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Learn four Ukulele Songs in 30 days

Posted by on Nov 7, 2011 in Challenges, Ukulele | 1 comment

I mentioned a few posts back that I was planning to start creating some videos and some “learn X in 30 days”. Well, my video camera finally arrived and I am ready to start. I will be writing blogs and making videos to go along with my progress.

The first challenge will be to learn and play four songs on the ukulele. I have actually learned to play a couple song and at this point am practicing almost everyday. The ukulele really is a fun instrument to learn and ukuleles are also a lot cheaper than most instruments. You can pick up a decent ukulele for around $50 and get something pretty good around the $100 range. Not as easy to do with a guitar or piano.

The idea of the 30 day project is to try new things and learn new skills. I will post my progress and results. However, if something I am learning is also interesting to you, then by all means please join me. If you are interested in playing the ukulele, then what better time to get started. If you do decide to follow a long, please leave comments and let us all know how it is going.

For those interested in learning the Ukulele here are some links:

Ukulele For Beginners- Basic tips to buy and play the ukulele.

Ukulele Underground- Ukulele Forum

Beginner Ukulele- Page with various helpful videos

I still haven’t decided all four of the songs I will learn, but will post them when I do. At the moment I am sure on “E Huli Makou” and “Somehwere Over The Rainbow”.  I am also currently working on “Stand By Me”.

So far the hardest part for me is singing a long while I am playing. I tend to get lost. Just need more practice.

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Learning the Ukulele For Beginners

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Enjoying Life, How To, Ukulele | 0 comments

 

When I first moved to Miyakojima, Japan I was in love with the culture and music (actually I still am). The traditional instrument here is the sanshin, which is a three stringed banjo type instrument. After attending several festivals and listening to a lot of Okinawan music, I joined a class and learned to play the sanshin myself.


However, after playng for a couple of years I started to notice the instruments limits. Playing was fun, but the sanshin has a very distinct sound which limits it to playing Okinawan music.

My wife, who was dancing hula, started playing the ukulele. After doing a bit of research on the web looking for different songs, I realized how broad an ukulele really is. Basically it is like a mini guitar. At first I started playing in a Hawaiian Ukulele group (and may eventually go back), but decided I wanted to learn to play more modern songs.

After a bit of searching on Youtube, I found a good video to learn the simplified version of I’m Yours by Jason Mraz on the ukulele.

 

The Ukulele is a lot of fun and is pretty easy to learn. I am by no means a musician, so if I can do it anyone can.

I would say that the most difficult part is finding a good ukulele for beginners. I started out with a cheap Mahalo ukulele we got from a catalogue as a gift. It didn’t make much sound, and the sound it did make was horrible. If you want to play the ukulele, then I recommend you spend a little more to get something decent. You can find decent ukuleles for sale for around $60 and can get ones that are pretty good for around $100-$150.

If you do plan to buy an ukulele, then I recommend that you try to find a place that you can check them out and play them. There are a lot of ukuleles for sale and they come in different sizes and have different sounds. Getting the wrong one (like I did) can take away from that fun.

And remember that like anything, learning an instrument is simple repetition. If you do something a lot, you will get good at it.

 

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