I think one of the best ways to motivate yourself to keep playing is to become a part of the music-playing community. But where are they? When I first started playing, I had a hard time finding groups to play with. And when I finally did stumble upon a group, it was dismally small.
Since that time, I’ve learned that Anchorage has a vibrant musical community, including lots of interest in the ukulele. But, when I search for information on uke groups, the pickings are slim.
I’ll tell you where I try to find them and you can comment below with some other suggestions on where to look. First, obviously, is Google. Through the Googles, I’m able to locate the Alaska Jumping Flea Society. This group meets at 7 PM every Friday night. The next most promising hit is from a forum post I made nearly five years ago on the Ukulele Underground forums. While my post in the forums makes me smile and brings back some good memories, it’s not helpful for anyone currently looking for a uke club, because I can assure you, those classes are no longer available. The rest of the Google hits are ads and shops. Page 2 of search results is… just kidding, nobody looks at the second page of Google search results.
Next, let’s try Meetup. The results are not promising:
Alright, one last thing, because I’m lazy and I don’t want to make this a research project: Craigslist. Craigslist has a community section, under which there is a category for musicians. I click on musicians and search for ukulele… no dice (unless you’re looking for guitar lessons by Eddie).
I realize there are several more ways to try and find locals who want to get together and play. But in this society of instant gratification, who’s willing to put forth the effort? It’s already hard enough just trying to keep yourself playing on a semi-regular basis.
For those with a little more motivation, I’d suggest calling local music shops and asking about groups; or expanding your search to find groups that are not so niche, like this acoustic group I stumbled across.
You might discover that the best way to find a uke group is to start one yourself, that was my experience, however brief. And if you do start a group, and you actually want people to come, advertise somewhere they can find it.