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JJFN
09-12-2017, 02:15 PM
I am really working on my barre chords. Every song I play I am only playing barre chords. It isn't easy, my arthritic left hand really fells it. So as long as I have a supply of Ibuprofen I should be okay. The goal is to play barre chord almost exclusively I really like the control the barre chords bring. And the results will be worth the trouble. But as I say, it isn't easy. Just sayin'.

Croaky Keith
09-12-2017, 09:43 PM
Who me? I've got the basics, now I'm working on getting better. ;)

Seriously, there are a lot of things I need to improve, & there are others I would like to be able to do, so practicing is the only way to get there. :)

All the best with your barre chord practicing.

DownUpDave
09-13-2017, 02:48 AM
I have been working on memorizing three seperate chord melody songs. I have found working on two or three at the same time actually helps. It might be because I don't get frustrated or bored doing the same song over and over and over and over and over and over........:confused:

JJFN
09-13-2017, 04:15 AM
I have been working on memorizing three seperate chord melody songs. I have found working on two or three at the same time actually helps. It might be because I don't get frustrated or bored doing the same song over and over and over and over and over and over........:confused:

Good point.

Down Up Dick
09-13-2017, 06:29 AM
I've been working on fingerpicking my baritone. I just got a new baritone "song" book with good folk music, and I'm using it and a "regular" fingerpicking book to learn. Baritone books in DGBE that I like are very difficult to find.

I can easily play most of tunes on the staff, but I'm having trouble with the TAB. Some of the notes are not where I think they should be, and I have to transpose the notes on the first string because I'm playing in DGBD. I'd like to use the TAB though because the chords are easier for me to read, but I'll figger it out.

I have a lot of trouble memorizing stuff, but I've found that playing tunes that I already know and like makes learning a lot easier. Just learning the tune from the next page of a book makes learning a drag for me. I have a little less to learn now, and I'm enjoying my studies more.

I'm really enjoying my baritone uke studies, but, alas, my baritone's strings are very old and easily slide outta tune (like me) a lot. I don't like to change strings, but I just gotta, I guess.

So, after a long hiatus, I'm playing the ukulele again and enjoying it. :old:

SoloRule
09-13-2017, 08:43 AM
Working on improving dynamic !

greenie44
09-13-2017, 08:57 AM
There is a song that I have long thought of as one of the most emotionally powerful songs I have ever heard. I worked out a chord arrangement a couple of years ago, but have been intimidated by both the complexity of the singing and the power of the song. Partly based on encouragement from a friend, I decided to start practicing it last week, and am making progress.

Don't know if I could ever record it, but might play it live.

Also itching to start on a fairly complicated multi-part arrangement of a house tune - that one might be done in a couple of weeks.

Down Up Dick
09-13-2017, 12:13 PM
Well, my baritone now has brand new Aquila strings. The ones on it were very old and in pretty bad shape. I shoulda changed them a long time ago.

Now that I'm entering a new facet of my ukulele training, I thought new strings would be appropriate. Maybe I'll even play better. I got nowhere to go but up!

Anyway, nothin' broke (yet), the loose strings didn't stick me in the eye, and I didn't yell or throw anything. Success! :old:

DownUpDave
09-13-2017, 12:17 PM
Well, my baritone now has brand new Aquila strings. The ones on it were very old and in pretty bad shape. I shoulda changed them a long time ago.

Now that I'm entering a new facet of my ukulele training, I thought new strings would be appropriate. Maybe I'll even play better. I got nowhere to go but up!

Anyway, nothin' broke (yet), the loose strings didn't stick me in the eye, and I didn't yell or throw anything. Success! :old:


Way to go bro. Nothing like new strings to make an instrument sound as if it cost twice as much. Good stuff, keep swinging.

Axemaniac88
09-14-2017, 02:24 AM
Mainly working on my scales and theory knowledge - having to redo it all coming from the bass! New set of Aquila strings arrived for my concert - first time I'll be changing a set of strings on the uke so should be interesting, and hopefully the sound will be even better!

