In our first class we covered Lessons 1, 2, and 3: How to hold the ukulele, open strings, note value, and pentatonic scale notes: This week practice the the exercises on page 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. Your goal is to be able to identify in musical notation, and play the notes of the pentatonic scale (which include your 4 open strings). Next week we will be playing songs using these notes: Safari on page 8 and Rocky Mountain on page 9. It will be helpful to listen to these tunes on your CD to hear how they sound. We will play them slower than the CD. Attached is a slowed down version of Safari.
Also Attached is the page of "finger exercises" we went over in class. and a recording of the pentatonic scale.
For those who want a challenge, pick out the rest of the notes for TAPS on the bottom of page 5 (Hint: you will need to play fingered g - third finger, C string).
JUST FOR FUN - play a steady rhythm on alternating G and C string while you sing the Star Wars version of Frere Jacque: R2D2 R2D2. C3PO C3PO, OB1 KENOBI OB1 KENOBI, HANS SOLO HANS SOLO
Other important things:
* If you feel like you need help understanding or keeping up, please call me. I am willing to meet with you outside of class (at no charge) in order to get you started on the right foot. 733-6867
* You can always attend either the Tuesday (3:00) or Wednesday (7:00) class, or both classes. They will be the same but sometimes it helps to go over the information again.
* If you practice, you will get better. If practice time is a problem, just plan on 10 minutes a day.
* Put your name on your book. They all look just alike and they have a way of getting left behind.
* Having a low g on your ukulele and a strap will probably make this course easier.
* Remember to have fun. It's a ukulele, after all. I promise that it will get even more fun as we go along in the book.
See you next week,