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For a tuner you can download any tuner app available for free and they'll work for you. Once you learn chords on the uke i imagine just as with the guitar there should be apps available that'll display the notes and chords above the words and will scroll along as you're playing.
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For a tuner you can download any tuner app available for free and they'll work for you. Once you learn chords on the uke i imagine just as with the guitar there should be apps available that'll display the notes and chords above the words and will scroll along as you're playing.
Got a little tuner tossed in as a freebie
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Just checked out of curiosity. There are specific tuners available in the apstore for ukes. As well as apps for learning the chords.

I use very similar apps etc when I'm teaching guitar. It helps make sense of the notes. Taking regular lessons such as I did way back in the day it took me nearly 2 years to learn basic notes and chords. Now I take in someone who's never picked up a guitar and using apps like I mentioned I have them playing enough to put a basic song together after about 4-5 lessons.
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So it arrived. Now the work begins.

I knew I was getting a good deal, didn't realize how good of a deal until it arrived and I unpacked it. The standard model costs $100 more than I paid for this one. This is the upgraded version with a Fishman electronic pickup, integrated pre-amp/equalizer and output. Its also been discontinued for 6+ months so its left over inventory. I'm a happy camper. Paid $369 for something that retailed for almost $500. Got a soft case and a tuner tossed in for free, both of which (combined) add about $50 to the normal price.

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Looks great. Like the spalted maple finish. Should be a good one.
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That's a nice little ukie!
Now you need to learn it and plunk away for us on youtube.

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Not sure about recording anything but I already started my DVD lessons!
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Once you learn the basic chords venture over to youtube. Type in the name of your favorite song along with"ukulele". There will be most likely several different variations to watch and learn from. I do this with guitar all the time. I'll hear a song I like. Come home. Search it on youtube and since i play the acoustic guitar I'll type in acoustic instructional then watch. It'll walk me throu step by step which chords to use, strumming pattern, etc. It's the quickest and easiest way I've seen for learning songs. I can't read music for the life of me. I see a sheet of music on a page and to me it's just jibberish. Confusing. But...once you learn the basic chords search up a song, any song, with the word chords and see what comes up. It'll be just the lyrics along with each chord written over the words. Use that along with youtube and its a lot quicker way to learn.

Here's an example

https://youtu.be/aZESOiQYq-c

And the chords.

http://www.ukulele-tabs.com/uke-song...tab-15237.html

I've never so much as picked up a ukulele but using this method and applying it to my background in guitar I know i could be playing it in a matter of minutes.
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How are the lessons going?
"G" chord is killing me!
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"G" chord is killing me!
I was looking and the g chord looks basically the same as a d chord on the guitar. There's a trick to it. Hard to explain. Basically your finger are 1 2 3 4 with 1 being your index. Every chord chart I've seen shows 1 on the third string 2nd fret. 2 on the first string 2nd fret and 3 on 2nd string 3rd fret. With finger 2 being longer than 1, its often easier on the hand to swap 1 and 2 positions. More comfortable playing position.
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OK so I am horrible but I'm plugging along in my lessons.

Today one of the kids on my high school fencing team brought in his Soprano size Uke, he's been learning for longer than I have been learning, but I was able to teach him an easy way to transition between C and G and back to C.

So apparently, while I am a total hack, I am improving enough to know at least ONE thing.
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Keep sticking to it. When I learned guitar I first learned 3 chords. G. D. C. I played them in that order.
This is slighty different since its on a capo but its the same thing.
https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=tt4-G75Oi7s

I played it over and over again. It helped. Those 3 notes form the basis of many popular songs no matter what key its in. Once you master g d c throw in a f or am or em. They all work very well together.
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I practice daily, well almost every day. Probably 6 out of 7. Usually short sessions. Often twice a day. I'm following the Ukulele Buddy lessons on DVD. Typical session is 20 minutes. Building up nice calluses on my fingers.

I have huge problems with the G chord. Shifting into G from any chord is a problem for me, my arthritis may be a part of the problem?

I'm very slow to change chords too. I tend to lose time when changing chords. I can change into some of the simple chords like A, F, and C and stay in time if the song is slow enough but not into other chords.

I presume all of the above can be solved with practice, practice and more practice.

The other problem I have, and I'm not sure that any amount of practice will help me, is that I have a very difficult time keeping time to music. I cannot clap to music. I cannot tap my foot to music. I tend to speed up, no matter how hard I try. The only way I can manage playing simple chord strings or simple 2 chord songs along with the DVD lessons is by watching the instructors hands move and then strumming in VISUAL tempo.

BUT I'm having fun.

Bought a hard case for my Uke. It came with a 'gig bag' that offered minimal protection. Since my Uke is fairly expensive and a real instrument rather than a toy I wanted to protect it. Also subscribed to Ukulele Magazine. So I'm pretty dedicated to making this work as well as I can make it work. The problem with keeping tempo will be my biggest challenge.
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Just stick with it. Don't give up. In time switching from one chord to another will become easier.
Since I can't do much else these days I been basically diving into various YouTube instructional videos for songs I recognize and working on them. The calluses are a good thing. I usually shed mine every few weeks.
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Just stick with it. Don't give up. In time switching from one chord to another will become easier.
Since I can't do much else these days I been basically diving into various YouTube instructional videos for songs I recognize and working on them. The calluses are a good thing. I usually shed mine every few weeks.
I am pretty dedicated. The days I don't practice are days when I have a fencing event and am gone from early morning until mid-to-late evening. Otherwise I practice.

The chord changes are coming easier and faster, but clearly not fast enough. And my nemesis is, and apparently will be the G chord. I'm sure as I advance there will be be other chords that will give me trouble but I can manage the basics. I'm not saying all the chords are easy for me, but G is a problem, some are easy, one or two are manageable but not easy.

My problem with keeping tempo/time is my biggest, and perhaps, only real concern. Not sure how to fix that.
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I totally get that. I have a nemesis chord as well on the guitar. Its the B7. It's not an everyday chord so when we have a song with it at the church I'll usually either skip it or substitute in something else that fits.
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Been working on my "G" chord, which is my nemesis chord and actually repeated practice is making it semi manageable. I can go from C to G and back to C. That is required for both Itsy Bitsy Spider and Hokey Pokey and both are not possible, as long as I do a little limbering up/practicing in advance of actually playing.
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I totally get that. I have a nemesis chord as well on the guitar. Its the B7. It's not an everyday chord so when we have a song with it at the church I'll usually either skip it or substitute in something else that fits.
I found a chord that I physically cannot do.

Honestly I blame my arthritis for this one, but "B" is just not happening. I can't get my fingers on the correct strings/frets without a good deal of pain. So I'll need to skip those songs requiring a "B" chord, or perhaps use a complimentary chord.

This is the first chord that I've come across that I just cannot get my fingers/wrist to begin to cooperate with ... but I only know about a half dozen others so far.
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It'll come. Practice makes perfect. Rome wasn't built in a day. Etc etc.
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It'll come. Practice makes perfect. Rome wasn't built in a day. Etc etc.
I'm happy with the progress I'm making on transitioning into/out of the G chord.

The other beginner chords that I've been learning by following the lessons are much easier for me, and transitioning into/out of those seems to be easier than the time I've had with G.

But I am not optimistic about B simply because of the arthritis. Since I started playing my left wrist has been in a constant state of pain. I'm not deterred by it. I have not reached for any pain meds, not even over-the-counter stuff. But there is some pain and its worse after I practice longer. So I'm thinking the B chord is just not meant to be. I'm OK with that.
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