Osprey
09-14-2017, 03:34 AM
Working on a chord melody version of Autumn Leaves for Baritone. Love that tune and it's that time of year. Also working on our gig list for Strummin' Man Ukule le Festival in Panama City next month. We. Have a group that will perform. Also trying to get a basic ability on harmonica, but that doesn't count here.

Ukulele Eddie
09-14-2017, 04:06 AM
Re-entrant, I'm working on a few Beatles tunes: Yesterday, And I Love Her, both almost "there", Here Comes the Sun, Across the Universe and Michelle.

Linear: Still Can't Say Goodbye, Daniel Ho's Hana Malie (Quietly), which is quite a challenge for me bit I keep plugging away at it, and just started working on Always With Me.

Rllink
09-14-2017, 04:44 AM
I have my first actual paying gig next week. Three separate musicians, each doing a half hour set. We all three share ten percent of the till for the night. I'm working on my play list, my introductions to the songs, and thinking about how I can muster up some stage presence to get the audience to engage.

Iza
09-14-2017, 11:34 AM
As a beginner I have a hard time deciding what to learn first, I feel like there are so many things to work on. I've already had soma guitar lessons so I got the chords and some scales pretty easily and I can read music. Right now I'm trying to stop trying to learn everything at once and take it slowly cause otherwise practicing is not effective.

I've downloaded Wilfred Welti's book for beginner solo pieces and I'm working on "the long way home" and "scarborough fair", I've also learned the beginning of "yesterday" from a youtube tutorial by Jake Shimabukuro. Meanwhile I want to try out some more intricate strumming patterns that combine picking and strumming but I haven't found any tutorials on them.

Joyful Uke
09-15-2017, 11:14 AM
Re-entrant, I'm working on a few Beatles tunes: Yesterday, And I Love Her, both almost "there", Here Comes the Sun, Across the Universe and Michelle.

Linear: Still Can't Say Goodbye, Daniel Ho's Hana Malie (Quietly), which is quite a challenge for me bit I keep plugging away at it, and just started working on Always With Me.

I feel like I must have written this post under someone else's name. LOL.

I'm also working on some Beatles tunes, (Michelle being one, polishing up Here Comes the Sun), and had started Daniel Ho's Hana Malie. I find the beginning of that one a great thing to play if I'm trying to tell if I need to tweek tuning a bit. The Daniel Ho pieces from Polani are beautiful. I'll definitely be working on more of those. I've got the title tune down, (at least, for me, LOL), and love playing it.

I had tabbed out John Hartford's Presbyterian Guitar quite a while back and forgotten about it, so that one has been on the list lately as well.

I'm also still working on Here, There, and Everywhere, but it's getting there!

Nickie
09-17-2017, 04:12 PM
I am really working on my barre chords. Every song I play I am only playing barre chords. It isn't easy, my arthritic left hand really fells it. So as long as I have a supply of Ibuprofen I should be okay. The goal is to play barre chord almost exclusively I really like the control the barre chords bring. And the results will be worth the trouble. But as I say, it isn't easy. Just sayin'.

Take care using ibuprofen, it can cause liver damage if abused. Good luck!

Right now our group is working on 10 Beatles tunes for the upcoming benefit for Metropolitan Ministries, a John Lennon birthday tribute. About 5 local ukulele bands are participating.

strat4me
09-24-2017, 07:07 AM
Working on improving dynamic !

Hi Brenda,

I started working on "Moon Reflects..." my first week with a uke. Found two TAB downloads before yours arrived and didn't realize one was Reentrant, the other Low G. In the end I put together a mix of all three in high G. I woke-up a few days after getting my first uke and heard your rendition and tears came to my eyes. "I have to learn THAT!" So, many thanks!!!

Now I'm learning fingerstyle (matching TAB to video performances) three or four songs on a high G strung uke, and another three or four on Low G as well as on a Baritone (DGBE). Soooooo fun.

