So it has begun... Getting reunited and tuning my ukulele (aka step 1 and 2 of my plan) has been this weeks task. It may seem simple, but hear me out. Hearing music is not in any way something I exceed at. It was truly quite the process. As I used to dance throughout all of my elementary and high school days, counting music is something I am quite capable of, so I was really unprepared for what I was about to embark upon. Trying to tune my ukulele is something completely new and different for me. But to keep up with my attitude throughout this learning project.... #ukecandoit
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Getting reunited with my ukulele began just as you would if you were meeting a good friend. I planned a time to meet, put on some comfy clothes, had snacks and beverages ready, and a positive attitude. My ukulele has been living in my room on a small spot of my floor leaning against my dresser for months now. I'm sure my ukulele felt good to get up and stretch its strings. As we both began to talk by strumming the strings, all negative feelings were put aside and we were ready to go.
Once we were acquainted again, I began the tuning process. This is where I pulled up the two apps I have on my phone and determined which one would be best for me. As a beginner I needed something easy that helped me, because this is where the difficult part started. The apps I compared are Simple Ukulele Tuner and Tunefor Ukulele tuner free. In my opinion, both the apps worked great and I was continually switching back and forth, double checking my tuning job.
In case you are a beginner like me and may not know how to tune a ukulele, this is how I'm 97% sure you do it. On a ukulele there are four chords: G, C, E, and A. I worked my way from left to right, chord by chord, while tuning. Therefore, I began on G. I pulled up my app and went on my way. To use both apps, you click on the chord you are tuning and the tone will play. You then strum the chord and turn the nob until the sound on the app is correct. This may sound confusing, which it is. It took me a few hearty tries with each chord before (I think) it was tuned correctly. If I am being honest, it sounded the same for me before and after it was tuned. I now realised that every time I play I am going to need to pull up my apps, as my ears can't do the job for me. This week I am thankful for technology!
Overall, this week was a success, according to my plan. Can't wait until next week where I really get to dive into playing my ukulele.
Remember to watch #ukecandoit to check out my progress
The decision has been made. Drum roll please ......... I have decided I am finally going to learn how to play the ukulele. *takes bow*
In January I purchased my own ukulele and I was very determined to learn how to play it. That lasted about a week and a half before pre-internship got crazy and my ukulele started to collect dust. This class now gives me more motivation to learn how to play this instrument again. However, music is not my strong suit, but I am willing to try my best and hopefully be able to strum a tune or two.
MY GAME PLAN:
STEP 1: Reunite with my ukulele. Its been awhile and we need to get reacquainted.
STEP 2: Tune my ukulele. I already have two tuner apps on my phone, Simple Ukulele Tuner and Tunefor Ukulele tuner free. I found both of these to be great apps for a beginner.
STEP 3: YOUTUBE. This is going to be my main source of learning while teaching myself how to play. I am going to follow channels like The Ukulele Teacher.
STEP 5: Strumming. This is a key element of playing the ukulele and I am going to focus on getting a proper technique going.
STEP 6: Chords. This one is going to be tricky. Now to learn some basic chords. Eventually I will focus on the chords needed for step 7.
STEP 7: Pick a song. Here I will choose a song that will be my main focus for the rest of the project.
STEP 8: Play a song. My main goal here is to play *most of* the chosen song from above.
STEP 9: Be a pro ukulele star.
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