Learning something new is always a challenge, and so is learning to play the ukulele.
Here you have some tips and advices, and not only for beginners!
Further down there are also an article about singing.
The most important thing is to try to learn, and not to put the instrument out of sight.
You know, the Ukulele is a wonderful instrument, and fun to play. In fact, it is not that difficult to learn to play. Above all, you need to start learning or improving. Once you start you will find that this little instrument will be your friend for life. Therefore, it is important that if for some reason you find some of the techniques a little difficult, do not give up. You just have to practice and practice, or get some help.
And then comes the question – how can I learn to play? The same question arises for those who can play a little but want to improve their skills. Everyone wants to be a virtuoso. Don’t we all? You actually have several options.
Learn to play by joining a course
If you’re lucky, there’s a ukulele teacher, or friend, nearby who can teach you the secret, or help you improve your playing. This is perhaps the best option, but unfortunately not always possible. Then you have to choose another option.
Learn to play by Internet and YouTube
First of all, our website, Basic Ukulele, gives you a lot of information about the instrument and everything around it. If you read our posts you will be well informed and you will have links to videos that teach you how to play. These videos are on YouTube. For example, posts about Easy Ukulele Songs, Good Ukulele Songs, or Popular Ukulele Songs.
In addition to this, we talk about the instruments and techniques. If you also do your own searches online, you can get lots of tips on how to play the Ukulele. On our Facebook page we have also given you instructions for some tunes from top performers/teachers. Just scroll the page.
There are also other free beginner courses on YouTube that you can try. For example these:
(With advertising, of course.)(Recommended by one of our group’s Ukulele Lovers.)
Buy a book and learn to play.
Yes, this can also be an option, and many of us have started there. There are many books out there to teach you the skills. But there is a problem. Learning to play an instrument, without guidance, is not the easiest way. It is possible, of course it is, but listening to the melodies as well is an advantage.
Perhaps a combination of learning by book and YouTube is a better solution. Either way, if you buy the book locally, you’re also supporting the local bookstore or music store. It is good! Having a book about the instrument with instruction is never a waste of money.
Here is a link to other books (#Ad)!
Learn to play. Take an internet course.
There are several people, companies, schools out there that can help you to learn to play and become an expert. There are courses for beginners and for those who have had the instrument for a while and need some input for improvement.
Learning via internet courses is the modern, perhaps the best and most practical way to learn if you don’t have a local option. Today you can be anything you want with the internet, so why not a fabulous ukulele player?
We present to you here one of the options you can check out.
Ukulele Buddy. Lessons for beginners.
Discover how Jp Allen & Mitch Chang have helped thousands of students fulfill their dream of playing Ukulele and learn their favorite songs
However, they will give you simple video lessons in a fun way. Here you get three seven minutes videos per week. And most importantly, focusing on the things that will help you the most. Check it out!
So, now you have no excuses for not learning to play, or not improving.
More information about learning to play Ukulele by taking lessons, you can find on this link to one of our posts!
In conclusion, try out one of our suggested methods!
Would you also like to learn singing?
(You can read an article form Singorama further down in this article.)
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Learn to Sing
This article comes to you courtesy of Singorama:
Have you always wanted to become a singer? Many people dream of singing, but few take the steps required to learn. Here are some quick tips that will teach you how to learn singing, on your own or with assistance:
How to Learn Singing – Before You Begin
Before you begin, listen to a lot of different songs in many genres. This will help you settle on a style that best suits your voice and personality. Do you want to sing rock music? Opera? Maybe country and western or rhythm and blues suits your style best.
Next, start practicing to find your natural vocal range. Sing a note that you can comfortably hit. Then sing progressively higher notes until your sound quality decreases. Go back to the first note and then sing down the scale to find the bottom of your range.
This is an informal exercise, but it will help you get an idea of which notes you can comfortably sing, and which ones you need to work on.
How to Learn Singing – Self-Study
Many vocalists teach themselves to sing. Learning to sing by listening to other singers, without formal training, is called ‘singing by ear’. While some classically trained vocalists frown on this approach, it can lay the foundation for strong pitch recognition.
The problem with learning to sing by ear is that you can develop bad habits that are difficult to break later in life. Professional lessons can be expensive, though. Many singers find middle ground by using self-study courses.
Self-study singing courses typically contain videos or audio files that guide you through warm-ups and vocal exercises. They can help you expand your lung capacity, control your breathing, increase your vocal range, and sing smoothly across your vocal breaks.
If you decide to go this route, read reviews before you purchase a product. Some systems are better than others, so user reviews can be very helpful. You can find self-study singing courses online, or at your local library or book store.
How to Learn Singing – Professional Help
If you would prefer to do your learning face-to-face, consider signing up for singing lessons. Look for voice coaches in your area, or get a referral from friends who have had a good experience with a particular instructor.
If the cost of voice lessons is a little steep for your budget, try joining a choir at your school, church, or community center. This will give you access to an instructor and other singers that you can trade tips and techniques with.
How to Learn Singing – Advanced Techniques
After you’ve spent some time practicing, you might decide that you really enjoy singing and want to do more of it. It can be a little daunting to sing solo when you’re accustomed to singing with a group, but a little practice will decrease nervousness.
You can use your self-study course or your instructor to learn advanced techniques like perfecting your head voice, reaching into your falsetto range, and developing a vibrato. You will also learn to read music and transpose your favorite songs into a different key so that you can sing them easily.
Now you know how to learn singing without putting a huge dent in your bank account. Have fun experimenting with different musical styles and gaining confidence in your voice!
If you’d like to take your singing voice from ordinary to extraordinary, make a signature song all your own, increase your vocal range, hit every note with professional precision and learn every nitty-gritty detail about auditions, singing in a band, harmonizing and more, then check out the most comprehensive learn-to-sing system available.
No matter if you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced singer, Singorama can help you. Not only is it educational, it’s really fun!
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