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    I have found a surefire way to make significant improvement in my uke playing. Play at least an hour a day for six months. Spend about half of that time trying to play things that seem too hard.

    That's it. That's all. It works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katysax View Post
    I have found a surefire way to make significant improvement in my uke playing. Play at least an hour a day for six months. Spend about half of that time trying to play things that seem too hard.

    That's it. That's all. It works.
    This is actually brilliant in it's simplicity. If I may add other element, practice does not mean noodling. Noodling is fun but will not give you significant improvement. That half an hour of hard stuff is what will get you to improve. Something as simple as a metronome while doing Uncle Rods chord charts turns easy into hard and serious for me real fast.

    Thanks Katysax

    PS I almost forget............as much or more time playing than reading stuff on UU
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    And I'll add to what katysax and DUD wrote: turn up the tempo of that metronome.

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    Big Amen to the Noodling........probably why I haven't progressed as much as I could have.

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    I don't practice. I just try to play songs that are a little too hard for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coolkayaker1 View Post
    And I'll add to what katysax and DUD wrote: turn up the tempo of that metronome.

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    I'd actually say to turn DOWN the tempo of the metronome. It's a lot harder to play patterns and passages at a slower tempo than it is to play it faster. Plus, it makes your internal metronome and time keeping skills rock solid.
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    Another good thing is to practice a hour after you wake up. Your mind is clear and not tired..also not cluttered
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    Quote Originally Posted by mm stan View Post
    Another good thing is to practice a hour after you wake up. Your mind is clear and not tired..also not cluttered
    Totally agree with this!

    I love to play any time of day but find that for the most significant improvements in my playing its best to practice in the morning when I am most rested.
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    Quote Originally Posted by One Bad Monkey View Post
    I'd actually say to turn DOWN the tempo of the metronome. It's a lot harder to play patterns and passages at a slower tempo than it is to play it faster. Plus, it makes your internal metronome and time keeping skills rock solid.
    I see what you are saying, One, but for the challenging part of the practice session (the 30 minutes that katysax mentions), I find it much better to turn it up. Frankly, I see so many uke videos (most uke videos) where the players play only one speed...one type of song, always one speed--and, usually, that speed is school zone slow. It's as if the player picks only songs at the tempo they naturally play. How unfun is that?

    For a new piece, yes, slow; for a practiced piece, I say amp it up. :-)
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    I agree with you katysax. I didn't make much progress at all on the uke until I started to play on my lunch break. That's five guaranteed hours of closed door, no-interruptions practice per week. Add to that playing at home after work, on the weekends, travel, etc.

    Usually at home, I just play. I save the "practice" for the lunch hour. I will drill a piece for an hour if needed. Whatever challenges me that day. I usually have 5-10 pieces that I am working on at a time, so I can rotate through those to avoid working on the same piece for so long that it keeps it interesting.

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