PLUCking Ukes – Ten Minute Practice Tips

24 Aug

Over the last few weeks I’ve had a number of different discussions about how people go about practicing – where to find the time; what people do; how to keep it interesting etc.


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One of our new members contacted me to say that he would be too busy over the Summer to attend club nights but would return in the Autumn, adding that he’d then hope to have time to practice & keep up with things. Particularly as he’s a beginner, I suggested he try to fit in some regular daily practice,

I know it’s hard when things are busy but if you can, try your best to do just ten minutes to keep your hand in. Pick a time you can make every day for having a quick strum on the uke (eg first thing in the morning before you get busy, while you’re waiting for dinner to cook, when the TV adverts are on etc). Some folk set a timer!

  • No need to make a big deal of it – just check you’re in tune & go for it.
  • Have things ready so you can play through a couple of quick songs.
  • For new players, every few days try playing a bit of Uncle Rod’s ukulele self-assessment test or boot camp drillBoth will help you improve your chords & stop you forgetting them.
  • If you’re a more experienced uker, pick another playing aspect you need to develop.
  • Swap things round if you start getting bored – it should be enjoyable, not a chore.

Obviously, if you can spare more time, that’s great. But it does make a difference even this ten minutes each day!

Have any of you got any practice tips – what do you enjoy or what you hate? How do you improve your playing? If you’re a member, email me & I’ll add to our series of articles on here or do put your comments below. Thanks.



Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Playing Help – PLUC Tips


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2 responses to “PLUCking Ukes – Ten Minute Practice Tips


    August 24, 2013 at 11:00 am

    I suspect that, if one thinks about it, most telly is watched with the sort of attention that if one played the uke whilst watching it, one wouldn’t miss anything. A

  2. Ron

    August 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm

    I find a good way to practice if learning a new song or a piece of music is once per day, every day. You will be surprised how much progress you make.


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