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5 Practice Tips

Posted on: February 16th, 2018 by dville

They say, “practice makes perfect.” They are right. But practicing the right way is an important component to reaching perfection. Presented for your consideration is my list of 5 Practical Practice Tips.

1: Listen to what you are doing! This may sound like simplistic advice, but really listening to the sounds you are making takes concentration.

2: Get off the book. Reading a book and playing music are two different things. If you are trying to play while reading the chord changes/lyrics out of a book you are not fully experiencing what it is to play music.

3: Go slow and don’t practice mistakes. If you are constantly making a mistake on a certain passage, lick etc. slow it down to where you can play it without mistakes.

4: Train your hands. A lot of ukulele playing is not talent, but muscle memory. Think of your fingers as little athletes and take them to the ukulele gym every day!

5: Learn the chords of the major scale. Every key has the same set of seven chords (I-ii-iii-IV-V-vi-viidim), only the pitch is different. Know your diatonic chords.

 

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  1. Patty Williams says:

    Great advice! Thank you!

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