Productive use of a person's time and enhances relationships. This course introduces the learner to care and consideration of their musical status and instrument. It is about
The benefits of playing ukulele and Famous Musicians alongside them.
Welcome to this informational course on an introduction to caring for you and your instrument. This information will help you in ways that will ensure you succeed in your playing. Keep on keeping on for your brave learning at becoming a musician. This course is very simple for new musicians. There is another course if you find this too simple. :-)
Please ensure you get through 75% of the course before you leave a review. Talk to me first if you have a problem. I am regularly online to help.
Guidelines for a review: positive, something you would like to see different, positive. This is for newbies encouragement and myself. A positive review gives you a blessing as well. Let's encourage people to become musicians. God bless. If you'd like to see a particular song on here to play, let me know. I have a vast amount.
Cheers and goodwill. Thanks for joining this class
Objective: Learn How to say Ukulele in Hawaiian and a short history on the ukulele.
Objective: Learn to expect positive experiences for including this instrument in your lifestyle. You can never be lonely or bored again, or it will widen your circle of friends.
Put up some suggestions on the page on why Ukulele is good for you.
Keep this list written out so you can see it. Share here.
Learn to keep on keeping on.
Share here if you are entertained by playing music and why it doesn't bore you.
How does it affect your mood?
Do the challenges absorb you?
Are you a worried that you may not continue in playing this instrument? Let us know so we can be a team to encourage you and give you our positive results.
Objective: Decide on which ukulele to buy. Visit the music shop and try out some. Ask about good strings.
Objective: Learn how to hold your ukulele
As opposed to guitars which have straps for easier holding, the soprano and concert ukulele are small and don't need a shoulder strap.
Hold the ukulele high up on your body, around the chest area. The body of the ukulele should be cradled in your right arm, with your right hand extended for strumming/picking. Be careful not to hold it too tightly, or you will smother the tone.
If you are a lefty, swap the words right and left in this article, and you're all set to go.
Description: What do you remember on the ukulele
This video shows you the Open Strings.
The Special C6 and Am7 - open strings
C6 and Am7 are the same chord and this is what the ukulele is tuned to on the piano and makes open string tuning. So no finger placement is required so far to practice strumming. The sounds are tuned to the GCEA sounds on the piano.
Left hand tuning is opposite to the Right Hand tuning. Turn the soprano ukulele over and tune as GCEA going down from your chin.
Remember string No. 1 is closest to your knee = A string on the left hand tuning and right hand tuning.
The outside strings are thin
The inside strings are thick and tune as shown. There isn't another type of ukulele that one can just turn over without changing the strings. Try it out if you need, or start as you mean to finish and play like a right handed player. Sitting opposite mirror image to a right hander to begin with can help.
There are plenty of left handers in string players. The notes on the ukulele songs are still the same.
Objective: Learn health and safety: These suggestions are vital to enable long term health of your hands and body while playing.
What ways are necessary to warm up pre playing the ukulele?
Objective: To learn
What are some techniques to care for your valuable instrument?
Objective: To learn care for the good strings you purchased. This is an investment in your future musical lifestyle.
If your ukulele is new or the strings are new,then strum it hard for the first week
to settle in the strings (this stretches them).
Keep tuning as you go so they get good exercise and limbers up.
Wipe the strings down with a paper towel as oils from our fingers transfer to the strings
What are the 4 tones that the ukulele is tuned to that we are using?
Objective: Strum for 4/4 music and Latin. DDU UDU. This is the first strum i was taught on the guitar and it has proven very useful for plenty of adaptions on the ukulele. When you strum this repeat the strum structure in your head so your brain nerves learn the pattern instinctively. Ukulele is all about letting your brain learn patterns to create the nerve pathways. Perhaps eat brain food while you are learning and take a multi vitamin.
Can you work out the strum used in this style?
Checklist for your learning objectives
I realise this is a child's ukulele playing but I thought you might enjoy the early finger picking and brush strum. The strings are numbered from the bottom close to your knee at number 1 up to number 4 closer to your chin.
Read the pdf attached.
Understand through fingers or the chart the circle of 5ths. The major chords used in songs
Leave some feedback. Move on to the next course where you learn to play. Ukulele Beginners 1 This is where you get stuck in and learn to strum and play in two keys and many chords.
This Taumarunui Ukulele page has good songs and information on a monthly basis.
This song uses two chords, C and G7. Try it out.
https://youtu.be/PMigXnXMhQ4 This is the UTUBE video by Harry Belafonte.
Mercedes Benz is in the Chords of A and D.
Play and sing Happy Birthday. Key of C - C, G7 and F.
Down in the valley is played in G and D7. This is the I and V7 in the chord charts.
Other chords you can use are
A and E7:
D and A7:
E and B7,
C and G7: or
F and C7
Try the song in different chords to fit your voice or group of singers.
This pdf is an index of names of musical terms.
My life has been full of learning in many areas.
I live in a small bi-cultural town in a 1960s home. I spent many years in a big city which became too busy for me.
My interests are studying other Udemy courses, lots of reading, crochet, ukulele, freelance writing, ballroom and line dancing. I am a parish secretary and a Charitable Trust secretary and on a Victim Support committee.
I have a BA majoring in English, accounting, Nutritional diploma in alternative medicine. I am now doing a Graduate Diploma in Journalism. Grad Diploma in alternative Clinical Nutrition. Primary Teaching training, Diploma in Management.
I ran my own home business for small business owners accounting for more than 10 years. I also ran a nutritional clinic prior to accounting. I had articles published in alternative health magazines
I play and teach ukulele for fun and laughter. Music warms the heart and makes friends.
I have grown children and four grandchildren.
I enjoy helping students with answers to their questions. I hope your enjoy my courses like I enjoy learning. Let me know what other courses you might like me to teach. Ukulele for Christians, children.