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!
“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
The tutorial includes six tutorial videos. Here is the first one…
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.
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.
For further research on memory…
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 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.
- Chord Namer – click on the fretboard the chord you are exploring and the namer will tell you what chord it is.
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!