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Ukuleles.. ...can Make U Happy!

Updated on October 1, 2014

Does your Dog Have Fleas??

My Dog Has Fleas... we have hear this expression, but you may not have know what it means? The statement is not about your dog, because you may not have a dog as a pet or maybe you are a cat person. The expression is to be spoken as singing the notes G , C, E, A , this is the standard tuning for a Ukulele. Here is what is sounds like GCEA Playing the ukulele will make you smile. Happy Strumming!!

What are the difference sizes of a Ukulele?

Soprano ukulele

Length: 21"

Tuning: GCEA, ADF#B

Number of frets: 12-15

Concert ukulele

Length: 23"

Tuning: GCEA (re-entrant), GCEA (linear)(low -G)

Number of frets: 15-20

Tenor ukulele

Length: 26"

Tuning: GCEA (re-entrant), GCEA (linear), DGBE

Number of frets: 15+

Baritone Ukulele

Length: 30"+

Tuning: DGBE

Number of frets: 19+

Parts of the Ukulele

Holding the Ukulele

Steps 1

Step 2

Step 3

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If you are just starting up to lay the ukulele, you may want to stop with a soprano ukulele. They are the smallest and least expensive. But remember that quality of sound will be poorer with the very cheap ukuleles. I buy my first on EBay for 35 dollars and the neck was tweaked so the "C" string would not tune right. I purchased a Kala Tenor Ukulele and I love it . The better sound , made me WANT to play it more.

Strumming - Basic Strum

So you have your ukulele , you know how to hold it. What about strumming patterns.

Basic Strum:

Steps:

1. Place your hand over the sound hole

2, Point you index finger through you

3 .Rotate you wrist to point your finger to the floor

When you point to the floor, that is a down stroke(and the back of the fingernail strikes the strings).

When you point back to you, that is an upstroke (and the pad of the fingers strikes the strings).

Repeating this motion over and over and there is your basic strum.

Try to keep you movement that same for both up and down strokes

Happy Strumming

Learn the first Chord - C

C chord with C Tuning
C chord with C Tuning

You need to learn some basic chords that are used in tons of songs. The first chord is C .

To make the C Chord

Place the tip of your ring finger on the fourth(A) string at the third fret.

A song's chords progression will be in a I IV V progression. What that means is the chord with be first chord, the forth chord and the fifth chord of the key. So in the case of the Key of C the three chords you need to know are C F G. So those are the three chords I am going to teach you.

Second Chord - F Chord

F Chord ukulele C tuning
F Chord ukulele C tuning

F Chord is the second chord to learn and it is the fourth chord in the Key of C

You make the F Chord by placing the tip of the index finger to the third(E) string, first fret and placing the tips of your middle finger to the second fret of the first (G) string.

Practice strumming up and down. To develop muscle memory , so you fingers go to the right position, don't strum the strings and just work on moving form the C chord to the F chord fingering without strumming.

Third Chord - G chord

G chord - C Tuning
G chord - C Tuning

The Third Chord is the G Chord .

The Fingering for the G Chord is as follows:

Place you index finger on the second (C) string, second fret.

Place the tip of your middle finger on the fourth (A) string , second fret

Place the tip of your ring finger on the third (E) string, third fret

In the Key of C the G chord is the Fifth chord. Songs in the Key of C have a Chord Progression of I IV V. So that means a song in the Key of C with a I IV V progression is Chords C F G

When you play C F G your ear will automatically want to end with going back to C chord to finish the pattern . This chord progression works for another key. If you wanted to change the key of a song from C to F, then a I IV V chord progression in F is F Bb D. So to transpose the Song from key of C to key of F , then when you see a C \, play an F when you see a F, play a Bb and when you see a G play a C

Don't Worry, Be Happy Song

Dont Worry Be Happy Song Key of C
Dont Worry Be Happy Song Key of C

This song is for educational purpose only. Personal use to learn to play the Ukulele

I want to Grow Old with You

Find the Chords and Lyrics below

Example of the song in a the key of G

I Want Grow Old with You

Adam Sander Song- instructional and entertainment purpose

Key of G

I wanna [G]make you smile when[Am]ever you're sad

[Bm]Carry you around when your ar[C]thritis is bad

[G]All I wanna do is [D]grow old with [C]you [G]

[G]I'll get your medicine when your [Am]tummy aches

[Bm]build you a fire if the [C]furnace breaks

[G]Oh it could be so nice, [D]growing old with [C]you [G] [G7]

[C]I'll miss you, kiss you, [G]give you my coat when you are cold

[C]Need you, feed you, I'll even let you [D]hold the remote control [C]

[G]So let me do the dishes in the [Am]kitchen sink

[Bm]Put you to bed when you've had too [C]much to drink

[G]Oh I could be the man to [D]grow old with [C]you [G]

[D]I wanna grow old with [C]you [G]


If it is easier for your playing, here is the song in Key C

I wanna [C]make you smile when[Dm]ever you're sad

[Em]Carry you around when your ar[F]thritis is bad

[C]All I wanna do is [G]grow old with [F]you [C]

[C]I'll get your medicine when your [Dm]tummy aches

[Em]build you a fire if the [F]furnace breaks

[C]Oh it could be so nice, [G]growing old with [F]you [C] [C7]

[F]I'll miss you, kiss you, [C]give you my coat when you are cold

[F]Need you, feed you, I'll even let you [G]hold the remote control [F]

[C]So let me do the dishes in the [Dm]kitchen sink

[Em]Put you to bed when you've had too [F]much to drink

[C]Oh I could be the man to [G]grow old with [F]you [C]

[G]I wanna grow old with [F]you [C]

Top Of World by The Carpenters - Ukulele Lesson by Ukulele Mike

Mike is playing this song in the key of F . So if you have problems perfroming the Bb chords. You can use the Key C. Shown below.

