Maybe, maybe not, but if you want to start playing music, you can start doing it with a ukulele. It doesn’t have to be the most advanced ukulele to be good by this definition.
The Tenor’s Top ten tips to help you get started playing a ukulele:
1. Keep all the notes in your head.
You need to have all the notes within your head even if you don’t have them in a song. If you know, for instance, that the last note of the last bar is the second most important, and yet you don’t have it in a song, you won’t be able to play it. You might even have to practice to see if you got it right! That’s where music theory gets you. Your head needs to be full of all the details. You can’t learn these things by ear.
2. Practice, practice, practice.
There are some things you can do by yourself to help with practice:
• Learn the chord progressions. In other words, figure out when the key changes. This will help you find that last note, as well as some of the other key details.
• Play at least the first half of any song as your first tune. Try to play the melody and chord progression with each piece of music you pick. For instance, if you’re learning to play an English song before you learn how to play a melody and chord progression, you don’t want to memorize the exact timing for each chord progression. You’ll need to try different chord progressions and scales to see what you like best.
• Don’t overplay the keys. It is very easy to get stuck just hitting the B key. Don’t do that; learn one key first.
• Don’t play the rhythm as well as you can. If you’re playing slow chords or over a slow beat like on a rhythm track, try to sing a solo instead of going out and practicing chords.
3. Practice soloing and harmony!
I don’t consider practice to be learning songs, but, if you listen to a lot of music, you might notice that there aren’t a lot of songs about piano solos (the solo in the title). You can start by learning a few melody pieces first. Learn each piece at least once (either soloed or chorused). As you can see, learning a melody takes a lot of time.
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