One of the ways to improve your ukulele playing is to play in front of others. Nobody wants to play their ukulele badly when playing to an audience. So here are ten good reasons, in no particular order, to play for others as suggested by kids:
It provides an incentive to practise.
You can tell if your playing was good by the applause you receive. If you get a standing ovation – wow!
It can make your playing more popular
It boosts your self esteem
It makes you look cool
It can give you a bigger profile
A talent scout may pick you up
Your confidence improves
You inspire others to play
You do it for the pleasure of sharing.
On Thursday the Kapiti Primary School senior and junior ukulele groups performed a range of songs at Coastlands Shopping Mall, Paraparaumu, New Zealand. The kids had a good time and a new audience to applaud them. They enjoyed playing and loved the ice-blocks they got at the end (REASON 11). View the photos of them performing below.
Haere Mai is a Maori song of welcome, performed by the Kapiti School Junior Ukulele Group. They have been taught by my colleague Richard Bamlett. I’m sure you’ll agree they do a great job. Watch them perform it by viewing the video below.
A school production is a great place to share a school ukulele group’s playing abilities. Recently, Kapiti Primary School held their school production and the school’s junior and senior ukulele groups both performed. Members of the junior ukulele group range in age from 5 to 8 year old. They have been playing for five months.
The junior ukulele group led by Richard Bamlett played:
Row Your Boat
Found a Peanut
Five Little Monkeys
They played great – good job! Watch their performance below: