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  1. Olmeck

    My Uke Journey and Impact of in Person Lessons from an Absolute Beginner on String Instruments

    Copy and pasting from the notes app is definitely the way to go for me. No recording to share this week but I’m making it a point to record myself sometime during this upcoming week of practice to check my progress. 5/7 practice plan: fretboard memorization, song work. Need to spend more time...
  2. Olmeck

    Easier Transition to Guitar

    I agree. There are things I can do on a guitar that I can’t on a baritone with the low E and A string. However, the baritone does a fantastic job of adding a lower register to a uke ensemble without drowning out other instruments like a guitar would. It’s also nice to play with by itself. I love...
  3. Olmeck

    Wanted Looking for "graded repetoire for classical ukulele"

    Wish I would have known about this before I purchased the baritone book. All music books should be spiral bound imo.
  4. Olmeck

    Easier Transition to Guitar

    I don’t think I agree. I just started playing guitar in the middle of April after playing baritone for a year and think it’s been easier because of my time spent playing the baritone. I don’t think an alternate tuning would have made it easier. I actually think it may have complicated things...
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    My Uke Journey and Impact of in Person Lessons from an Absolute Beginner on String Instruments

    She is doing well considering how quickly everything went and that she has a new hip. Everything went about as well as you could hope in this situation (good report from doctor and surgeon, shorter surgery time than expected, discharged at 3 days). Thanks for embedding! I was going to try and...
  6. Olmeck

    My Uke Journey and Impact of in Person Lessons from an Absolute Beginner on String Instruments

    I started keeping a practice log on the notes app on my phone this week! Hopefully I can just copy and paste it in here. Success! 4/30 fretboard memorization. Getting faster! 5/1 some pentatonic improv, Spider up to 160 bpm, 1st page of blackbird up to 70 bpm and much cleaner, starting to...
  7. Olmeck

    NGD: Yamaha FSX800C

    Thanks! I also wasn’t a fan of the dreadnought I tried the week prior which is why I went with this auditorium size instead.
  8. Olmeck

    My Uke Journey and Impact of in Person Lessons from an Absolute Beginner on String Instruments

    My lesson last night went very well. I discussed with my instructor my renewed focus on practicing and my 100 day challenge. He was pleased to hear that I have been able to differentiate between practice and playing. He was in agreement that practice needs to be a focused session with a clear...
  9. Olmeck

    My Uke Journey and Impact of in Person Lessons from an Absolute Beginner on String Instruments

    Thanks! I’m planning to maintain both my practice and posting so hopefully it’s illuminating. If you haven’t already, I’d suggest checking out the book The Practice of Practice. Very informative and thought provoking.
  10. Olmeck

    Uke Heads - New Collaborative Album with James Hill

    He already made it. I’m not sure how he measures success but it’s a success in my opinion.
  11. Olmeck

    NGD: Yamaha FSX800C

    I made the jump to guitar! I purchased this on April 17th after playing it at my lesson on April 15th. I got it for a fantastic deal! I bought it at where I take lessons brand new for $300 after taxes thanks to the discounts they gave me. The best deals I saw used were around $249 prior to...
  12. Olmeck

    My Uke Journey and Impact of in Person Lessons from an Absolute Beginner on String Instruments

    I ended up purchasing an auditorium size guitar on April 17th. I realized I really enjoy listening to guitar focused songs so I asked my instructor if I could play guitar in the previous two lessons. He started me in a dreadnaught. I hated the size but loved the sound. The next lesson I tried...
  13. Olmeck

    My Uke Journey and Impact of in Person Lessons from an Absolute Beginner on String Instruments

    Next up the ukulele progress: I’m not going to lie. My progress has been treading water for a while now (but that’s changed and I’ll touch on it next). The reason being is my focus shifted heavily to my own health and my children. I completed a work wellness evaluation and well I wasn’t very...
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    Uke Heads - New Collaborative Album with James Hill

    Long Overdue Recap (lacking in detail due to the time lapse): My trip to New Mexico back in October of last year far exceeded my expectations and will truly be a highlight of my life. It was the first ukulele event I’ve ever attended so I wasn’t really sure what to expect although it is...
  15. Olmeck

    My Uke Journey and Impact of in Person Lessons from an Absolute Beginner on String Instruments

    Plenty to catch up on here. I’m going to break this up into sections so it’s easier to read. First the ukulele related things. My trip to New Mexico back in October of last year far exceeded my expectations and will truly be a highlight of my life. It was the first ukulele event I’ve ever...
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    What is an unpopular/controversial opinion you have regarding the ukulele?

    My hot take: Most recorded ukulele music focuses too much on the ukulele carrying the album. This is likely a result of the virtuosos like Jake Shimabukuro and Taimane. I think the music should be the focus instead of the instrument. Which means multiple instruments should be heard along with...
  17. Olmeck

    What is an unpopular/controversial opinion you have regarding the ukulele?

    I agree with your sentiments. I currently have two baritones (one nice and one meant for outdoors and travel) and two tenors one low g and one high g. Only play my baritones though…
  18. Olmeck

    What is an unpopular/controversial opinion you have regarding the ukulele?

    I pretty much only play baritone…so I guess I don’t know what I’m playing.
  19. Olmeck

    Uke Heads - New Collaborative Album with James Hill

    Uke Heads is out today on all major streaming platforms and digital shops! Hope you all enjoy! I realize I’m way behind on my experience but the short version is it was incredible! We spent most of the days at Heidi Swedberg and Daniel Wards house practicing and eating amazing meals! It was...
  20. Olmeck

    My Uke Journey and Impact of in Person Lessons from an Absolute Beginner on String Instruments

    Sorry for my lapse in posts! Life things happened since my last post but I’ve been keeping at it with my weekly ukulele lessons! There is no way I would be able to summarize all of the lessons I have missed but I can provide information on where I am now and a simple realization I had! I’m...
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