On my last post, I mentioned two travel moments that will stick in my mind from this trip in the last 48 hrs. The first was Making a Lei and the second was Attending a FREE Ukelele class.
I am a complete moron when it comes to playing instruments. I played the piano as a child, but not enough to be good at it and tried to learn the guitar a couple of times in my life with no luck. When it comes to carrying a rhythm I can dance, but ask me to strum chords or carry a tune and I will make your ears hurt… I am tone-deaf, I can’t tell the different between chords to save my life and for some reason my right hand can’t strum in both directions…BUT I am still blindly hopeful that I can change my musical shortcomings one day.
I am so hopeful that is borderline delirious. A couple of years ago, I bought an acoustic guitar thinking I would give it a go at Spanish Guitar by watching a few YouTube videos.
If you are not laughing yet, you might just be as hopeful as I am.
So moral of the story, I should just quit my pursuit of musicality to save myself from embarrassment and others from the worst sound they will ever hear…. BUT instead, I still try, because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE music AND more likely, because I was born without the good judgement others seem to have when it comes to self-preservation.
That is where the free Ukelele class held at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki comes in. Once I heard about it, I showed up 40 mins early just to make sure I could participate. And what a treat that was!
For me, obviously! Who cares about anyone else?
I tell you, I think the Ukelele is the way to go! Four strings instead of six in the guitar, a few notes and child sized so that it can be taken anywhere with ease. I am lusting after one now, thinking one day I can play like Aidan James. Yeah, right! But that is how delirious I get sometimes.
The Ukelele class was amazing, the teacher blessed with not only amazing talent, but endless patience to deal with first-timers several times a week. I know it would drive me crazy if I knew what I was doing!
Here is a short video to show you how cool this Ukelele class was!
*There are two ladies that teach the class. Show up 30-40 mins in advance if you would like to attend. Ukeleles are provided and only 25 people can attend each class.