Here are some tips that I used when I first started my ukulele journey.
Take it slow
This is probably obvious but the more you practice (the more you improve the more fun it is) the more you understand why each and every string on your first ukulele is the “right” number of octaves on it. In fact, when I first started I played like an idiot so you’ll just have to trust me 🙂
How much are you playing?
The most important thing is to make sure that you don’t make any mistakes that could have a knock-on effect (a string that goes dead when you move your finger) or cause a big “jag”, (strings that just go wrong while you are strumming!).
The more you play the more you’ll get to know about the strings, the best way of learning is to play more and then stop. The same applies for the fretboard… just pick one more string to play and then drop that string.
How long should I stay at a string after playing?
Some are saying that you should never go back to a string after playing it for a while and then dropping it. I don’t believe the “rule” and I’ve yet to find any studies that back this up. Just do whatever it is you’ve been doing (like practicing, etc) or just play more and then stop.. Just make sure to only play on the best string that still feels comfortable without making any mistakes. And it’s a good habit to keep 🙂
When I bought my ukulele about 4 years ago (2012) I bought the most durable ukulele string of the bunch.. but don’t let this fool you, the string broke once and I had to replace it for a bit, and when I did get a replacement and played, it felt more like an electric guitar than my ukulele, because the sound was very different.
I’d bet there are a lot of other ways to get your ukulele sound. I have yet to hear anyone who’s successfully played over 150 ukuleles!
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