A block chord uses simple chordal harmony where you have to play the notes of each chord all at the same time. On the other hand, Arpeggio is played sequentially in ascending or descending order. This technique allows you to pluck the strings one at a time instead of strumming them in a single stroke. Learn more of these techniques by watching the video in this lesson.
Today, we’re going to focus on the left hand and how it will get things to work. This method will let you play without interrupting your right hand from strumming. This is very important when you start to get wider strumming patterns or if you want to produce better projections when you play.
Ukulele chunking is a strumming technique that lets you mute the strings before strumming. This adds a percussive sound while playing. Some call it a muted strum or palm muting. This technique is commonly used in many songs so I suggest you practice it as soon as you’ve learned some basic strumming patterns.
The “Itsy Bitsy Spider” is an awesome nursery rhyme that’s fun to play with your ukulele. The song is also known as “Incy Wincy Spider” in Australia and Great Britain. Jeff followed a version that has some Celtic feel on the intro. He then transitioned into some nice chords for the verse. Go ahead and have some fun playing a nursery rhyme for the kids.
“Friday I’m In Love” is the second single from the album Wish by the British rock band, The Cure. The song was a worldwide hit back in 1992. It won European Viewer’s Choice Award for the Best Music Video during the 1992 MTV Music Awards. Have a go and play a happy song with “Friday I’m In Love” in your playlist.
Tears in Heaven” was inspired by the death of Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor, who fell from his New York apartment. The song appeared in the 1991 soundtrack for the film, Rush. It was Eric’s best-selling single in the United States and went on to reach number two on the Billboard Hot 100. Have a go and watch the video below if you want to add this song to your playlist.
Unchained Melody" is a 1955 song by Hy Zaret and Alex North. North wrote the music as a theme for a film called "Unchained", which is where the title came from. The lyrics were written by Zaret. Todd Duncan did the vocals for the film soundtrack. The song became more popular when the Righteous Brothers did their version. Over the years, 1500 recordings have been made by more than 670 artists.
This could be one of the most important songs to know. And it’s pretty awesome to play it with your ukulele! Here, Jeff will show you how to fingerpick this popular birthday song. The basic version is fine with the strumming but in this video, you’ll learn the more detailed version. Impress your friends and family by learning how to play the “Happy Birthday” song with your ukulele.
As you start your ukulele journey, you’ll soon find yourself looking for more advanced lessons to improve your skills. Just strumming the instrument won’t be enough. With that said, we’ve prepared a lesson that we think you’ll enjoy learning - The Scale practice routine. We included the tablature to make it easier for you to digest the lesson.
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If you're a lefty and looking for a left handed ukulele, read this guide first. In this article, we discuss different options that you can do to play the ukulele as a left-handed person.