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    Default How often do you play ukulele?

    And for how long?

    Generally curious about people's playing habits. I personally get about 1-2 hours every night while my kids are in bed and my wife is at work, and I typically use that time to play every night of the week. It is very rare that I do not spend that time playing. I have been going on this schedule since January. Before then, I'd play maybe a few times a week at most.

    Do you play the same uke all the time? How many others, and why do you change it up?

    I play the same high G tenor all the time. Sometimes at the end of the night when I've put the tenor away and I still have a bit of an itch to play, I'll mess around on a soprano for a bit. But 99% of the time I'm playing that same tenor. I feel like if I play a different one I'm wasting my time a little bit, like in not taking practice as seriously when I'm not on my primary uke. I know I'm wrong about that, but it's just the way it is.

    I use a strap and I play standing up. I just prefer standing I guess.
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    I play the ukulele at least 3 times a day, anywhere from 5 min to a longer session. Typically there is a new skill I am trying to learn, if not, I just do what ever comes to my mind.
    I tend to play tenors and baritones later in the day and sopranos earlier in the day. I change the ukulele I am playing all the time. Usually I rotate which ukuleles are kept accessible outside of their cases. If a ukulele does not land up coming out in a long time, I tend to sell it. My fluke is always kept accessible and I tend to travel with it, as it stands up on its own.
    Right now these are the current focus areas:
    1. complete uketroplois jazz course on soprano. This is a lesson in new chord shapes and music concepts.
    2. Complete Uncle Kimo’s Girl from Impanema tutorial on the ukulele site. This is super hard for the right hand to get it to sound really nice.
    3. Complete cello suite 1 on a soprano with high G arranged by Samantha Muir. Super hard on the left hand.
    4. Complete Canon in D (completed 3/4ths) arranged for low G by DHo. Hard on the left hand.
    It will usually take me around 6 months or more to complete the list above. The
    variation in size and nature of difficultly keeps it interesting for me.

    I used the pandemic lock down to learn Cello suite 1 for low G arranged by DHo. It took me around 6-8 months to just complete the song. Since then I have kept trying to improve my playing to make it sound good, and to be able to play it without mistakes..
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    The ease of picking up a small instrument that sounds good even if a beginner is playing it (vs recorder or violin) and the awesome community around it is the main reason ukulele as a hobby stuck for me. It is very hard for me to pick up a hobby outside of what I need to do daily. I am really happy that I have been able to keep this one going.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kerneltime View Post
    1. complete uketroplois jazz course on soprano. This is a lesson in new chord shapes and music concepts.
    I am in book 4 of Ukulele Way. I love Uketropolis, and I love being able to structure my practice time. I plan to take jazz next. I am also currently working hard on practicing an arrangement of Aladdin's A Whole New World arranged by Steven Laity. Solo Ukulele/Chord Melody style is my most favorite type of Ukulele to play right now.

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    I probably average about 3 days per week +/- usually ranging anywhere from 1/2 to a couple hours at a time. I want to learn (modified) clawhammer so I hope to try and play a little more frequently. I've been only playing one uke lately, my concert thinline Bonanza Homestead. I'm usually playing in my easy chair and it is more comfortable to play a thinline than my regular ukes. Just the other day I pulled out some of my other ukes and realized how much I miss playing them (6 others) so I may have to get out of that easy chair and start rotating them more often.
    Money can't buy happiness but it can buy a uke which is basically the same thing.

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    Three times a week on average I would say. I have our ukulele group on Wednesday evenings. We get the set list early in the week and I go through them a couple times. I also play guitar and I play something every day. Sometimes both in the course of the day. I generally play around four in the afternoon. I like to mix up a drink, sit back and relax with a stringed instrument. Outside of weather permits. Maybe a half hour, maybe an hour and a half, it just depends. I've been doing that for years. I have no structure to my playing. If I have something coming up I might favor one instrument over the other.
    Last edited by Rllink; 05-06-2021 at 05:05 AM.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by donboody View Post
    And for how long?


    Do you play the same uke all the time? How many others, and why do you change it up?
    I play pretty much everyday; anywhere from 3-30 minutes per day. When I first started and was learning, I'd play about an hour per day. Now that I have learned what I need to know, I only play to entertain my son.

    I play on the same uke; it is the only uke I have out on the wall hanger. Once a while (like every few months), I'd check up on my other ukes, and I'd play them a bit.

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    I started playing uke with a seniors group in July of 2013 shortly after I retired. About 25-35 of us met Monday afternoons and Thursday mornings. I played my ukes a day before each session, so including a day or two of general practice, I played 5-6 days, at least an hour each. Then a year later our leader asked if anyone would like to take up the bass to fill in the sound. I did, and discovered the bass uke is just right for me, but it meant my ukes took a back seat, so to keep me engaged, I started playing with an acoustic group on Sundays in a park.

    With covid, the seniors uke group starting meeting online, but the Sunday group stopped, until about a month ago after most of us received our inoculations. Also, a few members of the uke group started meeting in the back yard of one member with all having been inoculated. So I play bass uke 3-4 days and uke 2-3 days.


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    I rarely go a day without playing at least a little. Most days, I play from 10 to 15 minutes, two or three times. Sometimes a lot longer. I play tunes I like, and sing or whistle along. More and more I find that I'm picking melodies while playing. I enjoy the singing part as much as the playing part. I find it cathartic and healing. I notice that I'm in a demonstrably better mood after playing than when I started.
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    I play daily for an hour (sometimes longer if I lose track) with 30 minutes devoted to skills by working through the Mastering Ukulele series, David Ward's books, and Ukulele Aerobics and the last 30 minutes for playing and singing whatever seems like fun at the moment.

    I float between concert and tenor size ukes. I only have three instruments, so each instrument gets played throughout the week as the mood strikes me.

    I've enjoyed seeing the responses here.

    Bluesy.

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