Practice Makes Permanent Program

We’ll teach you to how to practice so you get real results!

When you get our “Practice Makes Permanent Program,” you learn how to practice.

You make a deep dive into real improvement and a commitment to playing the ukulele well. You get an online membership that gives you weekly practice guidance. You improve on your ukulele. And you do it with a group of people who come together in a closed Facebook group.

 

How do I know if PMPP is for me?

The Practice Makes Permanent Program is for you if:

  1. You like practicing in the comfort of your own home.
  2. You are willing to practice and commit to it.
  3. You are self-motivated.
  4. You can work on your own with practice charts and videos to improve.
  5. You don’t want private lessons, but you want guidance.

You will like the sense of community that comes with being part of a program. You get access to four lessons for each month of subscription. These lessons guide you through specific musical skills that get to the heart of the issue. They help you discover the underlying musical skills that work with any song. Along the way, you go through five of our books, master a select group of favorite songs and learn more about the blues. 

Sharing in the experience of learning new techniques is helpful.

Cathy

I sit down and feel centered. I print out a practice chart. That helps me remember to warm up, practice a technique, work 10 times on a hard part! And lastly to play something I know well just for fun.

Mary N.

Watch this mini-webinar to see if the Practice Makes Permanent Program is for you!

 

Won’t private lessons be better?

No, not really. Because being a part of a group that has common goals and interests can be more powerful than private lessons. You can work at your own pace in your own home to get better at the ukulele. Mindful practicing is the key to improvement at any skill. Individual coaching can help, but mindful, guided practice will give you the most success. Especially if you work with others, you’ll be able to grow so much more as you learn the material. The practice guide will not just teach you the songs. It will teach you the underlying skills you need for each song. These skills will give you the building blocks to learn to play whatever you want. For a fraction of the cost of lessons, you’ll become your own coach. And you won’t have to get nervous playing for a teacher.

I think I’m getting it. I’m kind of a dinosaur with this tech stuff. Thank you for making this possible for me with your comprehensive lessons. I’m really slow and might have to spend longer on a lesson but it is all good. I sure am enjoying my ukulele. Thank you so much.

Ellen Naylor

Here is an example of what one of the practice charts looks like

You get weekly “Questions for Reflection”

You will answer questions about how you practiced. You’ll create a journal of your progress over time. Moving through the material and keeping a record of it is highly motivational.

Here is an example of the “Questions for Reflection” that come with each lesson

By learning the underlying musical skills of that unit, you will turbocharge your practice.  Once you fill out and submit these guides, you will show you have successfully finished this unit. When you have completed the entire course, you will receive a certificate. Having milestones along the way, you will be motivated to make practicing a daily habit. Improvement will come naturally.

Closed Facebook Group Builds Community

You will also get to join a closed Facebook group where you can meet with others to discuss your progress. Here is where you can share practice tips on what worked for you and post videos of your ukulele playing. If you have questions, you can reach out to the community in one of the forums. Someone else in the community can answer back on how they solved that problem. Working with others will help you with your musical growth on the ukulele.

I don’t feel alone in my learning and the best is that I can pick up tips from those learning too. 

Barb

Support, encouragement, and positive feedback. I have heard so many times that playing the ukulele is so easy and doesn’t require lessons. I feel that being surrounded by peers who are experiencing the same difficulties is supportive.

Brad

The Practice Makes Permanent Program includes:

  • Weekly “assignments” targeted to the music you’re working on. You’ll journal with our “Weekly Questions for Reflection.”
  • Explanations on what the biggest musical issue for the week is and how to practice to master that issue.
  • You’ll create your own online journal to record what you’ve learned. You’ll be taking a “deep dive” to manage your own progress over time.
  • You’ll have a chance to join a closed Facebook group where you can meet with others to discuss your progress.
  • Learning extensions if you have already mastered the material in that lesson.

Here is an example of the Accordion that comes at the beginning of each lesson.

We designed these lessons for many levels of learners. If you find the material to be easy, open the homework tab and practice journal. If you master everything, go on to the “Extended Learning Opportunities” panel.

