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Enlight
01-30-2009, 08:56 PM
Hey, i dunno if this has already been a topic before but i just thought it might be interesting to see what other peoples' first ukuleles were, as well as the first song they learned. Mine was a cheap black <$20 Mahalo ukulele which i ended up giving to a friend after i got a better one. First song I started learning was 'You Are The Light' by Jens Lekman, whom i'm assuming not many of you have heard of, but feel free to prove me wrong! anyway, i was just curious and would love to hear of other peoples' firsts :D

BboyEmperor
01-30-2009, 09:06 PM
First ukulele: $50 Kala KA-15s (Currently my only ukulele right now) The first song I learned I believed was either I'm Yours or Break Up Song.

Enlight
01-30-2009, 09:19 PM
i learned I'm Your's a bit after when i found out it was a tutorial video on Iamhawaii by Aldrine XD it was really great, so i've pretty much known how to play the song over a year before it came out on the new mraz album (which was when everyone was like "OMG JASON MRAZ I LOVE HIM) and now its overplayed everywhere but i still like it (actually i only really listen to that less recent acoustic one he did). Anyway...

*I know that was completely off topic from my own thread but i just wanted to throw it out there*

Guting
01-30-2009, 09:40 PM
some cheap soprano, planting rice, 1994.

UkuLeLesReggAe
01-30-2009, 09:48 PM
somewhere over the rainbow. lanikai Lu-21T!!

whooooooooooo

HoldinCoffee
01-30-2009, 10:24 PM
Kala 15S

Amazing Grace and Silent Night combined to form Silent Grace (or Amazing Night)

hawaiianmusiclover06
01-31-2009, 12:17 AM
First and only uke for now: Kala concert KA-SC
First songs ever learned: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and BINGO

Seven57
01-31-2009, 02:02 AM
Lanikai ck-teq....stir it up...bob

ukantor
01-31-2009, 02:23 AM
First uke by Mitsuba Gakki, Japan. It eventually fell apart, and I haven't got around to fixing it - probably won't.

First song committed to memory and sung in public, (very traumatic experience!) "Up A Lazy River".

Ukantor.

Enlight
01-31-2009, 02:23 AM
huh! :cool: i see these first ukuleles seem to be a hell of a lot better than my first was, and still better than my current one! aren't you lucky

Giant Jack
01-31-2009, 02:53 AM
some cheap soprano

^
the beatles 'octopus garden'

wickedwahine11
01-31-2009, 04:39 AM
First uke: Soprano from Hawaiian Ukulele Company at the Aloha Tower Marketplace. First song: "Tiny Bubbles."

TheWannabe90
01-31-2009, 05:25 AM
An Ortega RU10 Soprano Ukulele. I guess nobody ever heard of it...
First song was Nantes by Beirut, immediately posted it on youtube :)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qZ6UpNwacTY&

bluesuke
01-31-2009, 05:34 AM
On a old soprano. Yellow Bird

bengbengchicken
01-31-2009, 05:43 AM
My first ukulele was a cheapo $70 one from hawaii. Originally for decoration.. but ooohwell ;D I never finished it, but my first song was "while my guitar gently weeps" i surprisingly finished half or more of it on a decoration ukulele (:

Russian_Dingo
02-01-2009, 11:29 AM
My first ukulele was a $50-$80? Makala Concert.
The first song that I learned was Fur Elise, I think, in my ukulele class.

carpekd
02-01-2009, 11:36 AM
Cheap toy concert ukulele......no woman no cry

Fast Dash 8
02-01-2009, 03:29 PM
Lanikai LU-21

Raindrops (Which I don't really remember how to play anymore)

experimentjon
02-01-2009, 07:07 PM
First Uke Played on: Kamaka Soprano (in elementary school)
First Uke Owned: Tangi Mahogany Soprano
First Song Learned: Surf/Sunday Morning (thanks to Aldrine's iamhawaii lesson)

MisoHappy
02-01-2009, 07:15 PM
Keli'i standard
I can't remember the first song

paw123los
02-01-2009, 07:58 PM
Lanikai LU-21T and the song was I think "Yesterday"

khrome
02-02-2009, 12:38 AM
I have two first songs because I first learned when I was little from my dad, then forgot, and then started re-learning last year. When my dad taught me, it was either Pearly Shells or Tiny Bubbles - can't remember which was first. It was on a uke my uncle bought my brother in the PI - it's made of wood, but there is no label on it. It's completely thrashed now, having been through 3 generations of kids but still has the original strings and surprisingly still plays well. I told my dad that the next time I go there I will pick it up and find out how to get it restored.

