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    Wink I just signed up for lessons!

    I'm signed up for my first lessons! So far I'm just scheduled for 3 (one a week for the rest of the month). Any advice for preparing for the first one? It's on Wednesday.


    I have a tiny idea of what I'm doing.

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    Well done! Just relax & enjoy it
    Happy just to be a Newbie +, Penny

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    Enjoy and do not forget to bring your ukulele! A pencil/pen and notebook may be useful.

    Please share your experience with us as you proceed through the lessons.

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    I'm with Penny and Rainbow--have fun and enjoy it.
    Kala KA-TE tenor uke (currently tuned re-entrant gCEA)
    Kala APB-CTG baritone uke (currently tuned DGBE)
    Ohana BK-35CG baritone uke (currently tuned low-octave ADF#B)
    Various guitars, banjos, and basses

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    Enjoy the journey!
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    KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia concert)
    Thormahlen Yew-kulele (yew concert)
    Flight TUS35 (blue soprano)
    UKES LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME:
    *Ohana TK-35CG (mahogany tenor w/cutaway)
    *Kala KA-SLNG (long neck soprano)
    *Snail SUC (solid top mahogany concert)

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    Thank you all! A notebook is a good idea and I'm not sure I would have thought of it...reminding me to take my uke is probably apt, too!

    I'll let you know how it goes!


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    Bring questions: What are your goals from the lesson? Is there anything specific you want to learn, are having trouble with, or want to improve?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcy View Post
    Bring questions: What are your goals from the lesson? Is there anything specific you want to learn, are having trouble with, or want to improve?
    I've been going over things like that in my head...I should write them down, definitely. Thank you!


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    Quote Originally Posted by boojiboo View Post
    I'm signed up for my first lessons! So far I'm just scheduled for 3 (one a week for the rest of the month). Any advice for preparing for the first one? It's on Wednesday.
    Don't stress. Don't get frustrated. Don't worry.

    It's easy to get overwhelmed at first - especially if this is your first instrument. But take a breath and remember that even Mozart, Jake, and Alex Lifeson/Steve Hackett/Eddie Van Halen, etc were all clumsy when they started. But most of all - like everyone else said - have fun. The 'ukulele may be perhaps the most lighthearted thing one can play!

    Oh, it might also be a good idea to bring a few songs you want to learn to make it more personal.

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    Thank you! This is very new for me; I've had a few people over the years hand me instruments, and while I've always wanted to learn to play something, none of them really grabbed me. The uke is the first one I've picked up on my own, and I've been learning from books and youtube videos for a couple of months-- long enough to know this is the instrument I really want to learn! But as an adult coming in with no music theory and barely able to figure out the basics of sheet music, it's pretty overwhelming. My lesson is in 40 minutes-- so reminders not to worry and not stress are good advice.


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