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Kids Beginner Ukulele Class Part II

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Lessons in This Class

29 Lessons (1h 10m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Am Chord

    • 3. G Chord

    • 4. G7 Chord

    • 5. Chord Progression: C-Am-F-G

    • 6. Chord Progression: C-F-G

    • 7. Chord Progression: C-G-Am-F

    • 8. Understanding Chord Progressions

    • 9. You Are My Sunshine

    • 10. Strumming Pattern: D DU UD

    • 11. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Strum

    • 12. Strumming Pattern: D DU UDU

    • 13. If You're Happy and You Know It

    • 14. Shake Your Sillies Out

    • 15. Strumming Pattern - D-Slap-U-Slap

    • 16. Stand By Me

    • 17. A Chord

    • 18. Em Chord

    • 19. D Chord

    • 20. Dm Chord

    • 21. Whole & Half Steps

    • 22. Whole & Half Steps on the G String

    • 23. C Major Scale

    • 24. C Major Scale Practice

    • 25. How To Build a Major Scale

    • 26. How To Read Tab

    • 27. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Tab

    • 28. Happy Birthday - Tab

    • 29. Row Row Row Your Boat - Tab

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About This Class

Step by step beginner ukulele video course for your child aged 5+ to follow along to. If you haven't taken the first beginner ukulele class you should go through that one FIRST! If you already know how to play a C & F chords comfortably and know a few songs then you can move right into this class. 

Some things they'll learn include:

  • How to read tab
  • 7 new chords!
  • Songs: Stand By Me, Shake Your Sillies Out, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Etc.
  • New strumming patterns
  • Notes on the G string
  • Whole and Half steps
  • C Major Scale
  • And more!

