Ideas for Learning Chord Shapes Easily

TinyCards.com (from DuoLingo.com) is a great tool for creating flashcards. You can save the individual chords from UkuleleGo.com and paste them into the flashcard maker.  Here is an example I created.

TinyCards.com - Ukulele Chords FlashCards

 

Ukulele Chord Cubes would be great to use like dice or something like that.  Here are some sold by Ukulele Magazine.

Ukulele Chord Cubes from UkuleleMagazine.com

Ukulele Chord Cubes from UkuleleMagazine.com

Getting Started Playing Ukulele with Kala

Kala Ukuleles

Kala Brand Music Co. offers a great line of ukuleles for every age and skill level from the Makala models which feature bright colors and either a dolphin or shark shaped bridge to the Kala Elite USA which are handmade in AMERICA ukes.

Did you know that they offer tools for getting started playing the ukulele via their Website and their APPS. Click here to get started – enter your email to register for ‘Learn to Play‘ resources.

Resources include:

  • Parts of the Ukulele
  • Videos on tuning, holding and playing the ukulele
  • and Videos on playing chords, playing styles/techniques, and learning songs

While you are there check out there APPS,

KALA TUNER APP

Whether in the studio or on the go, quickly tune your favorite Kala instrument with the free Kala Chromatic Tuner app!

UKEOKE APP

Learn to play your favorite songs with the karaoke-style app, Ukeoke! Easy chords, lyrics and more for over 1500+ hit songs!

Amahi begins Ukulele Tips of the Week on Facebook

If you don’t know Amahi ukuleles, please give me the pleasure to introduce you. Amahi has been making fine violins for years under the name Amati (with a ‘t’). They recently started making intentionally inexpensive ukuleles and I believe that they are a great contender! They now have a broad range of ukes from $50ish student ukuleles which are similar to Makala to $500ish models.  I really like the quality of their intermediates ($150-$300ish). They also offer more expensive brands under separate brand names. They are located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit their Website and ‘like’ them on Facebook to learn more about them.

They also offer less expensive AND more expensive brands under separate brand names.

Amahi is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit their Website and ‘like’ them on Facebook to learn more about them.

Memorizing Music

Musician working on memorizing music - Source of photo - WikiHow.com

Memorizing music rather than depending on reading from music will make you a much better musician. You will grow in confidence and your performance will be much more effective.

WikiHow offers 14 steps in “How to Memorize Sheet Music’

‘6 Quick Steps for Memorizing Music’ from NazzaroMusic.com

‘How to Memorize Music: Memory Tips and Two Strategies’ from RobertKelleyPHD.com


For further research on memory…

‘Hack your brain to remember almost anything’  from CNN.com

Simple Chords and Children’s Songs

Children love the ukulele

Children love the ukulele (photo source: PSMag.com)

You don’t have to be a pro or expert ukulele player to bring joy to children (or adults, for that matters) with simple songs using simple chords. Just have fun!

Check out Storytime Ukulele: Simple chords for Simple songs. Lots of good stuff!

While you at it, check out the article, The Benefits of the Ukulele on Kids’ Attitudes.

UkeBuddy.com – Chords, Scales, Arpeggios, Tuner & Chord Namer

UkeBuddy.com

UkeBuddy.com

UkeBuddy.com is a great online (Desktop OR Mobile) source for ukulele chords, ukulele scales, arpeggios, an ukulele tuner & a chord namer.

  • Chords – Look up chords by letters including sharps. If you are looking for a flat use the previous letter sharp – for example, B flat would be A sharp. E flat would be D sharp.
    • Alternate Chords – click on the ‘< # / # >’ on the headstock to look for alternative chords that may be easier to play for you or might add fuller sound.
  • Scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Chord Namer – click on the fretboard the chord you are exploring and the namer will tell you what chord it is.

 

Find Chords for a YouTube Song via Chordify

If you see a song on YouTube that you like and want the chords, you can go to Chordify and paste the URL. It will show you the chord letters with the number of beats for each (Don’t remember them? You can click on ‘chords’ for a refresher view of

It will show you the chord letters with the number of beats for each (Don’t remember them? You can click on ‘chords’ for a refresher view of them.

Here is a beautiful Christmas song example *.

(* since I don’t have copyright priveleges I’m not revealing the name of the song. Sorry.)

Don’t worry if you don’t get each chord, just keep the melody going and most of all, have fun and enjoy the song!

This is the way a song will look. Click the ‘Play’ button to start the song and you’re off!

Chordify.net shows chords of a YouTube, etc. song

Chordify.net shows chords of a YouTube, etc. song