Lately I’ve been learning so much so fast about playing ‘ukulele and music that it seems my brain has only had time to process bullet points. Here are a few that have been flying around my head:
- If you use lots of delay, turn it off when you are strumming. Unless your timing is rock-solid, it’s going to mess with how well you can lay down a rhythm.
- Try not to cover super famous songs that only the original artist can pull off (i.e. Jimi Hendrix, The Stones).
- Lay way back on rhythm when you are jamming with multiple people. Let the current soloist pop out of the mix. Comping too quietly will almost never be a problem.
- The audience wants to feel a connection to the artist. The music is almost secondary if you can sell yourself as a cool person.
- Show up on time! It sucks to be waiting around for your band to show up for a gig.
- Build your business connections. Like the above point, your music will only get you so far if you aren’t hooked up with the right people who can get you gigs, band members, record contracts, etc.