Heh, heh, heh. It's important to remember that this is supposed to be fun -- and it's very low stakes!You've got the whole of the rest of your life to perfect this stuff; take your time and don't panic.
As you know, I am a big fan of Matt Stead, and he does a good job of keeping the fun in ukulele playing. However, his quote about the whole rest of your life, reminds of the old joke whose punchline is, At my age I don't buy green bananas.Words of wisdom from the Matt Stead Intermediate course (lesson 5):
Heh, heh, heh. It's important to remember that this is supposed to be fun -- and it's very low stakes!
Most of us play Em in first position as 0432, with the G doubled on the open 4th and the 3 fret on the second string. However, you could double the E instead: 0402, for which you only need two fingers.I'm stuck on Matt Stead's lesson 5 in the Intermediate Ukulele series, but not necessarily in a bad way. I'm mostly just taking my time practicing shifting from one chord to another. (Dm7, I'm looking at you!)
I also discovered difficulties yesterday, during the YouTube kanikapila, in getting from Em to F and back again. Slow practice is needed.
I’m one lesson behind you! I just started Intermediate Lesson 5.I'm officially going to call myself done withIntermediate Ukulele lesson 5, even though I haven't completed it. I need to move on to the next lesson, give my brain some time to process lesson 5, and then return to it later.
I'm finding fingering my index finger on the first fret of the E string particularly tricky on the Honolua, and am wondering if the action could be taken down even just a little bit lower. I will think on this.
Finished Lesson 5 a few minutes ago. Now I need a nap! I think I’ll repeat Lesson 5 a couple times before I head to Lesson 6. My fingers need more practice.Lesson 6 is a breeze for me compared to lesson 5. Let me know how you get on!
Ooo ... I'm considering doing the Classical Ukulele course after I've gone through more Matt Stead lessons.I‘m doing the Matt Stead lessons on a high G concert. I’m also working on classical pieces from the Graded Repertoire for Classical Ukulele book by Jeff Peterson, using a low G tenor. (The pieces in the book have video examples on YouTube, which are enormously helpful.)
I bought those books last week too. It's obviously a well thought out course of study. The Peterson books strike me as a classical guitar curriculum adapted to ukulele, and it looks like a first rate curriculum. I am trying to integrate portions of the practice routines into my own practice, and the repertoire is a nice thing to have. However, I haven't signed up for the course because it doesn't seem that well aligned to the way my wife and I are studying with our current teacher. It seems a little like too many cooks. I can definitely see myself signing up at some point in the future.Getting ready to delve into the fingerstyle course with Jeff Peterson. In preparation, I've purchased his Graded Repertoire and Practice Routine books, along with Shipway's Music Theory for Ukulele. I figure I can supplement the fingerstyle learning with Matt Stead's kanikapelas (buying Matt copious cups of coffee for his time and expertise, of course!) and get the benefit of two different teachers' styles.
Now I've just got to get over being a cheapskate and buy the course!
That reminds me that I should take a look at James Hill -- I've heard really good things about him, plus he's Canadian, isn't he?BTW, of all the online courses I have seen, our current teacher seems most aligned with James Hill in terms of approach and technique.