- LOW G:
1. Still Can't Say Goodbye ( Corey Fujimoto)
2. Heartstrings (Kalei Gamiao)
3. Fly Me to the Moon (Lyle Ritz/Aaron at HMS)

- HIGH G:
1. Moon Represents My Heart (combo-Brenda)
2. The Sunbeams (Corey Fujimoto)
3. Edelweiss (Lyle Ritz)
4. Rocky Mountain Lullabye (Corey's version)

Eight weeks ago I picked-up a Uke for the first time. Been playing guitar 4 years. I am flabbergasted at what can be done on a uke and how handy it is.

Brenda - anyone can learn fingerstyle TAB. It is Brenda's dynamics that make it compellingly beautiful.

Humbly following in the footsteps of so many who make this all possible for us.

BTW: I'm 68. Who knew one could have this much fun now!

JJFN
09-24-2017, 03:04 PM
About 5 local ukulele bands are participating. Nickie you are so lucky to have so many ukers nearby.

Iza
09-25-2017, 10:22 AM
I'm trying to learn Comptine d'un autre ete ^_^ It was very difficult for me at first and I almost gave up but now it has started to take shape

itsmemattchung
09-25-2017, 11:56 AM
Although I picked up the ukulele a little over 2 years ago, I've only been seriously practicing the last month and a half, establishing a routine that oscillates between: practicing scales (using 3 notes per string method[1]) and strumming easy songs (that are incrementally increasing in difficulty) while singing along and very slowly making my way through Jame's Hill's Lesson 2 on theukuleleway.com (https://www.theukuleleway.com/).

I feel this is plenty and is a good mix between fun and theory; but I do wish I did have more time to watch some videos on UU+ since I have an active subscription.

But, ultimately, I'm working on gaining the confidence so that I can comfortably improvise and jam with others.

[1] 3 notes per string method - http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?9272-Uke-Scales-Three-Notes-Per-String-Method

strat4me
09-30-2017, 09:42 AM
Your PDF links at the earlier UU post are not working?

70sSanO
09-30-2017, 11:29 AM
Working on Christmas songs. I've been playing fingerstyle for so many years with a more free form chord structure that playing defined chord shapes again is kind of a re-learning experience. Oddly enough, it has prompted me to string one if my tenors in low G and for the first time ever, I really enjoy the sound for this genre. In the past linear tuning has been short lived, but I think it is going to stick this time around... at least for one ukulele.

John

Croaky Keith
09-30-2017, 11:41 PM
I'm still working on reading music - it takes a while to train an old brain. :D

Down Up Dick
10-01-2017, 03:52 AM
I'm having some hand-eye coordination problems. I've been mostly a wind instrumentalist all my life, so I've played the notes with my embouchure. Now I hafta read the music or tabs and play with my fingers. I really hate to admit it, but playing tabs is somewhat easier. I guess because that's the way I learned to play strings in the first place. Chords are no problem, but they too are easier for me to read with tab. I'm having the same problem with my Irish Tenor banjo too, but not my 5 string which I use with tab. I wanted to use standard notation because I have lots of folk and Irish music--ahhh, well . . .

Right now I'm playing finger style on the baritone by ear--no problem. It's easy-peasy except for the chords, figgering how to play them and where they go, but it's comin' along. If I don't hafta play and read at the same time, I do much better.

You CAN teach an old dog new tricks, but it ain't easy. :old:

JackLuis
10-01-2017, 05:39 AM
After two+ years of learning strumming and chords I've started flat picking to get more oomph to my notes and separate the notes. I still play chords but am learning how to pick out melodies on the notes within them. It also makes me slow down my strumming which has gotten too fast.

Rllink
10-01-2017, 12:59 PM
I might get another set at the bar where I did a set a few weeks ago. I'm working on a new play list so that I'm not just doing the same thing again. I think that there was a lot of room for improvement, so I'm trying to identify what I need to work on for a better and more engaging performance.

spookelele
10-01-2017, 05:36 PM
working on a finger style version of alphaville's forever young.
Didn't see the synth pop season, until it was almost over, so didn't get it ready in time.
But it's a nice song in a circle of fifths, and one I always meant to work it out on uke, so I'll finish working through it.

hikaru
10-01-2017, 06:12 PM
Grandparenting duties have kept me away from UU of late, but during this time I have started to rewrite many of my tabs to include the suggested fingerings for the fretting hand. I have realized the great importance of correct fingerings when people are learning new pieces and will now try include them in all my tabs.
Here is an example;
https://app.box.com/s/qd6l8h9vi4d9pmf06mzgza0hmdqvkpi8

This would be so helpful! I wish all the finger-picking tabs out there would have detailed fingering instructions.

