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    Thumbs up Self-Examination Tool for Ukulele Proficiency

    This is a SET-UP, lol - just for fun.

    Still consider yourself a 'Beginner'?

    Play through the following Chord Sheet, left to right, top to bottom, 4 times.

    FIRST time - 4 strums per chord
    SECOND time - 3 strums per chord
    THIRD time - 2 strums per chord
    FOURTH time - 1 strum per chord... end with C.

    Set your own tempo and try NOT to 'break your stride'. Your eventual GOAL would be
    1-2 strums per second.

    If you can play through the chord sheet without breaking your stride/tempo, especially
    at 1-2 strums per second, do NOT label yourself a 'Beginner'.

    Hand someone a properly-tuned ukulele and ask them to play through the chord sheet.
    If they can do it at an even tempo without interruption, how can you call them a
    'Beginner'?



    CHORD SHEET:

    C Am F G7 C F C A7

    D Bm G A7 D G D C7

    F Dm Bb C7 F Bb F D7

    G Em C D7 G C G E7

    A F#m D E7 A D A G7 (return to top) / (last time end with C)



    Enjoy and Keep Uke'in',
    Last edited by Uncle Rod Higuchi; 02-25-2011 at 06:03 AM. Reason: added Chord Sheet
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    I tried, but keep getting stuck on some chords...I'm still a beginner!
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    This is one of my favorite exercises.
    It will really improve your chord transitions.
    The one thing to add is while you are getting the chords under your fingers, be sure to listen to the change.
    If you can get the progression(s) under your fingers and in your ears you will be surprised how quickly you will be playing new songs without a printed page in front of you.
    Keep Strummin'

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    I will be practicing this exercise diligently. Thanks, Uncle Rod!
    cletus

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    This is like your Boot Camp...Uncle Rod!!
    Maui no ka oi !!!!!
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    Thanks Uncle Rod, you're one of the reasons the uke and UU are the best places to be You don't have to give a hoot how well we play, but you do. I'll try this tonight. Thanks,

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    This is going to keep me busy for quite awhile. Thanks for all you do to make us better Uke players
    Eric

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    Thanks for the nice words, fellow UUers!

    I submitted this thread for two reasons:

    1 - to encourage those who may still think that they haven't been making any progress in their attempt to learn to play the ukulele.

    2 - to give beginners something to practice, accomplish, and master.

    If you want more practice sheets, please click on my Boot Camp link below the picture of the Uncle Rod ukulele in my signature below.

    Enjoy, and keep uke'in',
    Uncle Rod Higuchi
    ( rohiguchi@seattleschools.org )

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    Crazy G tutorial on YouTube ( uncle rod crazy g )
    pdf file for Crazy G:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/0o6id06c06...20TAB.pdf?dl=0

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    Bb gets me every stinkin time. We hates the B-flatsins! I still can't do any sort of barred chord.
    Thanks so much for sharing your wisdom through UU and Boot Camp. You rock.

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    Oh yeah?? I'm not a beginner?? Well, I dare you to tell me to play an E!

    ... or chunk...

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