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Buying ukulele? Basic facts, you should consider

Started thinking about buying your first ukulele? Then you must have a lot of questions, let us take a glimpse at the basic facts:

  • No, you do not need to find a ukulele teacher right away. First of all, go to a local music store and try all types of ukuleles, to see how they feel in your hand. Let the store seller give you some directions.
  • If you decide to buy one, there's a good news: on youtube you can find many great tutorials, of all kinds of music genres. From pop music, to evergreen songs.
  • Get to know your new ukulele. The ukulele has an anatomy of parts slightly different than a guitar or other stringed instrument. Before you begin playing it, make sure you understand the basic characteristics of the instrument. You can check them here.
  • Standard tuning is G C E A and only four strings. How cool is that, right?
  • Learn how to tune it.
  • Start learning chords.
  • Once you’ve learned some basic notes and chords, putting them together may seem simple but requires a little timing. In order for your music to sound cohesive and melodic, it is important that you have good rhythm.
  • Mastering it take some time to master, however, you will progress fast. You won't regret it, we promise!

 Few additional reasons, why you should get yourself a ukulele (before summer!):

  • You can practice anywhere you go
  • It's easy
  • It's portable and very cool

 

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How to brighten your day?

Well, we all face it sometimes. The dull, boring day, when you don't know what to do with yourself. As we see it, you have then only 2 options. Either you embrace the negativity or you start doing something more positive and easy minded!

Few suggestions. What to do when you aren't in your best mood? You can:

  1. Try to listen good and cheerful music
  2. Go outside or take your dog for a walk
  3. Do some exercises
  4. Meet with your friends
  5. Learn to play a new, positive song on your ukulele!

Here are some ideas and tutorials:

Justin Bieber - Love Yourself 

Meghan Trainor - Better When I'm Dancin'

Journey - Don't Stop Believin'

Walk Off The Earth - Summer Vibe

Echosmith - Bright 

Walk The Moon - Shut Up And Dance

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Flight ukulele in Abbey Road Studios

Abbey Road Studios, formerly known as EMI Studios, is a recording studio located at 3 Abbey Road, St John's Wood, City of Westminster, London, England, established in November 1931 by the Gramophone Company.

Abbey Road Studios is few minutes walk away from St. John's Wood tube station. It is famous for innovative recording techniques, adopted by the Beatles, Pink Floyd, the Hollies and some others. The house next door is also owned by the studio and it is used to house many musicians.

In the 1960's, Studio Two at Abbey Road became a centre for rock'n'roll music when Cliff Richard and the Drifters recorded "Move It" there. Abbey Road Studios is also closely associated with the Beatles, who recorded almost all of their albums and singles there between 1962 and 1970 using the four-track REDD mixing console designed by Peter K. Burkowitz. The Beatles also named their 1969 album Abbey Road. And the cover photograph for that album was taken outside the studios, with the result that the zebra crossing outside the studio has become a place fo rall the Beatles fans from all over the world. Pink Floyd recorded most of their late 1960s to mid-1970s albums there. And The Red Hot Chili Peppers used a photograph of the band walking across the zebra crossing naked (except for strategically-placed socks) on the front of The Abbey Road E.P., which was released in 1988.

And now The Ukulele Teacher was there, with a Flight ukulele, to record a cover version of Uptown Funk with Mark Ronson.

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How to take care of my ukulele in the winter?

Like everything made from the wood, ukulele too can be damaged by temperature changes. So, please avoid extreme environmental conditions. Your ukulele will be damaged due to extreme temperatures, humidity, dry climates or air climates. When the ukulele is not in its bag, it should be stored in a room with a relative humidity of 40 - 60%.

Temperature exposures will cause small lacquer cracks in the finish. Rapid increase can cause wood to expand and also to swell. And this is the most damaging factor. Do not place any of your instruments next to source of heat and never hang your ukulele on an exterior wall during the winter. But if your instrument is exposed to low temperatures, put in in the case and let it warm there. This will prevent wood to crack.

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FAMOUS UKULELE PLAYER: Ryan Gosling

Ryan Thomas Gosling (born November 12, 1980) is a Canadian actor and musician. He began his career as a child star on the Disney Channel's Mickey Mouse Club (1993–95) and went on to appear in other family entertainment programs including Are You Afraid of the Dark? (1995) and Goosebumps (1996). He starred in the television series Breaker High (1997–98) as Sean Hanlon and Young Hercules (1998–99) as the title role. His first starring role was as a Jewish neo-Nazi in The Believer (2001), and he then built a reputation for starring in independent films such as Murder by Numbers (2002), The Slaughter Rule (2002), and The United States of Leland (2003).

