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Loop, Capo, & Chorus – Mmmbop

When playing an instrument, one must let go of all snobbery, because to become proficient, you’ll need to be able to play all types of music – even some you might not normally listen to.  For the record, I’m quite happy to listen to Mmmbop.  I don’t believe in guilty pleasures. 🙂 This song builds on the two previous songs I’ve posted.  Like Hey Ya and Get Lucky, it has a four chord loop.  It also uses a capo to keep the chord shapes simple and easy to move between.  The difference between this one and the other two is that it uses a different (but simple) chord sequence for the chorus. Chords: Mmmbop Tune: Hope you enjoy this one.  I find it a joy to play.

Using a Capo & Get Lucky

A capo is one of the greatest tools assist with playing ukulele.  It allows you to play complicated chord by using easy chord shapes you already know.  If you’ve never fitted a capo to your instrument, there is a great little tutorial here.  It’s super-simple! To play this song, you’ll need to put a capo on the second fret and use the chords Am7 (Am works just as well here), C, Em and D.  Like Hey Ya (from last week), this song is a simple four-chord loop. Chords: Get Lucky Tune:

Chord Charts & Hey Ya

Had some really lovely feedback about my last ukulele post, so I’ll try to do one of these a week going forward. If you’re struggling to find basic chord illustrations, here are a couple of places to go: GCAE Chords DGBE Chords This week, I’m posting one that’s great for beginners.  The chords are very easy, and the changes between them aren’t difficult.  This one is great fun, and it’s perfect for practicing G, C, D, and Em.  The link below calls for a capo on the 1st fret – ignore that. You don’t need a capo for this song. Chords: Hey Ya Tune: Hope you enjoy this one!

Learning Baritone Ukulele

Back in January 2014, at the ripe old age of 46, I decide to learn to play ukulele.  I’d read that learning a musical instrument could help ward off dementia, and with my short-term memory fading quickly, I went to the music shop and bought a little concert ukulele, and within a few hours, I was hooked.  Seriously hooked.  I quickly graduated to the warmer tones of a tenor ukulele, and a few months later, a baritone. I rarely play anything other than baritone these days, and while I’m not sure it’s helped my failing memory, it has made me a much happier person.  As I am completely self-taught, there is a great satisfaction in having learned something by myself with only my own enthusiasm and the love of the instrument to keep me going. The first thing I did was teach myself six chords – G, C, Am, F, Em, and D.  You’d be surprised how many songs you can play with these.  I then downloaded a program called iRehearse which – and I say …

Pono BN-30D SB Strings

The bigger instrument is my much-beloved Pono big baritone ukulele.  After trying (and hating) a tenor guitar, I was thrilled to find the big baritone, and I’ve really enjoyed playing it.  BB has had other ideas, though.  The wound strings keep snapping.  I rang the lovely people at Southern Ukulele Store and asked if they had any suggestions, and they’ve very kindly sent me a set of Pro Arte Hard Tension classical guitar strings to try.  I will post my findings on the off chance someone with the same issue should stumble across this post. And I’ll also highly recommend the folks at Southern Ukulele Store.  I’ve bought two ukes from them – including the big baritone – and can say they are knowledgeable, helpful, and lovely.  If you’re in the UK and in the market for a ukulele, please keep them in mind! 07.06.15 Update – First impressions are great!  The new strings have transformed the instrument.  Both the tone and projection are improved, and the strings feel much looser.  It’s more comfortable and pleasant …

Joy

Back in January of this year, I decided to learn to play the ukulele.  I’d heard that learning a musical instrument in middle age (ahem) can help improve memory and ward off certain types of dementia.  So I bought myself a little concert ukulele and proceeded to torture everyone in the house. Fast forward to June when my husband bought me this beautiful baritone ukulele.  I’ve had to relearn all of my chords, but it’s been worth it.  I am now able to irritate my family in a much lower key.

New Toy

My husband bought a shiny new Telecaster yesterday. For style, Tele’s are not my favourite guitars, but I love the white binding against the red. It’s a pretty thing.