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Jun-4-2011

Day 122(1 day late): Amazing Grace

Posted by annagrace under Days 101-200

This morning I opened my front door and a package was sitting there… it was my graduation present from my mom!! She got me a…. ukulele!!!

This may seem like a really random gift, but when I was home last weekend, I was fooling around on mom’s guitar and I told her that I really wanted to learn guitar, but it hurt my hands too much. She said, “Why don’t you try ukulele? I bet the smaller frets would be easier on you.” So she bought me one! Yay!!

I’ve pretty much always had the ability to pick up any string instrument and pick out a melody fairly easily, but the thing I wanted to learn most was strumming. I can strum down, but I have a lot of issues with going back up! That, and I have a hard time transitioning from chords. You’d think that playing violin for 7 years would make that easier, but no such luck! So, hopefully, this ukulele will help with both of those issues!

I wanted to start of easy with just some simple chords, so I decided to do Amazing Grace. I messed up a bit, but I’ve been messing around with the ukulele way to much today, so my fingers are pretty sore… Gotta build back up those callouses I had when I played violin! I just recorded the melody over top of that (with this song, I could potentially sing while playing, which is another thing I want to learn to do, but I didn’t want to screw it up!!), and then ad-libbed a harmony over that. I was making it up as I went, so sometimes the harmony is a little wacky, but I think it turned out pretty well, all things considered!!

Amazing Grace

I would love to eventually build up to singing and playing this song at the same time, but we’ll see!

Anna Grace

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