Ukulele Show

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  1. MotoBoss

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    OK, so I played bass in a garage band in the late 60's and hardly have touched another instrument since. The Wife got me a Ukulele and now I'm learning a new four string instrument. She took the advice and got a nice Uke, a Oscar Schmidt by Washburn Tenor with Aquila strings and a Snark Tuner.
    It's really fun but I could use some help and conversation on learning to play" actual music" on the Ukulele.
    Anyone out there?
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  2. bvardi

    bvardi Probably not Deciduous

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    I got an inexpensive Lanikai tenor uke just before the holidays (but am about as far from skilled as it is possible to be... mostly putter around with some fingerpicking/simple melody pieces.)

    Have the daughter also getting into it... she's got a cheapo little (***Edit.. she has a Soprano, not a tenor) but she might end up getting my learner tenor when I upgrade eventually.
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  3. MotoBoss

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    Great stuff. I never realized how simple, not easy, it is to learn. The tabs are much different from a six string, as are the bar cords. I can't read music so having tabs is a plus.

    Any particular website you visit for lessons and music?
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    I can read music, but slowly.. so tabs are great for me.

    I concentrate on fingerpicking/melody pieces myself... some places with music I have found....

    This place has pay music (haven't actually bought anything) where you can buy by the song... (Lots of big name songs)

    http://search.musicnotes.com/?instrument=Ukulele&u1=instrument&store=Ukulele


    Then lots of free...

    http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html
    http://liveukulele.com/easy-beginner-ukulele-songs/
    http://ukulelehunt.com/2010/02/24/blues-ukulele-lessons/
    http://www.ezfolk.com/uke/Tutorials/Fingerpicking/fingerpicking.html
    http://worldofukulele.tumblr.com/
    http://uke4u.com/category/licks/easy-blues-licks/

    This place has quite a few tabs...
    http://www.muffin.net.nz/muffin/Uke_Tab.html
    And this is good too...
    http://capotastomusic.com/ukulele-sheet-music/tabs.htm

    http://www.akulele.com/tablature.html
    http://curtsheller.com/ukulele/tabs.php
    http://liveukulele.com/lessons/techniques/

    Bought "Ukulele for dummies" as well - which despite the name, has quite a bit of info and is very good... think it will be useful for a while. (Comes with CD as well with sample tracks... quite helpful for me to hear what I am trying to do)

    Already looking at my next Uke... and one from this guy - http://www.thegreatmush-uke.com/
    might be in my future. Unique, handmade tin-can ukuleles (and banjos, mandolins, etc.) Plus the guy is local... just stumbled across him and may have to see if I can go to someplace he is showing and try out a couple. Think it is the right looking instrument for a battered Ural owner. ;)
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  5. MotoBoss

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    Wow, thanks for all the links. The Tin Cans look really cool. I thought about the "dummies" book but I had bought one for my computer back in the day and it didn't really help out much.
    I agree that "hearing" what your trying to play helps alot. I can play many cords by memory so learning a new song is mainly learning the strumming pattern. Most everything I now play sounds alike.


    OK now off to link land for pratice......
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    "Most everything I now play sounds alike". thats what fiddle music sounds like lots of times ---- "we fired our guns but the British kept a comen " next time you here some try saying those words along with it.
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  7. MotoBoss

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    I'll give it a try......
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    CaptTeach Been here awhile

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    I only have one thing to add since I do not play - Jake Shimabukuro Watch/listen and be amazed!!
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    Absolutely... his version of "As my guitar gently weeps" does tend to blow the mind. I don't even pretend to have aspirations to get THAT good myself... I'm just aiming to play a few fingerpicking songs at the cottage and while on trips. (One thing about the Uke... the low cost and small size makes it an great little thing to pack on the motorbike.)
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  10. MotoBoss

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    Been picking away this week trying to get a handle on this thing. The Wife's Birthday is this Sunday so I did learn "Happy Birthday" to play for her...........






    progress :clap
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    Yer all set! :clap
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    bvardi Probably not Deciduous

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    That's the best way to use a Uke... to get a laugh or smile out of someone else :) (Or yourself!)
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    sweeeeeet................I need to get this !
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    Usually it's me she's laughing at but hey, it's all good after 35 years................:lol3
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  17. MotoBoss

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    Sorry I've been away for awhile. Thanks for the link to the GB Uke orchestra. I found the link to the Beatles Uke music site, http://www.beatlesite.info/ and now am attempting to learn a new song, or two.

    Having only picked up the Uke since Christmas I have learned several cords and a few songs; Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Happy Birthday, Hotel California, Stairway to Heaven and several blues riffs. I try to play everyday to keep fresh in my mind what I have already learned but have missed a few here lately. I actually have been working on an instrumental I have made up myself (I'm sure most beginners do this) . Hopefully it will turn into a song some day but there will be no singing by me :huh

    I think I am almost ready to take a few lessons :clap


    Thanks for the response's. Keep play'n............
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