There have been times at our store that I will see an old friend and ask if they have been “finding the time to play”. Often I hear something like, ” not too much, I’ve been too busy”. I can relate with them. I get wrapped up with work or a home project and go quite a while without playing.
The problem with not having time to play is that the more you play, the better you get, which makes it all the more fun as you gain the freedom to “play”(express yourself musically). The difference between your playing and the person you want to sound like is practice. So with that in mind, how can you “find the time”? I was considering this issue and ended up doing a little math in my head (hope it’s not wrong).
If you work a really busy schedule, say 56 hours a week, and sleep 8 hours a night, you still have 56 hours FREE and AWAKE! Just as many hours as your crazy 56 hour a week job. Now granted there are more responsibilities at home, family, etc..,but the point is that even really busy people have extra time. Which makes me wonder if it is a lack of time or just a struggle with time? Like money, how we spend our time requires thoughtful consideration. Our habits of release and relaxation can be things that promote health and happiness, or they can be things that slowly deteriorate our body and mind. The attempt to master a musical instrument can lead you towards soul satisfaction that money never will. It has been well documented that money does not equate happiness. I know personally, our best sales days are not usually my happiest days. If I get time to enjoy playing music it makes a huge difference on how “settled” I feel. Just having the time is not enough, time can be used to worry about the future, or reflect negatively on the past. And you could spend all day being entertained with TV’s and computers but that leaves your creative mind dormant. Working on a piece of music, improvising, or even strumming and singing a tune brings you right here, now.
YOU can soon be enjoying the present tense with the sounds of a beautiful ukulele! Not because it’s gonna make you money, or because it will help “attract the ladies”. Haha, well maybe it could? But the point is, we play music because it is fun. We get better at it and that gives us a personal satisfaction.
For those of you disappointed that this article did not have tips on your musical timing, you probably know to practice with a metronome or drum machine, but working with a looper pedal or even better – recording yourself can help you gain that natural concentration and meter……Oh, and speaking of time! Christmas will be here before you know it! As you walk through the isles of Wal-Mart, look at how many gifts will either be broken or outdated within a few years. In contrast, a good ukulele can be passed down for generations and enjoyed all along the way, even loved. I can’t think of a better gift.
Here are some pics of a few of the many package deals we offer , some especially for the holidays. There are many other ukes to see and hear at our new website. –
Leolani Koa Tenor VT Holiday Special!
w/ Case and shipping~ $249
Cedar Top/Willow back and sides
Gotoh Tuners – Bone nut and saddle – Aquilla strings – UkeCrazy Hardcase – Oahu Chromatic Tuner Package with Shipping ~ $199 till 2011
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