"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

"Gather ye rose-buds while ye may." Robert Herrick

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Friends, Romans, countrymen...y'all. Foodies, gardeners, artists and collectors - let's gather together to share and possibly learn a thing or two in the mix.

Donna Baker

Thursday, June 20, 2013

While My Ukulele Gently Weeps

The old saw is true - you can't teach an old dog new tricks.  

I was wondering what I could do to learn something new, maybe grow a few brain cells and synapses too.  So, I got a ukulele for Mother's Day.  

Now, I can barely walk and talk at the same time, much less do twenty things at once.  I can read music and play the piano poorly, but when you play the key of C on the piano, you hit C.  On the ukulele, you play the chord of C on the A string.  WTF?  For the chords on the ukulele, your fingers on your left hand are all over the place (and rapidly) while your right hand is strumming at different tempos, up and down or down down up, etc. Are you kidding me?  My eyes can't look in two separate directions, they move in tandem, so how are my hands supposed to be doing completely separate things at the same time?  It is not possible - or at least for an older, already hard-wired brain - and to top it off, I'm supposed to sing too? Frustration would be an understatement.  I might just as well walk around the farm backwards for a while. At least that would be easier than trying to play this damnable ukulele.

I know I won't play like Pat Metheny or Joni Mitchell, but I am bound and determined to play happy birthday for my husband in July.  I wish you could see me playing along on youtube.  This old dog is a glutton for punishment - never learns her lessons.  Grrr...


  1. Oh! How fun!!!
    I think you can do anything!!!
    Smiles, Dottie

  2. Oh I do wish you luck! And I totally understand. I bought a lap harp, and can play beautifully until I have to use both hands playing in different directions! It drives me berserk. But I will never give up trying. So, your house is Antique Moss too? I love that shade of green>. Oh these peacocks are realllly killin me. I saw the first runaway twice, she is living in our woods across the road. The second girl is hanging around, but she seems driven to spend most of her time on the roofs... barn roof, shed roof, house roof. Oh well, at least she is on the property. I hope you can keep the neighbor from pulling out the shotgun on the birds!


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