In the 1980's, every young man wanted to learn to play the electric guitar. That 80's rock sound prevailed every radio and genre of that time. Now since 2016, I have been encouraging every student of mine who wants to learn to play guitar to start on Ukulele first.
The Uke is easy to carry back and forth from lessons. Any age student can push the strings as compared to the guitar strings that can be harder and turn off many budding musicians. They give up too soon on guitar.
My goal is to have my students fall in love with music and ensure that they keep moving forward in skill development. The ukulele has relatively a quick turn around with minimal effort. Students can be singing along with themselves in just a few weeks.
With a group like Twenty One Pilots who put out so many hits like House or Gold, or popularize a remake like I Can't Help Fallin' in Love to this new generations of singers. Another artist Vance Joy has Riptide in every beginning ukulele book and on many youtube instructional videos. All the students at EMS love to play and sing all these songs.
I welcome any tool that can help my students tie into music in a real way. I start them with Ukulele and as their coordination and hand control grows they have a choice to move to guitar. I have learned over the years as a music teacher to keep the younger generation engaged you must have quick results. Most parents know that music is a life long project but for some they want results of growth in less than six montjhs. With a the Ukulele you can do that!!
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