We looked at a couple of ways to understand MAJOR SCALES: 1. Each note having a number that is it's scale degree and tells us what the interval is (the musical distance between notes). 2. Also, we learned the pattern that composes a MAJOR SCALE in terms of "steps" (half steps aned whole steps). See the attached handout if you weren't in class.
Playing Oh! Susanna and Up on the Housetop was fun. Try playing these songs by ear at home. Like everything else, it just take practice.
Finally we began 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. We will play this tune next week. This is a wonderful technique to learn because you can take a simple tune and make it sound really beautiful and sweet by simple playing the chords in an arpeggio style.
For those who asked me, the app I use on my iPad as a metronome is called Tempo, and the simple recording app is Quickvoice. I think they were both free (or very cheap).
Now would be a good time to think about the things you can do on/with the ukulele that you couldn't do 6 weeks ago.