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    Quote Originally Posted by bikemech View Post
    For me, its a lot like getting to the center of a Tootsie pop. A 1, a 2, a 3, crunch. And then I give up and move onto something else.
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    Ok, to tackle the OP's question a bit more seriously. It really depends on your experience and familiarity with the song and its structure, I think. My brother is a talented musician and has been playing guitar for about 40 years. I started playing guitar 15-20 years ago. We both took up the ukulele about 2 years ago. He has played in bands and understands music theory. I am a couch monkey, a string whacker who knows very little about music theory, although I am trying to learn more.

    We played ukulele together for the first time at our family Thanksgiving gathering last year. It took me a couple months of practicing before I felt comfortable performing the music I wanted to play. When we played through the songs that I had practiced, my brother was able to play it well (and much better than I could) after the first time through. When he brought his music out, I gave it a go, but after a short while I just sat back and listened. It's like the difference between Mozart and Raffi. And I couldn't even compare to Raffi.

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    I guess I'm old school. I practice scales regularly. This works for me as now, after a long time, my ears can pick out melody notes in chords. This means I usually know which chord progression is going to give the sound I want. If it's a tune I'm unfamiliar with, I listen to it many times until I can hum a reasonable version. Then I find the key that fits. I enjoy jazzy type tunes as they allow for variations on the theme.
    If I'm strumming in a group then I go with whatever the rest are playing and drop fills and turnarounds as appropriate. I have been playing for a long time, including 5 string banjo so I have become used to ad-hoc jams and playing on the fly.
    However, I still practice every day as my memory needs regular updating.
    As a last thought, I find practice before sleep definitely helps.

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    When I started playing in 2014, I had many song sheets printed out, and I also used my 17" laptop to play songs stored there as well. I did ok, but tried not to get dependent on the sheets.

    Fast forward a year, and copying became harder to do, and I was now using a 14" Chromebook - could only pull up the songs on wifi and even then they were too small to read easily. Many of these are chord melody or Campanella style.
    So, I started internalizing them. Now, I have a repertoire of about 2 dozen songs. I don't get sick of them.

    Fast forward again to this February. I am now in a ukulele choir and we are using the videos and song sheets of Cynthia Lin. The majority of people have never played ukulele. and we are doing the first songs on her playlist. These are similar chords, but different strumming patterns. I dearly love her voice and she seems like a genuinely good ambassador for the newbies. I like that I am meeting new people, learning to strum in sync with other people, and sing an play at the same time (which is something that I rarely do). I even find myself singing the songs on my own while doing chores. But, I find strumming them for practice so tedious that I usually just read the tab from the song sheet, which since I already know the chords helps me do well in the choir.
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    How many times do you play a song to learn it well?
    Exactly 173,384.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevepetergal View Post
    How many times do you play a song to learn it well?
    Exactly 173,384.
    That shows a lack of application because I can easily do it in 173,383
    "I cut it twice and its still too short"

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    An interesting observation I once heard:

    "An amateur musician practices until they can play it right, a professional practices until they can't play it wrong"
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    Quote Originally Posted by willisoften View Post
    That shows a lack of application because I can easily do it in 173,383
    I know when I'm beat.
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    I never count how many times it takes, it's just too upsetting.
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