So, it’s Day 4 of this new “writing things that are good, kind, fun, or whatever.” And it’s also Day 4 of me trying to learn ukulele. Here’s how it’s gone:
Day 1 (Lesson 1): Holy buckets! I played a song on the ukulele! This teacher is amazing! Ukuleles are amazing! I’M amazing!
Day 2 (Lesson 2): Huh. Okay, so I just… Huh. Nope, that wasn’t it. Did he just….? Ummm…. Just keep going. Okay, I know that chord. Strum diddly um… Wow. How’d he do that so fast? Well, huh. … Well, I logged the class, I guess.
Day 3 (back to Lesson 1): Yes! This ukulele IS my sunshine! And, okay, now I actually can play those three chords more quickly. And those other songs he recommended. Okay. We’re back on, uke.
Day 4 (Lesson 2): What the??? Seriously, how can he go that fast? WHY ARE YOU GOING SO FAST?! Okay, okay, okay… Strum strum strum strum strum strum… Oh, jeez…
Day 5 (still on Lesson 2):
THERE’S YOUR RIPTIDE RIFF, “ANDY GUITAR”! Whew. I knew I’d finish Day 2.
So my goal by Day 7? Get through Lesson 2 at full speed playback. My overall goal? Finish through Lesson 10. Maybe by August.
I’m grateful for brain plasticity and teaching old fingers new tricks.