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davoomac
02-07-2008, 01:49 PM
Just wondering..

When you are going to sit down and practice ukulele, do you do any warmups, exercises, or drills? I am looking for some exercises that can help with technique and dexterity.

Also, what are some things that we should AVOID doing while playing uke. (aside from having our mouths wide open while jamming) :D

Fred Miu
02-07-2008, 01:52 PM
http://www.iamhawaii.com/videos/search?class=show&searchshow=Ukulele+Quick+Tips

i would watch those ASAP because im not sure how much more longer they will be on IAH.com

but those are som great exercises

hotnanas
02-07-2008, 05:23 PM
http://www.iamhawaii.com/videos/search?class=show&searchshow=Ukulele+Quick+Tips

i would watch those ASAP because im not sure how much more longer they will be on IAH.com

but those are som great exercises

+1

I started doing those exercises about a week ago, and my fingers feel stronger and more flexible. It's helped out this total noob here.

hybridnightmare
02-07-2008, 08:55 PM
i just got a lanikai tenor and its brand new, still in the box when i got it. is there any tips for getting the strings strecthed faster? besides tunning

Fred Miu
02-07-2008, 09:07 PM
im going to merge this topic because there is already an existing one here (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=577).

check out the link i posted. second post, its about iamhawaii.com's quick tips

topic merged.

NukeDOC
02-08-2008, 09:10 AM
haha fred he was asking about stretching strings. not fingers or other body parts.

anyway to answer the question... read this thread over..

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=173&highlight=going+tune

Fred Miu
02-08-2008, 09:15 AM
my bad. i should read carefully -_-"

but string wise, doing string bends is really good.

NukeDOC
02-08-2008, 09:22 AM
you know ive been thinking about doing something in the way of ukulele setup video. think ill start working on it now.

Fred Miu
02-08-2008, 03:19 PM
i just got done fixing Joseph Bautista's uke, put new strings.

i showed how how i had the strings stretch. when i put the new strings on, i bend them like im playing, that ways i spent a minute bending them.

i wish i filmed it :(

Landon
02-08-2008, 04:02 PM
i just pick up my uke and play whatever inspired me to pick it up

Howlie Boy
02-08-2008, 04:12 PM
I dont do anything either. when i play guitar i will usually do some simple picking type exercises. on my uke, just pick it up and play a few simple songs to get the fingers warm then ill practice or learn another new song.
For example what was the first song you learned to play? play that to get the fingers warm then get into really practicing.... Hope this helps.

davoomac
02-08-2008, 08:04 PM
The hammer exercise from iamhawaii is REALLY tiring... or am I just a wimp? :)

Fred Miu
02-09-2008, 04:47 AM
The hammer exercise from iamhawaii is REALLY tiring... or am I just a wimp? :)

nah bro. when i get to my pinkie. I AM DYING! but its a great way to get you workout

davoomac
02-09-2008, 06:53 AM
nah bro. when i get to my pinkie. I AM DYING! but its a great way to get you workout

Do you actually do those exercises consistently though? results?

Fred Miu
02-09-2008, 06:54 AM
i do them once a week, i should do it more though haha. but it helps a lot

hybridnightmare
02-11-2008, 05:51 PM
i do the hammer ons too. im not that good at the pinkie tho. is it just me or does every one have trouble with the pinky? cuz mine is not as fast as the other fingers

Fred Miu
02-11-2008, 05:59 PM
i do the hammer ons too. im not that good at the pinkie tho. is it just me or does every one have trouble with the pinky? cuz mine is not as fast as the other fingers

its not you, it takes time to develop the pinkie hammer ons to be nice and clean. lots of time doing pinkie hammer ons will help us out in the long run haha

david98116
02-27-2008, 12:47 AM
I just finished watching and performing the warm up routines. Man! My pinkie totally went bananas on me. I'm gonna try this routine every other day and see what the results are.