I've been playing the violin for nine years, and it's getting pretty boring now. The worst part is that I don't enjoy calm classic music. The only music I like that comes from orchestras are film scores and march music.
I really want to play pop songs I like with my very own instrument. I've always wanted to play the guitar, but my roommate told me that it hurts your fingers a lot. I tried pressing the strings on one and it really did hurt, so I was hesitant with the guitar. That's when the ukulele popped into my mind.
About two years ago I was in Heyri Art Valley, and I came across this ukulele learning center. I went in with my mom and we actually checked out a few models, but she told me I would have to give up. I did give it up back then, just wondering when I would be able to get one.
But I can't stand it anymore. I'm a very active and playful person, and violins are anything but that. Seriously. I can't stand drawing bows instead of plucking strings. I enjoy plucking strings much better, I'm doing that with my violin every freaking day. I hate this so much. I need something to pluck!
A few days ago I went to the local bookstore. (Yes, it is local, but it's super big. It's as big as any WalMart.) In the music section a few cute ukuleles were displayed, and I immediately asked my mother if I could have one. When she said no I was crying on the inside.
I really feel the need for a ukulele. So what I'm trying to do is make a plan to get it without my parents finding out. I have a few advantages and disadvantages about this plan. The advantage is that I live in a dorm, so if I buy it and play it a thousand times in my room my parents are never going to know about it. The disadvantage is that when I go home on weekends, I don't have any chance to go to a store without being accompanied. (I hate my hagwon schedules!!)
Solution? Amazon, of course.
So I looked up some ukuleles for starters on Amazon, and I found a really cute and affordable one. It's a soprano ukulele, the most popular one, and it's from Lanikai. I heard this brand was reliable, and the customer reviews are fantastic. 4.8 out of 5 stars. It's $85.92, and a bag and a tuner comes with it. What a bargain! It's in my cart right now.
I found some nice books for starters too. The one on the left had good reviews for content, and the one on the right has a CD with it, thought it might be useful.
Amazon tells me that if I order all these plus an elementary song book, it will cost me $168.60. I'm willing to and capable of paying for it, but I don't have a credit card. So I'll have to ask an adult to order it for me and pay him or her back. There are a few teachers I could ask. My violin teacher is actually very supportive of me buying a ukulele. (She knows I won't quit the violin even if I buy one.) But I can see her only once a week, so it might be a little inconvenient. I also have my dorm parent, she's really a 50/50 chance... And there's my Literature teacher, who's American and probably already has an Amazon account.
So please wish me good luck! If I succeed in getting this beautiful instrument, I'll write another post reporting the good news.