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    Default New Old Guy

    New to the site, old to the world. I've always thought I would enjoy playing a ukulele but I just never did it. In fact, I didn't know there are so many different types of ukuleles to choose from! Well, day after tomorrow a brand new concert ukulele will be delivered to my house. I have absolutely zero experience playing this or any other instrument and this leaves me with more than a little anxiety and a couple questions -

    1. Is it appropriate for there to be a soon-to-be 59 year old rookie uke player? Any hope?

    2. Assuming plenty of practice is involved (30-60 min/day), how long can I expect it to take for me to be proficient (darn good strummer, some picking)?

    Thanks!

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    Welcome to the forums. I was in my 50's when I started. Took me about six months to get good, about year for proficient.
    - Laura

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    Thanks, LAura - Can't wait to get started!

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    Welcome to UU, BT212!
    You sound really motovated, so don't let your doubts about age slow you down. Listen to your body to decide if you're trying to push too much.
    Once you start your journey, you'll come to crossroads. The people you play with (maybe on Zoom nowadays), the tutorials you watch on YouTube, your musical preferences, your musical past etc will all influence the route you take. Perhaps you won't take the fastest way, but a more scenic route following narrow and bumpy tracks. When you think you're lost, give us a shout here! We'll come to your rescue!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ms Bean View Post
    Welcome to UU, BT212!
    You sound really motovated, so don't let your doubts about age slow you down. Listen to your body to decide if you're trying to push too much.
    Once you start your journey, you'll come to crossroads. The people you play with (maybe on Zoom nowadays), the tutorials you watch on YouTube, your musical preferences, your musical past etc will all influence the route you take. Perhaps you won't take the fastest way, but a more scenic route following narrow and bumpy tracks. When you think you're lost, give us a shout here! We'll come to your rescue!
    Thanks, Ms. Bean. Yep, I'm super motivated. Can't stop watching You Tube tutorials! I just want to get going. Thanks for the support!

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    Good on yer, Matey! I was about your age when I first started playing ukulele. That was about twenty-five years ago and I'm still learning.

    John Colter

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    Aye, John Colter! I'll look to you for tips!

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    Welcome BT212!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejfc View Post
    Welcome BT212!
    Thank you!

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    You are certainly not too old! I'm 71 and did come from a guitar background, but the ukulele is different. But, I'm thoroughly enjoying the new challenge, I think you will too.

    Good luck!

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