The second time I started to learn, I learned Somewhere Over the Rainbow/It's a Wonderful World. It was on a uke I bought in Kauai by Universal Worldwide Training - an "expensive cheapo" ($100). A couple of weeks ago I finally got sick of the smell of the wood and bought a Pono PKS1.

Uke-lahoma
02-02-2009, 01:48 AM
First song: Five Foot Two (just a couple of months ago)

I currently play a Kala Mango Tenor (KA-MT). I'm looking at doing a significant upgrade, and am considering a couple of instrument families right now: The Pono PKT-1 or PKT-2, and the Kanile'a K1 or K2 tenor. Any thoughts on these?

Kanaka916
02-02-2009, 02:35 AM
. . . the Kanile'a K1 or K2 tenor. Any thoughts on these?
The Kanile'a is like way above the Pono, but if you can afford it, just do it. The K2 has a little extra bling and about a $100 more than the K1.

fergs1
02-02-2009, 03:15 AM
First song I learned on uke was in 1984 and it was Nursie Nursie Come hold my hand. The uke was a cheap shit ply no. from the distant past given to me by my mothers cousins husband. It was only recently broken in half by my 16 mth old twin boys. I keep my new Kiwaya well above the tide line now.:)
cheers fergs

Bruce E
02-02-2009, 03:16 AM
Black Applause. My wife has since appropriated it as hers.
Shanty in Old Shanty Town.

haole
02-02-2009, 05:44 AM
First uke I played was a beat-up Aria baritone from the 70s. I just played guitar songs on it because it was tuned the same. My first serious uke attempt was when I bought my Kamaka soprano. I figured out a bunch of Jack Johnson songs first; my favorites at the time were "Holes to Heaven" and "Bubble Toes."

jbenti
02-02-2009, 12:30 PM
a $40 soprano gremlin that a got of off craigs list for $15
and the frist song was happy brithday for a friend

haolejohn
02-02-2009, 01:56 PM
Kala 15S

Amazing Grace and Silent Night combined to form Silent Grace (or Amazing Night)

I'd like to hear this song.

My first uke was an oscar schmidt concert (owned for two years and never learned how to play a song) Then I got a mele concert and learned how to play Waterdeeps- "Holy".

FANaddic(t)
02-02-2009, 03:32 PM
Kamaka Concert. Plunged in head first 7 years ago, still the only uke I have. But not for long.

Neutral Milk Hotel's In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.

ritzer012
02-02-2009, 04:22 PM
lanikai lu-11, 40 bucks, & imagine

LipiXx
04-05-2009, 03:26 AM
My first and only uke is a cheap reno
http://www.musikborsen.se/itm_img/big_197460.jpg
i think the first song i learned was "Ode to joy"

josuegroundhog
04-05-2009, 04:50 AM
My first was a Lanikai LU-21 that I ordered for my daughter last Christmas.

The first song I learned in full was "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" by the Ramones.

psesinkclee
04-05-2009, 04:56 AM
My first uke was a 40$ hilo off the wall in Guitar Center. First song learned was picking through Canon in D.

Raygf
04-05-2009, 05:14 AM
My first uke was a Bushman Jenny Concert. I ordered a gloss finish, but Bushman sent me satin. I sent it back to be exchanged and went right out and bought a cheap mahalo, which I still have sitting in the living room and it stays pretty close to in tune even though I rarely pick it up.

