– The piano and ukulele tend to be used together when writing a song, but ukulele is often used alongside of the piano when improvising. Ukulele is used mostly on drums but the occasional guitar part is done with the ukulele.
How to Use A Ukulele
The best way for learning to play ukulele is to do the “how to play” video and practice slowly working in a tune. Try each chord as a practice tune and work your way up to learning it as one solo. This helps as you can then practice the chords you are unsure of on the fretboard. I am not the only one who has written about ukulele playing this way, there are lots of youtube clips of people playing without any music theory, just playing along, so don’t be afraid to learn this way. You will notice when you learn to play the ukulele slowly and make the progress on the neck you learn it more naturally. This also works for beginners as you can slowly work on learning to play the ukulele. This means you are learning and practising the most important notes as they appear.
The song I am writing for this lesson is called ‘Songs of the South’. The original song ‘Songs of the South’ was written by Jimmy Webb for the 1967 hit TV series ‘The Andy Griffith Show’. This classic film was a hit across America and in 1969 was given an Academy Award as Best Musical for ‘Songs of the South’ for ‘Outstanding Original Screenplay’.
Here is the ukulele part in the song, this takes only 8 notes, so it’s not difficult. Try to learn one note at a time.
The melody we will have to learn is the part that leads the last two chords. So we’re going to work on it, not from memory but from our head. This part is made up of 2 chords, the E and G. To begin with the first two lines of the melody, we’ll learn the E chord first.
This is a song using an A Major scale. Each note is on its own note.
So E is one above, G is 4 below (one above, one below)
So this means G is G above, E is E below.
So we just learned a chord. How do we go about moving to a new note? We simply do an E chord, now G we can
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