Colin is currently dipping into of the Ukulele Club of Virginia’s Songbook, containing over two hundred tunes, which are a mix taken from many useful sites across the web. In addition to the full PDF songbook, it’s possible to download a zip file of the individual songs as Word documents. Do have fun looking through & finding some interesting ones to play!
Tag Archives: Ukulele Underground
The latest Ukulele Underground YouTube tutorial fits in perfectly with our current moveable chords theme. Aaron explains how to work out how to play the same chord in different ways by using a fretboard diagram. He also shows you tips for easy chord progressions, ways of working out unusual chords you don’t know & learning how to play scales with that same diagram,
If you haven’t understood the principles behind it up until now, I’m sure you’ll find this really helpful as he illustrates it very clearly:
Other PLUC music theory postings.
I don’t really have a ‘favourite’ yet, but I’ve recently discovered Ukulele Underground and its forums. I’m a sucker for message boards and can easily waste my whole day on them, so I’m resisting jumping right into the community, and just lightly lurking for a while so I remember I still have a life. Looks like some fun and valuable stuff on there, though!
After dancing around to Chris’ rendition of Foot Tapper at this week’s club night, a visit to Ukulele Underground revealed a selection of numbers you can bop to in their video lessons section, such as Billie Jean and Gangnam Style (who says we’re not up-to -date?). Many of these can be found on their Ukulele Play-Along channel, so you can strum along with the UU group.
For starters, here’s the Hawaii Five-O Theme - book ‘em, Danno:
Tags: Aldrine Guerrero, Billie Jean, Book 'Em Danno, Gangnam Style, Hawaii Five-O, Jack Lord, Michael Jackson, Morton Stevens, On-line Lesson, Playalong, PSY, Quincy Jones, The Ventures, Thriller, Ukulele, Ukulele Underground, ukuleleunderground, YouTube
For those of you brushing up on your music theory, especially if you’re learning ukulele chords for the first time, here is a nicely laid out chord chart from the DaSilva Ukulele Co’s songlist & tutorials.
Instead of just listing the chords, it summarises a lot of information on one sheet. It’s tabulated by key signature, showing principal chords (I – IV – V7); relative minor (Vm – IIm – III7) & alternative chords (ie I6/VIm7, diminished, augmented, IV6, VIm6 & IIm6).
This works well if you also print off the uke-specific Circle of Fifths diagram from Gary Jugert on Ukulele Underground. This page shows you the familiar wheel, with notes, chords & key signatures, along with ukulele chords.
These two pages are a good easy reference. If you are interested in knowing more of the basics, there are plenty of good lessons out there you can find – we will pick a few another time.
Even if you don’t understand the theory yet, many tunes will use these sequences of chords or chords from the same key, so it’s useful to recognise their patterns & be used to playing these progressions.
Other music theory postings: Learn Uke Notes Without Fretting; PLUC Weekend Workout – Music Reading Knowledge; PLUCking Ukes – Transposing; PLUC Weekend Workout – Theta Music Trainer; Very, Very, Very Basic Understanding of Music for Absolute Beginners; PLUC Weekend Workout – memrise on-line courses; PLUC Weekend Workout – On-line Ear Trainer; PLUC Weekend Workout – EarMaster Reference Songs For Intervals; PLUC Weekend Workout – Howard Goodall’s Story Of Music; PLUC Weekend Workout – Fretboard Master Game; PLUC Weekend Workout – Guitarator Chord Quiz; PLUC Weekend Workout – Vocal Match Game
Also see the PLUC Transposing Tool
Tags: Berkeley Ukulele Club, Chord, Chord Chart, Chord Progressions, Circle of Fifths, DaSilva Ukulele Co, Gary Jugert, Key Signature, Michael DaSilva, Music Theory, Principle Chords, Relative Minor, Transposing Tool, Ukulele, Ukulele Chords, Ukulele Underground