This week I focused on my personal ukulele teacher. This 'teacher' includes iPhone apps, YouTube channels, and a lot of google. When I first attempted to start playing ukulele I looked up a few chords and watched a few Youtube videos. As you may or may not know (as said in my other learning project blogs) that this didn't work out too well. However, I think this is because of my lack of effort, rather than the use of technology to learn. So here I am again, using technology, to teach myself some magically ukulele skills.
The very first thing I looked to was YouTube! My first (and favourite channel) I found was The Ukulele Teacher. This channel has a variety of videos from beginner lessons to learning complex songs. It is great for ukulele players of all skill levels.
Other channels I follow include:
- Elise Ecklund
- U Can Uke
- Ukulele Underground
- About Ukulele
- Ukulele Cheats
- Ukulele Tricks
Yet none of them are, in my opinion, as great as The Ukulele Teacher. But all are still useful for a beginner like me.
After looking at YouTube channels, I chose to dig into apps! When looking for apps I found ones that looked appealing and had good reviews.
The ones I have downloaded are:
- Real Ukulele
- The Ukulele App
As shown below, there is also an app called Yousician, but I have recently deleted it and would not recommend it.
The first one I found was based off of The Ukulele Teacher! This instantly appealed to me and I downloaded it. There are multiple pages such as: about, news, lessons, tools, videos, and options. The main pages I used were videos, lessons, and tools. Here are a few pictures of what the app looks like.
Lastly, what I researched on google was saving images of chords, like the one below.
Now you have seen my ukulele 'teacher' for the next few weeks. I'm excited to start (finally) becoming a ukulele star, according to my learning plan. Stay tuned for the next post where I learn multiple types of strumming!
Remember to follow my progress on twitter using #ukecandoit (hint - make sure to check the latest tweets in order to find mine)