Memorizing music rather than depending on reading from music will make you a much better musician. You will grow in confidence and your performance will be much more effective.
For further research on memory…
You don’t have to be a pro or expert ukulele player to bring joy to children (or adults, for that matters) with simple songs using simple chords. Just have fun!
Check out Storytime Ukulele: Simple chords for Simple songs. Lots of good stuff!
While you at it, check out the article, The Benefits of the Ukulele on Kids’ Attitudes.
UkeBuddy.com is a great online (Desktop OR Mobile) source for ukulele chords, ukulele scales, arpeggios, an ukulele tuner & a chord namer.
- Chords – Look up chords by letters including sharps. If you are looking for a flat use the previous letter sharp – for example, B flat would be A sharp. E flat would be D sharp.
- Alternate Chords – click on the ‘< # / # >’ on the headstock to look for alternative chords that may be easier to play for you or might add fuller sound.
- Chord Namer – click on the fretboard the chord you are exploring and the namer will tell you what chord it is.
If you see a song on YouTube that you like and want the chords, you can go to Chordify and paste the URL. It will show you the chord letters with the number of beats for each (Don’t remember them? You can click on ‘chords’ for a refresher view of
It will show you the chord letters with the number of beats for each (Don’t remember them? You can click on ‘chords’ for a refresher view of them.
Here is a beautiful Christmas song example *.
(* since I don’t have copyright priveleges I’m not revealing the name of the song. Sorry.)
Don’t worry if you don’t get each chord, just keep the melody going and most of all, have fun and enjoy the song!
This is the way a song will look. Click the ‘Play’ button to start the song and you’re off!
Online Song Sources
This is an outstanding video!
Here is the melody line if you need it. http://www.musicnotes.com/sheetmusic/mtdFPE.asp?ppn=MN0082781&ref=google
(First seen on Kimo’s Website – http://kimohussey.com/kimo-hussey-ukulele-video-series-left-and-right-hand-technique-combined/ )
Check out the video lists for ‘The Ukulele Teacher‘ and I’m sure you’ll find a video or two (maybe many more!) that you find helpful. Here is an example of his video on ‘Chucking’.
His videos are easy to follow, witty and fun. He also organizes the order of the videos very effectively.
If you have been playing awhile and would like to ‘up your game a little’ check this out…
Aaron and Nicole Keim (The Quiet American *) have just released their new ‘Fingerstyle Ukulele Songbook’. Nicole beautifully handwrites the text! It is available in printed form (for $20 plus shipping) OR for $15 in digital download form.
The accompanying YouTube videos are available at his ‘Aaron Keim’ YouTube channel. You can look at the ‘Fingerstyle Ukulele Book!’ list two different ways – 1) as a LIST which I perfer list OR in a BOX or TABLE.
Note that he has included two versions – for ‘High G’ which is what most of us play AND for those that have physically changed the G string to one an octave lower (you will know who you are if you have done this). The ‘High G’ is the traditional string tuning and is called ‘reentrant’.
Here is the first in the series. Be sure to use the ‘list’ or ‘box’ above to find the others.
Aaron also offers a ‘Clawhammer Ukulele’ book and YouTube videos. Here is the first video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BSlmEZUtROo&list=PLA54C42755DA602AC. Clawhammer is a little tricky. If you aren’t an experienced ukulule player you may want to try the ‘Fingerstyle’ book first.
* If you don’t know Aaron and his wife, Nicole, known together as ‘the quiet American’ I hope that you will take the time to get to know them. They are great! From their Website:
the quiet american is husband and wife duo, aaron and nicole keim. a home-grown modern folk revival, their music incorporates traditional ballads, banjo breakdowns, raggy choruses, gospel duets and other dusty americana gems, all delivered on a wide variety of acoustic instruments. gathered around a single microphone, aaron and nicole present a concert experience that pays tribute to old time folk music traditions yet strives to connect to a modern audience. dusty back porch or shining concert hall, the quiet american reminds you why home made, hand crafted, american folk music will never fade away.
When you go to their Website be sure to click on ‘Info’ and read about their latest album, ‘wild bill jones’.