I've been taking ukulele lessons at the Halifax Folklore Centre for a few weeks now, and thought I'd hold off on talking about each one in a seperate entry and chronicle the "whole thing" here in this one :) At first things looked rather dire; I'm a creature of habit, and the first thing that MM did was tune my ukulele the "other" way; I now play in the key of D because thanks to Chalmer Doane's ukulele cirriculum from long ago, that's the way all of Halifax plays. It took me a little while to get adjusted, but I'm doing a lot better. I know a handful of chords, a bunch of different strum patterns, and am working on some songs :) This week, I'm working on "Somewhere my Love" (a leftover from last week I haven't mastered), "Ob-la-di Ob-la-da", "Your Cheatin' Heart", and "House of the Rising Sun". He's also given me picking-type exercises to do.
So, lessons go well; I like MM well enough, he's very versatile (plays a variety of instruments in a variety of different styles), and we feel similarily about pop music (TOO MUCH HIPHOP!). All is well in ukulele-land.
Also, I have a second uke comming my way! I think it's mostly going to be a decorative item, as it's tiny, but it's really cute: ta-da! Who knows, maybe with new strings, it'll play well enough to dick around with. I think it's smaller than the one I already play, though.