Are you a music enthusiast? Want to learn to play the ukulele? In case you are wondering how long it takes to learn and master all ukulele techniques, you should know that there are a few important things to know. In addition to certain factors that will determine whether you will be able to play the ukulele in a few days or in a few months. Follow us for more details.
Your experience in music: a precious help!
Insofar as you have already played a musical instrument such as the piano or the brass, it will obviously be easier to approach the ukulele and this will save you a lot of time. Indeed, the time taken by a regular to master the ukulele will not be the same as an absolute beginner in the world of music. For example, if you are already a musician, you will no longer have to worry about learning rhythm.
The luckiest are obviously the guitarists. And for good reason, the guitar is very similar to the ukulele. As a guitarist, you already master the place of your fingers on the neck, while knowing how to attack the strings precisely with your fingers. This can turn out to be a tremendous time saver. What's more, we also use tablatures to play the ukulele, as in the guitar. The effects and techniques are therefore the same. Of course there are more strings on a guitar but the basics are there.
In theory, a musician will learn 4 times faster to play the ukulele, especially in less than a month. A guitarist just needs to get used to the distance of frets and strings to master the ukulele. While beginners will take a few months to master the latter because they are starting from scratch.
A good motivation to save time
Knowing how to play the ukulele also means confronting difficulties. Between the different techniques to master, the ukulele remains a simple instrument. Admittedly, your fingers will hurt a little at first, but you will see results very quickly. Motivation and passion are therefore key factors in order to master the ukulele. A good way to get motivated and have fun is to learn to play a piece of music that you like. And this, in a progressive and logical way in a few weeks. The more motivated you are, the more you will actually be driven to play even more. And the more you play, the faster you'll master and save valuable time. Afterwards, you have to be patient, everything won't come right away, but the key is to play regularly every day (10-15 minutes every day) and not to worry if it doesn't work at first. We do not realize but every day we make micro-progress and in the end, we gradually pass the levels. So no stress if you can't get to the start, the key is to continue quietly without worrying!
If you want to play right away, you will need a few weeks of practice for an appreciable result. Then a few months for everything to be smooth. On the other hand, if you are aiming for a more advanced level, you normally need one to two years of work. To put it simply, if you just want to play chords and sing over your ukulele, simple rhythms will do. The equivalent of a few weeks to fully understand the mechanism and synchronize your voice to your instrument. Fluidity and ease will come after a few months of practice. When it comes to the higher level with arpeggios, ukulele drumming, and fingerstyle, you'll need years of practice. But what a joy to play the ukulele. If you want to learn the ukulele, you can follow our tutorials on the Upa Upa Tahiti YouTube channel!