Hard to remember the first song I learned. Some early ones were Deep River Blues, Amazing Grace, Mairzy Doats, I Shall Be Released, Home on the Range, All You Need is Love.

:D
Ray

smgold101
04-05-2009, 06:17 AM
Kala KA-C which is currently my only uke which i love and the first song i ever learn was Stand By Me by watching a recording of Aldrines live lesson.

zombizon
04-05-2009, 06:21 AM
First uke was a Makala soprano. First song learned was Eddie Vedder's "Rise Up" from the Into the Wild soundtrack.

Oh, and for the record, I know who Jens Lekman is and adore his music. :)

Ahnko Honu
04-05-2009, 07:27 AM
4th grade Hawaiiana class (nineteen-sixty-something) cheap soprano (Duke Kahanamoku?), song: Aloha Oe. First song on my own "Boy from Laupahoehoe" (Hawaiian lyrics, not the hapahaole) on my Dad's Kamaka pineapple a short time later. Also first hula I learned.

Weasel
04-05-2009, 08:38 AM
Kala KA-ASMC. First song was Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da by none other than the beatles.

CoffeeMate
04-05-2009, 03:26 PM
1st uke was a Santini, it is now a very pretty display in my dining room. The nut is so high I can't press down on the first fret (high quality stuff! haha)I think it was strung with fishing line. 1st real uke was a Kala PS1 pinapple soprano. 1st song Blowing in the Wind

bornagainjeeper
04-05-2009, 07:40 PM
a 45$ hilo my first songs (all the first day)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgYGsytV4ck&feature=channel_page

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJU0vPk2BIA&feature=channel_page

my how things have changed this year! hahaha please please watch my new stuff

Monkeyswithladders
04-05-2009, 08:24 PM
Last June I went to Cocoa beach for a weekend to attempt surfing. I saw an ukulele at Ron Jon Surf shop for $16 and had no idea it was basically a toy, that there were more expensive ukes, the tuning... anything. I just figured it'd be a fun addition to guitar playing.

http://www.ronjons.com/rjss/catalog/small/11800144.jpg

When I got home the next day, I took it out of the box, learned "Volcano" by Jimmy Buffett, and immediately started researching youtube videos and uke sites to find out where I could buy a better one because I had fallen in love with the instrument :D

Joe H
04-06-2009, 06:24 AM
My first and current uke: Johnson UK-120
My first song: 5 Years Time

Oswegan
04-06-2009, 06:56 AM
A Lanikai LU-21T and The Beatles, All My Loving.

Captain Google
04-06-2009, 07:25 AM
My first uke was my Ohana TK-20, and the first thing I learned was the melody of "Fake Wings", from the .hack//SIGN soundtrack.

Berty
04-20-2009, 12:25 PM
A 25 Mahalo and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots by the Flaming Lips :D.

RyRod
04-20-2009, 12:31 PM
My first uke (my current one) is a crestwood soprano. I bought it for $30 on craigslist from some canadian dude that never played it. First song would be the Windward Skies cover that CRSB did.

Link
04-20-2009, 12:42 PM
Mitchell MU-70, and that one "Lion Sleeps Tonight" song, just chords. Good times!

Choboy
04-20-2009, 02:24 PM
ukulele: Kala KA-S
song: all my loving (beatles)

hawaiianmusiclover06
04-20-2009, 04:23 PM
Another first song that I learned was Amazing Grace using TABS with Herb Ohta, Jr.

CoffeeJunkee
04-20-2009, 07:57 PM
My first uke is a Santini. But it has been retired to being strictly decorative.... My first real uke and only uke actually, is a Kala concert from musicguymic. I love it, but would eventually like to get something a little nicer. The first song I learned to play.... Five Foot Two.

buddhuu
04-20-2009, 11:15 PM
A lilac coloured Makala dolphin soprano and Iz's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow". :)

pirate looks at 40
04-25-2009, 07:37 AM
A Mitchell MU-100 concert. My first only ukulele =]

first song i learned was The Road by Matt Costa

mailman
04-25-2009, 07:40 AM
Kala KA-SC, spruce-top concert

White Sandy Beach

UkuEroll
04-25-2009, 08:30 AM
First Uke &#163;12 Harley Benton.

