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  1. #11
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    These days, not very often; I used to submit tunes/songs to the 'Seasons' threads - when I was doing that, probably an hour or two a day, but not every day.

    (I mainly play chromatic, tremolo, & diatonic harmonicas; plus whistles, flutes, piccolos, & fifes nowadays.)
    Trying to do justice to various musical instruments.

  2. #12
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    I play pretty much every night, before bed. I typically spend between 20 minutes to an hour playing, depending on the night. I am usually working on learning 2-3 different fingerstyle songs at any given time. Usually at least one that I am getting pretty good at, one that is in progress, and one that I am just starting to figure out. I usually then end the night with strumming a few favorite tunes to wind down.

    I change up which uke I am playing on any given night, depending on my mood at the time. I have quite a few nice instruments, and I try to spread my time around between them, but I sometimes get into ruts where I will play the same instrument for several nights in a row. Almost always a concert, and almost always a high-G. (Last night was my Kamaka HF-2, the night before was the Moonbird. The night before that was a rare soprano night, playing my Kala Elite.)
    Mainly a concert player.

    Beansprout alto (myrtle) | Martin Konter | Kala Elite Soprano | Rebel Double Cream mango concert
    KoAloha Silver concert | Blackbird Clara | Kamaka HF-2 (special) | Kanile'a K-1 C | Bruko #6
    Anuenue UC200 Moonbird Concert | UkeSA Pineapple Sunday concert (acacia) | Pop's Pineapple Sunday (koa)

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    When I first started, I was somewhat of a maniac. I woke up at 5:30 so I could play for two hours Mon-Sat. This gave me time to play prior to going to work. After a year, I backed off to about 1 1/2 per day. I was working through Daniel Ward's book on Arpeggios. Loved it. My focus now is Mike Lynch's Chord Melody books and some of Daniel Ho's stuff. I mostly play baritone and tenor. However, from now till July we are staying with family members as we are selling our house and don't take possession of our other home until July 1. Argh! Haven't found a way to work in the uke without waking everyone. Withdrawal pains are tough!

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    I play almost every morning and every night. I leave my ukulele out on a stand so I can play it on a whim. Even if it just strumming a few chords I often play throughout the day. How long I play varies. I only have one ukulele, a Martin soprano.

  5. #15
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    Not often enough. Darn work keeps getting in the way!
    "So many ukes, so little money..."

    Kanile'a KSR-T premium koa tenor
    KoAloha KTM-00 tenor
    Rebel Double Cheese spruce/mahogany tenor, my BFF.
    Pono ATC-PC acacia cutaway tenor
    Kala KA-ASFM-T-C flame maple tenor
    Pono MT-SP tenor
    Cocobolo concert #467
    Pono ASD acacia soprano deluxe
    Pono MGS mango soprano

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    I try to play every day, but I have challenges. I am working two jobs and my ukulele seems to pierce the walls, so I cannot play when my wife needs to sleep. Regardless, I do try to play every day. Sometimes that may mean playing arpeggios or practicing modes or using the side markers to play blues in G with a ceramic slide. Other days I play in a manner that most other players would recognize as playing: making chord progressions, finger picking melodies, etc.

  7. #17
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    Work gets in the way of sustained playing, but I do play nearly every day. I keep a uke at work, in the vehicles, in my camper, by the porch entry, next to the bedside etc.

    Ease of access is the key for me, and it validates having more than one ukulele
    - Laura

    Martin, KoAloha, Brueko, Mele, Mainland, Outdoor, Kala, Enya, Harmony, Tempo, Globe, Shima, Vega, Silvertone, Kay, Luna, Vorson, Drewek, Zither Heaven, First Act

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    I play everyday, for usually 2 hours, minimum 1 hour, in 3~4 sessions, spread from the morning to the afternoon to the night.
    I'm practicing chromatic scale, full scale, chords, and several classical and traditional tunes.
    Sometime I feel my practice is a little blindly and the routine is not effective. I'm making it better gradually.

  9. #19
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    I used to play every day, up to an hour, usually half an hour. The condition of my hands has changed, so I play every other day now, maybe 15-30 minutes. Our band has long rehearsals on Saturdays, and sometimes during the week, so practicing on my own suffers. The day after a gig, I don't pick up my uke or sing.
    I'm starting a part time job on Monday, I'll have to play on a schedule now. Plus, I am learning to speak Spanish, something I should have done decades ago.
    I've been thinking that a new uke would entice me to play more, but I'd need to sell one first....the thrill of playing the newest one lasted almost five years!
    We did an hour long Cinco de Mayo set outdoors in 88 degree heat, high humidity yesterday. The uke is still in its case....it comes out tomorrow.
    "Those who bring sunshine and laughter to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves".

    Music washes from the soul, the dust of everyday living.

  10. #20
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    I have been playing ukulele everyday since first started 2.5 years ago. It is now my main pastime and I would play whenever I have the time at home. I am keen for improvement, albeit slow and little, as that makes me feel good.

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