Ukulele Mike is a Great Teacher !

Top of the World in key of C

C G F C

Such a feelin's comin' over me

Em Dm G C

There is wonder in most everything I see

F

Not a cloud in the sky

Em A

Got the sun in my eyes

Dm F G

And I won't be surprised if it's a dream

C G F C

Everything I want the world to be

Em Dm G C

Is now coming true especially for me

F G

And the reason is clear

Em A

It's because you are here

Dm F G - G7

You're the nearest thing to heaven that I've seen

G7 C

I'm on the top of the world lookin'

F

Down on creation

C Dm G C- C7

And the only explanation I can find

F G

Is the love that I've found

C F

Ever since you've been around

C Dm G C

Your love's put me at the top of the world

C G F C

Something in the wind has learned my name

Em Dm G C

And it's tellin' me that things are not the same

C F G Em A

In the leaves on the trees and the touch of the breeze

Dm F G - G7

There's a pleasin' sense of happiness for me

Chorus

C G F C

There is only one wish on my mind

Em Dm G C

When this day is through I hope that I will find

F Em A

That tomorrow will be just the same for you and me

Dm F G - G7

All I need will be mine if you are here

C F

I'm on the top of the world lookin' down on creation

C Dm G C- C7

And the only explanation I can find

F G C F

Is the love that I've found ever since you've been around

C Dm G C

Your love's put me at the top of the world

Hawaiian Vamp - A great way to start out a song or transition

Here is a guideline for using vamps as an intro to the song for the "Tiny Bubbles" song above you could play G7 - C- F twice before you started with "Tiny Bubbles in the Wine ". Vamps are used a lot with hawaiian music, but you can do a vamp with any song. Just use the vamp that cooresponds with the Key of the song. Happy Strumming!

Don Ho 's Tiny Bubbles for Ukulele

Don Ho 's Tiny Bubbles for Ukulele
Don Ho 's Tiny Bubbles for Ukulele

Song for Educational purpose

Tiny Bubbles -- Don Ho - Watch the video if you don't know the song. You might remember Don Ho from the Brady Bunch episode in Hawaii

This song is for educational purpose only. Personal use to learn to play the Ukulele

A Bj Thomas Hit from 1975 - Hey Won't you play another Somebody done somebody Wrong Song

I found this you Tube video of a perfromer in the New York Subway, doing this song. I have also included the original blog post that I found it on. (http://andiamnotlying.com/2010/another-somebody-do...

BJ Thomas Hit

Hey, Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song

Here is the Chords for the Song in the Video. For eduational purposes only. No Copyrights to this song.

Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song (1975)

C F

It's lonely out tonight

G7 C

And the feeling just got right for a brand new love song

F C

Somebody done somebody wrong song

C Em

Hey, won't you play another

C C7 F

Somebody done somebody wrong song

C

And make me feel at home

Dm G7 C

While I miss my baby, while I miss my baby

E7

So please, play for me a sad melody

Am C- Dm

So sad that it makes everybody cry

G7 C

A real hurting song about a love that's gone wrong

Am G7

Cause I don't wanna cry all alone

C Em

Hey, won't you play another

C C7 F

Somebody done somebody wrong song

C

And make me feel at home

Dm G7 C

While I miss my baby, while I miss my baby

E7

So please, play for me a sad melody

Am C- Dm

So sad that it makes everybody cry

G7 C

A real hurting song about a love that's gone wrong

Am G7

Cause I don't wanna cry all alone

C Em

Hey, won't you play another

C C7 F

Somebody done somebody wrong song

C

And make me feel at home

Dm G7 C

While I miss my baby, while I miss my baby

C Em

Hey, won't you play another

C C7 F

Somebody done somebody wrong song

C

And make me feel at home

Dm G7 C

While I miss my baby, while I miss my baby

C Em

Hey, won't you play another

C C7 F

Somebody done somebody wrong song

C

And make me feel at home

Dm G7 C

While I miss my baby, while I miss my baby

What is your favorite Ukulele Song?

Which one of these is your FAVORITE Ukulele Song?

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      chrismeyerlv 5 years ago

      @MJsConsignments: I don't think you can hear the Ukulele and not smile. I have added a list of Ukulele songs to page. I hope you enjoy.

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      Michelle 5 years ago from Central Ohio, USA

      I haven't heard a lot of ukulele but I too heard it in Hawaii...but during a 4th of July celebration in Hilo on the Big Island.

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      chrismeyerlv 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Beautiful-Bridal, I hope to get to that festival some day!! THANKS for being my first comment!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I went to the Ukulele Festival in Honolulu a few years ago. You would have loved it!