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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerryc41 View Post
    Theoretically, a teacher would help me. In practice, getting instruction doesn't seem to help. I'm thinking of the dozens of workshops I've attended. I look on them more as entertainment than education. Maybe if a patient instructor worked with me, I could show some improvement in my playing. I find playing and more playing is what helps me to improve. I'm doing this for fun, not to earn a living, so I don't want to worry about lessons and the pressure of performing for a teacher.
    I'm like you Jerry. I'm sure that if I had a teacher that there would be more structure in my learning and I would learn faster. My practice would be more focused and efficient, and there would be accountability to keep me on track. But that just sounds like work, and I'm retired. I don't want to work at playing the ukulele. Also, when I think about it in those terms, I do not understand the whole idea of learning faster and more efficiently, at least for people like me. It isn't a race. There is no finish line. You're never going to get done, so what's the hurry? I am quite happy to stumble merrily along my way. That said, sometimes I get stuck and can't move on. When that happens I run down a friend who knows more than I do and get some help. I suppose that is having a teacher in a way, but it is a temporary adjustment, nothing formal and not some long term commitment.
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    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    I guess a lot depends on what you want to accomplish. I'm mostly self-taught (although I did have intermittent guitar lessons over the years). However, self-taught to me includes a lot of books, videos, recordings, etc., so it's not like I'm sitting here in my man cave learning in a total vacuum. I'm quite happy with playing other people's songs and arrangements and playing for my own enjoyment. I've recently started taking some one-on-one lessons and it's going OK, but I can't say that I've made any great breakthroughs. The teacher seems to want to focus more on making my own arrangements, but as an old, retired guy, that seems like too much work. I'll probably stick it out for a few more lessons and see if I can pick up any pointers, but I suspect I'll probably drop the lessons at the end of the month (when the prepayment runs out).
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    Good stuff. Questions I"m asking myself lately as I take piano lessons, to some extent. (I'm nervous performing for her, which makes it difficult).

    I've taught tennis (and uke) a number of times, and I'll tell you: for beginners a teacher can make things happen fast. . . for absolute beginners. But past this point?

    I know my tennis improved when I regularly played against an opponent slightly better than me. Maybe the secret is playing with a uke player who is a bit better than you, and you can pick up tips.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rllink View Post
    I'm like you Jerry. I'm sure that if I had a teacher that there would be more structure in my learning and I would learn faster. My practice would be more focused and efficient, and there would be accountability to keep me on track. But that just sounds like work, and I'm retired. I don't want to work at playing the ukulele. Also, when I think about it in those terms, I do not understand the whole idea of learning faster and more efficiently, at least for people like me. It isn't a race. There is no finish line. You're never going to get done, so what's the hurry? I am quite happy to stumble merrily along my way. That said, sometimes I get stuck and can't move on. When that happens I run down a friend who knows more than I do and get some help. I suppose that is having a teacher in a way, but it is a temporary adjustment, nothing formal and not some long term commitment.
    Right. On the other hand, it would be nice if I could play better after doing this for five years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captain America View Post
    Good stuff. Questions I"m asking myself lately as I take piano lessons, to some extent. (I'm nervous performing for her, which makes it difficult).
    The leader of our uke group is a sound engineer, and he'd like to record us individually singing and playing. I don't sing, but I'm trying to work up the nerve to have him record me.
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    I suppose, if we are intending to learn on our own ,the next question would be where to get the best information from. Lots of basic stuff but not too much if specialising into say , blues or fingerpicking for example. Then again finding a teacher whose interests are the same as yours won’t be easy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldden View Post
    I suppose, if we are intending to learn on our own ,the next question would be where to get the best information from. Lots of basic stuff but not too much if specialising into say , blues or fingerpicking for example. Then again finding a teacher whose interests are the same as yours won’t be easy.
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    Those more complicated and advanced techniques that I've learned I've picked up by getting out playing with other musicians and ukulele players. There is a lot to be said about learning them in context and not just learning to go through the motions. I know though that a lot of ukulele players do not like to expose themselves in that way and hiring a teacher would be a more comfortable alternative for them. So there is always that.
    I don't want to live in a world that is linear.

    I just want everyone to understand that I am not a ukulele expert, even though it may look at times like I'm pretending to be.

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    If someone just wants to learn to play a ukulele, I don’t think a teacher is necessarily. Let’s face it. There are 4 strings and most chord shapes are relatively easy. Picking up a ukulele and strumming along is not that tough.

    If someone is looking to play fingerstyle melodies, classical, etc. at the highest level you have to have incredible musical ability and even then it might be worth your while to take lessons.

    And just in case anyone wants to toss out YouTube videos. You’re being taught. You didn’t sit down and figure it out. Someone showed you how to play the selection. It t is pretty funny that people think they can watch a note by note tutorial, or even a performance with close-up shots, and then say that they figured it out and didn’t need a teacher.

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    Is there anyone who has never watched a Youtube video, I know I’ve watched a fair few, often when my wife is watching the soaps on the tv. I think they do a good service, not only in learning but also in keeping ones interest going. The slightly hard part is finding the best bits from the rest, if you Google YouTube and Ukulele there are almost eight million hits. Do we need something like a top ten recommended sites
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    I learn from YouTube videos. Sometimes I can figure things out with their them, sometimes I can’t.

    Years ago I was part of a worship team band that played for the youth at our church. The drummer wanted his 10 year old son to join us on keyboards. Granted he was already proficient, but what amazed me was his ability to play from just hearing the song. His Mom said that when he was younger he would go to a recital, heat what the older kids were playing, go home and play it. I imagine he had lessons at one time, but he was amazing.

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