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1. Introduction: Hey, everyone, if you are here, you probably already made it through my first set of videos in my beginner, you could lately serious for kids. And now this is just a extension of what I've already done. So if you're just first starting out to you clearly had recommend you hit that video first and then move on over here, we'll learn a little bit more stuff, everything that we're gonna do in here. We're actually gonna learn how to read some music with Tab, and we're gonna learn a fume or intricate strumming patterns to kind of spice things up and give a little bit more flavor to your playing. We're gonna learn quiet, a bit more chords as well. So you will have a lot of the basic ones and be able to play multiple songs that you hear after going through this course. I hope that sounds interesting. And I hope that will make you take this course and I'll see you guys around 2. Am Chord: Hey, guys, Welcome back. So if you made it through the first Siris of ukulele than now, you're ready to learn a little bit harder stuff. And so in the previous course, we learned the cord, See? And 1/2 today we're gonna add a new chord called the a Minor Chord. So the nice thing about the a minor chord is that since you already know how to play the F chord, all you have to do is just remove your very first finger. And so you're a minor chord is just gonna be in the second fret on this very top fourth string Stroman. Then it's really easy to go right back to your F court. So see, I have take that finger off on and I haven't a liner. 3. G Chord: All right, So now we made it through three chords. We've got our C chord r f chord and our new So now we're gonna learn is a g chord which this will be the hardest cord that you've learned so far it's gonna take all three fingers . So what we're gonna do is we're gonna go ahead and it's going to be on the second front here and the third friend. And so your 1st 2 fingers are going to go ahead and they're gonna be in the second. Frightened. Your third finger will be in the third. Fret. So what we're gonna do if you're looking Accord chart. You can see that you're gonna take your first finger, and you're gonna go 123 and place your finger right there. Then you'll take your second finger and you're gonna place it on the very first string. In that second fret. And then in between those two fingers, you'll see that you have your second string available. And so then what you're gonna do is take your third finger and press it down on the third Fret Well, not your g chord. So one more time we're gonna go. 123 For that second fret, take your second finger. Put it on the first string in the second fret, take 1/3 finger, put it on the second string in the third front and then go ahead and strum all your strings right there. And that's gonna be your record. 4. G7 Chord: Alright, guys. So we've got a couple chords down So far, we've got our c chord r f gored our new chord the a minor and our new chord the G So what we're gonna learn next is a G seven And the nice thing about a G seven is you can kind of interchange it with the G however you want when you're learning a song. So a lot of times a song will be a C, f and G or C F and G seven on. And so what we're gonna do is it's pretty much the same exact thing. All we're really doing is moving from this third fret over to this first front, and so we have to do a little bit of adjustments with our fingers to get that down. So when you're looking at a court start, what you see is that your first finger is actually going to be in your very first fret on the second string, okay? And so then you'll take your second finger, put it on that third string of the second fret and take your third finger and put it on the first string of the second Friday s so basically, you're just moving from having your first and second finger toe having your second and third finger on that second front on that, your G seven. So we've got a G seven and we moved those fingers around, and now we've got a g. All right. Good luck with the practice on those two chords, guys. 5. Chord Progression: C-Am-F-G: Hey, guys. So what we're gonna do today is we're gonna work on something called chord progressions. So chord progressions or just basically a group of chords that work really well together and normally what it is is going to be your first, your fourth in your fifth in a scale. And so we'll learn a little bit more about that and how you can figure out which cords go well together. But today, what I'm going to show you is just a few examples of some chords that go well together. So ah, popular court progression in music is going to be We're gonna use it in the key of C and what that would be is a C A minor F and G. And so what that is, is that's going to be your first You're six, your fourth and then your fifth. And so what that means is just c d e f g A b and back to see It's just gonna be the first like the sea is the first. The A is which would be the a minor is the sixth and so on. And so I will explain that in detail. A little bit more, but let's go ahead and get to that court progression. So the 1st 1 c a minor F and G. And so when you play those courts together, they're going to sound really well. And a lot of your songs already have something like that. So what we're do, we're just gonna put it together. We're going to four strums of each core just really basic to get us going. So we'll go again one more time at sea, a minor F and G. It is four down strums on each one. Teoh, you go back and do it again. 34 day minor to 3423 floor gene to three floor just like that. Well, go ahead and just practice with that basic strumming pattern in those that order of chords and I'll catch in the next video. 6. Chord Progression: C-F-G: All right. So we learned our first core progression of C A minor F and G. Another one that we've used in some of our songs is just the 14 and five like I was talking about before, which is gonna be everything the same exact in the key of C without a minor. So really basic. We're just gonna go see F and G. And here we go. On four strums each. 234234 G, 234 It again. 234234 to 3. Door just like that. All right, good luck. 7. Chord Progression: C-G-Am-F: all right. And we're gonna go ahead and do one more chord progression why we're here, which is the same exact chord, just in a different order. So this one's gonna be C G a minor and f All right, which is going to be your one, your five year six and then your four in that order. And so, basically, I'm just giving you these numbers so that want to learn how to get the key of anything? Maybe g or E or anything like that. You can go ahead and use these numbers with 16 by four and so on. Okay, so this one is gonna be a seed, a g a minor on a naff. We'll just do four storms on each one again. See? G way. Only core progressions that we work with during this class. Good luck. 8. Understanding Chord Progressions: Hey, guys, today we're gonna be going over chord progressions. So if you don't know what a chord progression is, it's basically just a group of chords that work well together. And so we're gonna be learning about, like, the 14 and five and everything like that. And so I'm going to show you how to figure out, uh, which cord goes where and so basically all it is is you're taking, like, miners and majors. And then we also have a diminished here at the very end. And so we're not gonna focus too much on the diminished. We're going to really hang out on the major in the minors on dso What? I'm gonna use this example in the key of C. And so, for instance, what we've got is our first chord is gonna be a C. Then we've got a d on e ah, a g on a then then a B. And so what that's gonna be