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    I know everyone is different but how long did it take you to feel comfortable with your ukulele as far as transitioning chords and strumming?

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    Quote Originally Posted by newtou View Post
    I know everyone is different but how long did it take you to feel comfortable with your ukulele as far as transitioning chords and strumming?
    I started in December 2015, & I'm still not good at this strum & sing thing - but that's mainly because I prefer to pick melody lines.

    I can swap between the easy chords reasonably well - & I did take about a year out, whilst I was learning to play my chromatic harmonicas.

    I would estimate that if you practice for half an hour a day, you'll have the easy ones nailed within a couple of months.
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    I'm sure everyone will give the generic answer of "Practice, practice, practice" and that's definitely the best suggestion. I liked Uncle Rod's Bootcamp download/booklet when I was starting out. I'd say 3-6 months if you're practicing regularly.
    I'll say though that playing and singing at the same time is even more confusing!
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    http://ukulelebootcamp.weebly.com/up..._camp_2013.pdf

    If you haven't seen this.

    Start playing these sheets and you will learn chord progressions as a bonus without thought. When I first started playing getting thru the first line was tough then after a few days I moved onto the second line. When I got stuck I would identify which chords I was having an issue with and concentrate on switching to that chord only for five or ten minutes.

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    I agree with Igor--3-6 months to really feel comfortable with enough chords to play a good number of interesting tunes. Less time probably for songs that have very basic three or four chord progression. Even then, a few weeks of practice at a particular tune might be necessary to cement a solid performance.

    Learning new and more complicated chord shapes eventually becomes easier once you have developed some flexibility and dexterity in your fingers. If you are a beginner, you will be much more adept at learning new chords in year two than you were in year one.

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    Yeah, 3-6 months sounds realistic. Obviously there will be a lot of room for improvement after that, but that is about how long it takes to get comfortable with basic chord transitioning.

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    59 years and still workin' at it.
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    I practice about half an hour a day and it took me about 4 months to be able to strum and sing my first song.
    My buddy practices 2-3 hours a day and he is infinity better than I am even though he only started 6 weeks before me.
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    The ukulele is the first musical instrument I’ve played, other than drums many years ago in high school. I’ve been playing about 9 months now. I play at least 30 minutes a day. I don’t really follow any structured practice routine. The first 3 months I played I just learned stuff from YouTube. Then I found a regular group to play with at a monthly jam. I also started going to a weekly workshop with a small group of people and a good teacher. Finding these groups to play with and learn from has helped me a lot.
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    Another variable to this question is one's intention/goal. It takes three to six seconds to learn to strum the C6 chord. A raw beginner could learn the three shapes needed for any pop song in a day. Beyond that, it all depends on how expansive your goals are. For example, after a year's intermittent practice I can fumble along in any key. I can duplicate some jazz guitar on the ukulele as long as the youtube musician says what he is doing (i.e., I can't watch a guitarist's fingers and know what he's doing, but if he calls out go to Ebmaj7, I can do that). So, in general, I agree that in half a year, a strummer should be well along the path.

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