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Strum Patterns You’ll Need to Play Hawaiian Ukulele Songs

Strum Patterns You’ll Need to Play Hawaiian Ukulele Songs

Get your uke and start strumming! Music teacher Christopher S. shares how to play five common ukulele strumming patterns... In order to play any stringed instrument, such as the guitar, mandolin, or ukulele, you have to learn how to strum it. Strumming is an essential part to playing the ukulele, which gives it that true Hawaiian-Island sound. In this article, I will discuss the different types of strum patterns used when learning to play Hawaiian ukulele songs and also the positioning … Read More

Strum Patterns You’ll Need to Play Hawaiian Ukulele Songs
Get your uke and start strumming! Music teacher Christopher S. shares how to play five common ukulele strumming patterns... In order to play any stringed instrument, such as the guitar, mandolin, or ukulele, you have to learn how to strum it. Strumming is an essential part to playing the ukulele, which gives it that true Hawaiian-Island sound. In this article, I will discuss the different types of strum patterns used when learning to play Hawaiian ukulele songs and also the positioning
5 Amazingly Fast Piano Pieces (and How to Play Them)
Want to really impress your friends and family? There are so many famous piano songs out there designed just for that! Here, Nutley, NJ teacher Christina C. shares five amazingly fast piano pieces, and her tips for mastering them...   Playing piano is a lot of fun, but it is even more fun to play fast! It is an indescribable feeling when you have mastered a fast piano piece to the point where you can play it fast with no mistakes. It is almost as if your fingers play themselves (which
Beginner Basics: How to Teach Yourself Guitar
Getting started on guitar can be mystifying without a great teacher to guide you. Follow these tips from guitar teacher Jerry W. and  you'll be on your way to playing the guitar... So you want to teach yourself how to play guitar? You dream of playing your favorite song or gigging in a band. You've bought a guitar and you're ready to start. But now what? Where should you begin? In this post I will walk you through making a plan to teach yourself guitar. I will cover the steps to developing
How Tension Affects Your Voice (And What to Do About It!)
As a beginner singer, it's important to understand how unnecessary tension affects your tone and your breath support. Here, NY teacher Nadia B. shares what to keep in mind and how to combat that tension...   Singing is, in many ways, a very natural activity. We all have a voice, and it is meant to be used to communicate in speech and in music. However, when one delves more into the art of singing through voice lessons, practice, and performance, tension sometimes creeps in. It can see
A Complete Guide to Mastering the D, D7, and Dm Ukulele Chords
The D, D7, and Dm ukulele chords are essential chords all beginners should learn how to play. For many beginners, the D chord will be one of the first ukulele chords you learn how to play. However, you may not learn at first that the D chord can be played in several different positions, and in variations such as D minor (notated as Dm) and D seventh (notated as D7). Choosing the best position to use for a particular chord during a song depends on its proximity to the other chords in th

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