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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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