Happy Together for Ukulele

Here is the cheat sheet for Happy Together! One of my Uke Newb guinea pigs suggested that I give some hint about how the rhythm goes before starting the song, so here’s my new, improved notation method with an intro page that tells what chords are going to be in the song, and lets you practice the rhythm a bit before you start in. It will either be helpful, or confusing as Hell!

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4 thoughts on “Happy Together for Ukulele

  1. peepee says:

    I really love your uke cheat sheets – they’re very easy for beginners to follow so thanks for sharing!
    With this song I have difficulty with the E chord – is there an alternative chord, or can you suggest the best fingering for the E?

    • goodwerks says:

      E is one of the hardest chords for beginners, but you gotta learn sometime, right?
      If you are holding your uke as you would play it, the strings from uppermost to lowermost are G C E A, right?

      I have lady hands, so I can use my pointer finger on 2nd fret of the A string, and my remaining three fingers on 4th fret of the GC and E strings (middle on G, ring on C, pinky on E). But it’s hard to change to/from.
      …Another way to play E is to bar the GCE strings by pushing them all down with your ring finger. This works great if you have strong hands, which I don’t. Just concentrate on getting the GCE strings pushed down however is easiest for you and forget about the A string for awhile. You can deaden the A string instead of pushing it all the way down (in an E chord, it’s a duplicate of the note on the G string anyway) or just avoid strumming it. I use my ring finger and middle finger to get more pressure pressing the GCE strings which naturally tends to deaden the A string. Or you can use your index finger to bar them, but I find it hard to change from that position. …I should warn you that I really am no authority on how to play ukulele, so take my advice with a huge grain of salt!

      But… the beauty of barring the GC and E strings is that you can play D the same way. Try an E, D A progression a few times and see how easy it becomes!

      There’s a super cool Ukulele Chordfinder site at http://www.ukulele.nl/chordfinder.php that has a nifty online tool to show chord shapes. Select your tuning (Soprano C – GCEA) at right and then click on the chord that you want to play. It shows you on the ukulele how to shape the chord. Click again on the same chord on the keypad letters, and it will show you alternate shapes for that chord. As you’ll see, there are several ways to play E, but none of them are especially easy.

      • peepee says:

        Thanks for the advice. I had been using your method (with my pointer finger on the A string) but it feels really uncomfortable… I guess I just have to stick with it!

  2. viv says:

    i have been playing for a while now and still find it so difficult to play the E chord i have played gigs too and played the E7 instead and it hasnt changed anything if its that difficult use E7 as it was for me no matter how much i practiced i just couldn get it down So for me The E7 is fine.

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