is it's telling you right up above it is so your first, your fourth in your fifth. They're all majors, so I'm friends. Sounds like if you were gonna play, you would be playing like an A major a G major, anything like that. And so you have to be really careful because we do know, like our a minor, which is completely different than just your accord. And so there is a difference there. So this is going to kind of help you, and it shows you like, um, in the key of C, where when we play like R one r six r four and then five were playing a major, a minor, a major in a major. And so the only minor that we're playing is an A minor. And so I would definitely write this down, too. So you can see an example. This is gonna be the method. The major minor, minor, major, major minor diminished for any majors. OK, so if you were starting with, like a minor, you it would be something different. But we're just gonna go over the majors for now. In here. Um and so Yeah, go ahead and write this down Positive video if you need to and used x example because you will come back to playing your one, your four and your five altogether, which is your see your f in your G and then you also play some with your A minor. All right. I hope that makes a little bit of sense. And you understand why it goes in this order and how you figure out whether you're gonna be playing a major or a minor chord. This is just the method. The major, minor, minor, major, major, minor diminished. All right, guys, good luck. 9. You Are My Sunshine: All right, guys, today we're gonna be learning our very first song with the G chord. So what this song is gonna be is you are my sunshine And we're just gonna take our chord that we already know r c and R f And we're just gonna be adding r G. And so let me show you those quarters real quick just in case So we have our C chord on the third fret Bottom string R F chord second string first fret fourth string second fret and our new G chord Third string second fret First string Second fret Second string, third friend. So the nice thing about this is there's actually only one section that has a G. Everything else is just going back and forth between C and F on the down streams. So I'm gonna go take a piece by piece and we'll go from there. So let me play the whole song for your first so that you know what it sounds like. You are my sunshine, My only sunshine You make me happy wins. Guys are great you'll ever do Oh, dear, How much I don't wait. So that's how it's gonna be so it's really simple. You just have the G at the very, very end of the song. Everything else is just basically regular down Strom's on certain words. So let's go and take the first part So when we first start, you actually think you are my and you don't actually, Strom, until you say sun shine So you will have to strums on that word Sunshine Okay to you you are my sunshine just like that. And then while there's no words you also have a strong in there too. So you are my son, my please. So basically down strums on son in shine Also another stream After that then you strum on Onley and sunshine again Okay, you are my my only son Shine again right there with no words on that part. Okay? You only hit the c chord one more time When you say make and then when we goto happy you're gonna be going toe af so just know the starting on sunshine you'll stay on sea all the way until we say the word happy, which then you'll change toe. And if you're tapping your foot along with this, you should be getting this consistent beat that you know when you need to be strumming So you are my sunshine My only sunshine You make me happy, Uh, be he s So when you get to that happy is when you're going to switch to your happy just like that, Okay? Another strum after that And then you go win skies are And then we say grey we go back to see gray way You'll never And we say no, we got f no, dear How much? And then when we say love, we go back to see uh please don't pay way. Say sunshine. This is where we go to our g Back to CEO. Okay, so all together from the top So one, 23 for you are my sunshine My only sunshine You big me I be when skies are back to see Gray You remember back toe No gear. How much? Back to see? Uh, please don't take Eugene, my son. Sure. Back to CEO the end. Alright, guys, use your paper. Your print out. It'll have everything with the marks on it and everything Exactly when you should be switching. Good luck 10. Strumming Pattern: D DU UD: all right, so so far we've been working with some very basic strumming patterns. We've just been doing all downs, and that's it. And so that works really, really well when you're first learning and it gives you gives you the better way to be able to work through your chord changes. And so it's super simple without making it difficult, because when you add in different strumming patterns when you're just not quite ready, it can get really frustrating to be able to try to get to those new chords that you don't know yet. I'm just like that. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna introduce you to our first different strumming pattern, and then you can practice it with the chord progressions, as you already know that we've already learned like your CF to G and everything like that, and so never move onto a new strumming pattern until you're really, really comfortable with one that you already know. So if you're already having a hard time doing just down strums with these chord progressions, don't move onto this strumming pattern yet. But if you feel like it's really easy and it's time to move on I'm gonna go ahead and show you how to do that. So the streaming pattern, what it is is it's going to be down, down, up, up, down. Okay. And so what? It's gonna sound like what? It's gonna go in our C It's gonna go down, down, up, up again. Down, down, down. So if you just keep your hand there and really consistent Down, down, up, up, down, Down, Down, up, up, Down town on. So what you do is you can also just meet your strings. Just practice the strumming pattern with no cord down, down, up, down again. Down, down, up, up, down, down, up, down. And so after that, last down is when you would switch to your cord that you're moving on to next. So, for instance, I'm going to do it in the stream with your chord progression of C, F and G, just to show you an example of what it would look like just like that down, down, up, up, down, down, down, up, up, down And practice that quite a bit. You couldn't even start with just a C to an F before even add the G. So take it slowly step by step. It should come easy with lots of practice. I'll get you guys in the next video. 11. