Huzzah! Here is my new ukulele. My first ukulele.
My baby-blue Mahalo ukulele
OK it looks like a toy (it’s not – it’s a Mahalo) – but I wasn’t going to spend more than £14.99 until I know if I really am going to learn the ukulele, or whether this is just another of my frequent and passing fads. I have spent practically the whole day tuning and retuning and retuning and retuning… Seriously, by the time I’ve tuned the fourth string, the first has gone flat again. If things don’t improve tomorrow, I will re-string with better strings (Aquila) which I’ve already bought having heard about the tuning problem with cheap strings.
So far I’ve learnt ‘three blind mice’ and ‘Mary had a little lamb’. It’s going well. I’m dreaming about finger picking ‘Tears of Heaven’ and have found a great tutorial online, but I can’t keep up with it yet.
I’ve always been annoyed by my total lack of any kind of ability with string instruments. I can play the piano, and lots of woodwind instruments, but I have never been able to master the guitar. So I thought – lose two strings and maybe that will help!
I may demo my progress (if I make any) – we’ll see!