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DrNick



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:05 pm    Post subject: Playing the ukulele Reply with quote

In a moment of madness at the weekend I bought a ukulele, despite the fact I have no musical ability whatsoever.

I was at the Green Man Festival and intoxicated by the folk music, so that I temporarily lost all sense of reason. And there was a ukulele stall and a cheap one was only twenty pounds....

Anyhow, now I've bought the thing I am determined to learn how to play it. So far I have mastered two chords (C & F) but G is proving a bit trickier.

Has anybody got any tips on starting to learn an instrument? Or can you suggest any (very easy) songs that might sound good on a uke?

Here's the song that made me commit this act of folly - it was absolutely excellent live:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XV8Po-APdpo
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Learn G and Aminor next. Then Eminor. You have all you really need there.

Just keep strumming. Not like practice, but get comfortable with the thing. That's all its about. Everyone starts off spazzy, but once you find your groove with an instrument its all good.

Keep at it.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i can play guitar but i can't play ukulele, very hard to play, for me.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2008 6:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i guess it depends on how you tuned it but if you do it like mine which is in GCEA and if you know how to play guitar then it's basically like the 4 last strings on the guitar with a capo on #5.
so the chords are pretty easy to figure out, you just have to transpose

for example:
a A played on a guitar with capo on 5th goes like: 022100 (like an E chord without capo), so an A on the uke will be 2100

using the same method you get (i put full guitar chords and the [uke chords])

C 32[0003]
D x0[2220]
E x2[4442] (can be played [4447])
F x3[2010]
G xx[0232]
A 02[2100]
B 24[4322]

else:
Dm 2210
Em 4432
Gm 0231
Am 2000
Bm 4222

those are like the main ones, i guess there might be an easier way to play the E and B chords though i don't really know it so...

i hope i've been clear with all those weird explanations, i'm not really sure actually

anyways, if you don't play guitar, everything i said is totally useless

whatever...
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jack fe wrote:
Learn G and Aminor next. Then Eminor. You have all you really need there.

Just keep strumming. Not like practice, but get comfortable with the thing. That's all its about. Everyone starts off spazzy, but once you find your groove with an instrument its all good.

Keep at it.


number of the beast!!!!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the info above, unfortunately I have never played the guitar but it's still interesting.

I can now play 'This Land is Your Land' very slowly and badly. Which pleases me because if I had heroes Woody Guthrie would be one of them.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 24, 2008 11:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well if you like i guess some of us (me included) can transpose some of jeff lewis' songs on uke for you...
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