Your goal for these first couple of weeks is to learn to sight read the notes of the pentatonic scale. Focus on getting them into your brains and your fingers.
Next week we'll play Safari again, just because it will seem so much easier, and Rocky Mountain High, both Uke I and Uke II. Note that the Uke II parts in both of these songs are all open strings.
We will also plan to play Acadian Lullaby so practice finding the notes in this song at home. We combine half, quarter and eighth notes. Slower Mp3 files of these songs are on your resource page.
Try picking Oh! Susanna and Up on the Housetop - both very satisfying because you know how they sound!
Remember as you find new chords that you want to learn to teach your fingers the shapes. Do NOT build chords. The goal is to be able to go to the shape easily without looking at your fingers. If you are new to playing chords, work on learning the C, F and G7 chords this week.
My husband, Pat, has offered to come and install strap buttons for those who want them. For 2:30 class, he will do it after class. For the 7:00 class he will do it before so come early and go into the big social hall that is past our classroom.
The contact for the handmade fabric straps is Carolyn DeSilva. Bellingham Music sells some of Carolyn's straps, or you can email her. firstname.lastname@example.org
FYI: The Bellingham Ukulele Orchestra will be playing 3 songs at the International Day of Peace Celebration this coming Saturday evening. It's at the Majestic on N. Forest St and starts at 7:00pm. at 8:00 the Walrus will be playing so bring your dancing shoes. (The people in the Orchestra all have been students of mine in the past and worked through the entire course… and were all beginners once, just like you.)
As always, contact me with your questions or concerns.
See you Next Week.