The Pancake Method
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This week on Ukulele Webcam Sessions, Matt talks about his freshly imagined "Pancake Method". He explains the difference between the physical ability to play something vs the intellectual understanding of what you are playing. Matt describes how you can focus on either the mechanical side of a technique/concept, or the analytical side involving the music theory behind it. He talks about which side of learning should come first, and the importance of eventually flipping the pancake.
To put the Pancake Method to the test, try it out with some scales. You can check out Webcam Sessions (Ep.20) - How to Play Major Scales, and we have Uke Minutes on both Major scales and Minor scales.
If you're starting to grow into the intermediate level of playing, be sure to check out Ukulele 102. This course will help you work on either side of the musical pancake. Aldrine is no stranger to food analogies (his "playing scales is like making a ham and cheese sandwich" is a UU classic) and he uses them to introduce some key music theory concepts that you can incorporate into your practice and playing. If you want to focus on just music theory, our Music Theory for Ukulele course is the place for you. Want to focus instead on the physical side of playing? We have some great Improvement Systems like Essential Chords or Practice Sessions filled with exercises that will improve your dexterity, memory, and speed. Whatever you decide to tackle first, just remember to eventually flip your pancake.