This might be a difficult question, but how do you think the music on Lemonade turned out differently as a result of how you wrote the music?
Well, I wasn't thinking of a five-piece rock bank when I wrote the songs and when I recorded the demos. So, I was more like, "Let's add a few notes of piano here or a hand clap there," rather than starting with bass and drums and adding guitars and ten vocal harmonies. I just tried to give the songs what they needed to make them interesting without sticking to a power pop band formula.
What was the hardest thing for you to master on the ukulele -- fingering, strumming, or something else?
I'm still trying to master the strumming. It's hard to not mimic holding a pick when you play with your fingers. But some of it came very naturally like the riff in "Long As I Got You." Every time I picked up the uke, that melody got played.
Are you planning to play the ukulele live?
I already am. It's so fun. I love to change between that and guitar.
Any secret ukulele-playing tips to share?
There are a lot of secrets on the internet. Whenever I was looking for a chord or wanted to learn something new, I turned there. You can also take lessons from Marcy Marxer, the master herself, on sites like TrueFire, Peghead Nation and others. That's a great way to learn.
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