First songs......
Over the Rainbow
While my guitar gently weeps
See you in my dream,,, Joe Brown Version
and not forgetting
Jason Maraz... !!!!!!

Luna
04-25-2009, 09:36 AM
I don't think I replied to this thread yet... (Sorry if I did and didn't realize it.)

My first uke was a defective Mitchell MU-70. Then my second one was another defective Mitchel MU-70 when I realized that the fret buzz on the first one wasn't my fault. I didn't realize that the second one had a headstock buzz until I was out of the store. So apparently they'll keep replacing them until there's one that isn't defective in stock. (Last time, they had one that sounded fine, but had a scratch.) Apparently this doesn't happen often.

And my first songs were (I think?) "The Man Who Never Returned," "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" and "Scarborough Fair." The last one was in the book, the first two were just songs I liked that I figured out easy chords to and helped keep me practicing. Also, I think "Under the Sea" and the theme from "Arthur" were some of the first ones also. (Can you tell I can never focus on one song?)

FOOLishPINK
04-25-2009, 10:41 PM
i just got my first uke this last friday!!!
xD
its a Kala KA - WTML
and the first song is F.U.N. song - Spongebob Squarepants
xD

BarbaryBill
04-26-2009, 07:46 AM
Cheapo Chinese Baritone (with Fresh C-tuned strings) bought 11 days ago. 6 chords learned and trying to teach my self " This Message" by Krabbers - just a beautiful song and only 5 chords - and I know 'em! Yippeeee.

Challenge is to put them in the right order, with the timely changes and the right rhythm - damned hard for a newbie but fun!

I will let you know when i crack it and can definitely call it "my first Song"

Bill

*England*
04-28-2009, 01:29 PM
Kala KA-JTE/2TS
5 foot 2 eyes of blue

x562itsbrenix
05-12-2009, 01:53 PM
I bought a cheap concert uke for 170 dollars not a bad deal. First song, uhh i believe it was I just want you-aj rafael :]

UkuleleHill
05-12-2009, 02:34 PM
My first:

http://www.hawaiiuwt.biz/store/images/product/large/228.jpg

and the song... HMMMM I think it was Yesterday by the Beatles...

AnnaUK
05-13-2009, 11:02 AM
My first uke was a red Mahalo 15 thing and when I got home I played Counting Crows' "Mr Jones" and "Accidentally In Love".

Good memories. That was only at the end of last summer, and I'm SO glad I decided to try out the uke :D

ukedude14
09-06-2009, 06:59 PM
honey baby ftw

Mr. Miyagi
09-06-2009, 07:16 PM
Lanikai Tenor and Yesterday from Jake's DVD.

Island_Uke
09-06-2009, 07:18 PM
Stagg Soprano and my first song was Honey Baby

Kmetzger
09-06-2009, 07:22 PM
First uke was KoAloha Soprano. First song was Somewhere Over The Rainbow.

OberstVonGatow
09-06-2009, 10:04 PM
Oscar Schmidt OU5. Postcards From Italy

franulele
09-07-2009, 01:39 AM
Ukulele Lady
Mahalo 320T
(w/Worth clear hard strings & surprisingly good action & intonation)

Great thread!

ukerazy
09-07-2009, 01:45 AM
Kala mango tenor (Exchanged it soon after) And the song, Eddie Vedder - Rise.

StevieC
09-07-2009, 02:29 AM
Kala mango soprano - No Woman no Cry

Treechu
09-07-2009, 04:29 AM
KA-PPS Kala Pineapple Soprano Ukulele

and... Mary Had a Little Lamb? xD

mrplatypus70
09-07-2009, 06:23 AM
My first ukulele was a $30 Hilo with horrible intonation problems and the first song was "He's Got the Whole World in his Hands" or maybe "Coming Around The Mountain", any way it was from Uncle Jim's Ukulele tips and tunes book. It sounded horrible but was fun enough to make me buy a playable ukulele and give the Hilo to my 3-year-old niece.

