The last few months of 2014 went by way too fast for my liking. By the time that the 20th of December rolled around, I was a) Not prepared whatsoever for gift giving (hello last minute shopping) and b) Not in the festive mood enough. Seriously, I needed to listen to “All I Want For Christmas Is You” 50 more times and inhale some candy canes while knitting a ugly Christmas sweater because I really needed to embody the Christmas spirit. Aside from that, I had a wonderful Christmas spent with my family and seasons 1 and 2 of Grey’s Anatomy. However I think that the highlight of my holiday, was receiving a soprano ukulele from Santa (mom).
I have been wanting to play the uke for quite some time now and I’ve honestly just wanted to find my musical outlet again (I did have a three year alto saxophone career).
So here is a quick rundown on getting started and where I am about right now.
So what exactly am I doing?
I am going to learn how to play the ukulele. Seems simple, but I have a tendency to bounce from one hobby/phase to another at a rapid pace but I believe that I’m really going to stick with this.
How am I going to do it?
With the help of my mentor, ukulele books and the internet where I can find videos, guides and chords for almost any song I wish to play.
Why the ukulele?
Ever since learning how to play this little guy in third grade, I always wanted to play more of it. The size is great and the sound is beautiful. I have been missing a musical outlet for a while, as well as this will give me a little more time for myself with such a hectic schedule I have in the upcoming school year.
From now until end of February, I am going to learn the basics of the ukulele. As in beginner chords, strumming patterns, fret work and eventually simple songs. Then from there, I will move into more intermediate songs, scales and challenging strumming patterns. Finally, in the last two months or so I will be playing the uke pretty well, singing and playing at the same time, and even try to start and write my own music. At in-depth night I’m going to perform a song in front of everyone and then maybe walk around nd play
Needs and Mentor?
Number one need is a ukulele, and I am very thankful and lucky to have one. Secondly, my mentor. Kylah is the sister of one of my mom’s co-workers/friend. I have not yet met her, however she seems like a really sweet girl and I am very excited to be working with her! We have become Facebook friends (easy communication) and are meeting soon to discuss what we’re going to be covering and when.
I’ve already been playing a bit here and there, have found a mentor and ukulele websites for tutorials, chords and guides.
I am very excited for this project, I hope the rest of you are too! I will keep you all posted on any future accomplishments and I am in the middle of figuring out how to record and post videos here, so some covers will eventually find their way here as well!
*according to another one of my mom’s co-workers me playing the ukulele is turning myself into a “hipster” (As I cringe at the word) thus the title of this post.