Gosling came to the attention of a wider audience in 2004 with a leading role in the romantic drama The Notebook, for which he won four Teen Choice Awards and an MTV Movie Award. His performance as a drug-addicted teacher in Half Nelson (2006) was nominated for an Academy Award and his performance as a socially inept loner in Lars and the Real Girl (2007) was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Also in 2007, he starred in the courtroom thriller Fracture. After a three-year acting hiatus, Gosling starred in Blue Valentine, earning him a second Golden Globe nomination. 2011 proved to be a landmark year for Gosling as he co-starred in three mainstream films – the romantic comedy-drama Crazy, Stupid, Love, the political drama The Ides of March and the action thriller Drive – and received two Golden Globe nominations. In 2013, he starred in the crime thriller Gangster Squad, the generational drama The Place Beyond the Pines, and the violent revenge film Only God Forgives. His directorial debut Lost River was released in 2014.

Gosling's band, Dead Man's Bones, released their self-titled debut album and toured North America in 2009. He is a co-owner of Tagine, a Moroccan restaurant in Beverly Hills, California. He is a supporter of PETA,Invisible Children and the Enough Project and has travelled to Chad, Uganda and eastern Congo to raise awareness about conflicts in the regions. Gosling came to the attention of a mainstream audience in 2004 after starring opposite fellow Canadian Rachel McAdams in the romantic drama film The Notebook, a film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel of the same name, directed by Nick Cassavetes. He portrayed Noah Calhoun and commented on the role: "It gave me an opportunity to play a character over a period of time – from 1940 to 1946 – that was quite profound and formative."

Gosling dated his Murder by Numbers co-star Sandra Bullock for a year from 2002 to 2003. He also dated his The Notebook co-star Rachel McAdams from mid-2005 to mid-2007, and they briefly reunited in mid-2008. In September 2011, Gosling began dating his The Place Beyond the Pines co-star Eva Mendes. In September 2014, Mendes gave birth to their daughter Esmeralda Amada Gosling.

In early 2013, Gosling announced that he was taking a break from acting, stating,“I’ve lost perspective on what I’m doing. I think it’s good for me to take a break and reassess why I’m doing it and how I’m doing it. And I think this is probably a good way to learn about that.” In July 2014, he signed on to co-star in the detective drama The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe. It was announced that he would play an undisclosed role in the sequel to Blade Runner, set to be filmed in the summer of 2016.

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FAMOUS UKULELE PLAYER: Cyndi Lauper

Cynthia Ann Stephanie "Cyndi" Lauper  was born on June 22, 1953. She is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT activist. Her career has spanned over 30 years. Her debut solo album She's So Unusual (1983) was the first debut female album to chart four top-five hits on the Billboard Hot 100—"Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "Time After Time", "She Bop", and "All Through the Night" earned Lauper the Best New Artist award at the 27th Grammy Awards in 1985. Her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors (1986). This album included the number one hit of the same name and "Change of Heart" which peaked at number 3.

Lauper has established herself as a pop icon winning awards at the Grammy, Emmy, Tony, New York's Outer Critics Circle, MTV VMA, Billboard, and AMA awards. Lauper won the Best Female Video prize at the 1984 VMAs for Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. She is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum's Women Who Rock exhibit. Her debut album is included in Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, while Time After Time is included in Vh1's list of the 100 Best Songs of the Past 25 years.

Lauper was one of the earliest female artists to harness MTV. She was described by All Music's Lindsay Planer as an iconoclastic vocalist who revolutionized the role of women in rock and roll. Over her thirty-year career, she influenced multiple recording artists including Alanis Morissette, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, India Arie, Jewel, Jill Scott, Joan Osborne, Kasey Chambers, Maximum Balloon, No Doubt, P!nk, Sophie B. Hawkins, Vanessa Paradis, Tegan and Sara, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Clarkson, Lil' Kim, Lady Gaga, Little Boots, and Yelle. Due to her success and influence Lauper has been inducted in to both the Hollywood and Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Spotify notes that She's So Unusual and distinctive idiosyncratic appearance "helped popularize the image of punk and new wave for America, making it an acceptable part of the pop landscape". Rolling Stone magazine stated that her debut was "arguably the first time explicitly punk-influenced elements were front-and-center on the pop landscape, both musically and via Lauper's Patrick Lucas-styled ensembles, dressing up the droll Reagan decade in feminist chutzpah." The album ranked at #487 on Rolling Stone‍ 's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. The album ranked at #41 on Rolling Stone‍ 's list of Women Who Rock: The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2012. Rolling Stone's review stated, "A wild and wonderful skyrocket of a voice... Lauper's extraordinary pipes connect with the right material, the results sound like the beginning of a whole new golden age." Thirty years after its release, the album was praised as 'everlasting' and a 'once in a lifetime album'.