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Strum: today we're back with Twinkle, Twinkle little star. We're gonna learn how to strum it and they were also going to learn how to just pick it. So for the first part, we're going to start with strumming just to kind of get the hang of this down. So this is actually nice. If there's two of you that are learning it, one of you can do the strumming section of it and one of you can do the picking at the same exact time. And it would sound really nice. So but go ahead and pick and choose whichever you'd like to do. And we're gonna go ahead and get started on the strumming version of it today. So the cords that we're gonna be using our C and G seven typical cords that we've been using so far for this course. So what it's gonna be is it's gonna go like this. We're gonna go to the oh, stop! How I won. Uh uh uh uh like how? Why? Okay, so the first part of it, we just start on our see doing way. Goto after two times in C once, little star, you hold that one for two beats. So way back now, we got a G seven. How I for two and then see for 21 back to G seven, would to see for our hold it. Okay, so all together from the top. Hey, Nancy. Uh, back 37 to see G i C. I got G seven c in the G seven. Okay, then we go back to see, and we do the whole entire top part that we did with the thing that twinkle, twinkle, little star. So this song switches quite a bit back and forth between the G seven and the sea. So if you're looking at your paper, it's probably gonna make it a lot easier to follow along with that on be able to do it. Most of it is all just down strums with It's like a holding to beads. And so I would definitely recommend to print out the paper and fall along that way, and it might make it a little bit more simple for you to do. All right, guys. Good luck. Kitchen. The next video 12. Strumming Pattern: D DU UDU: All right, guys, Now that you've got your seconds from impact her down, you can do all downs And now you've done the down, down, up, up, down. All we're gonna do on this one is we're just going to add an additional up at the very end of your guys is troubling pattern. So instead of just being down, down, up, up, down it's not gonna be down, down, up, up, down, up. And that's going to give you kind of ah, nice transition into your other cord when so what it's gonna be is just like this. I'm gonna show you with a C to an down, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, Down, Up, up, Down, up, Down, up, Down, Up, up, Down, up, Down, up, Down, up, Down, Up There, Down, up, down, Up Just like that. And so when you're switching in your strumming pattern a good thing to think about is when you're hitting that last upstream, you can already be moving to your next chord. So, in slow motion I've already moving down. Up, down, up! Move down, down, move! OK, eso slow again. Down, up, down, down up. Down, up, down. Down. Uh huh. So what you do is you want a practice that and start really slow. Don't try to play it like, Okay, you're first learning out. Don't play it super fast. That's the number one thing. Beginners do. They try to play everything extremely fast, start slow and work your way up to a faster, faster way of doing it. Because if you do it like that, it's gonna be a lot easier than less less stressful for you. So that's what I would recommend when you're practicing. Start very, very slow and just work your way up from there. All right, guys, good luck with the strumming pattern I will see in the next video. 13. If You're Happy and You Know It: Alright, guys. So we are going to be doing if you're happy and you know it. So this one we're gonna be using our strumming pattern the down, down, up, up, down, up A little bit And so to be a little different from everything they've done before. But with some practice, it shouldn't be hard at all. Just take it very, very slowly. So I'm gonna go out and play it for you real quick before we get started And then I'll walk you through the steps If you're happy, Didn't know it Clap your hands If you're happy and you know it Clap your hands If you're happy and didn't know then you really got to show it If you're happy engine No way We're gonna use a little bit of percussion You just tap when you're clapping your hands on your ukulele So to start out we're gonna be on a C chord Then we go to a G chord back to a C chord back to a naff Okay, there's a record C, g and F for this one. So what we do is we're gonna start out we go if you're happy and you know it Clap here. Dams. Okay, so that down Trump, if you're down Down, up, up, down, up Gene, if you're down, Down, up, up, down A g Okay. When you go to the next part you just just from G one time. So after the first part is on, see if you're down, Down, up, down, up And then you stay on G if you're down, Down, up, down, up See if you're down. Up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up, down, up See Okay, now we switch So let me walk you through each part So we start on C and we do that Down, down, up, down, up And then we go to G for just one downstream and then we tap our for the clap. OK, if you're happy, you know thay then you're gonna stay on G and you're gonna do the same exact thing again. And you're just going to strum one time on C. Okay, if you're happy and you know thay this is where it switches up a little bit instead of clapping in between these, you're actually going to go from your f chord to your C chord to your G chord And each one of those is going to be the strumming pattern The down, down, up, up, down, up So we go on F if you're happy and you know to see that you really have to show it to G. If you're happy and you know okay again, If you're happy and you know, then you see to show it if you're g and you know just like that Okay, so it might be a little bit difficult getting those transitions first. What I would do is I was just practice going from your f to your C with your G on that down strummed without singing. It's like OK, and that should be how you practice. Good luck on if you're happy and you know it. 14. Shake Your Sillies Out: Hey, guys, Welcome back Today we're gonna do one of those favorite kids songs. Shake your silly is out. So this one should be pretty fun. And you can switch the verses you know to do clap, jump, yawn everything like that, the court that we're gonna be using our C, f and G seven. So remember your C third fret Your f on your G seven is nice because you can just move. Keep your first finger of your f chord there and move your other two fingers too. Okay, so this one is gonna be a little bit different than what we've done before because it kind of mixes up two different Sherman pattern. So what you're gonna do is you go, I gotta shake, shake she Okay, so what you do is on the very beginning, Whenever you're saying the shake, your just gonna do one strum. Okay, I'm gonna play the whole thing for you guys real quick just so you can get an idea of what it sounds like. I gotta shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, wiggle, waggle Way. All right, So what we do is we go high, gotta start on C shake thing we goto shake back to see And this is where we're gonna do our down, down, up, down, up strumming pattern So we go shake, shake And then that's what about it Down, up, down, up Just like that Shake, shake, shake Then we got a G seven shake shake back to see for that same Sharman pattern shape way Go one on shape for C Back to f Back to see for the strumming pattern She Sicily's out And this is where it kind of switches up Because we don't actually just do one term here we just go back to our G seven would go and wiggle waggle way Okay, wiggle my way. So you're strumming pattern like normal and then on seized from one time Not that let it ring out So we'll do. Let's do it all together one more time I got a C C shape facilities out g seven g seven Shake my Seles out, See, shake my way just like that, Okay? And then you can switch it up so I'll show you how to do with another verse. I got a clown way just like that. You just move those verses around however you want and working together for the whole entire something. Alright, guys. Well, good luck with practice and I will catch you in the next video. 