We are all a bit tipsy over our ukuleles! My oldest daughter and I got our ukes just before going to the beach a few weeks ago. Ever since, we seem to be attached at the waist to them. Well, especially her! We remind her to clean her room, brush her teeth, get ready to go to work, etc…and she nods her head with a glazed look on her face as she figures out the latest tune she’s working on. She’s such a natural with it! So free to explore, to try anything, to skip any kind of “steps” to learning to play, free to play her ukulele A LOT! I, on the other hand, have too much adult in me: thinking I need to follow some sort of “steps” to learning, tied to the chords on a piece of music, less apt to freestyle, tending to make it a “discipline” rather than a “hobby”, and less time to sit down and actually play.
But it is SO COOL to be inspired by her! I’m reminded that I don’t have to wait until I can play scales or basic chords before I tackle fingerpicking or note bending, or crazy strumming, etc. JUST PLAY, JEN!
And now, my 8 year old wants one! I tried to get her a cheapy uke today at our local music store, but they are all out. I’m gonna keep looking…two inspiring uke players in our home will be heavenly!