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    Default Is your ukulele gettting you through the panddmic

    Now don't read anything political into this, but whenever the national news starts, I leave the room and find and play my ukulele. It really keeps me from getting depressed about the current news. I start picking and strumming and the troubles of the world go away. But that's just me. Stay safe, and keep strumming.
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    It helps for sure. Especially to counter the news of the day.

    But now the virus has penetrated our county and it's expanding quickly.

    Playing my ukulele may not be enough. I might have to pour myself a drink as well.
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    Two fingers of Ketel One, a slice of lime and four ice cubes certainly helps.
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    Pono MTD-CR Tenor C Linear Tuning 6/21/2016
    Ko'olau Model 100 Tenor C Linear Tuning 7/27/2018
    Kamaka HF-2 Koa Concert C Linear 6/26/2019
    Cocobolo Concert #433 C Re-Entrant 2/3/2020
    Martin S1 Soprano, C Re-entrant Tuning 3/19/2020

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    It helps for sure. Especially to counter the news of the day.

    But now the virus has penetrated our county and it's expanding quickly.

    Playing my ukulele may not be enough. I might have to pour myself a drink as well.
    Yeah, ukes and booze...that's the ticket!

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    I am probably playing a little bit more.

    Where my ukulele time has increased is in consuming much of the online lessons and sessions that have proliferated. For example, this Saturday I will likely participate much of the day in the Chee/Maisel Hawai'i Showcase Live. Ukulenny has three sessions per week and I will do one or two of them. Jim D'Ville has a daily Pop Up Uke for an hour... etc...

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    I've hardly been playing...
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    Yes, as does my bass ukes/mini bass guitars. I play bass with my group on Zoom twice a week, and before the pandemic, I kept my hand in the uke playing with a group of acoustic players in a park for 2 hours on Sundays, but I now attend three or four Zoom uke play-alongs a week. I like it. I don't watch the news so that I'm not depressed all day.


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    One of the reasons that I got my first uke, needed a hobby during the pandemic! I had been wanting one, but this served as a good prompt. I was told the uke sales are way up across the globe during "stay at home" - I wonder if that means a bunch of ukulele players will be unleashed in the world or you'll able to pick them up at garage sales in a year or two

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    Quote Originally Posted by dcw uke View Post
    I was told the uke sales are way up across the globe during "stay at home" - I wonder if that means a bunch of ukulele players will be unleashed in the world or you'll able to pick them up at garage sales in a year or two
    I SEE that ukes are selling like hotcakes, and wondered exactly the same thing. It's kind of cool that 'uke literacy' is increasing. Something that only makes the world a better place.
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    I also picked up Uke during the pandemic and am thoroughly hooked, and had so many hours of practice being stuck inside all day I've progressed quite a lot. Don't plan on putting it down again any time soon. Never thought I was one for playing a musical instrument but it seems the Uke is what I was waiting for all this time.

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