15. Strumming Pattern - D-Slap-U-Slap: Hey, guys, we're gonna do one were strumming pattern that we haven't done this one, as in a little bit of percussion to make it a little switch things up a little bit. So if we've never done this before, this will be great practice. It's gonna be really simple to catch on to, so it shouldn't be too difficult. What we're gonna do is we're gonna do something like this Down slap, slap down, up slap Just like that. So, you know, slap, slap, no slap. Um slap, slap, slap, slap, slap. A little bit of a pause it there, But it shouldn't be too hard. Practice it. Just someone stand one chord for a while and just practice it until you get the hang of of that slapping and everything like that. All right, guys, good luck with that. 16. Stand By Me: all right. Now that we know are strumming pattern down slap up slap We are going to learn the song Stand by me. And so with this, we're actually gonna use our a minor chord for the very, very first time. And so this song has a C a minor F in G seven in it to see a minor and G seven. Okay, so basically, what we do for this is we go through and we do. The 1st 2 are seeing are a minor two times threw down, slap up, slap down, slap up slap. So it's gonna be like this. I'll play the first section of the song for you and we'll go from there. So we go just like that. So see, in a minor, we play two times through f g seven and the last see we only do one time through. So let's work through the first part. We're gonna go see we're going twice Slap, slap down, slap, slap Just like that. And I'll go a little bit slower Down slap, uh, blab down slap slap that we're gonna switch to our a minor Do it again. Down slapped, uh, slap overtime pound slap slap So altogether we've got C down, slap, slap down slap, slap a matter slap down slap And now here we go to our f And do remember just do it one time down Slap slapping that we got our G seven back to see Just like that. Okay? And you basically just do that over and over and over for the entire song on. So you'll see on your print out exactly what you're supposed to do. Let's go ahead and play it one more time. You get a little bit of play alone. So one to three. Four again. Just like that. All right, guys, good luck. Take some time on that. Get that from your pattern down. Really? Well, you will like it. A lot of kids do, and then they usually don't like to do any other Sherman pattern after that. So good luck, guys. 17. A Chord: So this is gonna be the last core that we learn in this series. It's gonna be are a So we know where a minor their finger right there on the fourth string . Second fret. So for the A, all we're gonna do is we're gonna take our first finger and put it down in the first fright on the third string. Okay, so we already know a minor we just use. So instead of going to the F, which should be on the second string, we go to a, which is on the third string. That's pretty smooth transition. It shouldn't be too hard to go to that court since you already know the A minor and you already know that a minor. Okay, okay. Good luck. 18. Em Chord: All right, guys. Now we're moving into a little bit harder territory here. We've got on E minor. So with R E minor, what we're gonna do is we're gonna come right over here to our second friend. First finger on the first string, second finger, second front, our third fret. Sorry. Second stream and third finger. Fourth fret third string. And that's your e minor. So you're basically just going second fret. Third frat, fourth frat, and you move up a string for each. So spur string, second string, third string first or second front third. Fret forthright on there's your reminder. 19. D Chord: All right, We're gonna go ahead and learn the D chords of the D chord is you know, if you have bigger fingers, it's a little bit harder than it would be for somebody that have smaller fingers. Because what's gonna happen? It's gonna be all right here in this second fright on these three strings. So sometimes I could be a little difficult to get all three fingers right there. So you just take your first finger. Fourth string, second finger, third string, second finger, second string. And then you just, ERM all your strings. So 432 all in that second fret. And if you want, you can try to borrow mall down with your first finger. Another way that you can try It is like you can take your first finger and put it on that third string and then put one above and one below and see if it'll fit a little bit better instead of all three down like that so you can go third. You're on your third string. Put one finger above one finger below all in that second friend and give that a shot. If your fingers are a little bit too big to put them all down like that. No, you Good luck with practice. 20. Dm Chord: All right. So since we've got our d chord now, we should go ahead and learn our d minor. So are decoded, remember? Is 432 all on that second friend. And so what we'll do for the D minor is we're gonna go ahead and keep our second and third fingers on these top two strings here. But now we're gonna add our first finger. Kind of just like an f chord. So if what you could do is you can get set up for your F chord on the second string and the fourth street, and then all you're gonna do is take your third finger and you're gonna put it on that third string right below your, uh, fourth string. Okay, So right below your second finger right there. You're just gonna throw that finger down on that third string and you'll go ahead and strip , so make sure you've got the two and the second friend and the one in the first fret. So a good way to remember it and get used to transitioning when you're practicing is going from your f chord and then just go ahead to your d. So after to D minor, d minor. Just put it getting used to put in that finger down, making a little bit easier of a transition for you. All right. Good luck with practice in that. 21. Whole & Half Steps: Hey, guys, today we're gonna be going over hole in half steps and kind of understanding that concept a little bit better. I'm and so we know that we have just natural notes, which were just the notes, like from a tow A without any sharp. So kind of what we can see on the screen here a B C D e f g a um And then if we add in it like a sharp, which we know looks like this here, um, if we have that, then that's just gonna be We know that there's another note. So, for instance, from a to B, we know that there isn't a sharp here, but from B to C, there's no sharp there. And there's also no sharp here. Okay, so everything else right here a to be there is sharp C to d. There's a sharp deed either the sharp f to g n g back to a time. And so that means that when we do have a sharp, that means it's gonna be a whole step, which means we go to frets. And if we have 1/2 step, we go. What? In front. So basically, um but shows you down here is an example to 1/2 of a step is just over one front and a whole step is gonna be over two frets. So when we're going from a to B, we will have to go a whole step because there is an a sharp So goes a a sharp be So that's two frets. It would be a a sharp be okay, But when we go from B to C where we know right here that there is no sharp, we're only going to go half of a step, which is just one friend. OK, but if we were going, for instance, it's not always just from B to see that you can go half of a step, you go half step from, um, you know, from an A to an A sharp is 1/2 of a step or a sharp to a B is 1/2 of a step. Um, it's just only moving over one note. So if we need to get from a to B, that's gonna be two notes. But if we need to only get to a sharp, it's gonna be one note. Same thing from C to D It would be two frets over from C to D Or if you wanted to get to see Sharp from C, it would only be one. Okay. And so, um, showing you down here, the sharps, the direction of them is up. So it's always a h r B C c sharp d If you were going backwards on, there's something called a flat, which is basically just a little be like that, and that would be going down. Okay, so, um, right here and you would just take the letter before So we're here. You take a and then a sharp here. If you were going the other way, it would be be B flat. So a sharp B flat are both the same exact notes, just using different, sharp or flat. So we're not gonna go too far onto the