In this all ages class, we look at our ukuleles and identify the head, neck, body, sound hole, tuning pegs, frets, bridge, and nut
We talk about what you need to do to play a song.
- Hold your ukulele
- Press down between certain frets
- Strum a rhythm
- Change chords at the right time
First we try strumming with no chord, covering the strings with our left hand.
- Strumming down and strumming up
We learn the names of the strings, GCEA can stand for Goats Can Eat Anything
We learn that the names of chords include C D E F G A B minor, major, 7th and others.
We learn to press the first string on the third fret to play a C chord.
We play “Frere Jacques” with C
We learn to play “My Dog Has Fleas” using Am7, C7, and C
Here is a video of My Dog Has Fleas to practice with. You can skip ahead using the orange title screens.
I designed it for kids, so adults might find it a bit irritating, but it’s designed to introduce several basic concepts:
- Learn to place your fingers on the strings to create easy chords
- Learn to get ready to change chords (on the word DOG)
- Learn to stop the strings to strum chk-chk on “Oh No!”
- Try three strumming rhythms:
- Bump Bump Bump Bump
- Ditty Ditty Ditty Ditty
- Bump Ditty Bump Ditty
After you have gone through this stage, the booklet introduces other chords and familiar songs.