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    Default A start of a beautiful love affair....

    So I bought the cheap Lanikai Ukulele as an impulse buy (as I was originally planning on learning the guitar) about 10 days ago and have not looked back since then. I cannot believe how much I have fallen in love with this instrument as its almost the first thing I pick up when I get home each day and I cannot go to bed unless I've had a bit of a strum.

    I feel like each day I don't have enough time to practice everything and am constantly frustrated at how slow I am picking up this instrument. Also, although I have only had this ukulele for 10 days, I already feel the urge to upgrade to something a bit better.

    Question for people on this forum:
    1. How long did it take for you to get to a proficient level (so that you could play thorough a song with smooth chord transition)??
    2. How long did you wait before you to upgraded your ukulele?

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    Ha ha, still working on the smooth chord transition a year and a half later. Okay I can do the simple chords smoothly but always more and harder chords to learn. I think I upgraded around the 10th day.
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    Welcome to the UU. It's addictive isn't it? You sound just like a bunch of us on UU. lol

    It took me about two months to get to a point where I can play through a song fairly smoothly (Somewhere over the Rainbow IZ's version). I still get hiccups fretting. By month three I could finally sing along and strum to the song I'm playing.

    As for upgrading the uke, not including the time I had the uke for in Hawaii where I got the bug, about 10 days before I got my upgrade. Went from soprano to a concert. Three weeks later I got my third uke (bought off a friend) and by the start of the 5th month, I picked up my 4th ukulele. Wait till you start getting the itch for a "K" brand and custom builds!!

    Welcome to UAS aka Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome. LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trinimon View Post
    Welcome to the UU. It's addictive isn't it? You sound just like a bunch of us on UU. lol

    It took me about two months to get to a point where I can play through a song fairly smoothly (Somewhere over the Rainbow IZ's version). I still get hiccups fretting. By month three I could finally sing along and strum to the song I'm playing.

    As for upgrading the uke, not including the time I had the uke for in Hawaii where I got the bug, about 10 days before I got my upgrade. Went from soprano to a concert. Three weeks later I got my third uke (bought off a friend) and by the start of the 5th month, I picked up my 4th ukulele. Wait till you start itching for a "K" brand and then custom build!!

    Welcome to UAS aka Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome. LOL
    I'm surprised at how much information i've learnt about the uke in 10 days. I'm already wanting a "K" brand from watching all those you tube clips!!!

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    Welcome to the UU and the forums...I preach...practice, perserverence and patience...it will come..as for upgrades, one a month is the average for me..
    Yes it's quite an instrument..Not only you are smitten with it....we all are......this should help you in your way...http://www.youtube.com/user/MusicTeacher2010
    and Druke too...Good Luck and happy Strummings..MM Stan

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    I totally could relate to what sweetiecieno shared here. It is really the start of a beautiful love affair. Playing ukulele early in the morning and late at night have become my new routine. live is so much more interesting and fuller with the presence of ukulele.

    Starting each session, I am using the practice from Ukulele Boot Camp by Uncle Rod Higuchi. It has improved my cord progression and transition much more smoothly. It also improved my knowledge of cords combination commonly used for the particular keys. It helps tremendously in playing songs.

    I bought my second and third ukuleles on the third day after I brought back the first ukulele. It was just so irresistible after reading through passionate sharing from the friendly ukulelists in the forum here.

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    I bought a pretty rubbish, no-brand, off the shelf 20 painted soprano for my first (impulse buy) as I had no idea if I'd even be able to learn to play the thing. After learning the basic chords and stringing together some progressions I upgraded to something better about 4 months later. I still love it and haven't bought any more. I've never really been struck hard by the UAS bug like some on here! Haha!

    I didn't spend loads on my second uke but I made sure I bought a quality one. The difference is chalk and cheese. Made playing certain chords a lot easier and sounded so much nicer, like a real instrument instead of a toy.
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    At this point, if you don't have a massive supply of spare cash, I'd recommend a Kamoa concert or tenor uke from the UU Store. It's my first real uke, and it's a fantastic instrument. Of course, if you are willing to spend more, read through the wealth of threads on here about getting a new instrument, and aim for something in the $500-700 range. Just be aware that prices increase as you move up from a soprano to a concert to a tenor ukulele, and they are all unique in their sound.

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    1 Probably about a week. (but I have some keyboard experience)
    2 What do you mean "wait"?
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    1. A couple of days. I have over twenty years of bass playing experience in many genres, so another stringed instrument wasn't a big stretch. It's more about the quality of your practice schedule over anything else.

    2. I bought an "inexpensive" uke that sounded and played well. I could still just play that one and be fine. My wife bought me a nicer uke a couple of months later as an anniversary gift.
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