Ukulele – A Shot in the Dark…
April 24, 2011
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I’m committed to the idea that old folks need to constantly stretch themselves, grow, expand their interests. While reflecting on this recently, I thought about learning to play a musical instrument. I never had. When in high school I was something of a jazz singer.
But that never amounted to much. I didn’t and don’t read music.
It occurred to me that a guitar might be a good place to start. After fishing around for encouragement, I thought this was, maybe, a blind alley. But was there something along that line simpler? A ukulele maybe? Found one on EBay and ordered it. It arrived the other day. Very pretty and after I finished photographing it and making it a bit more romantic with some apps, had to admit that it was something! I was really sailing along.
After that, I was left face to face with the little thing. I did the traditional “my dog has fleas” routine. All I had to do now was learn a few chords and strum it a bit. Maybe plan a concert of Mozart next week or so. Hire a manager. Who knows? Well, chords don’t come easily to me. Messing with your fingers – or worse – remembering WHERE you put your fingers.
I don’t know. Maybe I should stick to jazz singing. Only problem there is remembering the lyrics, which I can no longer do with any consistency.
I’ll think some more on this, but think a nice nap is in order.