View Poll Results: Before coming to the ukulele, did you play/practice another:

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  • Fretted Instrument - never to 6mos

    23 28.05%
  • Fretted Instrument - 6mos to 24mos

    6 7.32%
  • Fretted Instrument - 2yrs to 5yrs

    4 4.88%
  • Fretted Instrument - 5yrs or more

    37 45.12%
  • Non-Fretted Instrument - never to 6mos

    8 9.76%
  • Non-Fretted Instrument - 6mos to 24mos

    5 6.10%
  • Non-Fretted Instrument - 2yrs to 5yrs

    8 9.76%
  • Non-Fretted Instrument - 5yrs or more

    28 34.15%
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Thread: POLL: Pre-Ukulele Experience

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2019

    Default POLL: Pre-Ukulele Experience

    Please check only 1 or 2 boxes.

    I've been curious about this for a while. There is so much knowledge and experience on this forum, I'm curious how everyone began their musical journey.
    Last edited by Ed1; 05-13-2020 at 04:49 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    MN metro area


    I checked a fretted instrument 2 to 5 years but to say I had 2-5 years experience would be an overstatement. I started with a guitar but my playing time and frequency would look like the right half of a bell curve. It was very high at the beginning but dropped off to where it was little to none at the end. I might have had 1-2 years experience over 5 years. (And I was never very good.)
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Michigan, USA


    I played violin (poorly) from 4th grade through my sophomore year of high school, then switched to viola. After that it was choir, mostly, until the uke made its way into my life.
    Mainly a concert player.

    Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano
    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2A | KoAloha Opio KCO-10 (acacia) | KoAloha Opio KCO-10S (spruce top)
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Los Angeles, near the Beverly Center.


    I played guitar for almost 50 years before the uke in 2013, then added bass uke a year later. I never touched my four guitars again and gave them to my nephew. I now have nine tenor ukes and thirty bass uke/mini bass guitars.

    This is Michael Kohan in Los Angeles, Beverly Grove near the Beverly Center
    9 tenor cutaway ukes, 4 acoustic bass ukes, 12 solid body bass ukes, 14 mini electric bass guitars (Total: 39)

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  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Upper Hale, Surrey/Hants border, UK.


    I've said 6~24 months, though it could have been more, as I was an infrequent dabbler on recorders for a while in the past.
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jan 2020
    Durham, UK


    My 2 year uke anniversary is up. My Amazon account confirmed that I ordered my Donner Tenor 12/05/2018.

    Before the uke I played flute for 35 years. I still play my flutes, but not daily. The big advantage of the ukulele is that I can practise in the evening after my children have gone to bed. My flutes would wake them up.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2017


    No previous musical instrument experience except a little percussion in high school band.
    My ukulele family.....
    KoAloha Koa concert - circa 2006 (Living Waters)
    aNueNue Moon Bird concert - Spruce & Rosewood - 2018 (Blackwater)
    Blackbird Clara - 2019 (Oasis Bright)
    Cocobolo concert - 2019 (Worth Brown)

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jun 2018
    Sparta, Wisconsin, USA


    Was in choir in Jr & Sr High School, but never learned to read music. Sang in the local community choir for two years until that folded.

    I tried to learn guitar for about 5 or 6 mos, but marriage and jobs side-tracked that. Tried to pick it up again after retirement, but OA in hands just couldn't take the steel strings.

    Tenor ukulele is working out pretty well for me now.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2012


    Began on trumpet in 1966. Majored in music ed and worked in various bands for a number of years. Self taught on keyboard starting in the mid 70's. I also started on djembe in 2012.

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Pennsylvania, USA


    Classical piano lessons all through school, 1989-2001. Self-directed at steel 6-string guitar from 2004-2005 or so, then put on the shelf. Have continued playing piano for pleasure through to this day. Discovered ukulele in summer 2017.

    Many other other various musical toys have come and gone over the decades... ukulele and piano are the only ones so far that seem to have serious and consistent staying power in my life.

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