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PLUC Weekend Workout

Tamás Gáll has just developed a new chord training site called It’s Chordtime, which allows you to change chords to a regular metronome tempo and help become a smoother player.

  • The initial page lets you select a number of chords to practice – either random or specifically picked ones. You can choose a set or random progression. Optionally it shows suggested chord diagrams (uke or guitar).
  • On the second page it’s possible to alter the playing speed & number of beats per bar. The next chord coming up is shown so you can ready your fingers to move efficiently.
  • You could easily adapt this to choose chords in a specific song you’re learning, to improve a strumming pattern or polish a new picking technique, increasing the pace gradually as you progress.
It's Chordtime - Screendump

It’s Chordtime – Screendump

Do give it a try and let him know any feedback you have for potential enhancements. And if you enjoy this, have a look at our other PLUC Weekend Workout & PLUCking Ukes postings, including Uncle Rod’s Ukulele Boot Camp chord drills & musictheory.net’s Fretboard Memorisation Tool, which can also aid your playing speed and accuracy.

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PLUCking Ukes – Ten Minute Practice Tips

Here’s a fun lesson from the excellent Stu Fuchs (aka Stukulele) talking through moveable chords & playing syncopated Afro-Latin rhythms. He gives some  nice tips on how to play lightly to avoid those hand cramps & also a few useful ways to keep the beat, including singing along with your metronome: Read the rest of this entry »

 

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PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord

Mojo practices the uke

Mojo practices the uke (Photo credit: petehoffswell)

We’ve mentioned in some of our previous postings that it can be helpful to split up your playing into different components – eg chords (melody), strumming (rhythm) & singing – either to help you focus on improving each of those aspects or just when learning a new song.

Rod Higuchi (Uncle Rod), from Seattle Ukulele Players Association (SUPA), has produced a number of useful free resources to assist with developing your ability to make smooth, consistent chord changes: Read the rest of this entry »

 

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PLUCking Ukes – Striking A Chord

To help in playing chord progressions more smoothly, Doctor Uke has two simple PDFs with the most common progressions for three- & four- chord songs in all the main keys:  I – IV – V7 & I – I7 – IV – V7. If you take these nice & slowly at first, paying attention to getting a good clean sound, then increase your speed gradually, you will build up good muscle memory of how to play these chords.

Also useful is the Ukulele For Dummies Chord Families sheet, which shows the basic chords for the main keys.

These three items make a nice warm-up at the start of your practice & can be varied by you changing the order of the chords or visiting the Doctor Uke’s Music Theory page, where he gives a number of songs in different keys for you to try.

Alternatively, you can add in practicing different strumming patterns whilst working through the chord progressions, with or without a metronome, to help you keep in time.

 

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