What is YOUR ukulele journey?
People take up playing ukulele for lots of reasons – for fun, as a challenge, to meet new people, to stimulate their brain cells, to keep up with their kids and grandchildren. Why did you pick it up?
You might have started playing a $35 ukulele in your back bedroom, or by attending a beginners’ class somewhere. Once you got over sore fingers, there are many different directions to take with the world’s friendliest musical instrument. We plan to ask you — our members — to tell us about your journey and what the uke has done for you.
Steps along the way
Here are some examples on steps you might have taken or could take.
- Attend a live BUMS jam or try a jam you haven’t been to before.
- Attend workshops run by BUMS, at festivals or by private teachers.
- Access YouTube videos to improve your skills – fingerpicking, strumming, playing melodies.
- Upgrade your instrument to sound better and play more easily.
- Play for your family.
- Practise so you can do an open mic at a jam or on BUMS Online.
- Join a BUMS community band for regular practice.
- Perform in public.
- Join in BUMS Online jams and tutorials.
- Find a ukulele buddy or buddies to play with.
- Take singing lessons.
- Learn how to use internet resources create song sheets with lyrics and chords.
- Form a band with other BUMS.
- Learn to use a microphone.
- Amplify your uke.
- Record yourself and edit your videos.
- Try a different style of ukulele – banjolele, baritone, ubass, or an eight string or a six string uke.
- Develop on percussion skills.
- Run workshops for other musicians.
There is a no doubt that ukulele brings people together to have fun. Just look round at all the smiling faces at a jam (Can you remember back in February?). There are few other musical instruments where players join in like this.