Topics of Instruction
Whether using a pick or fingers we will study the common rhythm patterns found in traditional and contemporary music forms. This aspect of the ukulele is very interesting since there is no lack of different ways to approach strumming and rhythm figures. Much of this depends upon the individual artist and the specific genre of music they are working within.
It takes a little bit of time to get comfortable playing notes with the left hand while also plucking or strumming strings with the right hand. So, I work with my students on exercises and music scales to help them develop their strength and coordination. I also will utilize popular single-note songs to accomplish this as well.
The ukulele is a very flexible instrument when it comes to learning songs. While generally associated with traditional Hawaiian music the ukulele can be used to play songs of any style or era. It’s not uncommon for my students to start learning simple songs such as “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and then move onto music that best reflects their current interests. I really encourage students to provide me a list of songs and artists that they most enjoy learning. There is no limitations on what can be played on the Ukulele. I often teach guitar based songs on the Ukulele in addition to some of the more traditional music forms. Quite recently I’ve taught songs by Queen, Yes, Train and Jason Mraz.