Even when I’m having a good run of playing my ukulele daily, I can feel a little disorganized. I was pondering this last night, then realized I would feel so much better if I was simply tracking my playing and making notes of what I was working on. It sounds incredibly obvious to me now, but it was a big a-ha moment at the time!
I used to maintain practice logs when I took piano lessons as a kid, but haven’t used one since. And since so many uke players are learning how to play on their own, I thought creating a weekly play log might be a helpful tool for me to share here on the blog. So here it is!
I hope this Weekly Play Log helps you:
Track the frequency of your playing (and potentially identify any trends or patterns to it)
Acknowledge the progress you’re making — it’s easy to focus on what we don’t know, and it’s so important to take time to reflect on our successes
Make note what’s feeling difficult or tricky at the moment
Clarify your goals so that you feel like you’re making the most of your playing
I formatted the Weekly Play Log with a wide left margin for my fellow three-ring binder lovers. Print out a few copies, and stick them in your beautiful Ukulele Songbook binder!
This Weekly Play Log can be used by anyone, learning to play any instrument, so please share it with your friends!
I’m Melissa Stevenson, an 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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