Lets face it, the Ukulele is the fastest growing instrument to learn to play at the moment and one of the easiest and coolest instruments to be seen playing. And though it is pretty easy to learn, it is important, like any instrument, to learn to play it correctly right from the beginning.
More people, like myself, do not have the money nor time to participate in one on one music lessons (and here in Ireland it is pretty difficult to find a private Ukulele music teacher) and with these private lessons, though they are an excellent perfect way to be taught, they are way to expensive. So people are turning to the Internet (every-bodies new best friend) and using mostly YouTube for the free lessons and tutorials that are available (Hawaii Music Supply is a pretty good one) but for me, these videos are really only for people who have a slight idea of what they are doing.
You do need a little experience before you use these videos because though they are valuable lessons, they will not correct you if you are doing something wrong or tell you how to tune or if your Ukulele is tuned properly which is very important.
There are literally thousands of Ukulele lessons online but my favorite that I know has helped thousands and is still doing so now is a music software Called “Beatnik's Speak Ukulele Course 2” which you may have heard of already.
What Is Beatnik's Ukulele Course
Basically this is an Unique software created by a Ukulele player who goes by the name of Beatnik that helps beginners learn to play the Ukulele by ear just like one on one lessons and it has become a very popular method of learning to play the Ukulele as well as developed a huge cult following, one of the main reasons for this also is that Beatnik is a really cool dude and always on hand to help you. With this music course you will
- Learn to read sheet music
- Learn the names of chords
- Learn over 170 chords and play them from memory
- Proper finger position
- How to properly tune your Ukulele(As I said, very important)
- A training mode to learn to play by ear
- Help create your own lesson plans
- Hundreds of hours of hands on instructions and interactive quizzes which are great fun
- Create your own chord list allowing you to select tons of chords to play
- An unique auto-play that helps you set up a few chords and keep playing with out having to touch your computer
The list goes on and on. It is an unique way of learning to play Ukulele online but beneficial. For beginners like myself, Beatniks Ukulele Music Course will suit people who do not have the time for lessons and need to learn the Ukulele at their own pace and on their own time.
When starting out we all need that correct guidance and help and to be shown what we are doing wrong and right. Participating and finding the right Ukulele lesson online will gradually make you a better and more confidant player. Yes, it is easier to learn to play Ukulele than most instruments (maybe not the triangle) but it is one of the most fun instruments to know how to play, has a gorgeous melody and very pleasing on the ear, and with the fast growing mountain of fans taking this wonderful instrument in to their hands, with the right lessons and patience, you too will soon be one of the crazy Ukulele lovers and players and probably have your own YouTube Chanel with the amount of players taking over the Internet.
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