People are always asking about us about the different programs and courses online that are said to help teach people the uke. Ukulele Buddy by JP Allen is possibly the program we get the most questions about.
So what is it? Is it any good? What are the benefits and drawbacks compared to some of the other popular programs out?
Glad you asked. In this article we'll go through a detailed summary and talk about both the pros and the cons of the system! We've also included links to the product page if you want to look into it more!
- Easy for A Complete Beginner
- Organized Lesson Plan
- Focuses on "Perfect Practice"
- Long Term Value
- JP Allen
- Not good for Advanced Players
The Ukulele Buddy System
Ukulele Buddy promotes itself as a product in which the instructions are simple, and after a few lessons even beginners will be able to play real songs and identify a few chords.
The lessons are also spread out in a convenient, organized order so that you to learn at your own pace. As the beginner becomes familiar with the chords, they are able to strum and play creative sounds. Once you've completed all the lessons included in the plan you should be able to do the following:
- How to play Fun Songs
- How to Identify Chords
- How to learn each chord and the vocabulary
- How to play the right notes
- How to transpose your favorite songs
To accomplish this the program is broken down into 70 high-quality videos. These are all available online and are designed to give you a step-by-step breakdown of the process of learning how to play the Ukulele fluently. The full package includes a ton of lessons and helpful tools including:
- Online Metronome
- Ukulele Chord Chart
- Festive Favorites
- Advanced Strumming Technique
- Improvising and how to play like a Pro!
- The "Big Three" chords
- The Play Along Schedule
- Favorite Volumes 1-4
Last but not least, there is also a 60 day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied with the product for any reason you can get a full refund for the The Ukulele Buddy Program. We like that they've got a guarentee like this and the program has recieved the backing of some big companies like Fox, CNN, and the University of Texas.
Pros Of Ukulele Buddy
The first thing we like is that the instructions are simple and after a few lessons even the most beginner players should be able to play real songs and identify the chords. One of the things that we see most often is beginners quitting because it takes forever to start playing music. This program is designed for that not to be an issue.
The lessons allow you to learn at your own pace and become better over time. As the beginner becomes familiar with the chords, they are able to strum and play creative sounds. Learning any musical instrument is a process that offers unique techniques, and an e-guide that gives beginners playing skills.
Maybe our favorite part about the course is that JP Allen stresses "Deliberate Practice". This is a concept championed by many of the world's best learners. On a very high level, this concept teaches that practice does not make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. It also leads to a pretty outlandish claim about the time you need to practice to improve, but for that you'll have to read our "Cons" section! Speaking of which...
Cons of Ukulele Buddy
No product is perfect, and while there were not many cons associated with this system, we want to point out a few things for you to be aware of before purchasing.
The first thing is possibly just us, but we found JP Allen annoying and unhelpful. Luckily, almost all the content is taught by Mitch Chang, who is a legit teacher. While Mr. Allen was distracting with his harmonica Mitch taught in a very clear way that is much easier to understand and follow than most of the lessons online currently.
The second is the somewhat false advertisement they make "Only three 7-minute videos per week". Not all of the videos are seven minutes for starters, and this doesn't include the time in between videos that it requires to advance. This is not a magic pill for learning the ukulele. Sorry, but you'll still need to practice actually playing!
Lastly, this is not a free program. For many that will be a negative. You can find much of the same information scattered through the web, the benefit of buying this system is that it's organized and well structured!
This program isn't for everyone. If you are a do-it-yourself type that doesn't mind surfing through YouTube for a handful of good lessons than you may not need or want to spend the money on this program.
However, if you want something that is well organized and (given enough practice) will help you learn the uke without hours of searching through videos and often attempting things far beyond your skill, and don't mind spending a little bit of money, then this is your program!
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