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Twelve Days Of Ukemas – Day Three

For those of you who are new to playing, Bernadette Teaches Music recently produced a 30 Day Challenge on YouTube which makes a good practical introduction if you have no experience of the instrument.

It takes complete novices through the basics, showing how to hold a uke, first chords, how to read tab, to play a few songs & an intro to music theory. Here is the full YouTube playlist & the worksheet booklet to accompany the videos (links also underneath each YouTube in the series).

Anatomy of the ukulele (video one):

 

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New Uke For Xmas? (2012)

English: Picture of ukuleles in the Ukulele Ho...

English: Picture of ukuleles in the Ukulele House, Honolulu, Hawaii, by User:Tijuana Brass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’ve got a new ukulele for Christmas, you’ll soon find there are lots of on-line resources to help you, whatever your playing level:

Good luck & happy strumming!

Jeanette

 

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PLUCking Ukes – Rhythm Without Blues

Over the last few club nights we’ve had discussions about how it’s important to consider the ukulele as both a stringed AND percussion instrument. We’ve talked about varying our strumming patterns to add more interest to songs. And also seen how easy it is to fall into the trap of speeding up when we play!

So I was pleased to find Rhan’s Wilson All In Good Time site. Subtitled Rhythm & Music Explained Simply, Rhan is both a drummer & uke player & has an excellent set of tutorials which urge the reader to be patient & not rush into playing the next song before mastering the basics.

I need a new strum! – Part 1

See also his lessons on: Put some “feel” into your strumming!How to be a better “strummer” – revised

In addition to his very good strumming technique pointers, he covers finger-picking & playing in a group / performing. Well worth dipping into – or even reading from the beginning, as the older posts give a good grounding in improving your timing & listening skills.

 

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A Question of Uke

The erstwhile Alistair Wood off of Ukulele Hunt has recently produced two lovely quizzes: TV Themes & Movie Themes. Once you’ve puzzled over the answers, head to the answers pages for links to Al’s arrangements of the tunes.

More on-line uke tips on our blog from Ukulele Hunt: Ukulele For Dummies.

Other quizzes include: PLUC Weekend Workout – Music Reading Knowledge; PLUC Weekend Workout – Flashcard Machine Ukulele ChordsPLUC Weekend Workout – Theta Music TrainerPLUC Weekend Workout – memrise on-line coursesPLUC Weekend Workout – Speak Ukulele Challenge!PLUC Weekend Workout – On-line Ear TrainerPLUC Weekend Workout – EarMaster Reference Songs For Intervals; PLUC Weekend Workout – Fretboard Master GamePLUC Weekend Workout – Guitarator Chord Quiz; PLUC Weekend Workout – Vocal Match Game

 

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Ukulele For Dummies – On-line Uke Tips

I am on the Ukulele Hunt mailing list and enjoy receiving their different regular newsletters, covering playing tips, articles, interesting books and sites, plus a selection of the latest on-line videos and recordings.  The site itself has a wealth of information for all levels of players, so do check it out!

The webmaster, Alistair Wood, is also the author of the book Ukulele For Dummies (available in printed and electronic editions from the usual outlets), covering many of Ukulele Hunt’s topics in more detail. If anyone wants to view a copy, let me know and I’ll bring mine along to a future club night.

Some tutorial and reference items can be found on the For Dummies site – see their ukulele articles and ukulele videos. There are also singing tips for those who’d like to improve that aspect of their practice.

If you’re fairly new to learning the uke, I’d recommend you view the ‘Swiss Army’ ukulele strum, which is nice to learn to play, as it fits many songs.

Jeanette

 

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