Talk about frustrating. After two years, thousands of YouTube video’s, hundreds of wasted hours.
How is it possible to sit in a group of people and have no problem strumming along with everyone else to songs that you either know or don’t know and yet when you come home you can not manage anything at all. After today I am really at a point where I just want to smash the Ukulele into little bits and use it as kindling at the trailer this summer.
For what ever reason I can not get a grasp of this. Once I am on my own I can not do it. All the good cheer and confirmations that yes you can is not going to do it.
D D D D does not constitute a song to me. If I can not hear it as the song it does not work for me. There is not enough information on the page to help you do anything. A sentence with a chord above one word and a few words down another chord. No indication of a strum pattern (was explained to me that everyone has there own strum pattern that works for them) No indication as to timing, how many strokes (strums) (beats) what do you do when there is no chord listed. what do you do when there is four words with no chord then a chord on every second word and then again 5 words more without.
Ukulele is not easy, no music is easy if you have not got the knowledge to back you up. Strumming does not work for me, nor will it ever work for me.
At least it is not a total waste. Picking makes sense. Even though I am slow I can hear the song. I can feel the song. and I can see the song.
I really can say that I am going to be the one and only that is not going to succeed in the course. Yes I can do it in the class, but I sure as hell can’t do it at home. If I can’t manage it how am I to practice? Secondly why would anyone want to do something that gets them so frustrated.
I am so happy that I discovered this today after I ordered and paid for music books that will be of absolutely no use to me. Chord finder and song a day and Ukulele daily and on and on.
I will do the remaining 9 weeks of the course and then after that there will be no more strumming for this guy. Even trying to have the song playing in the back ground I am to slow to be able to keep up with it (changing the chords on time) then it all goes to hell.
Can you tell I am frustrated? The title says it all. A dream or a wish what ever you want to call it that is certainly not going to come to fruition. I will not be playing any musical instrument before I die. I will continue with the picking although finding music is really hard to do. Tablatures are few and far between. There are a few really good sites out there with a limited number of songs, some of which are a tad to deep and hard for a beginner. You can not order a music book online and really know what is going to be in it as there seems to be a mass confusion in terms. Some people feel the need to call a page with lyrics and chords a tablature (is it even a word? the spell checker highlights it yet has nothing even close to it in the spell correct). So how do you order a book when you do not know what you are actually getting?
I love it when I get so frustrated that I do not know what to do with myself. Just want to go outside and scream, and jump up and down. Maybe that is a song, you know up and down and up and down and down and down and up and down.
Not really knowing which direction to go with this. Seemingly, those that teach Ukulele teach strumming. I have not seen anyone in this area that teaches picking. I suppose that would be due to the fact that the Ukulele is designed to be strummed and not plucked and or picked.
Well I suppose that is enough rant for tonight. Guess what, i’m not going to be doing any more strumming practice for awhile.
Have a good weekend everyone.