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What's the difference between a $20 ukulele and a $100 ukulele?

If you are serious about playing, an extra $80 will be worth it. Usually there is a huge difference in quality between $20 and $100 models, much more than between $100 and $300 models. More quality ukulele has a brighter sound, which we can't always say for $20 uke. It also holds a tune better, has better action and intonation and feels better to play. But if you aren't quite sure, whether you like the instrument or not, it is better to start with a less expensive model.

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Ways to play your new ukulele

Choose your ukulele

There are several different sizes out there and it is important to select the best option for you. As a beginner you will most likely want to choose a bit cheaper option rather than buying an expensive ukulele. There are 4 different styles of ukuleles:

  • A soprano ukulele is the most common uke. It is recognized by its small size and classic ukulele sound. Soprano size is often chosen by beginners. It is on average 21” long, and has anywhere from 12-14 frets.
  • A concert ukulele measures 23” long and has 15-20 frets. Because it's a little bigger than soprano uke, some people with large hands find it easier. It also has a slightly fuller sound than a soprano.
  • The next step up from is the tenor ukulele. The tenor ukulele is 26” long and has 15+ frets. It has an even richer sound than the concert ukulele, and has the ability to reach more notes because of its extended fretboard.
  • The largest ukulele is the baritone ukulele, which is 30” or more and has 19+ frets. It is tuned the same way as the four lowest strings on a guitar, which makes the two instruments very similar. Because of its size, it loses the classic ukulele sound, but is a good option if you want really full, rich music.

Get to know your new ukulele. The ukulele has an anatomy of parts slightly different than a guitar or other stringed instrument. Before you begin playing it, make sure you understand the basic characteristics of the instrument. You can check them here.

Tune your ukulele. Before you start playing, you have to tune your ukulele. To tune the uke, you twist the tuner knobs at the top of the head to tighten and loosen the strings.

Get your posture straight. If you don’t hold your ukulele the right way when you are playing it, you won’t sound as good, you will be uncomfortable, and you run the risk of injuring your wrists over time. Regardless of whether you are sitting or standing, you will hold your ukulele in the same position. The ukulele should be slightly pushed between your right forearm and your body, and simultaneously resting in the crook of your elbow. If you are holding it correctly, you can remove either of your hands without the uke shifting position. This also means that the uke is held relatively high on your body, near your waist or chest. The neck of the uke should be resting on the thumb and web of your left hand, allowing you to reach around with your other four fingers to touch all the strings. When you strum with your right hand, use the back of your nails going down the strings and the fleshy part of your fingertips coming back up. Strum a little higher on the body of the uke than the hollow hole in the center. Although that is the correct position to play the strings on a guitar, for a uke it is the proper position to play nearer to the neck. Keep you back and shoulders straight so that you aren’t hunched over the ukulele. This will improve your appearance when playing and reduce the amount of pain and tension in your back.

Learning Chords

Chords are when you play more than one note at once, creating a harmonic sound. To play a chord, you use your left hand to hold down strings at different frets simultaneously. Learning to play chords is easy; you will be supplied with the string number, fret number, and the specific finger required to recreate each sound. Major chords are formed by three or notes played simultaneously, with the distance between the first and second notes being two whole steps apart. Major chords are associated with cheery or happy music.

Playing the ukulele

Practice your timing. Once you’ve learned some basic notes and chords, putting them together may seem simple but requires a little timing. In order for your music to sound cohesive and melodic, it is important that you have good rhythm. Keeping a rhythm to your strumming pattern will be difficult at first while you learn how to adjust your left hand quickly between notes and chords. As you get better, try to avoid taking breaks between finger adjustments to improve your timing. Don’t try to play super fast at first, as you will be likely to make more mistakes. Start out with a slow, steady rhythm and then work your way towards a more fast-pace beat. Once you have mastered all the basic major and minor chords, you can play nearly any beginner’s song. Using your now rhythmic strumming and fingering you will be able to play recognizable songs in no time. If you want to learn some of your favorite songs, search online for the song’s uke tabs. Tabs are like the music for the ukulele, telling you the differing chords and fingering positions that are required. Or you can check many youtube tutorials.

Don't forget to practice daily! Putting at least 20-30 minutes of practice a day will help you to become the master instrumentalist you always wanted to be!

Source: wikiHow.

 

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