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June 2015

Ukulele Video Tutorials

5 Ukulele Strumming Patterns for Beginners

June 29, 2015

While not a tutorial for a specific ukulele song with ukulele chords, I find this video tutorial on ukulele strumming patterns to be excellent. Easy to follow along, in this beginner ukulele lesson, you can learn five strumming patterns you can use to play thousands of different songs on ukulele. These ukulele strumming patterns are versatile, simple and work for most songs.

Ukulele Photography

Hawaiian Ukulele – The Musical Instrument That Anybody Can Play

June 19, 2015


Hawaiian Ukulele

This terrific ukulele ad appeared in The Colville examiner on August 05, 1916. The copy reads:

Hawaiian ukulele, the musical instrument that anybody can play. Keep one in your parlor, take it to the lakes or mountains, or sea shore, or on your auto rides Use it any place. Pick out chords to any song in a few minutes. It is so simple that any one can learn to play it in a very short time; it also possesses possibilities as a musical instrument which makes the effort worth while if one wishes to give it serious study.

The ukulele has achieved sensational popularity within a short time. Almost unknown three years ago outside the Hawaiian Island, it is now a familiar instrument in all parts of the United States – on the Pacific coast it has become so great a fad as to verge on craze.

Now, no glee club is considered complete without a ukulele contingent; thousands are in use in the schools and colleges You heard the one with the Hawaiian Quartette.

The alluring mellowness of its tone makes it a fascinating and idea instrument to accompany the voice It is used with equal effect in either sentimental or ragtime melodies.

Practically every family in California has a ukulele in the house. You need one. They are inexpensive and will rerun many times their cost in pleasure and entertainment.

The write will give all possible assistance free to those taking up this beautiful instrument.

A house to house canvass will be made, in the meantime you can call-up the writer at the McFarland residence.  A complete stock of ukuleles, instruction books, etc., on hand.

Photo courtesy University of Hawaii at Manoa Library

Ukulele Chords, Ukulele Video Tutorials

Killing Me Softly Ukulele Chords Tutorial

June 16, 2015

This is an excellent ukulele tutorial by TenThumbs Productions walking you through either the Roberta Flack version or the Fugees version of Killing Me Softly ukulele chords. From the tutorial’s description…

Alright, Maybe you like the Roberta Flack version, maybe it was the Fugees, maybe it was Nancy Sintra, Alicia Keys, a lot of people have done this great tune. But no matter who it was, we are going to teach you how to play it today. It is a relatively simple song. The E major, B7 and Fmaj7 might be a little tricky when learning how to play Ukulele, but the strum pattern is basic and there are no crazy changes, making it a fairly easy song to learn how to play on the Ukulele. What we are going to do is break down the two parts, chorus and verse, and than do a play-a-long, and than after that we are even going to look at some ideas you can do to finger pick it out. We are going to break down how to play Killing Me Softly (with his song) on Ukulele so that no matter what your level you can learn how to play!

Ukulele Chords, Ukulele Photography, Ukulele Song Books

Ukulele Nights Song Book One

June 10, 2015
Ukulele Songbook

The Ukulele Nights Song Book One is a nice songbook from the Cardiff Ukulele Nights Group Join their friendly Monday night jam sessions in Cardiff for ukulele players of all levels.The ukulele songs and chords featured in this songbook include:

  • Deep in the heart of Texas Ukulele Chords
  • Down by the Riverside Ukulele Chords
  • Oh my Darling Clementine Ukulele Chords
  • All My Loving Ukulele Chords
  • Born Free Ukulele Chords
  • Delilah Ukulele Chords
  • Frankie and Johnny Ukulele Chords
  • I’ll Fly Away Ukulele Chords
  • I’m a Believer Ukulele Chords
  • It’s my Party Ukulele Chords
  • I Want to Marry a Lighthouse Keeper Ukulele Chords
  • Salty Dog Blues Ukulele Chords
  • Sweet Georgia Brown Ukulele Chords
  • Take this Hammer Ukulele Chords
  • These Boots were Made for Walking Ukulele Chords

Photo courtesy of micki.

Ukulele Chords, Ukulele Video Tutorials

Hey Ya! Outkast Ukulele Tutorial

June 7, 2015

As the Ukulele Teacher says in all of his videos, grab your uke and make sure it is in tune to play this ukulele tutorial of Hey Ya by Outkast. There are only four ukulele chords played in the same order for this song, G, C, D and E. He starts out teaching you how to play this ukulele chords, but you can skip ahead if you already know the chords. He also walks you through the stemming pattern on the ukulele tutorial. Happy strumming!