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Can listening to a podcast improve your ukulele playing? Absolutely! This podcast is about supplementing your current methods of learning and practicing with insight and exercises that you won't often find in lessons or workshops. It is about cooperating with your brain so that it will build the proper connections needed to accelerate your ukulele pursuits and shorten your learning curve. We begin with an exercise for newbies to help your brain form new connections, then we pick the brains of top uke artists. There's always something to learn!
What's in a name?
"The Ukulele Brain" was inspired by several areas of research that were first brought to my attention when Daniel Ho gave me "The Little Book of Talent." It involved how your brain learns new tasks and builds the proper connections needed to master new talents. Do you remember “Wax on, wax off,” from The Karate Kid? Mr. Miyagi had young Daniel wax his car, paint his fence, and do chores in certain ways that seemed unrelated to karate. But when Daniel needed those motions for fighting, he found that they came naturally, because they were hard-wired in Daniel's brain. Even though it was just a movie, the science behind that approach is very real, and adapting it to the ukulele was what inspired me to launch this podcast.
Over the weeks and months to come, we'll explore how to cooperate with your brain so that it will build the proper connections, or "neural pathways," needed for accelerating progress in your ukulele playing journey. I'll pick the brains of top uke artists and experts in related fields for your benefit, delving into topics and extracting insight for you to add to your ukulele journey. We'll also offer tips, tricks, and mini-lessons for newer players and seasoned uke enthusiasts alike. If you'd like to learn more, please scroll down to All About The Ukulele Brain Podcast.
with Victor & Penny
The Antique Pop duo talks about the driving force behind every musical performance and how you can master rhythm on the ukulele. Plus a rhythm building, brain-training exercise. Coming soon!
with Daniel Ward & Heidi Swedberg
Explore all of the beautiful things that you can do on four strings to enhance your life and that of others. Plus another brain-training exercise. Coming soon!
with Gerald Ross
The Great American Songbook is based in jazz but contains accessible songs we all know and love. Gerald and I will discuss how to get started in this glorious, melodic style of American music. Plus another brain-training exercise. Coming soon!
with Michael Powers
Adding multiple senses and mastering a single new hand position will take your playing to new heights. Plus another brain-training exercise. Coming soon!