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    That is a nice intro Kathy, welcome to the forums!

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    Hi Kathy, welcome to the UU forum and to ukuleles.

    I understand having fingers that are not shaped the right way for playing. My little fingers curve the wrong way for playing many chords where I have to stretch. Ditto for some finger playing. Enjoy your new Mahalo Kahiko. Truly glad that you found one that fit your hands.

    You'll have fun playing with a uke club. Most are very welcoming to beginners and happy to help you learn and progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenn2018 View Post
    Hi Kathy, welcome to the UU forum and to ukuleles.

    I understand having fingers that are not shaped the right way for playing. My little fingers curve the wrong way for playing many chords where I have to stretch. Ditto for some finger playing. Enjoy your new Mahalo Kahiko. Truly glad that you found one that fit your hands.

    You'll have fun playing with a uke club. Most are very welcoming to beginners and happy to help you learn and progress.
    My husband suggested that I see a specialist about my little fingers (the left one, at least, because it is the most crooked of the two and is the one that impacts my uke playing). I can't imagine anything could be done about it at my age but I think it is nice of him to suggest it. I may let an hand ortho surgeon take a look at it, just on the off chance ...

    For now, I just accept that I can't play some songs because my fingers can't reach (just like I can't play certain songs on the kalimba because of its limited range). Some music is better than no music, right?

    Thanks for the welcome!

    k.

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    Welcome to UU Kathy, congrats on your new ukuleles. Are the numerous kalimbas for different keys?
    You can find the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society on meetup.com and facebook. We're the largest ukulele club in Florida, and have weekly virtual things online. We're like one big happy family. Our big festival is in November, i hope you'll join us.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickie View Post
    Welcome to UU Kathy, congrats on your new ukuleles. Are the numerous kalimbas for different keys?
    You can find the Tampa Bay Ukulele Society on meetup.com and facebook. We're the largest ukulele club in Florida, and have weekly virtual things online. We're like one big happy family. Our big festival is in November, i hope you'll join us.
    Hi, Nickie. I have not tuned any of my kalimbas for different keys.

    I bought a fairly nice one for my [musical, mandolin-playing] niece for Christmas and decided to get a relatively inexpensive ($28) one for myself just to see if I could play. That first one was a hollow box style with pretty flowers that are probably stickers but look like inlaid mother-of-pearl.

    Next I wanted to see what a flat board would sound like so I got one of those (albeit a bit nicer). Then I wanted to see what an acrylic flat board would sound like and I found the CUTEST one, designed like a cat. (I'm a cat freak.) Then, because I was getting frustrated with just having 17 keys I bought a 34-key chromatic kalimba.

    I play all of them but probably play the 34-key more. I have lots of digital sheet music and I have color-coded the files so I know which ones can be played on 17-key and which need 34. Do I sound OCD? You can understand why hubby says PLEASE let's not turn this house into a ukulele museum!

    With my uke sheet music I organize them into three folders (Level 1, 2, and 3) based on how likely I think it is that I will be able to play the chords. I'm actually trying to play pieces in #2 and #3, because some of the chords aren't as difficult as they seemed at first. If I can't play a chord I just skip that section and move on!

    I will definitely check out the Tampa group and I think it is highly likely that I will head down that way in November for the hoedown! Sounds like fun!

    Thanks for the welcome!

    k.

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