‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran for Ukulele – fingerpicking AND strumming

I love this song – the melody is just beautiful.
I wanted to play it on the ukulele and started searching for good arrangements.
Ran across this tutorial video and love it – a little fingerpicking and a little strumming – neither too hard.
The hard part is that you need a capo on the 1st fret – they cost about $15 for a good one.

The video – https://youtu.be/s8b2xKBj-ao

The printed music/notes for the video are in the comments or here – https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B62zBAbDVZxXeWJxNkdDbVdiUUU/view

Play by ear? No? Check out ‘The Toneway Project’

The Toneway Project has been around many years but I’ve just learned about it.  I’m quite interested because I am addicted to music books and don’t try hard enough to play by ear.  I know very few of the songs but I’m learning to play a little better by ear.

Ex: recently I considered buying a ‘glow-in-the-dark’ Makala Waterman and then it occurred to me if it was dark then I couldn’t see my music and couldn’t play any songs. Sad!

You can learn to ‘jam’ by ear. I CAN learn to ‘jam’ by ear.  NO songbooks or songsheets. Let’s do it!

 Going to a bluegrass jam group introduced me to ‘The ToneWay Project’. They offer some great products BUT you don’t need to buy a thing to benefit as their Website offers a lot!
 – Ukulele lesson videos (first one is about 30 min. others are 9-15 minutes or so) – http://toneway.com/learn/ukulele-lessons
 – Sound clips of many songs that are featured in their books- http://toneway.com/songs
AND much, much more.
A couple of the leaders in the jam have a book from ‘The ToneWay Project’ called ‘Family Tradition Songbook’. It has 371 songs with words but no chord charts or letters (only numbers like 1, 4 and 5). It is only $.7.95.

There are even a special method book and a songbook for the ukulele.

 BUT the point is you don’t even need books.
I’ll close this post with their motto:
“Many think you must get good to play with others. We say it’s better to play with others to get good.” Source: Toneway.com

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

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


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.