Have a ukele too. Need to practice it a bit too, though being quite comfortable on guitar should help
I imagine it helps, though I have never played a guitar.
For me, it started three years ago when I had turned forty and my partner had moved on. Fantastic timing on her part! So I decided I needed two things to deal with the midlife crisis: A sports car and a new woman.
Then I looked at my life, and got a ukulele.
Mostly I wanted something small and portable that does not require electricity, and is affordable. I had previously thought ukuleles were just funny little things, but I watched videos of Jake Shimabukuro and John King, and that convinced me it was a proper instrument, not a toy. And very suitable for instrumental solo stuff too, not just for singers.
Without otherwise proper research, I bought one of those €30 soprano ukuleles + teaching book bundles. It was not playable. Chalked up the money, did some (but not enough) research and bought a concert-sized ukulele for four times the money. That one was much better, but I didn’t know that properly adjusted “action” and a good “setup” are recommended for string instruments. It was hard to play because the action was too high and intonation was off, so I lost interest. Half a year later, still midlifecrising and looking to broaden my horizon, I then got a properly set up tenor-size ukulele. Unsure whether that was a good fit for me, I also got a mid range soprano ukulele, because why wait and gather experience if you can spend money right away? Played some, made progress, but got sucked back into video gaming.
Then in the past year I wanted to give it another try, and what better way to motivate yourself than by wasting some more money? I bought a custom tenor ukulele from an Australian luthier (exactly this instrument, he’s got better pictures of it than I do), which was way outside of my budget. And import taxes totally screwed me over, but I just sucked it up.
I figured the expense would help to be more serious about the hobby. Naturally, the fact that it was a one-of-a-kind instrument that cost a bundle, intimidated me (OMG what if I drop it? Bang it? Scratch it?!), so I just played the cheaper instruments I had. Yes, stupid, of course, because the custom uke is the better player. It’s absolutely lovely and sounds much like a flamenco guitar (same wood), and I’m currently determined to do my practicing on it and just forget about the worries. Not like it needs to stay pristine. I also picked up a Hawaiian K brand longneck pineapple uke, and a 1920s Washburn (that one needs bridge repairs, but I got it at a low price and I wanted something vintage – which, of course, I also regretted, but one day I will be happy I have it).
If I could go back in time, I’d only have two ukes, a soprano and a tenor. Or one, a concert-size. And I would have practiced more, but I’m fixing that now! In spite of all of this, it was still cheaper than a sports car. I might have gotten the wheels with the money I spent on ukuleles, though!