Here comes my last learning project post! I'm almost sad to be writing this... almost. Learning the ukulele has been an adventure. There have been a fair amount of frustrations and confusion with what feels like minimal success. I have discovered that for me, it is not possible to learn a full song or even memorize multiple chords. Having the initial goal to learn a full song was way off. I am now happy with only learning part of a song. I remembered that this project shouldn't be bringing me stress and that not reaching my goal is okay. I found that before feeling obligated to meet my plan I was enjoying learning the ukulele, but as the time left got shorter I became more stressed with resulted in me avoiding playing. I am a procrastinator and this class was no exception.
So here we are. I am not able to play a full song. BUT that okay. I still learnt a tremendous amount. What did I learn you ask? Well let me tell you.
... how to tune a ukulele
... what the four strings were
... I learnt how to strum multiple ways
... I learnt how to play major, minor, and seventh chords
... And most importantly, I learnt the best ways to teach myself a skill on the internet
So here it is.. my final song... well part of a song.
*hint - all these videos are different*
However the videos usually just turned out like this...
In these videos I focus on the very beginning (intro) of the song and then in other clips is the chorus. I am still really struggling with transitions between each measure. This may not seem like much to a friendly listener, but I am proud of this. I started from literally knowing nothing, besides the name of the instrument and now I can make some sort of music.
On the plus side, I do plan to continue learning how to play. One day I will be able to play all of Cigarette Daydreams and continue down my list of song suggestions. But in a much longer timeline. Learning a new skill is much harder than I thought and I am so proud of the entire #edtc300 clan for trying their best on their own learning project.
Thank you for sticking around through my musical journey. I had learned much more than I thought I would. The internet does truly have everything. However, for my own personal learning I would of benefited from some in-person instruction as well. That is my next step for continuing my own ukulele adventure to compare how I would benefit from both types of instruction. Just so happens I am very close to a musician so I have access to this one on one instruction.
Instead of my normal ukulele picture at the end of my posts I wanted to share this image from Pinterest that I absolutely loved.