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    Hi! I'm a raw beginner. I have trouble sticking with things, I can't sight read music, and I have no sense of rhythm. What I do have going for me is a love for the sound of a ukulele. I'm hoping that will be enough to keep me learning.
    I have no idea what I'm doing.

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    Welcome aboard! Love for the sound's a good way to keep you going. Practice will bring rhythm, and you can do most anything you're likely to want in the near term without reading music.

    If you can build the habit of picking up your ukulele every day, even if it's only for a few minutes, you'll keep it going. That said, I usually find that forcing myself to play for 10 minutes doesn't work out that way, but I discover it after I've played an hour or so....

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    Hello from across the pond.
    Its there to enjoy mate, have fun, bet it makes you smile :-)
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    The truth is, I don't know.....

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    Here is how to stick with it. Ukulele is about three basic things to start, forming chords, learning to strum and keeping time, tempo or rhythm......if you can count to four you got this. As soon as you get a little bit competent in those pick a song you like. An easy song, one with 2 or 3 EASY chords and start playing it. There is no greater motivation then actually playing a song you like.

    The most common and easiest chord progression is C, F, & G learn these first and there are literally hundreds of songs you can play. Add chords, A, Am, Dm and D which are close in fret board postion and fingering pattern to F and you are off to the races.

    Remember we learn to stand........then crawl.......then walk......then run. Try something too complicated in the beginning and you will get frustrated and give up.

    Welcome to UU and the wonderful ukulele
    Last edited by DownUpDave; 10-25-2018 at 04:38 AM.
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Welcome to UU. Just play. Don't worry about getting it right at first. Just the love to make some noise is enough to get you started.
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    Welcome to the forums, boojiboo!!

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    Thank you all for the welcome, and the advice! You're giving me hope. I'm working on my first couple of chords and have started looking up songs I know I want to learn, so I can find two or three that are basic enough for me to attempt when I've learned a couple more chords. I'm going slowly, not trying for flying chord changes, just trying to learn how they feel under my fingertips and making sure I'm placing my fingers correctly. And enjoying it so far!

    (Edit 10/30: I have tried posting a new reply to this thread but keep getting an error message. Thank you DownUpDave and SpicySteve; this does seem like a very welcoming community and I look forward to being a part of it! If I can just figure out why I can't post anymore.... ;D )

    (Edit 11/4: Thank you, stevejfc. I tried replying to your message, but I still can't post for some reason. Getting really frustrating....)
    Last edited by boojiboo; 11-04-2018 at 07:27 PM.
    I have no idea what I'm doing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boojiboo View Post
    Thank you all for the welcome, and the advice! You're giving me hope. I'm working on my first couple of chords and have started looking up songs I know I want to learn, so I can find two or three that are basic enough for me to attempt when I've learned a couple more chords. I'm going slowly, not trying for flying chord changes, just trying to learn how they feel under my fingertips and making sure I'm placing my fingers correctly. And enjoying it so far!
    Excellent, as others have said just making a pleasing sound can be enough. Continue to have fun and you will stick with it
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Welcome to the Forum. Fabulous words spoken by DownUpDave.
    You with find an enormous amount of kind individuals here willing to share knowledge, skills and experience.
    The ukulele can bring quite a bit of joy to life.

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    Welcome Boojiboo!

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