Debunking 10 common ukulele myths.The more you delve into any topic, the more you realize just how many myths and misconceptions there are. This could do with the sheer volume of information we have today. Anyone can throw something out there on YouTube, social media, and even mainstream TV and it can be treated as fact. Even if it’s not. Let’s tackle a few of them and set the record straight.
What is the hardest thing to do on a ukulele? Most people would say that the hardest thing to do on a ukulele (or any instrument) is play fast. Like really fast. That seems to be the defining factor in how people perceive skill. When you look at players like Jake Shimabukuro, it isn’t his rhythm, melodic sensibilities, and style that stand out right away. It’s how fast he can play.
Wonderful Tonight is a ballad song written by Eric Clapton for Pattie Boyd. He was inspired to write whilst waiting for Pattie getting ready to attend Paul and Linda McCartney’s annual Buddy Holly party. The song was included on Clapton’s 1977 album, Slowhand. We hope you enjoy learning this new song as you start the year. Happy strumming!
Ragtime is a musical style that originated in African-American communities. This type of music became the first African-American music to have an impact on mainstream popular culture. Ian Gardner came up with this little ragtime ukulele piece and it sounded really fun to play. Jeff made a simple video lesson on how to play it and we hope you enjoy and add it to your playlist.
“Island in the Sun” is a song by American alternative band, Weezer. It was included in the band’s 2001 self-titled album, Weezer. The song was well known for its catchy rhythm intro and easy-to-follow chords pattern. This is a really fun song to play on your ukulele. Jeff will teach you the chord patterns, techniques, and even the guitar solo. Have a go and learn how to play Island in The Sun!
Playing the ukulele in a group setting can be truly rewarding. You get to meet new friends, sing along with different people and will have the chance to elevate your skills by learning new techniques from more skilled members within the group. See if there’s a ukulele group near you. Checkout the list on this page.
“Here Comes The Sun”. was written by George Harrison and was released in 1969 under the Beatles’ album, Abbey Road. Learn how to play the catchy intro, chorus, and verses of this wonderful song by watching the video.
Today, you’re going to learn how to play “What a Wonderful World” on your ukulele. This song is really great for sing-along or even solo playing. We’ve followed the original version and hopefully, you enjoy learning this classic tune with an easy to follow tutorial from Jeff. Happy Strumming!
A block chord uses simple chordal harmony where you have to play the notes of each chord all at the same time. On the other hand, Arpeggio is played sequentially in ascending or descending order. This technique allows you to pluck the strings one at a time instead of strumming them in a single stroke. Learn more of these techniques by watching the video in this lesson.
Today, we’re going to focus on the left hand and how it will get things to work. This method will let you play without interrupting your right hand from strumming. This is very important when you start to get wider strumming patterns or if you want to produce better projections when you play.
Ukulele chunking is a strumming technique that lets you mute the strings before strumming. This adds a percussive sound while playing. Some call it a muted strum or palm muting. This technique is commonly used in many songs so I suggest you practice it as soon as you’ve learned some basic strumming patterns.
The “Itsy Bitsy Spider” is an awesome nursery rhyme that’s fun to play with your ukulele. The song is also known as “Incy Wincy Spider” in Australia and Great Britain. Jeff followed a version that has some Celtic feel on the intro. He then transitioned into some nice chords for the verse. Go ahead and have some fun playing a nursery rhyme for the kids.