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. On your Resource page is a slowed down version of Safari.
Also on the Resource Page you will find the page of Finger Exercises, the Ukulele Basic page (both of these were passed out in class) and some practice sheets for Open Strings and Pentatonic Scale notes.
*For those who want a challenge, Play the notes in exercise #7 on pg 5 (Taps) and pick out the rest of the notes by ear.
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
* 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 but it is not required.
* 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.
Just for fun, watch this great video by Bobby McFerrin about the Pentatonic Scale.
See you next week,