I am not going to lie, life kind of got in the way of working on learning the ukulele this week. My class only had a little bit of time to spend on lessons, but we are showing some progress. We started to sound much better playing Let it Be, and this week we have learned a few more chords. So far we have learned C, G, Am, F, D, A, E and Em. I have decided that I really do not like playing the D and E chords as my fingers seem to not want to cooperate. My teaching partner has been very helpful and patient with me and all of our students. Some students are progressing quicker than others, but they have all been doing really well and the ones that have picked it up really quick have been very patient with the rest of us. Our second song that we have started to learn this week is Monster Mash (a very basic version), which seems very fitting for Halloween next week.
I have also been using the app that came with my ukulele to help me. It has tutorials for each of the chords and different types of strumming. I wasn’t able to find a way to download any of the videos off of my app and wasn’t too sure about the copyright of the videos, so I have included some screenshots of the different videos and features of the app. In the chord tutorials, they show you where each finger should be placed on the ukulele. I haven’t spent much time learning different strumming patterns because I am still trying to master just strumming downwards. The tutorials for strumming show videos and direction arrows to follow (Photos taken from the Kala app). Kala’s website also has a lot of resources for learning how to play the ukulele.
The app also has many different songs that are free and ones that could be downloaded. The format of learning the songs reminds me a lot of playing Guitar Hero or Rock Band. The chords move up the screen and show when you are to play them. The screen also has shows what frets and strings are required for the different chords. At the end of the song you get a rating out of 3 stars and it shows you how well you were able to strum the correct chords. (Photos taken from the Kala app)
I have also been using some lessons by Andy Guitar that I found on YouTube. He has many beginner lessons and gives suggestions of songs that beginners can practice and play. I really like how he explains the chords, chord changes and timing of the songs. He also talks about how to hold the ukulele and different grips that can be used, especially if you are a child. The series that I have been watching is a how to play in 10 lessons.
All in all, my students and I have been learning how to play the ukulele for two weeks. I can definitely seen and heard improvement in this time. I hope to be able to play one of the songs on the Kala app and receive 3 stars soon!