So I had my first hour and a half Ukulele lesson today. I have to say that it was great. The instructor is well spoken and very knowledgeable. A Professional Musician and ever so patient. As well she has an aid, a former student who as it happens has a band. Thus making him an excellent assistant. He is as well very friendly and patient and knowledgeable. Both have great senses of humour.
This is such a win win situation for everyone. There is 7 or 8 students making up this class. So the teacher to student ratio is great. Especially after paying $50.00 for a couple hour lesson with over 50 students, no opportunity to ask questions and no one to advise of mistakes or help correct them. How could I possibly go wrong? Absolutely totally an impossibility. This is going to be great.
Today we got to know each other a little bit. Discovered that we are all basically at the same level, which is a really good thing.
Although this is still not exactly what I want to learn as far as Ukulele goes it is something that I feel I have to bite the bullet and learn never the less. So I am going in totally aware and excited to absorb everything that is thrown at me. Down the road I will find a way to get more knowledge in the picking area. As I have said the strumming does not do great things for me not being a singer, I have a really hard time feeling (and hearing) the songs when I am on my own. I have however set my goals and the first is to successfully complete the course. My second goal is to increase my ability with picking. My practice time everyday will have to be increased to cover both area’s.
Today’s lessons covered the chords, C, Am, F, G, D, D7, in three songs. With ample time to go over each song and not just doing it over and over and over. We also were taught a few different methods of strumming. All in all I would highly recommend these classes to anyone that is in the learning process.
I can honestly say that when there are people singing that it all makes sense to me. The whole problem for me is that I do not sing. The fellow that is assisting the instructor told us that prior to his getting a Ukulele he did not sing. After taking the classes and learning what needed to be learnt he said that he now sings. Not just with the Uke, but he has started singing for the band. The point being that as you go through the course that you will in fact start singing. It may not be great at first, but the more you sing the better it will become as your voice finds it’s self.
I would have to say that this is a really good start to the new year. As an added bonus there are three different jam sessions that take place during the week. I figure that once I gain some knowledge and confidence that I will most certainly start taking part in those as well.
All in all I’d say it was a really good day.