My Saturday assignment at the Liverpool Public Library fit neatly into my bucket list.
I took photographs and shot videos at the monthly Ukulele for Beginners workshop led by Pat Doherty.
Earlier this year, my dear wife Karen surprised me with the gift of a ukulele because I’d told her I’d like to learn to play.
It’s sat on my shelf waiting for me to open the accompanying work book.
Two birds with one stone.
I did better at the photos and videos than learning my finger placement for the chords. My stubby little fingers had a hard time bending to fit the fret placements. Wow, that was tough.
I really am a true beginner. But I took notes. And I have that book. It includes two DVDs. I am inspired.
For Central New York ukulele lovers, the Saturday workshops at the library take a break until September. But Doherty says she and some players meet at 1 p.m. every Saturday during the summer at Onondaga Lake Park for an informal playing circle. Everybody is welcome, down the block from the LPL and Federal Espresso.
More photos and a video can be found at the library’s social media accounts, through LPL.org.
What lessons may you have taken lately? What would you like to take? What’s your favorite ukulele song?