Hello dear friends, family, and internet vagabonds.
I recently made a purchase. My largest purchase since arriving in Europe (not including train tickets to Florence or the connection of internet service).
As you may or may not know, I did not bring a guitar with me to Florence. Because of this, I could feel my dexterity and shredding ability slipping away by the minute. So, I thought I would buy one here. The best one for the least amount of money was a 3/4 size classical acoustic for €54. Thats more than quadruple our daily budget, but we decided it was worth it. While I was waiting in line to ask the music store attendant to get the guitar for me, I saw some ukuleles. So, naturally, I asked how much they were, money-wise. He said €32. I told him to give it.
So, instead of a guitar, I have a ukulele with a gig bag. This still affords me the chance to retain dexterity in my fingers, and I don't have to worry about getting it back on the plane because it can basically fit in my pocket.
Keep in mind that this ukulele is not much better than a toy, so tuning is kind of irrelevant. Also, if you ever feel that you have tiny fingers, then pick up a ukulele—it provides the feeling of instant sausage fingers. Needless to say, I've not quite gotten the hang of playing yet, but I'm getting there.
When we first returned home with it, I commented that it was a very happy-sounding instrument and Lou wondered aloud what a not-happy song would sound like if played with a ukulele. So, I got to trying a couple of unhappy songs.
I present to you my first attempt, "Attitude" by the Misfits.
Stay tuned for more, as I am currently recording another not-so-happy song.