This week, I watched the ABC remake of Dirty Dancing (judge me all you want). Overall I would call the viewing a painful experience but I endured it reasonably well. There was, however, one standout scene that physically pained me. Naturally, it involved a ukulele.
Have you seen any of the songs performed in the Classroom Instruments series on Jimmy Fallon? The Roots, Jimmy Fallon, and a musical guest (or band) all cram into a small room, where they then jam to the guest's hit song, playing only "kid" instruments like maracas, toy xylophones, and, of course, a ukulele. It's pretty much my favorite thing ever.
Check out this video of Idina Menzel singing a song you're probably sick of hearing! What do you notice when you watch it? Two things stand out to me:
1- The movement
There they are, all squished together, yet no one looks uncomfortable or stiff. In fact, their bodies are all in motion! Do you see how they're all transferring the rhythm of the song through their movements? They're feeling the music! Maintaining a steady rhythm can be difficult when you're learning a new instrument, but that steady beat becomes a lot easier to maintain if you allow yourself to relax and feel the music!
2- The joy
Can you count the smiles? Doesn't it look like they're all having a blast? Making music with others can be incredibly fun, even when you're just learning how to play, and even if you make mistakes! Did you catch how Idina Menzel started singing the second verse too early? (The goof happens at the 1:29 mark). She laughs it off and keeps going. When you begin any new venture, musical or otherwise, mistakes are bound to happen. Please don't let them interfere with the joy of learning something new!
Care to see another example of movement and joy? Check out the Classroom Instruments version of Call Me Maybe:
And with the holidays rapidly approaching, we can't forget about the Classroom Instruments version of the best Christmas song of all time:
Are you ready to learn the joy of making music? Contact me for more information on the Foundations beginner ukulele course!