We recently asked our members for their favourite uke-related website or fave uke song they’d heard this year. Several have already responded & we hope to have an on-line vote in December to choose the most popular from all the submissions.
Tags: Cass Elliot, Dream A Little Dream, Fabian Andre, Gus Kahn, Mamas & the Papas, Ozzie Nelson, PLUC Member's Choice, Sugar Sisters, Uke Hunt, Ukulele, Ukulele Hunt, Wayne King & His Orchestra, Wilbur Schwandt
Try Hooktheory’s daily ear training challenges to see if you can identify the notes or chords in a song. There are three levels: beginners, intermediate & advanced. See if you can top the leaderboard for solving the puzzle accurately & quickly.
Other PLUC music theory postings.
Other quizzes include: A Question of Uke – TV & Movie Themes; PLUC Weekend Workout – Flashcard Machine Ukulele Chords; PLUC Weekend Workout – Theta Music Trainer; PLUC Weekend Workout – memrise on-line courses; PLUC Weekend Workout – Speak Ukulele Challenge!; PLUC Weekend Workout – On-line Ear Trainer; PLUC Weekend Workout – EarMaster Reference Songs For Intervals; PLUC Weekend Workout – Music Tech Teacher; PLUC Weekend Workout – Fretboard Master Game; PLUC Weekend Workout – Guitarator Chord Quiz; PLUC Weekend Workout – Vocal Match Game; PLUC Weekend Workout – Open University Intro To Music Theory
Tags: Beginners Music Theory, Ear Training, Flickr, Hooktheory, Intermediate Music Theory, Intro To Music Theory, Introduction To Music Theory, Music Theory, PLUC Weekend Workout, Ukulele, Weekend Workout, yhancik
Over the last few weeks, both Chris & Simon have mentioned how useful it can be to play the same song in a number of different keys, to expand your repertoire to learn the full range of chords. It is also a good way to start understanding more about music theory; to see how chords relate to musical keys & begin understanding how transposing works (ie putting tunes in another key).
Doctor Uke has a good selection of songs on his site in multiple keys: Five Foot Two; Amazing Grace; Why Do Fools Fall In Love; Tiptoe Through The Tulips & It’s A Blue World. You’ll soon spot that some keys are easier to play on the uke than others. Going through one of these sheets until you can play all variations easily will give you a good workout.
If you look on several song sites, such as Chordie or Tontonremy & find a song you want to play, there are options on the page to trranspose it, so with a quick press of a button, you can have the song in a new key. Or you can use the PLUC Transposing Tool to work it out manually.
Let me know if there are any other good multi-key song resources out there. Should anyone want to practice on some of the songs in our setlist & draw up versions for these, do send over your results & I’ll put them in our members’ only area for everyone to use.
Other related pages include: Doctor Uke’s Music Theory – What Should I Practice?; Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners; PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord; PLUCking Ukes – Key Facts; PLUCking Ukes – Transposing
Tags: Amazing Grace, Beginners Music Theory, Chord Exercises, Chord Progressions, Chordie, Doctor Uke, Dr Uke, Five Foot Two, Flickr, Improving Technique, It's A Blue World, Key Signature, Larry Jacobsen, ljguitar, Music Theory, PLUC Transposing Tool, Practice Tips, Ten Minute Tips, Tiptoe Through The Tulips, Tontonremy, Ukulele, Ukulele Chords, Why Do Fools Fall In Love
Tags: Beautiful South, Blue Öyster Cult, David Lucas, Don't Fear The Reaper, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, GUGUG, Gus & Fin, More cowbell, Murray Krugman, Richard G, Richard G's Songbook, Sandy Pearlman, Saturday Night Live, Ukulele, YouTube
We’re often asked questions in club nights about music theory. There are already a number of useful articles on our website &, recently, I spotted that the Open University offer this free introductory course An Introduction To Music Theory on their Open Learn site.
This unit Introduces you to the basic concepts of western music notation and music theory, getting you to about Grade 3 standard with around 8 hours’ study at your own pace. From the OU site:
The course covers music notation (the staff, clefs and note names). It then moves on to consider the notation of rhythm and of pitch. In addition, the basic form of the chord (the triad) is included, together with a list of the most frequently used performance directions that you will find on notated music (scores). Each section ends with interactive activities that will help you assess how far you understand individual topics or concepts.
