Greetings, Magic Christians!
I am giving my friend a ukelele as a wedding gift tomorrow, so I went online to find out how to tune the fucker. In the process I found the "Cute Website of the Week" award winner, How To Play the Ukelele. (Dig the majestic drawings!)
I am certain I now know less about tuning a ukelele than before, but it's all good.
Come On, People. Feel the Magic; Witness the Mystery:
"The Ukelele is a small, cute, and appreciated instrument. However, we don't always have the time to learn the Ukelele. In fact, one of the problems of our modern age is that we simply have no more time to learn the Ukelele. But do not despair! This simple and fast guide will help you learn this charming instrument.
The good point of ukulele is "very easy." Don't think about difficult things. Let's play ukulele.
Here is how to proceed :
1. Tune your Ukelele
Tuning a Ukelele is easy if you follow the chart to the right. Here are the steps :
1. The first, No3 string tune in "C".
2. OK? Next you push No.4 fret of No.3 string,and play it. Is it heard "E".
3. Next you must tune No.2 strings. The "E" sound of No.3 strings and No.2 free strings heard same.
4. OK? Next you must push No.3 fret of No.2 string. it's "G". Are you all right? it's sound is same as No.4 free string. It's last . 2nd fret of No.4 string heard same with No.1 free string sound.
Did you get that? Well, that's the problem that comes with it, you see, the author is from Japan and does not write english very well (or play Ukelele very well). But hey, free lesson, you can't afford to be picky.
2. Playing simple tunes
You only need to learn three cords to play : C, G and F. Well, you can only play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, but that's better than nothing, right ?
If your family and friends makes there's face bitter, you don't have to think about them. If you are poor player, but no problem, back slowly and fade away. (...) If you hold such like a baby or cat under your arms, usually some people will makes merry and say "How pretty this baby! or How wise this cat!" In regard to it, the ukulele is not makes some people excite.
3. A lie!
You might think you are done, but the author also has to confess a lie. "Don't angry !". The three basic cords are C, F and G7, not C, F and G. Don't get scandalized and vandalize buildings, he only did it because he was instable :
The reason? Reason is nothing. I felt difficult "G7". Adding 7 to G makes me instability .
He closes this page by giving us the three important points of Ukelele :
* Difficult codes is changed to easy one.
* And you can't play skip that part.(see Chapter 6)
* Sing loudly
Words of wisdom. Have fun learning the Ukelele with anonymous Japanese guy.