I am working on it. I have had Clarice (my Ukulele) out everyday since taking my official lesson. Since doing my first recording, I have not been able to put it all together again since. It would seem that it has gone beyond my comfort zone. So I have spent my time practicing chords, changing chords smoothly. I have also spent time watching more video’s and re-watching some.
I read that until you know your chords and are comfortable changing chords while you are playing, you should not really be playing songs as you are not doing yourself any favours. I have also been spending time reviewing the video’s that All In Good Time Music posted on YouTube. I have been mucking around a bit with the lessons provided there.
I came to the realization that possibly one needs to find there niche in the land of Ukulele. I am not comfortable with very many songs that are out there. Why? Because I don’t know the words, I will never know the words either. I seem to have a real problem remembering the words. How good is it going to be if one has to have the words in front of them all the time, another issue that I suffer from is that I don’t remember the tune, melody perhaps is the proper wording for that.
As I was watching and re-watching and re-viewing. The one video that has really stuck in there was a lesson on learning to play the Blues. Very basic, very easy and no words to remember. I can make them up as I go. I actually think that I am almost comfortable with this.
So could this actually be the way it is? Find the Niche and go with it? Right now this uses one very basic strum pattern and a total of three chords, as well as the ability to have fun with it. I am sure that there is a lot more to the blues than what I have picked up, but I think that maybe if I can get almost good with this very basic beginning, I might be able to pick up some more as I go along. What do you think?
Really, the huge collection of Ukulele tab’s, music sheets and everything that goes with it is not actually for me. I have collected tons and tons. Yes I have learned to read the tab’s, how ever even that proves to be an issue at times as I loose my place while I am playing or trying to play. Part of that is eye sight, part of it is drugs and processing abilities. When it becomes a challenge it is not always fun. The whole point of the Ukulele was to be fun.
I know that this is not being very structured, I know where my limitations are. It has been a year and it is basically the same things holding me back each and every time. I have gone out and bought a music stand and lights so I could have said music directly in front of me. Anyhow I hope that I am on the way to something better, and fun and enjoyable. I could sing about a humming bird or a leaf at the trailer. I will be able to entertain myself in the dark around the camp fire with out having to worry about sheet music and lights.
While not willing to give up my finger exercises and chord practice, I really think that I want to pursue this avenue for a little while and see where it takes me.
I owe a thank you to All In Good Time Music for opening another avenue to me. For that I am grateful. Know that you are doing good things by taking the time and making the lessons available to everyone.
All in all I had fun today with that one little Blues lick and sang my heart out to Otis who is always willing to listen to me make a fool of myself. Never says anything bad about it, is just plain happy to be able to spend all of his time with me, be acknowledged and have someone to throw the toy.
I might have to change the rules of the house about no balls in the house, so that we can use the ball stomp-er. Otis learned early on, how to place the ball into the stomp-er, then for me to step on it and it launches the ball. Works well for both of us, Otis gets to chase the ball and bring it back, I don’t have to stop doing what I am doing to pick up the toy and throw it out for him to bring back to me. Could be a win/win deal.
That takes care of my ramblings for the day. I truly hope that each and everyone of you had a super weekend. My readers in GB, stay warm and dry. Cause baby it’s cold outside.
Oh and yes thank you WordPress for putting my page back on the menu for me to access when I log in to WordPress, it’s a small thing, but ever so helpful to me.