So you’ve passed the stage of ukulele beginner. You know the basic chords, you’ve got some strums down and you’re starting to get a little confidence in your playing. At this stage, it’s all too easy to fall into a rut and find yourself playing the same chords and the same songs over and over again. It’s an easy trap to fall into and most people do at some point. This article aims to take you away from that and to set you on a course that will result in continuous improvement in the way you play and make for a satisfying learning curve for your ukulele playing.
Tip 1: Learn Chord Inversions
As a beginner, you learn the chords in their first position (i.e. at the lowest place on the fretboard that they can be played). This is great for general strumming along with songs. But it is quite restrictive. Learning to play chords in different ways up and down the neck will give you many more options for playing chord progressions and will open the way for chord soloing.
Tip 2: Learn Some Ukulele Theory
You what the chords are, but do you know why they are the way they are? Learning theory can seem quite dull, but once you get your head around it, it opens up a whole new world to your playing. Once you know how chords are created, you can manipulate them to add color and interest to your playing.
Tip 3: Train Your Ears
Sick of desperately trying to find the chords to an obscure song you love online? Work it out yourself. There are a whole host of benefits to improving your ear. You will be a better solo player, you’ll be able to play the sounds you hear in your head, you’ll be able to recognise chord progressions instantly.
Tip 4: Try Different Styles of Music
The quickest way to get stuck in a rut is to play the same thing over and over again. One way to blast through this is to listen to music you wouldn’t normal listen to. This will expand your horizons massively and give you fresh ideas.
Tip 5: Learn Scales
Scales might be the math of music but they are essential. Once you know your scales you’ll be able to improvise solos and play melodies with ease.
Tip 6: Set Up a Practice Schedule
There’s no more sure way of improving than really dedicating yourself to practice.
Tip 7: Buy a Good Quality Ukulele
The more you invest in your ukulele, the more you’ll put into your playing. Having a nice instrument will playing more enjoyable so encourage you to practice more.