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Nashville Uke Society
April 15 7-8:30pm CT

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Red Sky Ukuleles UK
April 24 4-5:30pm GMT

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Houston Ukulele Group
April 27 7-8:30pm CT

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LA Jumpin’ Fleas
April 29 7-8:30pm PT

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Ithaca Ukulele Group
April 30 3-4:30pm ET

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Edmonton Ukulele Circle
May 12 7-8:30pm MT

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May 20 8-9pm ET

 

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Why Learn Simple Songs First?

Posted on: September 26th, 2009 by dville


Why is it important to learn the melodies to simple nursery rhyme songs like London Bridges, Mary Had A Little Lamb, and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star before moving on to more complicated melodies? Because these songs contain the same Major Scale Intervals found in more complex songs. Once your ears become familiar hearing the intervals of the Major 2nd, Major 3rd, Perfect 4th, Perfect 5th and so on, in simple songs, when those same intervals come around in more complicated songs you will immediately recognize them.

So how do we familiarize our ears with the intervals? We start at the beginning of the major scale with the interval of Do to Re which is a Major 2nd. Then we play from Re to Mi which is also a Major 2nd. Finally play a descending Major 3rd interval from Mi to Do. You’ve just played the first four notes to the melody of Frère Jacques which is also known as the song Brother John (Do-Re-Mi-Do).

Get to where you can hear and play this set of notes automatically. Then, by simply putting a slightly different rhythmic feel to those four notes, presto, you’ve played the first four notes to Sweet Georgia Brown.

As you play through the songs you know, and learn new ones, I think you’ll be surprised how many times you’ll notice the sequence of Do-Re-Mi-Do revealing itself. Please drop me an email with the names of songs you come across where this phrase is used.

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