"Everybody should have and play a uke, it’s so simple to carry with you and it is one instrument you can’t play and not laugh" ~ George Harrison

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Uke Club (10/26)

Some notes and highlights from our first meeting last Friday.

Your Dog Does Have Fleas

Unlike the guitar which goes from a low E to a high E (E-A-D-G-B-E) in order from lowest to highest note, the uke skips around (g-C-E-A). This is considered "Standard Tuning" and gives the uke its distinct sound... the My (g) Dog (C) Has (E) Fleas (A) song people use to tune their ukes in a hurry.Visit Ukulele Tricks to hear the notes and to tune your own uke by ear.

Nothing ruins your ears, a song, or a friendship more than an out of tune uke.

Don't Worry, Fret

Make sure to press with your fingertips behind the fret (horizontal bar) not on it or over it as that will create a buzz. Press hard enough to get the note to sound brightly but not too hard you hurt your fingertip.

Strumming Basics: Do as little as possible- try to keep your right hand relaxed and don't move or flail it over the strings. Only move your wrist enough to cover the width of the strings, not the width of the ukulele. Strums mark the beats of a song and generally repeat creating a specific strum pattern over the length of a song
GOLDEN RULE: play as slowly as you can to keep a steady tempo AND change between the chords without stopping your strumming.

Simple Strum: Down, Down, Down, Down

Now, let's add some chords to change things up a bit, but remember the... Golden Rule.

For now, change chords after 4 down strums (1 full measure in a 4/4 song). When you finish the G7 Chord, go back to the beginning and start with the C Chord again. Check out Uke School's Strumming Lessons 2 / 3 / 4

Simple Strum 2: The Ups & Downs of Life

Adding up strums is the next step since you're going that direction anyway, you might as well pick them up along the way.

The down strums still mark the 1, 2, 3, 4 beats of the song. The up strums split the count in half to...

...1 &, 2 &, 3 &, 4 &, 1 &, 2 &, 3 &, 4 &...
...d u, d u, d u,  d u, d u, d u, d u, d u,  

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