Ukulele Beginner

Ukulele Beginner: Week #3

Week #3

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Finger stretches, finger exercises

  • Scale: question about last week’s C major scale? Review the error that Neha made!

  • Technique: 

  • Repertoire: You Are My Sunshine

  • Additional Studies:


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

We began with our usual finger stretches and finger exercise warm-up (see Week #2) for recap on finger exercises.


Chord review: Chord Practice # 1

Adding a strumming pattern of D U D U (down up down up)

I  V vi  IV (remember what that means -see beloq?) to our new strum: down up down up down 


C  G Am Fm 


Review our C major scale (see below for major scale recap) Say names of notes out loud


You are my sunshine:

Building off our C major Scale: You Are My Sunshine - Let’s learn the melody. Remember what open strings mean in our tablature? We’ll learn the entire song today and trade playing melody and chords

NEW CHORDS and NEW PROGRESSION:

We’ll learn four new chords: A7, D7, G7 and Em. Chord Progression #3.  Remember to practice 4 times daily with last week’s strum as well.  Also please spend time with each new chord voicing— play one note at a time a few times each day until they feel natural to you.



How to Practice this at home 

  • Practice C major scale ascending and descending 3x daily

  • Chord Practice #2: 2 measures of each chord

  • Chord practice #3 (see below) Practice daily 3x

  • Review main melody from you are my sunshine (see Below)



CHORDS + SHEETS + DIAGRAMS

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Ukulele Beginner: Week #2

Week #2


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Finger stretches, Finger exercises, chord practice: C to F transition

  • Scale: Introduction to C major scale.

  • Technique: Review on how to hold the instrument

  • Repertoire: To come

  • Additional Studies: See videos below


In our second class we covered the following:

  • Tuning Demo

  • Finger, hand stretches, Warm-up finger exercises, chord practice: C to F transition

    • Finger exercises refresher:

      • Pluck the G string with your right thumb in a downward motion several times as follows: 1st finger/1st fret — 2nd finger/2nd fret — 3rd finger/3rd fret same— 4th finger 4th fret. Then go back down: 4th finger, 4th fret, 3rd finger/3rd fret same, 2nd finger/2nd fret, 1st finger/1st fret.

      • Copy this pattern on the C string, the E string, and on the A string.

  • Review on how to hold the instrument 

    • Here’s a review:

    • Start with a careful set-up of playing position

    • Your back should be straight and your shoulders open but relaxed. 

    • Ukulele's lower bout rests on the right leg with the neck raising up slightly toward the left shoulder.  Your right forearm rests on top of the instrument to hold it firmly against your rib cage and the neck rests on the first finger of your left hand (remember to "shake the hand" of your instrument).

  • Key of C major: We build chords off of each note in the Key of C major. (chords+charts+diagram for images)

  • In our first week’s class, we learned the C Major Chord (I chord) and the F Major Chord (IV chord.) The second week we learned two more chords diatonic to C major. A Minor (vi chord) and G Major (V chord)


Chord Practice # 1

I  V vi  IV (remember what that means?) to our new strum: down up down up down (two count) 4 times each day!


C  Am F   G 


After setting up your instrument with proper playing posture, fret your C chord as depicted on the next page making sure that each finger is just behind the fret and on it's finger tip.  Play each string of the chord one at a time then give it a few strums. Repeat for the F chord.

After a few days you can start to move the C chord shape to the Am shape, then to F, then to G and so on. Strum each one a few times each before repeating a few times.

Also: the silly video I mentioned that uses the chords we just learned.: https://youtu.be/oOlDewpCfZQ


At home practice:


  • Recommended practice:

    • 8 strums of C major. Stop playing, take a moment and move your fingers to the correct position for A min, then strum A min 8 times. Then pause to get correct position for F maj, strum 8 times, repeat this for G major as well. REPEAT for a couple minutes each day.

    • The goal is that as you become more comfortable in the transitions, the time you take to reset your fingers between chords will be less and less.

