To quote Gretchen Rubin, who has so many wonderful tips for habit formation, “What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” When you decide to learn to play the ukulele, what you’re really doing is deciding to form a new habit. Your best bet for establishing a consistent practice is to play daily (or as close to daily as possible). Focus on playing as often as you can, even if it’s just for a quick strum. No need to worry about how many minutes of practice you’re logging— the frequency of your interactions is what matters. You have lots of time for learning. This is Operation Sea Turtle, remember? :)
This post is one of many in a weekly series called Habit Hacks. Every week I post a new tip to help you build and maintain a consistent ukulele practice. Check back each Thursday for a new tip!
I’m Melissa Stevenson, a music-maker, ukulele teacher, and author of Let’s Play! The Ukulele Handbook for Beginners. On the Musical Mama blog, I post practical and inspiring tips for beginning ukulele players, free music-themed downloads, and video tutorials to make learning to play the ukulele as straightforward and fun as possible. Let’s play!
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