flats. But I did want to, um I didn't want to introduce you to that. So it makes sense. If you ever see something that looks like a little B, it is just a flat, and it's pretty much the exact same thing. Same thing is a sharp. Okay, so a sharp is also be flat you're just going down and set up up. Same exact note. Nothing changes anything like that. Just the name of it changes. All right, guys, I hope that makes a little bit of sense with your whole into your half steps. And there you are. 22. Whole & Half Steps on the G String: Okay, So what we're gonna go over today is in the previous video, we learned about how to move through hole and half steps. And so, if you remember, a whole step moving on a whole step is moving to frets over and moving on 1/2 step is only moving. One fret over. So that's super super important to get into your memory. Ah, half step is one fret and a whole step is to friends. Okay? And so basically, that just means that, you know, the top string that we start on right here is G. And if we want to go to G Sharp, which is only 1/2 of a distance away, we're gonna go just the one fret. But if we want to get to a which is two steps away, we have to go over to friends. Okay, One more example. If we're going to go from a to a sharp, which is just 1/2 of a step, we would go over to the third fret from the 2nd 1 But if we wanted to go from an A to be, we would now go over two friends because that's a whole step which would be right here. Okay. And do remember, though, that from B to C, there's no Sharps And from e two f there are no sharps, so that's really, really important. Remember good saying that I like to do is big cats eat food. So b two c e t f big cat eat food. Remember that? Because there's no sharps in that and it will be an automatic half step and that can get you really messed up. Okay, so we're gonna work through a hole and half steps all in this top string right here. I'm gonna get you all the way to the end. And so at the when, Usually when you're meeting the body of your ukulele or you'll see the two dots, What that means is that you're going to start when you get to those two docks. You're starting with the same exactly notes that you started with. So, for instance, we have get crazy every afternoon, right? G, c e, and a so far to put my finger on the double docks, which is the 12th fret, Uh, that would not I would now be playing another G o k g. Like this, but my finger down there, that's also G and so that could help you. And discovering if you're actually making it to the end of your ukulele with in doing it properly from your whole in half steps. Okay, so remember, big cats eat food, those air, it's automatic half step from B to C and E T f. All right. Everything else is gonna be a whole step, because you have a sharp in there. All right, so let's go to work through it. I'll help you out. So the top string we know is G forget, Okay. And so we need to go a whole step to get to a because there's g g sharp and a So we do that we're gonna do two frets. From where Rats of G. We're gonna count over two frets one to an hour, out on a note. Okay. If you go from a to B, there's also a sharpen their a a sharp be So we need to go to France again. So here we are at B. But if you remember big cats, that means there's no sharp between b and C, and so we automatically have to go 1/2 of a step, which is only one fret. Okay, so you just go over one fret And now you're at your seats. You should be by now. You should be on your fifth. Fret, and you can use your your little friend marker to help you. Um and you are also at a C note. Okay, So from C to d, there's a sharp so we have to go a whole step. So now we're on our seventh fret, which is a d. There is a sharp between d and E. So we need a goal also a whole step. Okay, now we're i e So if remember, big cats, what did they dio? They eat food, so e to f is half of the step. So go ahead and just go over one that your f and now from f g. There is a sharp in there. So we got to go a whole step. And so now we should better g r double dots are 12th. Fret if we did it correctly. Let's go through it one more time. We start with a G two frets over to the A two frets over to the B one. Fret to the sea for 1/2 of a step to France for the D to France, to the one step to the F and to France to the G. Okay, good luck and practicing that if you need to, I'm gonna have a paranormal available for you to see how to move through those each one of those notes so that you can practice. It's really important to practice. You should get to know all of the notes on your ukulele. For now, we're just gonna start with this top string. So it's only thing you need to worry about is being able to effectively get from one G to the next G. All right, guys, good luck with that practice sketch in the next video. 23. C Major Scale: Okay, So what we're gonna be starting is R C major scale. So we haven't learned any scales at all, but scales or super nice, you could learn lots of songs with scales. Kind of has a little bit of flavor to your playing. So you're not just strumming chords and all that good stuff. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna teach you the c major scale, which is really nice, because there are no sharps. It's all natural notes C d E f g a b and back to see. Okay, So what we're gonna dio is this is gonna actually start on your third string, which is your C string, If you remember, get crazy every afternoon. And so what we're gonna do, you should print out the paper. Would that goes along with this so that you can watch it or write it down on a piece of paper, take it from the screen. So what it's gonna be is each one of those numbers, if you remember, tell you where to go on your fretboard. So, for instance, our first know is gonna be a zero on our third string and then the next note is gonna be a two on that same string. So if you remember, you just put your finger down on the second fret on that same string and pluck it. So we go zero to which is C D. Then we're gonna drop down to R E String and we're gonna do is zero again. And then a one and then a three. Okay, so altogether so far, we have a zero on the third stream. Where? News, Our second finger. Go ahead. And do you base your fingers off of whatever number at saying for now? So if it saying a one, use your first finger two years, your second finger. Three. Use your third finger. That's gonna be really, really easy to move through these Each one is just designated to a specific frat. Okay, so but to start on our see, we've got a zero, then we go to to with our second finger thing, we drop down a string for zero 13 Okay. And then lastly, on our very bottom stringer A. We pluck a zero and then a two and three. Okay, so see the e ah, g A, B C and numbers it goes 0 to 01 30 to 3. Okay, third string, second string, first string. Uh, and there's gonna be your C major scale practice that practice going all the way down and then back up again. So 3 to 031020 again. 