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Get started on Ukulele! Easy chords, strumming and songs! (Uke Beginner Lesson UK-001)

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    Hey, how you doing? Justine here!
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    Today we're gonna do a
    lesson on getting started on a Ukulele.
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    Great fun little instrument these are.
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    I’ve only been playing a few months but
    it’s really really good fun.
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    If you play a bit of guitar, the skills
    kinda transfer over pretty easy.
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    That's kind of a cool thing!
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    And if you’ve never played a musical
    instrument before
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    it’s a nice little starter one this one.
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    It's got nylon strings so it's
    easy on the fingers.
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    The chords are pretty simple to play.
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    Small, portable - great for parties you know
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    it’s a really good little instrument
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    In this lesson I want to show you
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    how to tune that thing,
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    how to hold it, how to strum it
    and I show you
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    four really simple chords
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    and give you some progressions to put
    those chords in
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    so you can play some tunes.
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    That’s the aim of our little lesson today.
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    So first thing, getting your Uke in tune.
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    Really really important, nylon
    strings tend to go out of tune a bit.
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    So I would recommend getting something
    like a clip on tuner
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    or something that is there all the time.
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    So you can tune up really quick you know
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    rather than having to get a tuner out and do
    all of that sort of stuff.
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    Either a little clip-on tuner.
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    This particular Uke has a built-in
    tuner,
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    This is a Maton Ukulele
    Australian Guitar Company
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    makes great instruments all around
    you want to check them out its Maton.
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    Maton.com.au is their website.
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    If your looking for a uke this is a great one.
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    Doesn’t matter what one you do this one as
    I should mention is a concert size Uke.
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    There's a soprano Uke which is a lot
    smaller - same tuning.
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    Although sometimes they tune the
    smaller ones up a tone from what
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    I'm going to show you. And there is
    a couple of bigger ones as well
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    this one is a concert one if you want
    to get one of this size.
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    So the tuning is C, oh sorry, G, C, E, A
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    and it seems to be commonly called
    when I looked it up “My dog has flees “
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    I don’t know where they get that name from
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    But you can hear that the fourth string
    which is the one closest to the ceiling
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    is actually the highest note.
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    So it’s kinda high - low - getting higher
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    It’s going from the top down okay you
    know I mean physically down
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    The string closest to the floor is the
    one I call the first string
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    So first string, second string, third
    string and fourth string
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    So from the ground it would be A, E, C
    and G
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    and from the ceiling down G, C, E, A. Okay?
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    Now like I said I really recommend
    that you get a tuner
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    If you don’t have a tuner
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    I'm gonna play the notes for you now so
    you can tune up
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    So, this would be the top
    string or string four. It’s the note G.
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    Okay, and now to the third string just
    the note C. It’s the lowest note on the Uke
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    And to the second string which
    is the note E
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    And now to the first string, the
    one closest to the ground, the note A
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    Okay, so when you pick it up and strum it.
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    “My dog has flees” that’s what you
    want to be hearing. Okay.
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    So that’s first really important thing
    getting your Uke in tune
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    Second thing - holding the Uke. Now
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    It makes sense to me that you should
    be stable not supported by this hand
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    so that means I have to support
    it with this hand
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    But just supporting it with this hand
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    and leaving this one free means
    I've got to hold it so tight
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    I can't strum very freely and that’s
    no good
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    and if I just support it with this hand
    then I can’t change chords
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    So really it’s a bit of balancing act where
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    Some of the weight of the neck is held
    by your hand that is fretting the chords
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    which is quite different to guitar
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    On guitar you would never be
    holding the neck
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    The neck should just be completely stationary
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    and it does make changing
    chords a little trickier
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    when you have to support
    the neck a little bit, Okay?
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    and otherwise it’s just your
    forearm kind of holding the Uke down
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    I have seen a few people talk about
    being able to hold the Uke like that
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    and play quite freely but I haven't been
    able to get it together that quickly
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    so it might be difficult for you too
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    one thing I do find - especially for the very
    first time - I just rested the Uke in my lap
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    like it was a guitar and now my strumming
    hand feels quite free
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    and I’m not going to hold the
    neck up so much
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    So you might want to try that as well
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    Doesn’t really matter whichever
    way you really want to do it.
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    you going to be holding it up
    quite high it's not like a guitar
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    where you would be playing it right down
    on your lap that feels pretty weird
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    So going to have it a little bit further up
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    So it really is what’s comfortable for you
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    If I was going to play it standing up
    I would almost certainly use a strap
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    It’s so light and small you could
    use a bit of string
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    It wouldn’t be big deal
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    So generally, you’re just using you’re
    forearm to hold the Uke against your body
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    and a little bit of support from the left hand.
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    The first thing you want to get sorted out,
    is just how you going to hold it
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    Now strumming - normally with Uke
    you strum with your first finger
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    There are other techniques, you
    could do fingerstyle and all sorts of stuff
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    To start off with you want to be
    just using your first finger
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    and interestingly you strum kind of around
    where the neck meets the body of the Uke
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    It’s not like a guitar where your back here
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    it’s more here
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    Now I recommend just starting off,
    just doing four down strums
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    with your first finger
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    and then get used to doing some up
    strokes and
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    make sure your fingers not getting caught
    in the strings
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    and going down, up, down,
    up, down, up, down, up
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    A really common kind of pattern
    could be like
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    one, two, and three and four, down - down
    up - down up - down, that kind of a pattern
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    Works really great on the Uke
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    But there’s lot s of different kind of
    strumming patterns
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    you can use - like on the guitar
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    that's one of the things you
    want to be studying as you progress
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    is learning different strumming patterns
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    and different ways of playing them
