Very nice work on All Night Long and Lavender's Blue to warm up.
Carnival of Venice is a fun song… with a few challenges (sniff). It is a good exercise for beginning to learn how to control the notes (make them short or let them ring), observing rests, C scale runs, playing in 3/4 (waltz).
We looked at a couple of ways to understand SCALES INTERVALS: 1. Each note having a number that is it's scale degree and tells us what the interval is (the musical distance between notes). Use the exercises on pages 20-21 to practice playing and hearing/singing intervals.
We also talked about major chords and that each major chord consists of 3 notes; the 1, 3 and 5 of the scale. There are many ways and many places to make a chords on a ukulele.
Next week we will begin to work on Wiegenlied (Brahms Lullaby) and arpeggiated chords. Just to clarify.... You do not need to read and play individually all the notes in the Uke II part. You just make the chord shapes that are given (C, F, and G) and the notes are "built into" the chords. You only need to change chords. This is a wonderful technique to learn because you can take a simple tune and make it sound really beautiful and sweet by simply playing the chords in an arpeggio style. Slow version of this song is on your resource page.
Next Week we will also play Oh, Susanna, maybe Up on the Housetop (pgs 22-23 and both are on your CD) and the Purcell Canon.
On your Resource Page you will find a slow version of Wiegenlied and also a picture of the ukulele neck with note names.
Now would be a good time to think about the things you can do on/with the ukulele that you couldn't do 5 weeks ago……...Little by little. This may be harder than you thought it would be, but hang in there.
October BUG Jam will be on October 13, at St James Prebyterian church.
The Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra (with Director Gail MacDonald (?)) is giving a concert on November 10. 7:00pm at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship.
Have you ever heard of Cliff Edwards (Ukulele Ike)? A very important guy in ukulele history: