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  1. #31
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    Aug 2019
    Shenandoah Valley of Virginia


    I play at the guitar, bass and mandolin. I am for the most part, self taught on all and am by no means good at any of them. I like all string instruments and I am already feeling in the week that I have owned my ukulele, that it is going to be my main instrument of choice. But I will continue to noodle around on all.

  2. #32
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    Mar 2015


    Guitar was my first stringed instrument. Ukulele came around the time Elderly Instruments first started selling Fluke ukuleles. I think that was in the early stages for the Magic Fluke Co.
    I had tried to think up in my head an ideal instrument and an uke seemed to fit it well at the time.
    I've played guitar, uke, and other instruments off and on for years. Right now it's just uke and percussion. I let my last guitar go just over a month ago as I was not really playing it or enjoying it. So technically I can still play guitar but I'm choosing not to currently.

  3. #33
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    Jul 2019
    Down Under


    My 000 Sigma is a dust collector since I got my uke .

  4. #34
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    Oct 2011
    Blaine, Washington


    Been playing guitar for 61 years. Even played Hollywood in the early '60's. Boy what a time. Donavon and The Byrds at the Trip, Lovin' Spoonful at Cinnamon Cinder, Doors at the Whiskey A Go Go and Ike and Tina Turner at the Red Velvet etc.. We were so young we could only play at Pandors's Box; an underage club that started the Sunset Blvd. riots because they were arresting any kid under 18 coming out of there because of the 10 O'clock curfew imposed by the law.

    Presently I'm playing flatpick lead in a bluegrass band on a 126 year old (1893)Bay State parlor guitar. Amazing that little sucker overpowers a couple of D28 Dreadnaughts a couple of rhythm players play on.
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  5. #35
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    Sep 2013
    Los Angeles, near the Beverly Center.


    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    We were so young we could only play at Pandors's Box; an underage club that started the Sunset Blvd. riots because they were arresting any kid under 18 coming out of there because of the 10 O'clock curfew imposed by the law.
    My twin brother and I and another friend were 17 and went there that night, but as things started to get heated close to 10 PM, we took off home. That riot was the inspiration for Stephen Stills writing "For What It's Worth" performed by Buffalo Springfield. Before the curfew, on most weekends, we used to walk the entire length of Sunset Strip back and forth and hanging out in front of the clubs we couldn't get into, and couldn't afford Pandoras'a Box.

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  6. #36
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    May 2016
    Honolulu, HI


    I’ve played guitar for over 20 years, but had horrible technique that, when combined with my playing habits where I would put in about 4-5 hours of straight practice, did a number on my wrist to the point where I’m in occupational therapy now. But I don’t have any issues playing the ukulele and enjoy it more. I like the happier tone, greater portability, and the way jazz sounds on it. I also like the ukulele community more. I’ve played guitar in a bunch of states and it seemed like people were more competitive with guitar where they would be more stoked about your playing in the ukulele world.

  7. #37
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    Jul 2017
    Essex, UK


    Wow! What a lot of talented people we have in in UU! So many multi-instrumentalists. But what really comes across - whatever instruments we play, try to play, or don't play - is out shared love of making music. Thank you all so much for contributing your stories to this thread.
    I DID however forget to share my own 'story' lol, so, very briefly...

    When I was about 13 I never had a love of football (soccer to some of you) and I still haven't to this very day (I'm 62 now). This was much to the shame of my father and brothers who love it with a passion. So, while the rest of my class we're off on the playing field, I was offered the chance to have classical piano lessons, which I took. This led on to my studying to reasonable grade under Sir Edward Parker of the Royal Schools of Music (not AT the royal schools themselves - I was never THAT good or lucky! lol) Sadly, a lot of the keyboard skills I learned then have been long forgotten as life, career, wife & kids got in the way of playing.
    A chance encounter with my cousin's boyfriend (an excellent guitar player & vocalist with his own band) got me wanting to be like him and play guitar and sing, and I've been doing that on and off ever since. I've never been good, I just enjoy doing it. I now have a collection of guitars and sometimes get together with a group to play some rock type stuff - but it's infrequent, I play mostly acoustic solo and do a lot of 'silly fun songs' as I don't have the best of voices and don't really have anyone or any clubs nearby I can get together with to share making music.
    Even as a kid I loved watching the old Formby movies - his uke skills always intrigued me - so a couple of years ago I bought one. I now have four. I still can't play uke properly, but again I have fun with it - and, to me, fun is what it should all be about...whatever our level of skill.
    I agree with the sentiment about the uke community. Since joining UU I have been met with nothing but friendship, kindness and encouragement - and long may that continue for all of us.
    I look forward to seeing and hearing more of you all in the future in both the uke AND (hopefully) guitar sections. Happy playing!
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  8. #38
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    May 2018
    An airpark in NC


    My first stringed instrument was classical guitar. I played for a couple of years and was just moving from advanced beginner to intermediate level when I was in a bad hangliding accident and shattered both arm and sustained a lot of nerve damage to the point where one was almost amputated. 4 years and many surgeries later I recovered about as much as I was likely to. I tried to play the guitar again and was devastated when I realized I didnt have enogh sensation left in my hands to fret the strings or play chords consistently. I gave up tryig to play for awhile. A few years later I heard a ukulele on the radio when I was having a particularly bad day and decided maybe if I tried a new instrument it wouldn't be so emotinally devastating to not be able to play well, and though perhaps with a smaller instrument like a ukulele that slight nerve and strength deficits I still have would be more manageable. That was coming up on 2 years ago. I don't play the ukulele was well as I did guitar (and maybe never will), but I love the instrument. I recently tried playing guitar again, and the instrument seems huge and unwieldly, so I am going to stick with ukulele! I love the instrument and all the different sounds from differnt combination of size, tonewoods, and strings! Nothing sounds prettier to me that some traditional hawaii songs or soft jazz songs on an ukulele!
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  9. #39
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    Jan 2013
    on a sunny FL beach


    Lifelong music lover, I experimented with a few band and orchestra instruments growing up but none of them "stuck". When I retired a dozen years ago, I took up the ukulele and still enjoy playing it. Three or four years ago, I added guitar and found the transition easy. While I am by no means proficient on either, I am an adequate singer/strummer. I like the uke when I want to just grab and go but really appreciate the fuller sound of the guitar. So, I play both, as the mood strikes. These past few years, I play mostly mandolin. While I play a lot of rhythm mando, my emphasis on mandolin is playing an embellished melody line. My practice focus is on learning the fretboard, ear training, scales, intervals, etc. For me, the consistent fifths tuning of the mandolin makes fingerstyle easier than on the uke or guitar. My ukes still get love but I did move one soprano to fifths tuning and it makes a great little practice mandolin.

    You had asked about forums. For guitar, Acoustic Guitar Forum is very good. For mandolin, Mandolin Cafe is a really excellent forum mando.

  10. #40
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    Oct 2011
    Aurora, IL US


    Ukulele, Guitar, Autoharp, Keyboards, Harmonicas

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