I hope that using a pick is getting easier. Hold the pick in the most relaxed position that you can without dropping it and still be able to get a nice tone from the string. Experiment with the area around the sound hole (away from the fretboard) to see where the best sounding notes are on your instrument and “aim” your pick there. This could require shifting your uke slightly.
Practice tremolo flatpicking as illustrated in Book 3, p. 48. Next week show me your best tremolo. It’s used in the outro ofYellow Bird.
The “Calypso” strum on Yellow Bird is supposed to have the feeling of swaying palm fronds. Try dragging your thumb or finger slowly across all the strings on the second down-strum. You don’t have to use this in every measure, but it can add some variation to the Calypso strum. Work on strumming and singing Yellow Bird.
We’ll play Elenke next week using picks, and we’ll alternate playing Uke I and II.
Next week: Special guest.
See you then. As always, you can email or phone if you have any questions.