If you're brand new to the ukulele and you're struggling to play along to even one song you may not know what's tripping you up. I'll make it easy for you and just tell you, it's probably chord switching. It's one of the biggest barriers to learning any instrument and what causes most people to quit before they can experience all the fun things music can offer. Playing music with others, performing in front of friends and family, writing your own music, all these fun experiences require you to get through this first road block, memorizing chords and their transitions to one another.
It's such a big problem and we see it so much when teaching, we spent the last half of 2013 developing a solution came up with what we think is the quickest way to help you plow through this roadblock and get you to all the fantastic experiences music can bring.
How did we do this?
Have you ever heard of Pareto's Principle, or Pareto's law? You may not be familiar with the name, but you probably know it when you hear it. It's the idea that 80% of results come from 20% of the action or cause. 80% of sales come from the top 20% of customers, 80% of language speaking is the top 20% of most commonly used words. Many people for decades have put Pareto's Principle into practice and have experienced massive results in a relatively short period of time, so why can't you apply it to learning the ukulele to get 80% results with 20% of effort?
Well you can,
We all know there are a ton of chords, hundreds of variations, augmentations, but most songs (our theoretical 80%) pull from the same group of essential chords. So why not just learn these chords and learn how to switch between them?
That's what we've built with this course.
Essential Chords, is a 7 part course that will take you from knowing absolutely nothing about your ukulele, and progressively teach you the 14 most commonly used chords for songs. Each video will incorporate new chords, transitions while still using chords and transitions from earlier lessons. In addition to the videos, we've also created practice audio tracks that you can use to test yourself and ensure you've mastered a lesson before moving on.
By the end of the 7 lessons, you'll have these 14 most commonly used chords and their transitions to one another burned into muscle memory and you'll be able to strum along to most songs you know!
If you already feel your playing is beyond this course, give it a shot anyway. You may be surprised. Use it as a test. If you breeze through it you'll know you're ready for more advanced content!
This course is available to all UU+ members right now, so if you're already a member just login to your UU+ account.
If you're not yet a UU+ member, you can sign up here.