We are building the Practice Makes Permanent Program membership site now. We are using customer insight to make the program the best that it can be. As a result, new customers need to start at the beginning of the program. The ending units aren’t built yet. We are only a few weeks ahead of you!

Once everything is complete, customers will have the chance to jump in anywhere they want. But not now. Be part of the select group to help us build the Practice Makes Permanent Program. You’ll be glad you did. You’ll help shape the program to be helpful for anyone who wants to learn the ukulele. Once the program is finished, we’ll increase the prices. So, if you’re interested, join now!

By learning the underlying musical skills of that unit, you turbocharge your practice.  Once you fill out and answer these questions for reflection, you show you have successfully finished this unit. When you have completed the entire course, you receive a certificate. Having milestones along the way, you are motivated to make practicing a daily habit. Improvement comes naturally.

“Practice Makes Permanent” Program Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction and Welcome
  • Lesson 1 Welcome
  • Lesson 2 How to set up your practice space
  • Lesson 3 Practicing tips for improvement on ukulele
  • Lesson 4 Joining the closed Facebook group
  • “Questions for Reflection” included with Lessons 2 to 4.
Module 2: 21 Songs in 6 Days: Learn Ukulele the Easy Way
  • Lesson 1 Mastering Singing and Strumming with One-Chord Songs
  • Lesson 2 Learning to Coordinate Singing with Strumming
  • Lesson 3 Learning 2-Chord Songs with F and C7
  • Lesson 4 Learning Learning the 10 Bonus 2-Chord Songs with F and C7
  • Lesson 5 Learning 2-Chord Songs with C and G7
  • Lesson 6 Learning the Bonus 2-Chord Songs with C and G7
  • Lesson 7 Learning 3-Chord Songs
  • Lesson 8 Enjoying Your Success!
  • “Practice Chart” and “Questions for Reflection” included with each lesson
Module 3: Easy Ukulele Songs: Five with Five Chords
  • Lesson 1 Learning How to Read Melodies with Tab
  • Lesson 2 Learning How to Shift Your Hand Up the Neck for Higher Melody Notes
  • Lesson 3 Learning the”Boom Ditty” Strum
  • Lesson 4 Learning the “Island Strum”
  • Lesson 5 Learning to Add Blues Notes to Your Strumming Pattern
  • Lesson 6 Learn to Fingerpick an Accompaniment
  • Lesson 7 Revisit the 10 Bonus 2-Chord Songs from “21 Songs in 6 Days” – Play the Melody Tab
  • Lesson 8 Enjoying Your Success!
  • “Practice Chart” and “Questions for Reflection” included with each lesson
Module 4: 21 Easy Ukulele Songs for Christmas
  • Lesson 1 Singing and Strumming 2- and 3-Chord Songs
  • Lesson 2 Learn Melody Tab for 2- and 3-Chord Christmas Songs
  • Lesson 3 Practice with Your Cell Phone to Play a Duet
  • Lesson 4 Learning Christmas Songs with Four Chords
  • Lesson 5 Learning Christmas Songs in Minor Keys
  • Lesson 6 Learning Christmas Songs with 5-7 Chords
  • Lesson 7 Learning Chord Melodies for Christmas
  • Lesson 8 Learning More Modern Holiday Songs
  • “Practice Chart” and “Questions for Reflection” included with each lesson
Module 5: 21 MORE Songs in 6 Days: Learn Intermediate Ukulele the Easy Way
  • Lesson 1 Reviewing Melody Tab – Learning to Shift
  • Lesson 2 More Blues Tools You Can Use – Adding Blues Notes
  • Lesson 3 More Blues Tools You Can Use – How to Improvise
  • Lesson 4 Learning Basic Music Theory Concepts – Chord Families and Transposition
  • Lesson 5 Songs in Triple Meter and in Minor Mode
  • Lesson 6 Reviewing Fancy Strumming Patterns and Fingerpicking Accompaniments
  • Lesson 7 Learning Basic Chord Melodies
  • Lesson 8 Enjoying Your Success!
  • “Practice Chart” and “Questions for Reflection” included with each lesson
Module 6: 21 Easy Ukulele Folk Songs
  • Lesson 1 Mastering the B Flat Chord
  • Lesson 2 Reviewing Fancy Strumming Patterns
  • Lesson 3 Reviewing Fingerpicking for Accompaniments
  • Lesson 4 More Practice Tips for Chord Melodies
  • Lesson 5 Learning Sakura
  • Lesson 6 Learning About “Tags and Turnarounds”
  • Lesson 7 Creating Your Own Arrangements with Key Changes, Tags and Turnarounds, and Chord Melodies
  • Lesson 8 Enjoying Your Success!
  • “Practice Chart” and “Questions for Reflection” included with each lesson
Module 7: Making "Amazing Grace" Your Own
  • Lesson 1 Reviewing “Amazing Grace”
  • Lesson 2 Learning the Chord Melody of “Amazing Grace”
  • Lesson 3 Creating an Introduction, Interlude, and Ending for “Amazing Grace”
  • Lesson 4 Making “Amazing Grace” Your Own
  • “Practice Chart” and “Questions for Reflection” included with each lesson
Module 8: Making "Aura Lee" Your Own
  • Lesson 1 Reviewing “Aura Lee”
  • Lesson 2 Learning the Chord Melody of “Aura Lee”
  • Lesson 3 Creating an Introduction, Interlude, and Ending for “Aura Lee”
  • Lesson 4 Making “Aura Lee” Your Own
  • “Practice Chart” and “Questions for Reflection” included with each lesson
Module 9: Making "Greensleeves" Your Own
  • Lesson 1 Reviewing “Greensleeves”
  • Lesson 2 Learning the Chord Melody of “Greensleeves”
  • Lesson 3 Creating an Introduction, Interlude, and Ending for “Greensleeves”
  • Lesson 4 Making “Greensleeves” Your Own
  • “Practice Chart” and “Questions for Reflection” included with each lesson
Module 10: Making "Red River Valley" Your Own
  • Lesson 1 Reviewing “Red River Valley”
  • Lesson 2 Learning the Chord Melody of “Red River Valley”
  • Lesson 3 Creating an Introduction, Interlude, and Ending for “Red River Valley”
  • Lesson 4 Making “Red River Valley” Your Own
  • “Practice Chart” and “Questions for Reflection” included with each lesson
Module 11: Making "Oh, When the Saints" Your Own
  • Lesson 1 Reviewing “Oh, When the Saints”
  • Lesson 2 Learning the Chord Melody of “Oh, When the Saints”
  • Lesson 3 Creating an Introduction, Interlude, and Ending for “Oh, When the Saints”
  • Lesson 4 Making “Oh, When the Saints” Your Own
  • “Practice Chart” and “Questions for Reflection” included with each lesson
Module 12: Mini-Course on "The Blues"

