I've dabbled with the idea of learning a new musical instrument ever since I stopped playing the clarinet in 10th grade - not that I was ever a great clarinet player.... or even a good one.
I dabbled with guitar briefly after that and enjoyed it, but gave up after a few months.
This seems to be how I am with musical instruments; try them for a while and give up when they become too hard (which is not usually like me).
So I decided that this year, I would pick an instrument and stick with it for a full year, practicing a least a few minutes every day.
"So what, you picked the easiest thing you could find? A Ukulele?"
Well, I think that's debatable, but kinda... yeah, but that's not the entire reason I chose it.
It's a happy, upbeat instrument that can be picked up and played on a whim.
It's not going to take up a ton of space in my already crowded office.
If it's damaged or I decide I hate it, I'm not out several hundred dollars.
I really like the idea of learning a stringed instrument, but I find guitars very comfortable - I have short arms.
There are tons of ukulele songs that are comprised entirely of basic chords, so I should be able to play something relatively quickly and start feeling like I'm accomplishing something. I think that will go a long way in making this something I stick to.
This seems like a good beginner instrument for someone who just wants to pick up an instrument for a the purposes of having a little stress-free creative outlet.
So we'll see how it goes and here's to 2018!