If there is one instrument that isn’t quite difficult to learn, it’s the ukulele – a small, portable instrument that can be easily carried around in a backpack. A lot of people associate the ukulele with tropical sceneries, Hawaiian getaways, or even coffee shops by the boardwalk.
Ukes are also sold as souvenir items and are ideal gifts for starting musicians. With that in mind, what happens when a relative gives you a uke? It would be somewhat sad if you didn’t use it. Or say, you want to learn how to play the ukulele, but you’re just not that motivated.
Don’t worry. Learning something new, especially learning how to play the uke, is one of life’s greatest moments. And knowing how to motivate yourself to learn this fascinating instrument is as easy as reading on – after all, below you’ll find seven of simplest ways to get fired up.
Focusing on a Goal
Setting a Goal is among the best motivation-boosting techniques. You can start with simple goals like “I want to learn how to play Somewhere Over the Rainbow like Bruddah ‘Iz” or “I want to write my own song.” Just start learning the basics while keeping in mind your own unique goal. Of course, it’s perfectly fine to set your sights a bit higher. You can set a goal like “I want to learn ukulele to become a well-known musician.” There are so many goals to choose from when it comes to being motivated. However, be sure to focus on one goal at a time.
Commit to Learning
Once you have set a goal, you need to commit to being motivated and learning on how to play the ukulele. Setting a goal is one thing, committing is a whole different playing field. As much as possible, focus on your goal and do not be sidetracked with other things, unless they are necessary. If you have a day job, manage both your free time and your work hours. Don’t be afraid to come up with a proper schedule for your musical endeavor. You’ll be surprised at how much you can achieve if you commit to learning, and if you exert the necessary effort staying within your own timeframe.
Get a Friendly Teacher
First-timers definitely benefit from getting a teacher. Fortunately, it’s not difficult to find one. But if you’re short on cash, your best source of learning is someone you are familiar with who happens to know how to play. If you’re worried about your friend’s qualifications to be your mentor, just remember this – regardless of his/her skills, you’ll get much-needed tips and pointers. Your friend can even provide emotional support and additional motivation. If you don’t know anyone who’s into the ukulele and enrolling in classes isn’t an option either, simply check out YouTube for easy-to-understand lessons.
The Potential to Impress
You might be that one person among your friends who has no particular defining skill. And while being different is not a bad thing, its more of a confidence boost if you are skilled at something others are not good at. You don’t need to have professional-level skills; the fact that you can play a particular song that they like is already a great feat of sorts. You can even impress your family and relatives with your newly-gained ability. Surely, they won’t forget that one time you suddenly shocked everyone by playing a piece flawlessly.
Becoming a Trailblazer
Most of the time, the tunes made with the ukulele are of the tropical sort. Yes, the small musical instrument is sometimes made to be part of old jazz songs, but that’s it – there seems to be a limit in how it could be used. If you’re a non-conformist though, you could try to do the unthinkable. Do you like heavy metal? Well, you can try to create your own version with the uke. Songs covered in the ukulele evoke a unique and artistic fusion of genres. You could also try playing the uke side by side with electric guitars.
Calming Your Emotions
As mentioned earlier, the ukulele is associated with the tropics, or anything calm and reflective. That’s probably one way of explaining why some people rely on the tiny instrument to relax. This is another good way to motivate yourself to learn how to play it. Not only will you be able to calm yourself and ease up, you might have the opportunity to help others release whatever pent up emotion they have.
Facing Mistakes Head On
Here’s a motivational tip that you’ve probably heard before – don’t be afraid to make several mistakes, especially in the beginning of your pursuit. Always bear in mind that the great artists have made various mistakes in their careers. Even ukulele teachers had to learn how to play in order to teach. One mistake (or even a dozen) should not stop your from learning. Instead, it should motivate you to do even better than before. You’d be amazed at the final results.
Now that you know how to motivate yourself, there’s only one thing left to do – pick up that ukulele and start strumming!