Improving on ukulele: you’re thinking about it all wrong!

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.

You see…

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.”

Focus on…

Something tiny:

  • 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? 

BUT:

  • 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.

your pal,
Danno

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