Taylor Swift and the ukulele

Ukulele
With 35 Grammy nominations and 10 awards she has won, Taylor Swift is currently one of the greatest artists on the planet. In fact, the award for "Best Solo Performance" she recently received at the NME Awards is another testament to her exceptional musical talent.
His reputation is therefore well established in the world of showbiz. However, although his hits are no secret to his fans, very few know that the American star has always had a keen interest in the ukulele. She is even very skilled with this musical instrument.

An artist who has always loved the ukulele

For those who do not yet know, Taylor Swift knows how to play many instruments. The world-renowned artist also loves to accompany his soft voice with various stringed instruments such as guitar (classical and electric), piano, banjo and ukulele. She shows a clear preference for the latter. The point is, she always admired him.

To prove it, the star did not hesitate to proudly wear a ukulele during her concert in Newark in 2011. For this event, she had decided to wear a beautiful retro-style purple dress, pretty two-tone pumps, multicolored bracelets and , to complete its original look, a magnificent ukulele.

A little later, his admiration for the small musical instrument of Hawaiian origin even led him to make it a central element in one of his famous compositions: "You belong with me". In addition, the ukulele is practically featured in most of his tracks, notably in “Exile” (ft. Bon Iver), “Betty”, “Cardigan”, “The 1” and “Love Story”.

Playing the ukulele: the Taylor Swift style, how do you go about adopting it better?

As in many artistic fields, references are also very useful when one wants to evolve in the universe of the ukulele. If you have decided to take the style of Taylor Swift as a model, you should know that you can easily adopt it by applying some good practices. Of course, the basic rule at the chord level will always be to work on both major and minor chords. Taylor Swift's compositions are accompanied by well-rounded chords, so you will need to learn to develop your playing to gain flexibility and speed.

As far as the pace is concerned, it will all depend on the effect you want to achieve. Either way, mastering the "strumming patterns" for the titles of the great American artist will take time and patience. The compositions often involve complex variations. Some even require fairly specific techniques (such as picking for example). Practice is therefore important if you want to achieve satisfactory results. By adopting the Taylor Swift style and with a lot of practice, you should be able to vary your repertoire widely and even perform other even more difficult songs.

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