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Great VT Uke Gathering
Bristol, Vermont September 7
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Ukulele Sista’s
Brattleboro, Vermont September 9
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Ukes Heal The World
Portland, Maine September 13
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Lake Larrson School
Brooksville, Maine September 15
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ABQ Ukekopelli Fest
ABQ, New Mexico Sept. 27-29
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The Emotional Value of Chords

Learning Songs The Fun Way: By Ear

Uke Jam By Ear

Play Ukulele By Ear #1
Hearing the I-IV-V

Play Ukulele By Ear #2
Chords & Circle of 5ths

Play Ukulele By Ear #3
Soloing

Picking Ukulele By Ear

Strumming Ukulele By Ear

3 Chord Magic

Magical Mystery Chords

Fab Four ’63-’64

Hank & Buck By Ear

Buddy Holly By Ear

The Crickets & The Beatles

The Jersey Boys By Ear

Neil Diamond Hits ’66-’71 By Ear

Carl Perkins Rockabilly By Ear

 

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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