I will indicate for you the things to work on in order of importance. For example:
∆∆∆ - very important. If you don't practice this you'll be lost next week.
∆∆ - A good idea.
∆ - completely optional, enrichment exercise, if you want a little more.
As you practice, don't worry too much about the note value (rhythm). Concentrate on getting the notes and we'll work out the rhythm in class.
I recommend having a designated place and time for your practice. Take your practice in small doses if it is easier for you. Keep your ukulele handy so you can grab it and whip out some pentatonic scales at will.
Be patient with yourself and consistant with your practice. If you practice the exercises every day, even for few minutes, you will notice improvement by the end of the week.
It's hard to be a beginner and that is why you are "The Bold and the Brave". I believe that the long term rewards are well worth it.
Most of all - relax and HAVE FUN ! Music is good for you and the ukulele is the happiest of all instruments.
For your practice this week, I suggest:
∆∆ - Warm up with - Finger exercises - handout
∆∆ - Practice Open String exercises page 3 and 5 - open strings,
∆∆∆ - Practice pentatonic scale exercises - page 7 - try saying the note names as you play the notes. Part of the challenge is playing the right string. Exercises that move from string to string will quickly help you in finding the right one.
∆∆ - Open notes and Pentatonic Scales "quizzes" that are on the previous post for download.
∆∆ - Try picking out the notes for Safari (pg 8) Both Uke I and Uke II (Uke II is all open strings).
∆ - If you want the challenge - try to find (by ear) the rest of the notes in Taps (pg 5)
∆ - Try to find the notes in Gershwin's " I Got Rhythm" (hint: it starts on low g and uses only pentatonic scale notes).
∆ - Try transposing a simple 3 chord song (maybe Oh, Susanna on pg 22) into a different key (Key of G or F). We will be working on this more in class so don't worry if it zoomed right over your head or if you are not comfortable yet with the chords.
* It would be a good idea to have a 3 ring binder for this class because there will be lots of handouts (print-outs) to supplement the Book.