In my long guitar history, for the most part, I wasn’t that worried about music theory. I figured… if Angus Young didn’t need it… neither did I. But, as always, the cute little, unassuming uke has led me down this new and exciting path. I think the uke is so foundational and such a simple tool that it gets out of the way and allows you to focus more on complex concepts. (more…)
Tuning is huge. When out of tune, even a little, it’s noticeable and it sounds bad. I’ve seen uke players/singers, that were actually very talented, look way more amateur than they should just because their uke was just a little out of tune.
The topic of tuning may seem a bit basic for a post but.. 1 – New people pick up the uke every day and they might need a little help getting it all figured out, and 2 – tuning relates to a lot of things and it can be more complex than you might think. (more…)
Okay… So I’m definitely no music theorist (theoryist?) but being able to change the key of a song (or use different chords) is big for the ukulele. Just to avoid the dreaded E chord if for no other reason.
When I was new (newer) to the uke, I did some clicking around looking for information on transposing the key of songs. I found some web sites and some tables and a spinny thing but it took me a while to really wrap my head around it. So I wanted to provide tools and a little explanation in hopes that beginners could understand and get it figured out. Feel free to skip all the explaining. If you’re just looking to get your hands on a key transposition table skip to the bottom.