“Zoie Jones won’t brag about it, but her teammates will implore her to play (her ukulele) more…
Jones started playing the ukulele…
as a way to relieve stress during a hip injury…
that cost Jones a full year of eligibility couldn’t keep her down. It allowed her to grow as a soccer player mentally … and it gave her an added talent in the ukulele.”
A quote from the NY Post article, “Watch the queen’s favorite ukulele band cover ‘Highway to Hell’:
“They’ve plucked their way into Windsor Castle, Carnegie Hall and China. Now, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is tinkling across America with a set list Tiny Tim never imagined: a mix of Tchaikovsky, Nirvana and “Highway to Hell.”
“And that, says one longtime orchestra member, is partly what makes the little uke so great…”
“Grace VanderWaal became an instant star at 12 years old. She won a season of “America’s Got Talent” in 2016 by showcasing her original songs and raw singing ability…she’s already got a signature instrument. Inspired by a family friend, she taught herself to play the ukulele by watching videos online.”
Ukulele Underground proposed the question – “Have you ever wondered, how the heck do people read tabs?” and then introduced Dominator (of Dominator’s Uke Tabs) to explain the basics of reading ukulele tabs.
On a metronome you set the ‘BPM’ or ‘Beats Per Minute’. Occasionally the BPM is marked on music.
If you don’t know the BPM you can determine it using one of many apps or by using TempoTap.com. Here is what you do…
Determine the BPM of a song’s tempo.
Use the space bar to tap each beat. The BPM (beats per minute) will be automatically computed to determine the tempo of a song. The more beats you provide, the more accurate the resulting BPM will be.
There are separate directions for using touchscreen.
My kids are grown but I know my practicing must drive my wife a little crazy at times. HaHa. This is a great idea if you have a baby or small child and you want to slip in a five minute practice while they sleep.
Do you like a little ‘Funk’? Who doesn’t, sometime?!?!
This is super easy and fun. Just awesome!
The only hard part is that you have to barr the chord (only 2nd if you leave 1st one open).
Relax the barr finger occasionally (maybe 2nd and 4th beats) to add different mute / percussive sounds and to relax the fingers.
Roy Sakuma created and offers a nice chord chart that groups chords by progressions within keys.
For example: In the key of C he put the following chords:
i = C | vi = Am | iv = F | V7 = G7 | iii = Em | ii7 = Dm7
This is a great way to practice chords.
The tutorial includes six tutorial videos. Here is the first one…
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