I'm just starting to learn fingerpicking, and working my way by following the Uke Aerobics book. I found I need to write down the fingers (both left and right hand) on the sheet so that I won't forget... And sometimes I need to try lots of times to find the fingering combination that works for me, and I still wonder whether this is the correct way to do it...

actadh
10-02-2017, 03:56 AM
With my ukulele group, I am working on Cynthia Lin's Beginner Holiday Jam handout for November/December performances. Basic, but fun. I especially like Jingle Bells strummed with the backbeat strum

On my own, I am working my way through Tony Mizen's Baroque Ukulele book.

mountain goat
10-02-2017, 04:03 AM
giving up alcohol and cigarettes.
oh, sorry you were talking about ukes...
wrong forum. I was looking for AA :o

Dansimpson
10-04-2017, 10:16 AM
Ony ever a strummer and singer... doing my own version of Price Tag, nothing like Jessie J....more Willie Nelson Style :-)

MopMan
10-05-2017, 04:03 AM
giving up alcohol and cigarettes.
@MountainGoat been working on that one for quite a while myself...

As ukulele goes:

I just received a copy of Daniel Ward's "Meditations for Ukulele," which I have started working through as in intro to fingerstyle on the uke. I find the exercises to be very relaxing, and they have revealed some areas in need of technical improvement... right now my left hand makes rather noisy work of un-fretting the strings.

Also, to improve my knowledge and proficiency with more exotic chord shapes, I have been arranging a new tune utilizing those shapes every couple weeks. Right now it is movable diminished chords with my own version of "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."

RafterGirl
10-05-2017, 07:29 AM
I've been playing for about 6 months, and jamming with a couple local ukulele groups for 2 months. I got the "yellow book" last week. I'm slowly working my way through it and marking my favorites. I'm trying out some finger picking..... "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "If I Only Had A Brain." Ordered new strings so that I can try low G on my tenor. I've also been struck by a bad case of UAS lately.

Renruthsoj
10-11-2017, 10:44 AM
Hello the internet!

Never played a stringed instrument before a few months ago. I remember falling in love with Sophie Madeleine years back and my buddy had a uke lying around he never used and I commandeered it. I'm having so much fun learning. I've progressed to comfortably switching through all major/minor/7th chords and now I'm trying to figure out where to put my attention to avoid a plateau. Also, never having played and sang together means the second i do both they each suffer. That'll come with time and patience I keep telling myself.

I'm trying to learn all the grateful dead songs that aren't impossibly complicated since I honestly never tire of hearing them. Decent renditions of Black Peter, Jack-a-Roe, Mississippi half-step, Brokedown Palace, Deal, Me and My Uncle(If anyone can help with dedicated uke Grateful Dead tabs I'd be eternally....Grateful). The finger style Ripple tab still gives me headaches, but it'll come.

I've mixed in some old standards, some Wood Brothers, some Dylan, some Mandolin Orange, some Townes Van Zant (i even accidentally figured out my own arrangement of Delta Momma Blues, if anyone would like it), and a few others.

I happen to live not far from Uke Republic so i'm excited to go mill around there when I get some time. Oh and I also have a friend who builds guitars I've convinced to try his hand at uke building.


semper proficiens
Thor

TobyDog
10-11-2017, 12:45 PM
I'm trying to be disciplined and practice at least a little bit every day. I've got several books that I'm working out of, including Fred Sokolow's Beatles arrangements and Tony Mizen's Lute to Uke book.

I just discovered Del Rey, a blues uke player from the West Coast - she's great! I'd love to see her in concert, but she doesn't seem to play in New England.