Other quizzes include: PLUC Weekend Workout – Vocal Match Game;
A Question of Uke – TV & Movie Themes; PLUC Weekend Workout – Flashcard Machine Ukulele Chords; PLUC Weekend Workout – Theta Music Trainer; PLUC Weekend Workout – memrise on-line courses; PLUC Weekend Workout – Speak Ukulele Challenge!; PLUC Weekend Workout – On-line Ear Trainer; PLUC Weekend Workout – EarMaster Reference Songs For Intervals; PLUC Weekend Workout – Music Tech Teacher; PLUC Weekend Workout – Fretboard Master Game; PLUC Weekend Workout – Guitarator Chord Quiz
Number One in the UK Charts on this day in 1983 was Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon:
(Those of you paying attention may have realised that it’s my birthday – & I’ve given away my DOB by mentioning what was topping the charts when I was born in another post! Jeanette)
Tags: Boy George, Colour by Numbers, Culture Club, George O'Dowd, Jon Moss, Karma Chameleon, Mikey Craig, Number One Hit 1983, Phil Pickett Alfie Malone, Roy Hay, UK Number One, UK Singles Chart, ukeyermind, Ukulele, YouTube
I’m always up for a sing-song; although admittedly, I haven’t the voice for it. However, there is something magical about the ukulele.
I didn’t know when I bought my son a ukulele from the music shop for £19.99 that I would be the one using it.
Despite this, I was warmly welcomed even with my son’s bright pink ukulele, which needed to be re-tuned after every song or tenth strum.
Within a couple of weeks of playing the ukulele, I could actually hear the chords from the ukulele clearly. I could recognise the tune that I was playing, where the words would go and also how to improvise and provide the song with a flourish of additional strokes, thus providing the rise in tempo and creating rhythm. All these new musical techniques were picked up from a couple of lessons and this greatly boosted my confidence so that I wanted to play more songs and work my slow fingers over the notes as my eyes read and my fingers recognised the new chord shapes.
Needless to say, some three lessons later I was happy to splash out nearly four times the amount again for a lovely soprano ukulele.
I was provided by e-mail with a few songs each week from the library of songs that were played by the group. This was ideal as, when I was eventually given the link to the PLUC members’ resource area, it was quite an ordeal to manoeuvre around. But after a few attempts I soon got the hang of it. This link has proved really useful, especially if like me, you are not familiar with most of the songs. I would often search for the song on YouTube, listen to the original and then search for a ukulele version. If I liked this version I would save it to my favourites list of ukulele songs and then when I am practising I would use these as a guide.
There are also videos of our weekly sessions, on our members’ area, which can provide some accompaniment, so that once again, whilst you are at home you can strum along and practice your fingering technique. However, mostly I like to learn more chords and try and get my finger positions correct as this is still to date my greatest need. Another great need is finding more practice time, as I always feel that I’m not getting as much practice time as I would like.
I think the best thing to do is to have your ukulele at arm’s reach so that you can just practice strumming the chords you know and take time to learn new ones – and try moving your fingers between them whilst reciting which chords you are playing as you do this.
Otherwise, Tuesday evenings seem to roll around and you are picking up your ukulele for the first time and wondering where all the time went.
I enjoy the Dr Uke Songs with Ukulele as he has a page for beginners which lists a progression of songs that takes you from two chords upwards. This is a great way to learn new chords in a controlled way; the downside is that you cannot choose which songs you want to play, as the list is already established.
I would say this has been an easy, enjoyable experience in learning to play the ukulele. There’s been absolutely no pressure from the Tuesday evening sessions; if anything it’s been quite entertaining with lots of good humour and fun.
When I play at home, or even down the phone, to my family members I am quite tickled to hear them express surprise and a few comments of how good they think my playing is, which is very nice to hear. Mostly, I always have a willing listener in my son who, on occasion, sings whilst I play and most definitely does a better job of this singing than I do. (SMILE.)
Other PLUC Tales: The First Rule Of Uke Club… – Anthony; Ron’s Progress; Probably The Most Fun Instrument In The World… – Jos; It’s Been A Year – Part 2 – Jeanette; From Classical To PLUC – Andrew; A History Of The Ukulele – And Its Part In My Downfall – James; Santa Rides Again – Alan F; Steph’s Story; Ron’s Ukulele Acquisition Syndrome; Uncle Ron’s Legacy… – Wee Kheng; Dan’s Story; Five Years & Loving It – Simon; My Ukulele Origins… – Rufus; Why Ed Started Playing The Ukulele; Ron’s Song; It’s Been A Year… – Jeanette