0 to 01 30 to 3. Make sure it's really important to use your certain fingers in your certain frats. Okay, That's really good to get used to practising like that. It will make everything way easier for you in the long run. All right, guys, good luck with that. Practice. Practice, practice. You will definitely get it down. Try to say it with the numbers until you get comfortable with that, and then add in your letter C d E f G A B and C. All right, good luck as 24. C Major Scale Practice: So another thing when practicing your C major scale is just making sure to go all the way down and back up once you can do that anywhere from 3 to 5 times without any mistakes than your pretty set on that on DSO, it's really good. Once you get in the habit of that to make sure that you're also saying the notes because as you're learning the notes on the top string, this will help you learn notes down a little bit further in the 1st 3 friends, and so why it's good to practice. That is because you're gonna be learning some songs that you use those notes in, Um, and it will make it a lot easier to move back and forth between them. So the practice that I want you to do is like this. Just go down and back up and just keep doing it and make sure 3 to 5 times with no mistakes . If you make a mistake, go ahead and just restart at the very beginning and try it again. It doesn't matter if we make a mistake. Just try to get through without making a mistake and good luck with your guys. Practice on that 25. How To Build a Major Scale: Frank s. So today we're gonna go over how to build a major scale. So if you've never built a major scale, it's actually pretty simple. There's just a few things that we have to learn, and I'll walk you through all those steps. So to start out, we need to use a formula, and the formula that we're going to use is going to be consistent of whole and half steps. And so, if you remember from previously, ah, whole step is gonna be two notes or two frets and 1/2 of a step is going to be one note or one friend. And so what we need the formula for this is gonna be a whole whole half whole whole whole half. And so this formula will build you any major scale s 02 holes and 1/2 3 holes and 1/2. So today, what we're gonna do is start off with our steam major scale. And so the first know of our C major scale is going to be a C. And you'll know the first note just based on whatever major skill your work on. So it g major scale the first night would be a g a d major a d and so on. And so what we're gonna do right here? We know that we need to go to start out. We need to go a whole step from our C note. And so a whole set from C is gonna be two notes over, so C c sharp d Then we need to do another whole step. So dee dee Sharp e. And if you remember previously we talked about the half steps in your guises notes, which would be from B to C and E T F. Big cats eat food. Okay, so we're gonna go 1/2 of a step from E, which is going to land us right on f. We need to go a whole step from F so f f sharp and g another whole stuff G g sharp and a We need to go one more hole step. So a a sharp be and our last half step should bring us to the letter that we started with. So it should take us right to a C. It's going to go 1/2 a step from B, and it does take us right to see. And so when you use this method, it will bring you any major scale. So let's go ahead and try it on. One more we're gonna try and on the G major scale. So we know our first no is going to be a G, and we have to do 1/2 of a step from Giza e g g sharp A. We need to do another whole step. So a a sharp, be 1/2 of a step from B. It's going to be to see a whole step from C, C, C, Sharp and D Another whole step Dee dee, Sharp and E. And we need to do another whole stuff. What's going to e f and then f sharp? So it's gonna be our first sharpen a scale. And now we should be on this last half set. What should bring us right back to the letter we started with which was G half step over one is going to be G. And so you're C major scale is gonna be the only one that doesn't have any sharps. It's all natural notes and so we're going to be learning how to play r C Major scale on the ukulele, but this is how you build a major scale. It doesn't matter what instrument you play. All right, let's go ahead and try to do that on your own. Pick another letter and try to walk through it, and then you can check it online or anything like that to see if you're correct. And go ahead and write down this formula here to help you out so you can always come back to it. Two holes and 1/2 3 holes and 1/2. 26. How To Read Tab: So today we're going to go over how to read tab music until you If you're looking at the screen, you can see on the side over there that it says we've got a g c e in it. A And so if we remember the G, it's up here at the top G, then C e and A on. So it's actually really, really important to remember because it your g on your tab music is actually on the bottom , but protection on the top of your ukulele. So that's super important, remember, because a lot of times it could be really, really confusing at the beginning. So just remember, your G is on the bottom of your tab music, but the top of your ukulele. So anything that you're doing to the bottom right here, these bottom two is going to be at the top to anything that you're doing to the top on your tab is actually going to be on the bottom under ukulele. So I'm just gonna use an example on row row your boat. Um, you can see right here. The 1st 3 zeros are going to be on your C until it looks like it's on the bottom. But if you remember what I just said, it's actually gonna be right here on your third string. So it's gonna be 000 two. Okay? And so, top music, those numbers all they're telling you is what string to play on. And then what? Frat to put your finger in. Okay, so for the zeros, you basically display whatever string it's on. So, for instance, this case, it would be the see. Okay. And if you go right over here to this little section, it's gonna be on the e string. So all you do is play a zero on the east ring. Okay, But if it shows you what to do, you need to put your finger down on the sea string on the second fret So I would need to find my C string and count over to the second fret and and that's a no, I would play. So I'm just like that. Okay. And so over here we've got, like, a one three on the e string. So same thing we were just find our e string and we would go to the first fret, and then we would play on the third friend just like that. So that's how you read your tab and you work through it. I hope that'll help you in future videos when we're working on our music with our tap songs . Good luck, guys. 27. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star - Tab: all right, now that you know how to Shrum, Twinkle, twinkle, little star, let's go ahead and pick it. Now, if you remember when we were learning the c major scale, it was Tony to practice that because we would be learning some songs that would go with it on this is going to be one of those songs. So we're basically going to be using the notes from our C major scale. So if you haven't been practicing that I would recommend that you probably pause this video and go spend some time doing that for a little while before doing it, cause it could be a little bit more difficult if you've never done it before. Uh, a good reminder when you're reading your tab music and you have your print out in front of you that anything that is on the bottom of your tab is actually on the top of your ukulele and vice versa. So that's super super important for you guys to remember so that you don't get confused and you're not playing on the wrong stream. All right, so if you pull up your music and you look, you will see that the 1st 2 notes are going to be the two notes from the first few notes from our C major scale. Third string 00 thing. We're gonna drop down to our second string on the third, fret and play that one twice. Three. Then you're gonna go to the very bottom string on zero and play that twice. Good. And keep that third finger there because we're actually going to come back and play that note right after that. So 00 on the bottom streamed and then come back up to that three where you're at. OK, altogether top. Sure. Third string, 00 down to the second string three. Twice the bottom on zero, twice back up to three for one. Okay, now you're going to go and move your finger to the first fret, and you're gonna hit that one twice. Take your finger