This past week, my ukulele arrived.
I’ve decided to pick up the uke for three reasons:
- I tried to learn a guitar once, but even with practice, I could never get barre chords. Ukulele is much smaller and easier to manage for someone of my size.
- I’m writing my own indie-folk songs again and need to accompany myself. (Piano was my first choice, but I’ve decided to delay getting one, for the time being.)
- I need more offline hobbies, and learning a new instrument is always a good idea.
I went with the Fender telecaster ukulele because it looks beautiful 😆 and it has an electric mode (!!). I’ve long wanted to learn electric guitar, since I’m also into post-rock music (layered, instrumental electric guitar pieces). This seemed like a good way to try that without buying another instrument.
Right now I’m learning Mr. Tambourine Man (Bob Dylan’s original version). But here’s some other great ukulele songs I might learn in the future:
House of Gold / twenty one pilots
A classic TOP song. My sister and I used to sing this in the car together. 🙂
blame game / mxmtoon
There’s SO many great mxmtoon songs, but I would be so proud if I could play this one someday. It’s got some of her best lyrics IMO, plus a wonderful 3/4 waltz feel.
Rise / Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder is a recent indie folk find, and I’m really glad I did. “Rise” is much harder than the previous two songs, but certainly something to aspire to!
For me the biggest challenge is learning how to strum and sing at the same time, off-beat from each other. I’ve been playing music for most of my life, but this is something I never learned, formally or informally. Should be a fun challenge!