Today I was thinking about the last year and all I have learned since beginning to play the ukulele. I also began to think about some things I would have done differently, as hindsight is always 20/20. That morphed into the idea of doing a series entitled, “Thinks I wish I would have known.” I did a similar series on my Fuji X Blog, which turned out to be very popular.
Have you ever gone through something like that? We all make decisions that we regret sometimes. It is part of being human. There are bound to be regrets at times but we learn from those, or at least we should. It bothers me when I see someone on a talk show that is an addict who has been married multiple times. The talk show host says, “Looking back, would you have done anything differently?” Most of the time the person being interviewed says, “No.” Is that the stupidest possible answer? Of course they would have done some things differently like not inserting the first needle in their arm or marrying someone after knowing them for two days. Give me a break! Okay, rant over. Now onto the things I have learned or wish I would have known.
As I look back, the first thing I wish I would have known is that the tenor size ukulele, along with the baritone, would end up being my size preference. My first uke was a Cordoba tenor (20TM-CE). It was all mahogany and had a cutaway and pickup installed by the factory.
I really liked that uke but sold it to buy a soprano and then a concert and then a long neck soprano. Multiple ukes down the road I didn’t even have a tenor but finally figured out it was the better size for me, especially as I learned more difficult chords. My fingers fit on the tenor fingerboard better. I love the sound of a soprano uke and still have a couple but I have sold off the more expensive sopranos, concerts and super concerts. That includes a Blackbird Clara and Mya Moe Super Soprano. Thousands of dollars later I am in the process of downsizing and concentrating on tenors and baritones. I like the sound of a tenor and baritone more than a soprano or concert. It is, in my opinion, more well-rounded and has better volume. Of course that would be expected given the size difference of the body.
Lesson learned. An expensive lesson but a lesson none the less. Had I known what I know now I would have stuck with the tenor and added the baritone later, mostly because it is easier for me to sing with it.
My next post I will talk more about this issue- bang for the buck and UAS (Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome).
Until next time, enjoy your uke and learn something new today.