Tuesday, May 3, 2011

my new instrument of choice: the ukulele!

When I was home over Easter my brother had a new toy: a ukulele. He showed me how to play part of Beirut's Postcards from Italy, and it was pretty easy to pick up. I knew then that I needed to get a ukulele of my own. On Saturday, Erick and I walked over to Picks and Sticks on Locke Street. They had a pretty good selection, and we opted for a BeaverCreek ukulele. The model we were looking at came in a whole bunch of colours (including natural wood), and I chose white! It's tres cute, and quite affordable (around $40). Our method for learning has been going like this: I learn a song and show Erick, then Erick learns another song and shows me, and so on.

So, if you're like me and found learning guitar a little intimidating and frustrating, try a ukulele! Only 4 strings! Only 12 frets! Good times.

Some useful tips:
1. if you have an iphone/ipad, the Cleartune app is very handy for tuning (something you need to do a lot since the strings stretch out as you play).
2. this guy's tutorials are hilarious and useful.

And for your viewing pleasure (or amusement, I'm no pro), here's a video (unedited) of yours truly showing off what I've learned over the past few days. Please excuse the angry face I make when I play. And the strumming patterns are most definitely not correct. But that's OK!


Meg said...

You've inspired me! I've always wanted to learn to play the ukulele. Also, didn't know they were so affordable!

Chloe Lees said...

Ooh! I bought a ukulele probably almost exactly a year ago and I love it!
www.ukulelehunt.com is a great website too for chords and tutorials.
David Bowie songs seems to be especially fun to play ;)

Hollie said...

You are so cute, and so GOOD. Teach me! My friend Carl just got a ukelele and I want one so badly now.

Kate Hunter said...

Merci! It is really easy once you learn a few chords! We should start a ukulele group.

Go ukuleles!

nikki said...

that was lovely

Kate Hunter said...

ha, thanks Nikki!

Sister Valentine said...

haha this is awesome kate
at first first i thought your little uke was like my little white guitar,it kind of looks like your uke's older brother...named Mafia :)
yay for learning!

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