One thing ukulele players think they need (but don’t)

A student writes:

“Danno, I’m in the 3rd week of the Uke Club and noticed–you never gave out a chord sheet. Is there a list of chords I should memorize?”

My friend and fellow uke player:

You do NOT need to memorize a giant list of chords!

I know, I know, you can go anywhere on the Internet, and you’ll find those lists–1 page, 2 pages, 10 pages. There a virtually an infinite number of chords and variations you could be memorizing.

Or, you could be having fun. Playing songs. Singing with friends.

Naturally, you need some chords to do all that.

But you never need memorize page after page.

Here’s the key:

Find a song you love and want to play.

Now, find that chords for that one song.

Odds are good, you already know some of those chords — from other songs that you play.

Add the one or two new ones.

Then–have fun, play, sing.

Done.

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That’s the way I teach lessons in the Uke Club. You need an UNDERSTANDING of chords (and strums and picking, etc). But you never need to memorize ton of info.

You just need to know what it is you need to know. Learn one little bit at a time. Apply as needed. When you’re ready, come on over.

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