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    To start of with, don’t feel stress
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    just first finger strumming around
    the joint of the neck
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    and the body of the Uke strumming
    it up and down
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    That’s all you need to really be
    worrying about
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    To start off with
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    So let's get to a close up and check
    out your first four chords
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    The first chord where looking at
    is a C chord
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    And all we need to do to play a C chord is
    to put our third finger
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    in the third fret of string one
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    The string one is the one
    closest to the ground. Okay?
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    so - open , open, open, third fret
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    This is a C chord
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    Okay. Very very easy
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    Okay now the really really easy
    one - A minor
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    All we need to do is put that
    second finger
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    in the second fret of the top string
    or string four
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    Okay. So it's second - open - open - open
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    Just make sure your second finger
    is not laying over
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    and muting the third string
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    Nicely using the tips of your fingers
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    that would be an A minor chord.
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    C
    (plucking the chord)
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    Am
    (plucking the chord)
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    From A minor we can get to F really easy
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    I know the F chord on guitar is a
    bit of nightmare. But on the Uke,
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    all you do is to start with A minor
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    you put your first finger down
    in the first fret of the second string
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    and you leave your second finger down
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    You got second fret, open, first fret, open,
    and we got an F chord.
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    Okay, so start with the first finger
    first fret, second string
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    second finger, second fret, fourth string
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    The one we got that's an F Chord
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    Okay and the last chord we look
    at today is this one
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    and this one is a G chord. I can
    here some of you guitar players say
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    no it’s a D chord! Well, it looks like a
    D chord but on the Uke its a G chord
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    open, first finger is going in the
    second fret of the third string
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    third finger is going in the third
    fret of the second string
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    and the second finger is going down
    in the second fret of the first string
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    Okay, first finger,
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    second finger
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    third finger
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    (plucking G chord)
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    Okay, this is a G chord
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    So we got
    C
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    Am
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    F
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    G
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    (plucking C, Am, F ...)
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    I recommend doing that as a little exercise
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    to getting used to those chords,
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    C
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    Am
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    F
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    G
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    and back to
    C
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    Just using those four chords that
    we learned, there are hundreds
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    and I actually mean hundreds of
    songs that you can play
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    Now all you want to do is to start
    off learning some chord sequences
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    I cant teach you the actual
    songs and name them
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    because the I get into copyright
    problems, I got to get clearances
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    it gets all complicated
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    So I'll put a list of songs upon
    the website, okay
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    and use this particular chords because
    I can get away with that.
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    So the first really common chord sequence
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    that you going to get
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    is going from the C chord
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    to the G chord
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    to the A minor
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    and to the F
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    C
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    G
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    Am
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    to F
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    I’m using my thumb here just because
    it's really easy for me to hold the Uke.
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    and kinda strum with my thumb.
    You probably want to use your first finger
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    (strumming with first finger)
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    Okay. C, G, A minor, to F, okay
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    This chord sequence is used so much it's insane
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    You might have seen the Axis of Awesome
    doing these little four chords
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    in a medley of different songs that used it
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    So this is that chord sequence right
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    So if you want to dig that video out and
    check out all the songs that they do
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    Again you can google it and I'll put a list
    up on my website
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    that chord sequence, actually called
    a 1-5-6-4..Okay, 1-5-6-4
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    that’s the name of chord sequence
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    But there’re others even the
    chord sequence I’ve showed
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    you at the beginning there’s
    lots of songs that use this
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    having this 1 chord - the C, the A minor, F to G
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    Hundreds,maybe, it cant be a hundreds
    but there’s lots and lots of songs
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    that do use that chord sequence
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    So that’s what I would recommend for the Uke, to start. If you going to get started on the Ukulele
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    Rather than trying to learn to learn loads
    of different chords,
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    and any sort of fancy stuff, check out
    those four chords
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    get really comfortable with them
    and confident with your strumming
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    Once you got
    that together that’s kinda of the thing
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    you need if your playing on a party or whatever
    you want to have a good repertoires of tunes
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    that are really easy. That you can play
    if you had a couple of beers
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    It’s not going to stress you, not kinda
    get complicated you know
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    That’s what I recommend to
    starting off with on the Ukulele
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    I’m going to say I’m planning more lessons,
    some Uke songs and some
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    more videos and some more complicated chords
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    but as I said for getting started on
    the Uke you got enough to get yourself going
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    So, have fun on that fantastic
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    I really really enjoying the Uke
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    It's such a laugh.
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    I hope that you enjoy it as much as I do
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    and I'll see you for plenty
    more lessons very soon
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    Take care of yourselves!
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    Bye-bye.
Titel:
Get started on Ukulele! Easy chords, strumming and songs! (Uke Beginner Lesson UK-001)
Beschreibung:

Yep, I'm going to do some Ukulele lessons! In this little video I show you how to tune your uke, hold it, play four easy chords, strum it and and teach you a '1564' chord sequence which is used in hundreds of songs. Hope you enjoy the uke as much as I do and I'm planning a whole course on it cos I'm enjoying it so much!

The Uke I'm playing is made by Maton, the same company that makes all my acoustic guitars, check them out on the link below. In my humble opinion they make the best acoustic guitars and the student models are the best 'bang for buck' you'll find!

http://maton.com.au/product/maton-ukuleles

Taught by Justin Sandercoe.

Full support at the justinguitar web site where you will find hundreds of lessons on a wide range of subjects, and all the scales and chords that you will ever need! There is a great forum too to get help, no matter what the problem.

And it is all totally free, no bull. No sample lessons, no memberships, no free ebook. Just tons of great lessons :)

To get help with this lesson (and for further info and tabs), find the Lesson ID in the video title (like ST-667 or whatever) and then look it up on the Lesson Index page of justinguitar.com

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Have fun :)

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Video Language:
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