We’ve all experienced the high after playing and singing together at a jam, but is playing solo still good for you? YES!
…music can activate almost all brain regions and networks, it can help to keep a myriad of brain pathways and networks strong, including those networks that are involved in well-being, learning, cognitive function, quality of life, and happiness. Andrew E. Budson
While we are all STILL staying home, here’s some ideas and a list of resources for you to challenge yourself and keep it interesting until we are all jamming together again.
If you’ve never had a good poke around the BUMS website you might have missed some of these pages.
For those who have just started playing or want to improve aspects of their playing, consider getting a teacher to help you work out the kinks. So even though gatherings and non essential movement are currently being discouraged you can take a lesson or take a lesson online. Check out some BUMS who also teach page.
- Erin Harrington has in person coaching available as well as zoom and online group content classes. She is leading a FREE Intermediate Ukulele Workshop online Sunday Feb 20th, 2-3pm. Register here.
- Vic Kena is teaching online lessons and you can join students from all over the world using his video format beginners program which will restart on Tuesday February 1st 2022.
If you prefer to noodle around to tutorials on YouTube we have some of BUMS members recommended teachers on the Online Tuition page.
Many of these artists have performed and conducted workshops at our SPRUKE Festival. If you like their style many of these performers teach online lessons or have more content available for a small contribution through Patreon.
There are great performers who have been conducting great events online. Check out
- Big Uke Training– The February Workshop features Vic Kena, Sally Carter, Jim D’Ville, Daniel Purnomo, and Richard Snow
- The Jazzuleles – host an online jam on Zoom every Tuesday at 11am with a world wide audience. Folks can join the group The Jazzuleles In-House Ukulele Jam then register weekly to play. Shirley-Anne tells me the Aussie / Kiwis are outnumbered and they need more Aussies!
- Ukulele Underground– has LOTS of content to explore with Ukulele Play Alongs, Virtual Open Mics, and UU+ membership as well as courses like Ukulele 101- Your First Ukulele Course.
- Craig & Sarah Chee – Livestream events & Youtube Channel Craig & Sarah do in depth dives on songs, and backyard concerts and have lots of different options for their community.
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BUMS has it’s own online events in BUMS Online FB group and the Play-Along Songs and the new Play-Along sets are designed for our members to practise at home. Change it up by inviting a uke friend over and play together or teach a member of your household!
If you are a total newbie check out the Jam Survival Kit it has LOTS of great tips for new players as well as getting you up to speed on what to expect when you come to your first BUMS jam (fingers crossed for March).
For musicians playing or considering the baritone uke, we have a page of Baritone Basics.
Want a little bit of music theory? Explore the Circle of Fifths
Looking for some new songs check out what we’ve found on the Ukulele Music page.
Our BUMS members who are also members of BUMS Online private Facebook group have access to selected song sheets that go along with Play-along videos uploaded there.
I hope this has given you a few ideas to challenge yourself until we can all get together again. I’ll leave the last word to Suzanne Hanser, chair of the music therapy department at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
Research shows that making music can lower blood pressure, decrease heart rate, reduce stress, and lessen anxiety and depression. There is also increasing evidence that making music enhances the immunological response, which enables us to fight viruses.
Why is music good for the brain? Andrew E. Budson, MD Oct 7, 2020