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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I feel compelled to note, any quote from Mark Twain does not carry a lot of weight in my opinion.
    I simply could not disagree more. I’ve enjoyed reading many of his works for a long time, and I have great respect for his opinions and the down to earth way he stated them.
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    I have found these posts all interesting and well stated. I have tried 3 teachers with little success. The one thing they had in common: all guitar teachers first then the uke. Mistake. I have learned primarily from the internet but tended to wander about finding something that I enjoyed at that moment. That has worked pretty well but ultimately came to the point where I wanted more of a progress/ directed approach. I found that on the internet too. Various sources available and I've settled on UU+. I agree that a live teacher would help. The problem is finding a good one. Some good advice given here already: play with others and play in public. I would add one more: have a decent uke that really sings to you and plays easily. The "singing" makes it a joy that you want to return to and the playability allows for less frustration moving forward with lessons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    I simply could not disagree more. I’ve enjoyed reading many of his works for a long time, and I have great respect for his opinions and the down to earth way he stated them.
    I don’t usually judge writers’ or musicians’ lives. I was talking about his works and his stated opinions. His life was his life, interesting, maybe, but not important to my interest or admiration for his works.

    I prefer to “judge not . . .”
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I feel compelled to note, any quote from Mark Twain does not carry a lot of weight in my opinion.
    Perhaps I should not have attributed it.

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    I have tried a number of different books and have made numerous "starts" at learning the Uke. None have taken so far, but my love for the Uke has not subsided. I haven't tried a teacher yet, but that may be what it takes. Anyone know a good Uke teacher they can recommend in the Seattle area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snowdenn View Post
    Perhaps I should not have attributed it.
    I just voiced my opinion of Mark Twain's opinion. You should post what you want.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    I think one’s need for a teacher depends on his/her learning purpose. If it is to become a professional musician or at least play in a band, then he/she should take some lessons. If it is just to have a good time, playin’ with friends or belonging in a group, then it’s quite possible to learn enough from other musicians. If is just a hobby, somethin’ ta do for someone one like me, then it’s very possible to learn from books and maybe the internet. I don’t always find the internet helpful though.

    I’ve heard a lotta bad stories about ukulele and banjo instructors, most of which are guitar teachers needing work, but ya pays yer money and takes yer chances.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Up Dick View Post
    I think one’s need for a teacher depends on his/her learning purpose.
    I believe that's very sound. I, for one, would actively seek out a guitar instructor who also does ukulele because what I want out of instruction. When I browse the internet I usually gravitate to guitar sites because they focus on what I want: intervals, note names, theory, some jazzy stuff. I'm not saying that ukulele instructors don't have it, but I see it more frequently with guitar instructors and I'm just going with the numbers. The guitar instructors probably wouldn't have very specific ukulele knowledge, but I don't really want that. I will come across and figure those things out for myself over time. What I want is a more solid musical framework upon which I can graft my particular ukulele experience. So that's just me and it is probably not you, but that's why it is so important to gauge your needs and desires when looking up instruction.

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    Theoretically, a teacher would help me. In practice, getting instruction doesn't seem to help. I'm thinking of the dozens of workshops I've attended. I look on them more as entertainment than education. Maybe if a patient instructor worked with me, I could show some improvement in my playing. I find playing and more playing is what helps me to improve. I'm doing this for fun, not to earn a living, so I don't want to worry about lessons and the pressure of performing for a teacher.
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    Being retired and older than most here, my feelings about lessons are pretty much the same as Jerry's. One of my favorite quotes is "There are no ukulele police." (Having had a few piano teachers over the years, some of them seemed to me they were the piano police.) Obviously, a good teacher doesn't make you feel worried or pressured, understands your abilities, and helps you improve quicker than you could on your own. But for me, watching video and learning from internet classes, books and a friend or two keeps me happy, even though I still have a lot to learn about the best approach to the fretboard.

    Also, some things do need lessons, like sky-diving or Mark Twain trying to learn to ride an "Ordinary" bicycle.
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