The reggae strum is a fun strum that can be used for almost any song! It will give the song that fun island sound.
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This lesson course has the most important ingredient you should look for in lessons overall - a good teacher. A good teacher always makes learning easier.
When they say it's just 7 minute videos it's not that you don't practice, it's that playing along with the videos and playing the songs IS the practice and when you are asked to practice, it will be playing along with the instructor, not practicing alone.
This is the same way I structure my group lessons playing the songs and having fun IS the practice. That's the best way to insure everyone sticks with it and has fun.
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Ghost Riders in the Sky; Behind the Music
The song tells a folk tale of a cowboy who has a vision of red-eyed, steel-hooved cattle thundering across the sky, being chased by the spirits of damned cowboys. One warns him that if he does not change his ways, he will be doomed to join them, forever "trying to catch the Devil's herd across these endless skies".
Jones said that he had been told the story when he was 12 years old by an old cowboy friend.
This is an advanced lesson and for those that have completed the Play Ukulele NOW Method and Songbook or have a good understand of the basics. Feel free to post any questions you might have about it.
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Little Drummer Boy; Behind the music
The words and music to the Christmas song Little Drummer Boy were composed by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone in 1958. The lyrics of Little Drummer Boy consist of no less than 21 rum pum pum pum' - a major part of the song and therefore presenting an apparently easy task for the lyricist!
Little Drummer Boy has been a huge hit for several artists. The most notable rendition was created by the most unlikely combination of Bing Crosby and David Bowie. This version of Little Drummer Boy was a massive hit for the artists and was in fact Bing Crosby's most successful recording since the legendary White Christmas.
How do you learn faster? Take it slow and easy!
These 3 things are something I find myself always reminding my students.
Here are the most popular sizes: Soprano, Concert, Tenor and Baratone
The ukuleles pictured here are all Makala ukuleles by Kala, the MK-S, MK-C. MK-T and MK-B. These are great starter ukes and they are recommended by most teachers and are great for schools and clubs.
I'm posting this because in future posts I will be referring to the parts of the ukulele and I will reference this post for those that are unfamiliar with the terms. It is important to memorize these terms.
Since ukuleles have nylon strings they are a little harder to keep in tune than an instrument that has steel strings. This is because nylon strings stretch allot more than steel strings do, especially when they are new. You may get a new ukulele and think there is a problem with it and it won't hold a tuning. But don't worry, after you learn these tips and tricks you will be able to properly tune your ukulele and keep it in tune longer.
How to tune your ukulele
First we'll cover how the ukulele is tuned.
C tuning is the most common ukulele tuning. The ukulele can be tuned to a piano, a digital tuner or pitch pipe.
It might be best to get a digital tuner. When using a pitch pipe or a piano, It can be difficult for a beginner to determine if the note they tuning to matches the note they are hearing. As a student becomes more experienced and develops their ear it will become easier to tune to a piano or pitch pipe.
Welcome to the new Play Ukulele NOW!
People have been using Play Ukulele NOW eBooks, books and playukulelenow.com to learn to play since 2009. Teachers and students alike love how everything is presented in these unique methods.
The Play Ukulele NOW key sheets teach chords in groups so that you will have an understanding of which chords work well together and which chords are often played together. Without realizing it you will easily learn basic music theory! With the unique Play Ukulele NOW Chord Charts you will quickly and easily learn to play chords throughout the neck, using just a few chord forms! The comprehensive rhythm studies you will find in this book will provide you with a wide variety of fun rhythms you can use in many different songs! All of the songs are very special arrangements for this course.
Lots of tips tricks and lessons will be posted here, so check back often. For now, be sure to get the free eBook. The lessons here will require that you have already learned the basics. Click here to get yours
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Andrew Borst has been been teaching and writing instructional books and materials for almost 30 years now.