Sonseeker30
09-07-2009, 06:33 AM
Wow...I go back on this one I was 5 years old playing in Elementary School can't remember the name of the Uke yet it was probably $30 cheap uke and I learned "Lou Lou Skip to my Lou." Now I have a Soprano Kamaka and a Concert Lanikai. Ukes Rock!!:cool:

ukuleG
09-07-2009, 07:33 AM
postcards from italy on a crappy mahalo.

Matt Clara
09-07-2009, 07:53 AM
I first learned how to pick out Scarborough Fair on an Ohana spruce top soprano.

michael d
09-07-2009, 09:06 AM
first uke- Kala KA S

first song- Before The Next Teardrop Falls

liagiba
09-07-2009, 10:11 AM
My only ukulele so far is a Lanikai LU-21 Soprano and the first complete song I learned was Build Me Up, Buttercup by the Foundations.

uke142464
09-07-2009, 12:38 PM
makala concert, somewhere over the rainbow

sealcove
09-07-2009, 12:50 PM
Kamaka Tenor; Time After Time & working on Jake's version of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

kalmario
09-07-2009, 01:28 PM
homemade cigarbox uke, baritone scale, strung with tenor strings
repaired about 4 times until my youngest took the neck off!
and song wise it was either banana pancakes or its a heart ache, just prior to christmas last year ish.

Cliff

MisoHappy
09-07-2009, 01:30 PM
KoAloha standard........Surf

jdbuddha
09-07-2009, 08:05 PM
Black KALA Tenor Cutaway -- surf :rock:

micromue
09-07-2009, 08:41 PM
cheap Gewa Ukulele- "where did robinson crusoe go, with friday on a saturday night".

supergokou
09-07-2009, 08:50 PM
I learned Faith by George Michael (I couldn't get the hip shaking part right). I had a constantly out-of-tune Mahalo soprano. Mike Dasilva fixed it and now it plays in tune!

Rick
09-07-2009, 09:25 PM
My first was a Lauren Baritone, and I first learned how to play I'm yours, but in C. It was the easiest thing, and the song was blowing up when I picked up my uke.

Interstella
09-07-2009, 11:46 PM
A Blue Moon uke...in Green! cheap chinese uke.. not too bad i guess!

First song was the strokes - someday, however the tab makes no sense what so ever so i had to try to make it up myself. I guess what i actually play is the called "something someday".

DJ ukulele
10-12-2009, 08:41 PM
first ukulele was a soprano kamaka my dad and i found at a kam 2 and my first song was two years to eternity

Big_e
10-12-2009, 08:48 PM
Lanikai LU-11. "This Land is Your Land."
I always had an interest in Woody Guthrie

King FarUke
10-13-2009, 02:34 AM
"Kamoa" mahogany tenor from Larry's Music while on a trip to Kaua'i. Joe at the store taught me the first few chords to Somewhere Over the Rainbow. I learned the full Iz version upon returning home.

devilishlypure
10-13-2009, 02:57 AM
Koa Mitchell (concert) and "Guacamole Ukulele Song". XD

johncaudrey
10-13-2009, 03:43 AM
15 Mahalo - Honolulu Baby - Laurel & Hardy

csr5z
10-13-2009, 04:50 AM
Kala KA-S soprano, "Bring It On Home to Me," by Sam Cooke

retrozombi
10-13-2009, 04:55 AM
An Amigo soprano with poor action. I picked up Mel Bay's Hawaiian Uke Tunebook with it and learned to play "Koni Au I Ka Wai". The very next song required fretting out to 10, which was pretty much an impossibility on that uke. I'd already been pushing it to go to the 7th.

UkuleleHill
10-13-2009, 02:26 PM
Universal Worldwide Trading soprano, I'm a Believer!

ChamorroDT
10-13-2009, 02:39 PM
Kelii STD (I believe) - Honey Baby by Three Plus ; circa 2001