Ukulele scales might not seem as though they are the most fun and interesting part of learning the instrument, but they are essential if you want to become a truly good player. The scales are important for any instrument that you might pick up, such as a guitar, and they can offer some nice benefits when you learn them.
Some of you out there might be wondering why you should even bother with the scales since they seem boring to practice. It's the same reason that you want to know and understand grammar. It allows you to communicate effectively. When you know the scales, it makes it much easier for you to communicate with other musicians you might be playing with, as well as to learn the way music actually works. The scales are a major part of the foundation of your musical knowledge, and you simply can't not learn them!
We've already mentioned that many people find practicing their scales to be boring. It's true that they tend to get repetitive, but you don't have to simply go through the motions - in fact, you should never just go through the motions; you should always pay attention to what you are playing, even scales. Now, let's look at some things you can do to make learning the scales a bit more fun.
As we mentioned, going through the motions with your scales is a bad idea. It's a bad idea for two reasons. First, it's boring. Second, you aren't really learning. You are just repeating something you've done countless times before. What can you do to make things more interesting?
First, try to play with a metronome, hitting the notes on the proper beat. Then, speed up the metronome so you are going faster and faster. Try to keep up and still play properly! It's not as easy as you might think if you've been practicing your ukulele scales the same way for months or years.
Next, take some stops during your trip through the scales. Make your mind and your fingers stop for a couple of beats and then pick it back up. It makes you think about what you are doing and the notes you are hitting. Once again, this will take some practice to get right, but you will find that you know and understand the scales much better when you can do it.
Finally, consider giving your notes a little bit of flair. Bend a note or two during the scale progression, or create a staccato or a legato sound. Try some different things to keep it interesting. If you have a friend who plays as well, try playing at the same time as him or her.
If you take the time needed to learn the ukulele scales, you will find that it can greatly benefit your musical career, even if you are just playing for fun. You will understand music better, and you will find that learning songs, even by ear, becomes much easier.Return to Ukulele Video Lessons
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