off and stay on that string for zero twice. Go and use your second finger. Now we're gonna move up to the third string here and hit that one twice. I'll make sure you're on that second friend and then take it off and play zero there. So all together, we've got 0033003 They were gonna go 1100 to 20 just like that. Okay, now we'll start back on that second string. Third fret, and we're going to do. We're just gonna walk down basically part of your C Major Scott here. 3102 So if you've been practicing down and moving your way back up, this should be super simple for you. So what we're gonna do to 32 on the third two on the first to zero, and then come up here to the next ring and hit it once. So we go just like that, You do it all that same exact thing One more time, okay? And then we're gonna come through, and we're gonna do the same exact thing that we started our song with, which was we're gonna put our finger here on the second string. Third fret so that we're ready to go. Were to come to the third string here, Hit it twice for zero. Drop down. Hit the theft One on the 3/3 stream. Drop down to the bottom. Two zeros come back up and hit the three. Ok, then We're gonna go toe one. Hit it twice. Stay on that string. Take your finger off two zeros. Go ahead and move up to the third string. Hit it twice on the second fret and take your finger off it once for a zero. Okay, All together, I'm gonna play the whole thing so we can hear exactly sound like thing just like that. All right, guys. Practices a lot and and, honestly, take it in sections. Don't try to rush through a whole entire song and get it. What I would do is I would recommend the first part 0033 at the very beginning. Do that until you get that really good without messing up. And then add the next part. 0033003 and so on. And only at a section after your really, really good at the one you're already working on. Don't try to work through the whole entire song from the very beginning. Because if you do that, it gets confusing. And it makes it really difficult because it's really hard to remember all the tab music all the way through what you should be able to do is get to a point where you can play it without even looking at your music. Okay, So take it in section to start small and then work your way up to the whole entire song. That is my best advice to you to be perfect at the song. All right, guys, I'll catch in the next video. Good luck. 28. Happy Birthday - Tab: all right. If you know somebody who's got a birthday coming up, this one's gonna be perfect. Whip out your ukulele and play Happy birthday for them. That's what we're gonna be working on today is happy birthday in tab music. So just like our previous song Twinkle, twinkle little star, this one's gonna be the same thing. We're using our C major scale notes, and we're gonna work up and down them to be able to play the song. So what we're gonna do is we're gonna start on our third string here with 00 OK, but get your finger ready because we're actually gonna put our finger down on that second fret right afterwards. So we're gonna go to zeros on that third string and then put your finger down for one and go back to zero way. That's kind of the rhythm. 200020 Okay, then we go down to our first fret on the second stream. So 10 So we go have peeper, They dio you okay? We're gonna do that same exact thing again, but instead of going toe one, we're gonna go 31 instead of going 10 Okay, so same. Exactly. 31 Okay. 002010 2031 Just like that. Okay, We're gonna do the same Happy birthday part. But this time we're coming down to the bottom string for a 30 and then come appear to the one on the second string. So bottom 30 come to the second string for the first fret and then hit that same string for zero. Come back up to the very top where you're gonna hit a two just like that. Okay, so what we got so far, Okay? And this time, we're gonna move down to the very bottom string on the 11 hit that twice and then a zero move up to the next during your second string for one 31 And the rhythm of that would be Bieber day to you. Okay, I'm gonna sing it this time and play it just so that it kind of flows a little bit better. You have to get a little bit of that rhythm. That first part where it was like, OK, paper, uh, paper. A guy that's pretty much basically when you're saying happy into the birthday. That was kind of a little bit of a rhythm there that you have to get down. Okay, so let's start from the top. I'm gonna sing it for you. You can play along if you would like or if you've been practicing it for a little bit anyway, So I already won 234 Happy birthday to do you peeper May to my beeper they dare someone peeper day to you Air er cannot in your own words find somebody else to sing Happy birthday to and switch out Someone to Mom. Dad, Whoever. All right, guys, good luck with practicing in this and just take your time. Same thing is before piece by piece. And as you work into each piece, that'll make it a lot easier for you to get the whole entire song down. Good luck. 29. Row Row Row Your Boat - Tab: Hey, guys, Welcome back. Today we're gonna be working on the very last song of our Siri's and our very last tab song . So if you've been working on the other ones and you've got him down, this one's gonna pretty much beat cake for you. We're gonna be using the same exact notice R C major scale like all the other songs. And, um, the song that we're gonna be playing today is row your boat. So what we're gonna do is work through it piece by piece, and I play it for you real quick. First, just to get an idea what it sounds like, and then we will jump in and take it step by step. Way, way. So we start like the other ones on the zero at the third stream, we go grow, and then we're gonna go zero to grow year, and then you're gonna drop down to the bottom and to the second shrink and hit a zero boat . So we go on searching, bro. So your boat, 00020 Okay. And then keep your finger there on the two. That's gonna make this transition quite a bit easier because you're still going to stay down on that second string for another zero, You cogent. Come back up to the two for Lee. Back down to that zero for down. Then this is where you're gonna switching for the stream. You're gonna go 13 the stream, the stream. But so far, we've got low low your bow keeping figure there gently down the stream. We're gonna go ahead and take it on the very bottom for our three and you gotta hit it a little bit faster. So and we're gonna go. We go merrily three times, Mayor. Really? 123123 Okay, Barely. Then we go up to the string for the three. Verily, take that finger off, but stay on that string for zero. Said three zeros come up a string again and hit three zeros just like that. So we go merrily, merrily barely, and then come down to the second string here 31 zero and then ju zero on your top part. So we go Life is a dream Get life is a dream One more time. 31020310 to Syria. Oh, just like that okay altogether. Let's try it. We go. Go, Go Your boat Gently down the stream. Here we go. Merrilees Barely really, really a dream. Pronounce your paper. Make sure it's in front of you. That'll make this so much easier. Toe walk through and remember, Take it step by step section by section. After you get one little part down, move onto the next. It's so much easier that way than trying to learn the entire song all at once. Alright, guys. Well, I hope you enjoyed the Siri's. And I hope all these songs are easy for you to pick up. Good luck with practicing them. Go back through any of the videos if you need any reminders or tips or anything like that on how to keep going. Good luck with your guys. Ukulele skills. And now you know enough to play quite a bit of songs. Thanks, guys.