Instrument of Destruction

I’d like to learn to play a musical instrument before I die. With any luck, that gives me another thirty or thirty-five years, which should be plenty of time. It’s not that I haven’t tried, like during my fourth grade fling with the trumpet. Never got the hang of that, but I could fake it passably enough to march in the Carle Place Memorial Day Parade. After I quit taking lessons I was afraid to tell my parents, so I’d leave with the trumpet in morning and hide it in the back yard. Long story.

Since then there was the guitar, the piano, the harmonica, the guitar again —and once after seeing a bluegrass show I wanted to learn how to play the banjo but had the good sense not to buy one.

But now I believe I’ve found something that might work for me: the ukulele. It only has four strings, so if you do the math it must be 20% easier than a guitar. And as you can see from this video, there are some cool things one can do with a uke:


Those with discerning tastes may also wish to see Gus and Fin playing The Buzzcocks classic “What Do I Get.”

2 thoughts on “Instrument of Destruction

  1. “I’d like to learn to play a musical instrument before I die. ”

    Countless Top 40 rock’n roll musicians, to say nothing of rappers and the easy listening set, have uttered the same phrase a time or 22.

    Paging Michael Bolton! Paging Michael Bolton! Your incompetence is again acknowledged.

  2. Revisit the guitar , most songs are only three or four chords,then you can write your own songs ,so you wan’t to be a ………..

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