Today, you’re going to learn how to play a basic arpeggio. An arpeggio is simply playing in a broken chord. What that means is, instead of playing the notes of a particular chord in just a single strum, you play them sequentially like a scale. Jeff will teach you how to play basic C, F, and G7 arpeggios.
“Fire and Rain” was written in 1968. The song reflects many difficult stages that James Taylor has gone through his life. Jeff created a ukulele version with a really solid sing-along style version. He had to put the song in the key of A to fit the ukulele better. All the signature guitar-style licks are in the intro and just the strumming style for the verses and chorus. Enjoy!
Are you wondering what the differences are between a cheap ukulele and a moderately priced ukulele (we’ll skip the uber-expensive ones for now)? Is it worth the increase in price, or should you start with something cheap? That’s exactly what I want to talk about today. How to find the best ukulele for you at the best value. Emphasis on value. More on that in a bit.
One of the classics that is quite popular is the song, “You Are My Sunshine”. It’s a happy song that we think has a great melody to play on the ukulele. Popularized by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell in 1939, this song has been declared as one of the state songs of Louisiana, USA because of its association with Davis.
Pop quiz: When was the last time you changed the strings on your ukulele? Do they need to be changed now? If not, when do they need to be changed? Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer! That’s exactly why we’re here today. For beginner and even intermediate ukulele players, this is a big question. After all, unlike batteries that just stop working, strings can last a really long time.
The word Rumba is a generic term for different types of West Indian music or dancing. It comes from the verb, “rumbear” which literally means going to parties, dancing, or just having a good time. And if you feel like getting into the groove of a Latin American music today, why not learn a little bit of a rumba strum on your ukulele? Here’s a quick lesson from Jeff Thomas. Enjoy!
Sometimes, we’d like to play some old songs with the ukulele. So let’s go ahead and practise a throwback song from the 1940s. Think about Walt Disney’s 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio and the first thing that comes to mind is the song, "When You Wish Upon a Star". Learn to play this Disney classic on ukulele. Enjoy!
Stringed instruments are unique in the instrument world. If you think about flutes, clarinets, saxophones, and any horn instruments, they have a fixed tuning. You physically can’t change it. With the ukulele, it's different. So why do instruments like ukuleles use so many different tunings? Let's find out.
Today, Jeff will teach you how to play Fur Elise by Beethoven. He followed John King’s arrangement on this one. He did some modifications on the ending though. The song needed the right hand picking details since you will not be able to play it with just the thumb of your right hand. Which is why he re-wrote some notes to make it clearer. Enjoy!
Most people currently alive have always lived in a world with ukuleles. The ukulele is synonymous with Hawaiian music, beaches, Summer, and of course “Over The Rainbow”. It might not surprise you to know that the ukulele was inspired by something else. But it might surprise you to hear about the ukulele’s birth place. Which isn't technically in Hawaii...
"Photograph" is a song performed by English singer-songwriter, Ed Sheeran, for his second studio album, x in 2014. Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol helped Sheeran write the song. McDaid had a piano loop from which the composition developed. Jeff Thomas did his best to match the guitar part of the original recording. Here, you will learn some fingerpicking and strumming required to play the tune.
Ukuleles come in a lot of sizes, use several species of woods, and will be built with a wide range of overall quality. When you’re buying your first or even second ukulele, you probably have more questions than answers. At the end of the day you want the best ukulele for you. So how do you sort through all of the different options? Let’s start by asking very common questions.