Sample Advanced Practice Routine
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On this episode of Ukulele Webcam Sessions, Matt wraps up his 3 part series on practice routines. If you missed Part 1 or Part 2, check them out (especially if you are a beginner player). In Part 2, Matt built a sample routine for beginner players looking to beef up their strumming. This week, he creates a sample advanced practice routine geared toward fingerstyle and chord melodies.
First up is the "salad". Matt demonstrates how to get your fingerpicking nutrients with an exercise he calls the caterpillar. For more on the caterpillar, watch Webcam Sessions (Ep.8) - Warm Your Fingers with the the Caterpillar. And for even more creepy crawly warmups, check out Ukulele 102: Week 1 (which features "the worm" and "the spider") or try out our Practice Sessions which are loaded with lots of caterpillar variations.
For the main course, Matt shows you how to breakdown a difficult part of any song into bite sized pieces. He uses an excerpt from "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" to work on developing important muscle memory. To learn the rest of Matt's arrangement of this song, check out his Full Tutorial. And UU+ members, be sure to check out UU+ Solo Lessons which are filled with arrangements like this. The best part is Aldrine builds in the most efficient choices and explains them so that you can incorporate the same thought process into your own arrangements.
Next, Matt whips up a little ghost note strumming exercise. He talks about the sweet spot in terms of speed and explains how to apply it to speeding up any exercise. You can learn more about this cool strumming technique in Matt's Ghost Note Strumming Course. Finally, Matt wraps up by sharing a sentiment we can all agree on: Dessert is good, and the Ukulele should always be FUN!