Tag Archives: Practice

How and why to memorize the songs you learn

Being able to play a tune with your eyes closed allows the half of your brain that would focus on reading the music to focus instead on playing it. Danno from Uke Song of the Month wrote a post recently about memorizing songs that reminded me of this important topic. He suggests that memorization is a useful… Read More »

Ukulele Fretboard Memorization Tool

Yesterday I wrote about the Note Identification tool at musictheory.net. That’s a great tool, but knowing the notes is only half the battle. You also have to know where to find them on the fretboard! Assuming you have some baseline knowledge, this tool drills you on every fret of the ukulele. I’ve customized the tool with the link provided to set the… Read More »

Memorize Traditional Notation for Ukulele

Learning to read sheet music at the conceptual level is not that hard, but memorizing every note takes some effort. Most ukulele music provides tabs, but many books provide the melody of a song in traditional notation only. Take the ubiquitous Daily Ukulele – if you don’t know the melody of a song in that… Read More »

How I learn songs: stumble through, site read, memorize, polish

Restored from the old site. Originally posted on November 9, 2013. I’ve developed somewhat of a process for learning new songs on the ukulele. This really applies to finger style arrangements as sing-along chord songs I can generally play without much practicing. But finger style and solo ukulele tunes often require a good deal of practice… Read More »