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There are two approaches when learning a musical instrument like the ukulele or guitar. One approach that is very popular with the ukulele goes right along with its “easy” to play reputation. This approach uses songs to learn the ukulele.
A second approach is to learn what would be consider the “basics” before working with songs. This would be akin to the apprenticeship system developed in the Middle Ages. An apprentice would develop his or her skills at the foot of a master for several years before going on their own. My personal opinion when learning a musical instrument is to seek out a master teacher or two and study with them one-on-one.
Both approaches involve exploring and mastering the technical and musical aspect of your chosen instrument.
A song is like a recipe. It provides a list of ingredients that are needed to successfully create the recipe. If you are baking a cake, you need flour and eggs. If you don’t have all the ingredients needed, you have to run out and get what is needed.
The ingredients for a song are the chords, lyrics, melody, and the style of the song. Is it a rock song, a bluegrass song, a country song, a jazz standard, a latin tune, etc... Each style has a recognizable rhythmic style associated with it.
Playing a song also requires you start and end it. That might require an introduction, into for short, and ending. Compose your own or use the song’s is already written. If you are playing by yourself, you can just start it and end is without an intro or ending.
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Two Feel, bVImaj7 bIImaj7, Basie Ending, Single, Double and Triple Tags, Chromatic, Take ‘A’ Train Ending, Shave and a Hair Cut, Lawrence Welk Ending, . . . These are common songs ending that are used over and over in the standard song repetoire.
Introductions are a composed or improvised piece of music that introduces - sets the stage for - a song or composition. Introductions, or intro for short, are used in all types of music. In this lesson, the focus is on introduction
A Strum is the execution of a specific rhythmic pattern, at tempo in a particular style.
Strumming requires a specific set of skills. They are:
Creating a solo ukulele chord arrangement is as simple as harmonizing a melody by playing a chord that has the melody note as the top note of the chord. This style of playing is called Chord Melody or Melody and Chord. The hard part comes with - What chord voicing? When should I play a chord? When are single notes OK? And a few other issues usually pop up.
There is a load of information in traditional Key Signatures. Unlocking the principles in this circle leads to a better understanding of music and how think work.
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Even More Easy Pop Melodies - An excellent pop supplement to the Hal Leonard Guitar Method, or any guitar method book 3. Includes 20 songs.
Play your favorites from the Beatles, Elton John, Elvis, The Police, Nirvana and more!
The songs are presented in order of difficulty, beginning with simple three - and four-string melodies and ending with songs that contain many notes on all six strings.
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