Make Little Communities In Person

by Randy Murray on May 12, 2014

Recently I dared to leave my house, ukulele in hand, and meet up with a group of strangers to sing and play together.

It was a small group, just six or seven of us. We met in a church near the OSU campus and gathered around a couple of copies of The Daily Ukulele and played and sang for an hour or so.

It was a blast.

I immediately ordered my own copy of the book and its companion book, The Daily Ukulele Leap Year Edition. And I followed the advice of one of the folks I met there and went to the local Blue Grass Music Shop with my wife and picked out a beautiful tenor uke (the OU7), which became a birthday present.

I belong to a lot of communities online. They can be very helpful, including the ukulele group on Reddit. But nothing online was as exciting as that hour playing with strangers, now soon to be friends, face-to-face.

It does make a difference. Get out and meet people who are trying to do what you want to do. Use your online skills to find them. Meetup is very useful for this (that’s how I found this group). Gather up your courage, shut down your computer, and venture out. There are remarkable things to discover out there, and perhaps, a new community for you to be a part of.

Make Little Communities In Person by Randy Murray, unless otherwise expressly stated, is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

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