Practice Uke I of Long, Long Ago again, this time paying close attention to keeping your fingers down when ever possible. Work on this by breaking the song into little chunks. Practice measure 1 and 2, keeping your F (first finger) down until you play the G (third finger), then leaving the G down until you have played the open A, and so forth. Don't rush the notes. Practice 2 measures for a while then move on to the next 2 measures and see how to play them more efficiantly.
Continue also working on In The Bleak Midwinter, using the same technique described above, on Uke II and Uke I.
Also work on Auwe Ke Aloha E. The Uke II is arpeggiated chords, using chord shapes as we did in Long, Long Ago. This is also a smooth, sweet song. However, there are less opportunities for keeping your fingers down in the song so try to get a full rich sound with your right hand. Good thumb pressure, letting your thumb land on the string below.
AND work on the notes for Fais Dodo (pg 45) This song is in 6/8 time so listen to the recording (slow version on Resource Page) and get the rhythm in your head.
All the songs for this week (except Fais Dodo) are slow, sweet and mellow with fairly easy notes to read. Take your time, Breath, relax, work on you fingers. It might be helpful to go back to the finger exercises you got the first week to train those pesky hopping fingers to stay close to the fretboard.
NOTE ! Having fingers down does NOT mean pressing hard. You should also think about using gentle pressure with your left hand.
A Ukulele Soirée - This Saturday. It will be lots of fun.
Nov 10, Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship - 7:00