhammer technique.

Lol, I bought a nice banjo uke for that purpose. My fingers won't co-operate. Guess it's one of those things that looks easier then it is. But I won't give up!

cantsing
12-23-2013, 08:37 AM
After seeing this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7eCz8SC86U) on another thread, one of my goals will be to learn John King's Carol of the Bells in time for Christmas 2014. Maybe if I start in January ....

janeray1940
12-23-2013, 08:48 AM
After seeing this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7eCz8SC86U) on another thread, one of my goals will be to learn John King's Carol of the Bells in time for Christmas 2014. Maybe if I start in January ....

I've been saying that for three years running now. Okay, four years running now :) I really do want to accomplish this!

cantsing
12-23-2013, 09:17 AM
I've been saying that for three years running now. Okay, four years running now :) I really do want to accomplish this!

Maybe I should start today? ;)

janeray1940
12-23-2013, 09:21 AM
Maybe I should start today? ;)

I was thinking the same thing - and maybe I will :)

pulelehua
12-23-2013, 11:19 AM
1. Get my forward 4/4 rolls going as fast as my backward triplet rolls.
2. Put together all my group arrangements of Christmas Carols for NEXT year.

That's about it. Small list. #1 is going to take a LOT of work...

bborzell
12-23-2013, 02:29 PM
I resolve, as pretty much always, not to make resolutions... :)

John

Hmmm...

Assuming that your resolution to not make any resolutions is grounded in past experience of not following through on New Years resolutions, I think you might have created a double bind, of sorts. As in, if you don't follow through on this one, ...

Bumgardner
12-23-2013, 02:40 PM
1. Practice at least 1hr a day
2. Go to at least one jam session
3. Make a few recordings

vanflynn
12-23-2013, 03:52 PM
Listen more closely.

Yep. That and play off the nut more.


I also bought a Hana Lima Ia kit.


Viva 2014!

sugengshi
12-23-2013, 04:14 PM
Learn the clawhammer technique.

Ditto!! :agree:

HendrikM
12-23-2013, 04:25 PM
Be brave enough to participate in a Seasons contest. :-)

frukmana
12-23-2013, 05:52 PM
I'm gonna teach my dad more chords so he can learn more songs and play it together :D

He keeps playing somewhere over the rainbow cause i haven't teach him another song. Lol

And I hope i can save money to buy a Pono.

Anyway Merry Christmas my friends

Leigh Coates
12-24-2013, 10:10 AM
That's so great that you're teaching your Dad! It made me happy to read that.


I'm gonna teach my dad more chords so he can learn more songs and play it together :D

He keeps playing somewhere over the rainbow cause i haven't teach him another song. Lol

And I hope i can save money to buy a Pono.

Anyway Merry Christmas my friends

Leigh Coates
12-24-2013, 10:14 AM
My 2014 Resolutions:

1. Learn to play the trumpet. I actually bought one in preparation for this goal.
2. Learn some jazz on my ukulele. I love jazz.
3. Recover from some upcoming major back surgery.
4. Learn lots of songs to sing with my ukulele. I want to fill a binder.

Those sound do-able to me, not like some years.

UncleMoon
12-24-2013, 10:45 AM
Small list: Play like Jon.

Hikingstevo
12-24-2013, 10:59 AM
1. Spend more time actually playing the ukulele than surfing the internet and reading about ukuleles.
2. Get better at finger style. This seems to be a popular resolution.

Ritata
12-25-2013, 03:12 PM
I just found a good instructor and signed up with her for lessons. So to that extent I reslove to work hard at the skills she is working on for me, right now that is finger picking and chunking and muting. Learn 3 songs and at leat one of them without needing to use the written music. And practice an hour a day at least 4 days a week more if I can.

I think these are doable 8)

KnowsPickin
12-25-2013, 03:50 PM
My biggest resolution is to focus more. Right now I tend to go through music books rapidly, skipping from song to song. I play through each song, but I never reallly learn it. I need to focus on one song at a time, really learn to play it and (preferably) memorize the lyrics. I want to truly build a repertoire to draw from.

I also need to take one technique at a time and master it. I'm currently spending far too much time flitting from technique to technique but never actually learning it.

Wish me luck!

Doc_J
01-01-2014, 07:19 AM
Still time to set uke goals for the year. Working on keeping mine.

pootsie
01-01-2014, 07:41 AM
I intend to become worthy of the new uke I just invested in!
http://www.east-start.com/Uploads/2c7a6518ad64db0c36b1555a3a1b9eec-big.jpg

YorkSteve
01-01-2014, 08:43 AM
1. Practice every day.
2. Learn songs by heart.

And once 2 has been done -

3. Perform somewhere other than my study