Wednesday, July 22, 2009

And now for something completely different...

I have been a intermittent reader of the, by the wonderful Amy Singer. I read how she has recently took up playing the ukulele. Yes that's right the ukulele. I guess she used to play the flute, but decided to try her hand at strumming the ol' uke. Reading this got me thinking...hmmmm...I have always wanted to play the guitar. I tried playing a guitar a couple of years ago and didn't enjoy it very much. The neck was too wide for me to comfortably fit my hand around and the strings were so hard to strum/pick or fret that I quickly gave it up. Then I read about the ukulele.

I started researching about this 4 string instrument. I discovered that it supposedly originated in Hawaii (yes I realize you probably already know that) by Portuguese sailors (ha I bet you didn't know that). There are four main sizes, soprano, concert (alto), tenor, and baritone. You can find ukes starting at about $10 up to (hold on to your hat) $29,000.00 Yup, that's right $29,000! I would love to be able to afford to buy one called a Flea. Although I really love the way this one looks and is a great price, $145+shipping. (sigh) I realllllly wish I had the money for it since it's being sold by a private party, if it's even still available. But the one I might end up actually being able to buy is a Kala or Makala. Of course, if anyone out there wants to spoil me, I would not say no......go on and buy me one, I dare ya.....I double dog dare ya. (grin, grin)