Ukulele Beginner

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.:

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:

    • 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!

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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