This is installment #2 of “motivational monday.”
Every Monday, I’d like to post a video or some musings that would hopefully inspire all of us to become better ukulele players. I’m still trying to figure out a rhythm for the blog and what information and lessons people are most looking for about ukulele, so I welcome your feedback.
If you’ve been around in the world of ukulele and YouTube for awhile, it’s possible you’ve seen this ukulele video. It’s quite possibly the most popular ukulele video on YouTube with almost 6 million views.
Check out this performance of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on ukulele by Jake Shimabukuro. I think the video will be all that needs to be said. Enjoy.
simply one of the most impressive displays of ukulele playing i have ever witnessed. my gosh and WOW!
It’s almost hard to believe someone can play on such a high level. Crazy!
This is just amazing, I wish I could play like him. He puts so much feeling inhis music!
Very true. It’s one thing to be able to be able to play some notes on a page of music, but it’s another to take a piece of music and bring it to life like he did here in this video.
how can you not be motivated by that? I dont know how many times I’ve watched that video but it just gets better and better 😀 his others vids are awesome as well.
Jake sir you are magical and you indeed are an artist that must be seen , I always looked at ukalalies as toy guitars. I like to think Iam a guitarist , so i bought my ~Grandson a uke for xmas , I found this because I wanted to know more toi help him learn something.
Jake you are the best accident that has happened to me lol . Keeop expressing bro. well done
Simply Awesome ;^)
I am just in awe of that performance.
your mind can’t help but be paralyzed by the beauty and inspired to the possibilities at the same time. I want to show this to anyone who makes a face when I tell them I am learning to play the uke.
i’ve watched this video many times. This video is not inspiring because it’s impossible. I don’t see how I can self teach how to play like this, even with a solid knowledge of music theory from years of playing the piano. Any tips on how to even start moving in this direction? I’m a newbie uke player but I can only see myself learning chords from chord charts and practicing strumming and chord transitions. I have no idea how to learn this kind of playing.
You have to remember that someone like Jake has been perfecting his ukulele playing for many, many years. It all starts with learning chords from chord charts, strumming, and practicing your chord changes. This all takes time! It’s important to enjoy the journey.
However, if you are interested in playing the ukulele and fingerpicking it as a solo instrument, I recommend joining me in the Fingerpicking Tricks course: http://www.ukuleletricks.com/fingerpicking-tricks/