Daily I hear you respond; alas that is my aim but not my reality. However I do have a Ukulele practice plan that works well for me. I have 5 steps which last around 5 minutes each, these are very loose time frames as each practice session goes for 30 – 40 minutes.
Step 1. Finger Warm Up:
Using all 4 fingers I work my way up the strings. Starting on the A string I play the first fret (index finger) second fret (middle finger) third fret (ring finger) and little finger on the fourth fret. I then move my index finger to the second fret of the E string and again play 4 frets. I do this on all 4 strings and then work my way back again.
Place 4 fingers anywhere on the A string and then move them one at a time onto the E string/C string/G string. I do this one at a time and also by twos and threes. Moving the middle finger and little finger in unison is a challenge. I have heaps of these made up finger workouts.
Step 2. Simple songs.
Choose songs with a maximum of 3 chords. These I play and sing, making sure to hold a steady rhythm and not to look down at the Ukulele.
Step 3. Strumming and fingerpicking.
Some strums I cannot do unless I am thinking Down/Down/ Up/Down/Up or whatever. I do not worry about the chords but just do the strum and sing at the same time, with the aim of trying to make the strums more automatic. I practise any of the fingerpicking in our songs and have downloaded practice fingerpicking exercises from the internet. This is where I also practice barre chords.
Step 4. Single Song that needs work.
This could be a group song or just one I am working on myself. I start by playing the chords through. I play the song and the moment I hesitate is where I start. I play that piece over and over. The aim being to get through the piece without any hesitation.
Step 5. Play pieces I like playing.
Often this will include a new piece, some familiar ones and always some chord melodies.
What do you do?
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