Ever since its humble beginnings in 19th century Hawaii, the ukulele has gained worldwide popularity. Considered as guitar’s baby version, ukulele is handy and easy to play.
Uke, as it is commonly called, has been enjoyed by many generations. Its prominence rose even more during the start of the 20th century. But unlike the guitar, uke still doesn’t get the recognition that it deserves. There are many online videos of guitar players out there, but do uke players get the same amount of exposure?
Now, the Internet has blessed people with many ways to share their talents. Social media is a great avenue to showcase one’s uke playing skills. Practically everyone, millennials or otherwise, is on social media nowadays. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, SoundCloud – you name it, everyone has it. You too can hop into the bandwagon. Have some uke fun and share your music with the world through social media.
If you are a uke player who is not well-versed on social media, here are some tips on how to use social sites to gain audiences and create a solid fanbase:
1.Record a video:
Choose a song that you want to play on your uke. It could be your own composition or a cover of your favorite song. Practice your chords first before playing for the camera. You wouldn’t want to mess up during your shining moment. You may opt to use a video camera or a phone camera. Get ready to film yourself while playing the uke. Make sure that you get the right angle and lighting. As long as you and your uke can be seen, you’re in for a good shot. Oh, yes. Make sure your camera’s audio is working. Once you’re all set up, play the uke and enjoy the moment.
2.Upload your video on YouTube and/or Facebook:
Create a YouTube and/or Facebook account, if you don’t have one yet. Share your video by uploading it on YouTube and/or Facebook. Be sure to set it for a public audience. Create a catchy title, something that would instantly grab the viewer’s attention. Write a description for your video. Tell your audience what it’s all about and why they should check it out. Put the appropriate tags. For Facebook, use the power of the hashtag. These are keywords that would make it easier for netizens to look for your video.
Here is one of the most popular Uke videos – Cover 🙂
3.Upload your audio recording on SoundCloud:
If you are camera shy, SoundCloud is your best option. The SoundCloud is basically like the audio equivalent of YouTube. Amateur music artists have been using SoundCloud to share their talent with the world. Some of them actually got discovered after posting their music on SoundCloud.
Record an audio of your uke performance. Make sure it has great audio quality. Minimize the background noise as much as possible. Your listeners should be able to hear your music in a clear manner. After recording, you may now upload your audio on SoundCloud. Just like on YouTube, it is important to have an interesting title. Description and tags also play a key role on SoundCloud. Make sure you write attractive ones.
4.Increase your visibility:
Share a link to your uploaded video and/or audio via Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. Doing so will generate more audiences and listeners, therefore giving you potential followers. It’s also ideal to write a brief yet intriguing description of your link. To reiterate the power of hashtag when sharing your link, use the best and trendy tags for your video and/or audio link.
In this day and age of digital connection, social media is an effective means of communication. Almost anything spreads like a beautiful virus, or a positive rumor. Hence the term “viral.” Once you share your video or audio recording, your online friends will eventually like it and share it. And then their friends will also like and share it, circulating your talent to wide range of netizens. All you need to do is have fun playing the uke and use the power of social media.