I’ve been putting off writing this because in my mind I always want my reflections to be positive. I want to showcase and document my learning with a couple of sprinkles of what I am still practicing. Unfortunately, the negatives outweigh a lot of the positives this time, but I am still proud of what I have accomplished so far!
One thing that I am proud of so far is that I am able to slowly play my first three songs while properly holding my ukulele! I practiced for at least ten minutes a day five days a week and it is really helping. I have so much fun playing “Let it Be” because I don’t have to think too much when I play. I found that I have to be careful that I am not getting carried away with the fun and speeding up halfway through.
“Hallelujah” was the hardest song for me to learn so far because of the plucking pattern. I can’t quite do it without thinking yet, sometimes I think that I can but then my fingers get really jumbled up and do not know what they are supposed to be plucking. I have found that the hardest part of this song, for me, is transitioning to and from the E minor chord. I think it is because of the way I am holding my ukulele. I am not squeezing it hard enough with my right arm which means that my left hand has some support (so when I go to move my left hand to transition between chords it just drops). There were a lot of times where I just dropped my ukulele mid-song because it slipped during the transition. I have been practicing singing along to the song as well but find that I make a lot more mistakes with my playing when I do this. This is the reason that I am not singing in the video.
I was really excited to play “Fix You” because its one of my favourite songs. It would usually have to be played using a capo but because I do not have one it sounds really off. I find it really difficult to sing along to it in this key. I also think it would sound a lot more similar to the song if I had used a plucking pattern, but could not find one online. I am able to play the song to a level that I am proud of, but do not have a lot of fun playing it.
I am going to keep working on getting comfortable holding my ukulele, doing the chord transitions, and even more new plucking patterns. For the next songs that I have set off to learn there are new chords that I will have to learn. I am definitely getting nervous that I have bitten off more than I can chew, but I know that I am doing my best and that is the best that I can do. Hopefully, if I keep on with my regular practice schedule I will be able to at least achieve some of my goals!