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DWUke
07-15-2014, 04:25 AM
OK I want to practice regularly. Looked at this site http://www.trustmeimascientist.com/2014/03/17/building-the-practice-habit-6-science-supported-steps-to-great-musicianship/

Recommendation#5 says to commit publicly. So, here it is. I am going to practice every day. For at least one-half hour.

There. I did it.

I started a blog so you can follow my progress --> http://helpmepractice.blogspot.ca

Now, you job is to keep me practicing, so poke, prod, remind me.

sukie
07-15-2014, 07:26 AM
Good luck. I guarantee if you practice for 1/2 hour every day you will see a vast improvement. And probably sooner than later.

Publicly announcing is a great way to stick to it. Last summer I told a few people what my goal was for this summer. Well, the time is coming soon for my audition. I didn't want to let anybody down that I was just too lazy to do it. A real motivator for me.

Keep us informed. :-)

Nickie
07-15-2014, 08:14 AM
Hey, this is commitment....sorry I don't do blogs, but feel free to keep us posted here! Good luck!

LloydAZ
07-15-2014, 02:44 PM
Good luck! I know it can be difficult sometimes to find the time to practice regularly.

I've been following the practice plan that Jon Thysell came up with. The link is below to the article. This has been helping me out quite a bit, and I have been getting close to an hour a day of practice out of it.

http://jonthysell.com/2013/07/22/how-i-make-the-most-out-of-my-ukulele-practice-sessions/

Ukejenny
07-15-2014, 02:49 PM
I hope to hear a sound sample or five from you - charting your progress!!! And if you make a little recording now, you will have a baseline to compare yourself to. So, in three months, you can listen to the first recording and go, "dang, I've come a long way, baby!!".

stevepetergal
07-15-2014, 05:05 PM
#7. Practice slower. (should be #1)

tbeltrans
07-16-2014, 04:13 AM
Good luck! I know it can be difficult sometimes to find the time to practice regularly.

I've been following the practice plan that Jon Thysell came up with. The link is below to the article. This has been helping me out quite a bit, and I have been getting close to an hour a day of practice out of it.

http://jonthysell.com/2013/07/22/how-i-make-the-most-out-of-my-ukulele-practice-sessions/

This is an excellent page! Thanks for the URL.

Tony

nerdgirl
07-16-2014, 05:50 AM
I practice pretty much every day. One of the things that I have found that helps me is I keep my uke on a stand next to the sofa, so I usually pick it up while I am sitting there and all my songbooks are there and I start to play. Basically I have removed any barrier to being able to grab it at any point and start to strum. I also find that I practice easily for 30 minutes and sometimes I'll sit here and play for a few hours without even noticing that the time has gone by.

I have a pretty set warm up routine that consists of:
- running all the major and minor scales while saying the notes out loud - this has really helped me learn the fretboard to the endth degree
- different strumming patterns at different tempos
- a page from Ukulele Aerobatics (I usually just play the entire week of exercises during a practice session)
- the ukulele proficiency test from Uncle Rod's Bootcamp
- then I try to play a song that I know by heart
- then I move into practicing whatever song I'm working on for that week - that goes on repeat especially on difficult parts
- and finally I usually surf the internets a bit and watch youtube videos or find tabs of something I want to learn and watch a few videos to figure out strumming patterns, etc...

I also bought a travel uke which is super thin and cute and fits in my backpack so I take that with me when I travel. I should take it to the office and lock myself away during lunch to practice.

Anyhoo. Hope that maybe helps you on your journey. Good luck! I'll bookmark your site. :)

-Stephanie

DWUke
07-17-2014, 02:16 AM
Thanks to all for your encouragement.

DWUke
07-17-2014, 02:23 AM
I read Jon Thysell's article some time ago, and tried to use it to go through the "Ukulele Aerobics" book. Made it to day 10, and then fell off the wagon because of difficulties fingering some of the chords. Developing a practice routine is tough! Another resource I am using is "The Principles of Correct Practice for Guitar" http://www.guitarprinciples.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=52
Obviously not uke oriented, but I think it has some important points: e.g. - no tempo practice, posing, etc.

DWUke
07-17-2014, 02:24 AM
A baseline recording sounds like a good idea. Will do!