Practice Makes Permanent Program

The program starts at the beginning of our first book, 21 Songs in 6 Days, and moves through Books 2 to 5. Along the way, you learn the underlying musical skills of each song. You turbocharge your practice.  Once you follow the practice charts and fill out the questions for reflection, you will know you have successfully finished a lesson. When you’re comfortable, you can post in the closed Facebook group. When you have completed the entire course, you will receive a certificate. Having milestones along the way motivates you to make practicing a daily habit. Improvement comes naturally.

Why use the Practice Makes Permanent Program?

Your learning is personalized. You work at your own pace to go through all the lessons and songs. You progress from one lesson to the next one week at a time.

There are learning extensions in some of the lessons. If you’re a more advanced learner, you can go through the main ideas in more depth. If things are at a good level for you, simply work on the main lesson. If you want extensions, they are in the accordion at the top of the page.

As you progress, we read your questions and respond. We give live lessons in the Facebook group to help you learn better. We go back into the earlier lessons and make changes based on what proves to be most helpful to you.

The Practice Makes Permanent Program is a living and growing membership site. PMPP offers you the chance to grow and a become better musician. Along the way, you are in a community with like-minded learners who motivate and inspire you.

I really enjoyed this course and all of the courses by the ukulele sisters. The courses are clear, straightforward and fun! 

Hibiscus

I do enjoy the video lessons; it’s sometimes like having you in the room with me.

Geoff Farmer

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