    • Practice melody of you are my sunshine. Say names of notes outloud

  • Additional Study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAPTQu6bHzk

    • I like this uke video -Cynthia takes you through the F chord, C chord, and G chord (which we’ll learn next week)


TUNING: If you missed this week’s Snark tutorial, take a look at the video below to get you started tuning your ukulele.  Remember to check tuning every time you practice!


String one fret one: quarter quarter, fret two same rhythm, fret three same, fret four same. Repeat fora a total of 4 times, then repeat the whole process on strings two and three.


Additional Studies:

Here’s a YouTube Video of a Tuning Tutorial!

https://youtu.be/dEB1QtT0zIA



Charts + sheet music + diagrams:

Key of C major: We build chords off of each note in the Key of C major. (chords+charts+diagram for images)


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Ukulele Beginner: Week #1

List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: See finger exercises below

  • Scale: We’ll cover this in Week 2

  • Technique: Holding instrument, tuning, how to strum

  • Repertoire:

  • Additional Studies: See below

Hello all!

So great to meet you all yesterday! Try to schedule 10-15 minutes of practice time each day.  Remember that tuning from string #4 (closest to your face) to string #1 (closest to the ground) is as follows:

G C E A

First our tune and  brief description— Ernest Kaai’s “Waialae"

https://youtu.be/jEVrwFXUXVM

The first Hawaiian ukulele virtuoso, Ernest Kaai, made appearances all over the world. Not only a gifted performer, "Hawaii's Greatest Ukulele Player" organized ensembles, composed and published music, and ran the Kaai Ukulele Manufacturing Company. He was undoubtedly the foremost ukulele authority of his time and had a profound understanding of the mechanics of playing, for which he published the first ukulele instruction book in 1906. Although known for promoting the ukulele as a featured instrument in the Hawaiian orchestra, his sophisticated fingering, picking, and stroke styles also inspired the modern establishment of the ukulele as a solo instrument.

In our first class we covered the following:

  • Brief introduction of everyone in the class

  • Overview of school policies

  • Ukulele diagram - names of specific parts of the instruments (see following page for refreshed)

  • Basic tutorial on how to tune (we will delve into this more deeply next week)

  • How to hold your instrument:

    • Start with a careful set-up of playing position

    • Your back should be straight and your shoulders open but relaxed.

    • Ukulele's lower bout rests on the right leg with the neck raising up slightly toward the left shoulder.  Your right forearm rests on top of the instrument to hold it firmly against your rib cage and the neck rests on the first finger of your left hand (remember to "shake the hand" of your instrument).

  • Finger exercises for warm up. See here for a refresher:

    • Pluck the G string with your right thumb in a downward motion several times as follows: 1st finger/1st fret — 2nd finger/2nd fret — 3rd finger/3rd fret same— 4th finger 4th fret. Then go back down: 4th finger, 4th fret, 3rd finger/3rd fret same, 2nd finger/2nd fret, 1st finger/1st fret.

    • Copy this pattern on the C string, the E string, and on the A string.

  • Key of C major: These are the notes in the key of C major. We build chords off of each note in the Key of C major.

  • In our first week’s class, we learned the C Major Chord (I chord) and the F Major Chord (IV chord.)

Chord Practice # 1

After setting up your instrument with proper playing posture, fret your C chord as depicted on the next page making sure that each finger is just behind the fret and on it's finger tip.  Play each string of the chord one at a time then give it a few strums. Repeat for the F chord.

After a few days you can start to move the C chord shape to the F shape, strumming each one a few times each before repeating a few times.

How to Practice this at home:

  • Recommended practice:

    • 8 strums of C major. Stop playing, take a moment and move your fingers to the correct position for F major, then strum F major 8 times. REPEAT for a couple minutes each day.

    • The goal is that as you become more comfortable in the transitions, the time you take to reset your fingers between chords will be less and less.

  • Additional Study: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAPTQu6bHzk

    • I like this uke video -Cynthia takes you through the F chord, C chord, and G chord (which we’ll learn next week)


See next few pages:

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

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Aaand finally: be sure to buy a Snark tuner for next week’s tuning demo!

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