Really good work tonight. I am impressed with this class so far.
This week we will continue working on the Pentatonic Scale notes; Learning where they are on the fretboard and what their names are. Notes from last night:
*The pentatonic scale notes are the intro to My Girl. Start on the C (don't play any notes on the G string) and play up the pentatonic scale with the proper rhythm.
* When Learning new chords, learn the chord SHAPES. Do not build chords but rather, make the chord on the fretboard (no need to press), take your left hand off, shake it out, make the chord again (fingers all coming to the fretboard at the same time), strum to see if you got it, adjust, and repeat.
* When practicing, remember to observe the rests. This can be the hardest part of a song. Keep the BEAT going in your head and be patient.
This week is an important time to get solid with the pentatonic scale notes! We will continue to build on these weekly. To do that, practice :
∆∆∆ Exercises from last week on page 7 - especially 5 and 6.
∆∆∆ Safari and Rocky Mountain with the recordings (slow versions below)
∆∆∆ Acadian Lullaby (pg 10). We will play this together next week.
∆∆∆ Oh, Susanna and Up on the Housetop (pg 11)
∆∆∆ Auld Lang Syne
∆∆∆ find and pratice the notes of the C scale (pg 14) Please notice that we are really only adding 2 notes to the Pentatonic scale that we have already learned.
∆∆ Try playing Auld Lang Syne by ear (yes, that means without the music).
∆ Try transposing Auld Lang Syne from the key of C to G
∆ Try transposing My girl from C to G !!! Stop when you get to the line that says "solo and modulation". The second half of the song is in a dfferent key (D)!!!
Remember to practice daily and remember to have some "play" time with your ukulele.
* The name of the software that use to slow down music is The Amazing Slow Downer. It used to be a free download but now costs something. It is easy to use but you do not have to have it for this class. I am happy to slow down the Book 1 songs for you.
* I prefer (not require) that you to move around the classroom and not sit in the same place every week. There are many reasons for this that I can discuss with you next week, if you care to hear my reasons.
See You next week,