Old Guy Thinking About Playing a Ukulele
I need a new hobby to stimulate my 70-year-old brain and I don't want to play golf. The golf bag weighs too much. I don't want to walk 18 holes. The swing would probably hurt my back. I'm thinking ukulele.
I've been playing guitar for 55+ years. I'm an okay but not a great guitarist. (I would qualify as a decent rhythm guitarist.) I'm getting old and I'm tired of dragging out a big dreadnought guitar to entertain myself. Something smaller would be nice.
I started watching YouTube videos of "Aldrine" playing a tenor ukulele on Ukulele Underground. He's pretty good and actually plays a lot of songs that are familiar. The chords are shown on the left of the screen as he plays and I think I could actually make some of those chords. I like the idea of strumming without a pick. (I use my strumming fingers like he does only that style doesn't sound great on a steel string guitar.) I like the thin neck. I like the fact that there are only four nylon (?) strings. So my question is . . . if you have been playing a guitar for a long time would it be difficult to pick up a ukulele? I don't want to do anything real fancy but it looks like a ukulele is a great sing-along instrument. Maybe I could entertain my granddaughters when we are in Hawaii. (They are in Maui a lot. Sometimes my wife and I visit them.)
Any thoughts? I'm in the dark here. Best size? (I'm leaning toward a Tenor ukulele.) If you play a tenor should the 4th string be tuned to a G below middle C? Martin makes a moderately priced tenor ukulele (around $500) out of Koa. How about that one? (They make a more expensive Koa Tenor but that might be overkill.) How does Martin Koa Ukuleles compare to other brands? Or is walnut better? Any help would be appreciated.
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