How to Decorate Your Ukulele

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Decorating your ukulele is a great, fun way to put your stamp on your own instrument. Decorate your ukulele with help from a critically acclaimed musician in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name's Jessica Delfino, and I play the ukulele. I also teach other people how to play the ukulele. So, today we're going to talk about decorating your ukulele. There's a lot of different ways to decorate a ukulele, so unfortunately you don't want to get too crazy and glue too much kind of crazy stuff onto your ukulele because it will inhibit your ability to play the ukulele. But, there are some really fun things that you can do. If you have paint markers - the same kind of markers that you might use to write on a large board - you can decorate your ukulele with dots or stripes. You can write your name on your ukulele. As you can see, this ukulele here came pre-decorated with glitter, which was underneath the sort of shellac on top of the ukulele. And, you can also put glitter on your own ukulele very easily. You can put a little bit of glue on and drop it on, or you can paint it on with some nail polish or shellac, or what have you. But, thing is, a ukulele like this is not very expensive. It costs about 30 dollars. So, say you try something on your ukulele and it doesn't work. It looks really bad, you don't like the way it looks, you're only out 30 dollars. It's not like you can't just go get another ukulele and try again. And, that's part of how to go about decorating your ukulele. It's going to be trial and error, what's going to work for you. Now, say you're just a little nervous, you don't want to draw on your ukulele. Maybe your parents will get mad if you do something like that. I really strongly recommend just getting a really cool decorative strap. There are all kinds of straps out there that have all kinds of patterns - leopard patterns, rainbow patterns, every pattern you can think of. And, you can just put that strap on your ukulele to show a little bit of your creativity. Some people hang things from their ukuleles - different ribbons or different stickers. There's really a lot of different ways to decorate your ukulele. I encourage you to use your imagination and come up with a way that works really well for you. If you have any questions, or you'd like a little bit more advice about how to decorate your ukulele, feel free to visit me at yourocknyc.tumblr (t-u-m-b-l-r) .com, or you can look me up, "Jessica Delfino."

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