I want to help you get better on ukulele. And it's not about SKILL…
The secret to get better on ukulele is not a secret it all. It's a question of knowing where to focus.
I am not a ukulele know-it-all.
I may not even be a ukulele know-it-much.
But I am very good as a ukulele know-it-some.
And you may be that too.
When you're struggling to get better on ukulele–when you're trying to learn something deep and vast (MUSIC is deep and vast–and even a sub-niche like “ukulele music” is still deep and vast), why not NARROW IT DOWN to a specific skill that you can focus on and master.
Don't just say, “I want to get better on ukulele.”
- Chords for the first line of Happy Birthday—by ear
- That new strum pattern Joe showed me the other night
- 2nd position major chords
- and so on
NOTE: “small” doesn't necessarily mean “easy.” Small is specific.
Now, when I teach people who want to get better on ukulele–
I KNOW I skip over what “pro” music teachers would consider crucial:
- I know I teach shortcuts
- I know I sometimes skimp on “theory” for the sake of getting to the “how to”
- I know I show you the “simple way” whenever possible
I know that there are some real ukulele know-it-alls in the world, who can run rings around my knowledge and skill, who DO NOT APPROVE.
How dare we treat the instrument casually and make it enjoyable and fun?
- I also know that I have FUN playing ukulele
- I play songs that I love
- I entertain myself and my family and friends
- I know that even practice is fun
- And I get a little better on ukulele every day by focusing on a specific skill and truly mastering it.
And to quote either KC or the Sunshine Band: that's the way I like it.
So, goodbye for now–Master.
What to read next:
- Danno's EZ Guide to Ukulele Practice
- Learning Ukulele (or, the School for Naked Exercise…)
- Change chords smoothly on ukulele