DWUke
07-17-2014, 02:26 AM
#7. Practice slower. (should be #1)
Slow practice (i.e. no tempo practice) is one of the methods recommended in "The Principles" http://www.guitarprinciples.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=52

DWUke
07-17-2014, 02:31 AM
I practice pretty much every day. One of the things that I have found that helps me is I keep my uke on a stand next to the sofa, so I usually pick it up while I am sitting there and all my songbooks are there and I start to play. Basically I have removed any barrier to being able to grab



Anyhoo. Hope that maybe helps you on your journey. Good luck! I'll bookmark your site. :)

-Stephanie

Great routine. I have tried applying Jon Thysell's method to "Ukulele Aerobics". Basically I tried to do 5 minutes on each Aerobics "day". That meant 35 minutes of practice. I found I wasn't really making much progress. Some of those chords are hard to manipulate my fingers into. According the "Principles" (http://www.guitarprinciples.com/shop/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=10&products_id=52) what I should be doing is "no tempo practice", and "posing".

Rllink
07-17-2014, 03:25 AM
I wonder what the definition of "practice" is? I do my Ukulele Aerobics lesson every day. It takes about five minutes. However, every day, after my five minute Ukulele Aerobics lesson, I sit out on my front porch, drink a rum and coke, maybe two, and just play my uke. I look up new songs and play them. I play old songs that I've played so many times I know them now. I mess with my uke and try to figure out licks by trial and error or just make weird sounds. In other words, I just sit there and play until I decide to quit. Usually that is an hour, maybe more, maybe less, I don't really keep track. Is that practice, or does practice have to be more organized and more structured? Because I'm not organized or structured and being organized and structured would just flat ruin the whole experience for me. I'm just floating along and enjoying my uke. I suggest my approach to anyone who feels like their practices are getting burdensome and they want to lighten things up a little.

I agree that the Ukulele Aerobics chords are really obscure, and I generally don't learn a chord until I need it, but I'm hoping that those chords in Ukulele Aerobics will build into something later on. I'll just have to see.

stevepetergal
07-17-2014, 08:11 AM
#7. Practice slower. (should be #1)

Practice even slower still. (should be #2)

stevepetergal
07-17-2014, 08:21 AM
I wonder what the definition of "practice" is? I do my Ukulele Aerobics lesson every day. It takes about five minutes. However, every day, after my five minute Ukulele Aerobics lesson, I sit out on my front porch, drink a rum and coke, maybe two, and just play my uke. I look up new songs and play them. I play old songs that I've played so many times I know them now. I mess with my uke and try to figure out licks by trial and error or just make weird sounds. In other words, I just sit there and play until I decide to quit. Usually that is an hour, maybe more, maybe less, I don't really keep track. Is that practice, or does practice have to be more organized and more structured? Because I'm not organized or structured and being organized and structured would just flat ruin the whole experience for me. I'm just floating along and enjoying my uke. I suggest my approach to anyone who feels like their practices are getting burdensome and they want to lighten things up a little.

I agree that the Ukulele Aerobics chords are really obscure, and I generally don't learn a chord until I need it, but I'm hoping that those chords in Ukulele Aerobics will build into something later on. I'll just have to see.

I would define practice as the work required to improve. It's not at all the same as warming up. What you describe is warming up (Ukulele Aerobics) and then playing.

Yes, practice can be tedious, even burdensome. But, warming up doesn't improve technique. Neither does playing, really. So the thing we all need is balance. Some people only play. That's great. But those of us who practice a lot need to take time to play, too. Often I forget.

sukie
07-17-2014, 08:29 AM
Yeah...practice to me is working to improve. As such, I seldom play. And I wish I just played more. But to improve finger style takes practice.

But you are practicing when you take out your new songs. You do both.

DWUke
07-17-2014, 08:32 AM
Hey, this is commitment....sorry I don't do blogs, but feel free to keep us posted here! Good luck!

Don't do blogs? Nothing more than going to the blog (http://helpmepractice.blogspot.ca) and perhaps posting some encouragement. Same as going to any other url.

DWUke
07-17-2014, 10:53 AM
Did my practice for today. Here's the link to the blog --> http://helpmepractice.blogspot.ca

DWUke
07-18-2014, 04:39 AM
Continued practicing. You can see my progress at http://helpmepractice.blogspot.ca

Rather than posting each day's progress here, I suggest you follow along at the url noted above.

Thanks