If you are considering buying a ukulele and taking ukulele lessons to learn to play the instrument, this article will give you some tips on how to play the ukulele.
Before I do so, here is a brief background of the ukulele. The ukulele originated in Hawaii in the nineteenth century. From Hawaii the ukulele spread all over the world, with the soprano ukulele being the first to be introduced to the United States.
The ukulele is a member of the guitar family — the difference being it has four strings while the guitar has six strings. The ukulele comes in four sizes: soprano; concert; tenor; and baritone. Different sizes determine the tone and the volume of the instrument.
Now that you know some basic background of the ukulele, here are some tips on how to play the ukulele:
First Tip. The Ukulele is an instrument that is played through plucking the strings. You can opt to use your fingers to pluck the strings, or a pick. Ukulele picks are usually felt covered, and are softer as compared to guitar picks. Some people complain of developing calloused fingers from plucking their ukulele strings; this can be readily prevented with the use of a felt pick when playing the ukulele. People who have a background in playing the guitar are used to strumming instead of plucking strings. It may take you some time to adapt to plucking the ukulele strings to play it, but once you get the hang of it you will enjoy many hours of playing the ukulele.
Second Tip. Since the ukulele has only four strings compared to the guitars’ six strings, it is comparatively easier to learn once you have mastered the notes. Before you start to play ukulele, you will need to tune the instrument. This can be done using an electronic tuner. Nowadays, an electronic tuner is very affordable. Alternatively, if you have friends who are musically talented and have an ear for tone and music, or a music teacher, you can request them to help you tune your ukulele.
Third Tip. Once your ukulele is tuned, try plucking the strings and play it. I advise you to engage a ukulele teacher and go for ukulele lessons, so you learn the proper techniques of playing the ukulele. For online as well as in-person private ukulele lessons in the NYC, Queens, Brooklyn, Long Island, Northern Virginia and Southeastern North Carolina areas check out Kathryn Brickwell Music Instruction found online at https://www.music-instruction.com, or by telephone 800-285-5732.
Fourth Tip. Once you have mastered the basics of playing the ukulele, you need to practice regularly. Practice makes perfect — so dedicate some time each day to do so. Coupled with the guidance of an experienced ukulele teacher from Kathryn Brickwell Music Instruction you (and all others quarantined at home with you LOL) will be able to thoroughly enjoy ukulele music and sounds.
Whether you are looking to buy a ukulele or need an experienced and fun ukulele teacher, Kathryn Brickwell Music Instruction can help you. The music instructors at Kathryn Brickwell Music Instruction take great pride in personally assisting you through your selection of a musical instrument and teacher. Start to play the ukulele today and contact Kathryn Brickwell Music Instruction found online at https://www.music-instruction.com, or by telephone 800-285-5732.