I have always said that I was — at best — an adequate guitarist. I used to fight with Big Dread (my Hooooge acoustic dreadought whom I sold earlier this year) for space in front of the music stand, I used to wrestle with it for a clear sounding ‘F’ chord…

It wasn’t pretty. Doable, mediocre. Definitely not smooth, polished, or — heaven help me — professional.

When I discovered, the ukulele, I felt like I’d found a long-time friend. Ukulele suited me fine — it was small enough to not shove me off my own stool if I fidgeted, it happily produced any chord I wanted, even going so far as to chirp out little melodies with hammer-ons and pull-offs around the chords if I wished. It fit my hand, fit the strength of my fingers. I picked up advanced strumming and chording techniques without even seeming to work for them. Even though it didn’t have enough of the bass tones I tend to crave in my music, the ukulele was a ready music-making partner, and that meant a lot.

Well, as I mentioned, I purchased a little guitar last week on the suggestion of my wise husband. And it seems I’m not nearly as poor a guitarist as I thought!

Of course, it being a 3/4 size (a Luna Safari Muse, if you’re interested) certainly helps — like my beloved Lanikai ukulele, it doesn’t try to shove me off my stool or fight me over a simple ‘F’ chord.

But the neatest thing? I do believe playing the ukulele for the last (almost) year has strengthened my fretted instrument skills. Handling this sweet little guitar, I no longer have the sick sense that I’m bumbling over the strings.

I feel a little like Goldilocks. ๐Ÿ™‚


4 thoughts on “Ukulele has made me a better guitarist

    1. The ukulele is a very beautiful instrument! ๐Ÿ™‚ But he was definitely right — the majority of the stuff that I write is simply better suited for the guitar. The smaller size of the Luna is much more comfortable for me (you should always be comfortable when playing music! If it hurts, something isn’t right!) — I can play longer without arm, finger, and shoulder fatigue.

      I might write a review of it here in a day or two…

  1. So glad you dove into trying uke!! Haha, I still remember meeting you and our conversation over your self-made instrument and how excited I was to talk about my tenor ukulele ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to hear you play on sparrow though!

    1. Oh, me too! Ukulele was (is) very good for me. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a very forgiving instrument — doesn’t sit there and give you funny looks when you experiment with techniques, lol.

      I can’t wait to get together and jam a little! ๐Ÿ™‚


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