composers AND husband and wife and have been together since 1989!! We have 3 grown up kids between us, one gorgeous daughter in law and another one on the way!! Our business is called ’Welcome to Music’ – building confidence and creativity through music. Our goal is to enrich lives through the joy of music - whether it's working with little kids, big kids, adults or those in aged care. To do this we use a multi modal and whole body approach and believe that everyone can be a successful musical participant regardless of background.
CHORDS COMPETENTLY This 5-week ONLINE, multimodal & multi sensory approach is designed to teach: ¡ More chords and changes - G, D7, Dm, A7 and more ¡ A variety of strumming patterns ¡ Finger picking accompaniments ¡ Finger picking melodies ¡ Introduction to TAB – tablature ¡ Improvisation ¡ Playing and singing – with body percussion and movement ¡ Songs in a range of styles including blues, jazz, gospel and world music ¡ Good playing technique ¡ Note – this course is underpinned with sound pedagogical principles and evidence-based teaching strategies to ensure optimal learning.
Session 1 ¡ Introduction – general info ¡ Goals for entire course ¡ Revise – how to hold the uke, string names and numbers ¡ Revise G7 chord ¡ Revise strumming patterns ¡ Revise finger picking accompaniments (FPA) with TIMR fingers ¡ Different strums and good technique ¡ New songs with actions, movement, body percussion, solfa, and hand signs ¡ Techniques – canon (round), partner songs ¡ Revise how to read chord diagrams and chord charts
Sit up straight, have a nice straight back, and feet both flat on the floor. ¡ Rest the ukulele on your right leg and hold it horizontally across your body OR with a little tilt up to the left ¡ You can hold your right forearm across the ukulele to secure it. ¡ Put the left thumb on the back of the neck – it can poke up a little over the top of the neck
– ‘Chroma-Notes’, which is also used for the Boomwhackers, hand bells, chime bars and some glockenspiels. Shapes include circles for major chords, squares for minor chords and triangles for 7th chords. These colours and shapes are part of a multi modal approach used to enhance memory, speed up the learning process and enhance music reading skills.
¡ Add body percussion C chords – pat knees G7 chords – tap shoulders ¡ Hand signs – soh, me and doh ¡ Strum the chords on the claps ¡ Finger pick with thumb on G E & C strings Recorded on Blackbelt Ukulele 2
strums Down and up with thumb Down and up with index finger Down with finger nails and up with thumb nail Plectrum (pick) – felt and plastic – hold between your thumb and index finger STRUMMING UP AND DOWN THE ARM DOESN’T MOVE – ONLY THE WRIST
percussion – pat for C chord and tap shoulders for G7 chord ¡ Duck strum x 2 per bar then 4 strums per bar ¡ Finger pick accompaniment (FPA) TIMR once per bar TIIMR twice per bar – doubling ¡ Sing in a round Recorded on Blackbelt Ukulele 2 Ukulele Chord Chart 4/4 II: C / / / I G7 / / / :II
stamp, click) everybody G7 move, everybody dance to the Cha Cha C groove. (x2) Chorus And when the music's playin', your hips are swayin', it makes you really want to G7 dance. You gotta start livin' to the Cha Cha rhythm, move your feet and clap your C hands. And when the music's groovin', you wanna start moving, it makes you want to take a G7 chance. You gotta start livin' to the Cha Cha rhythm, move your feet and clap your C hands. Ukulele Chord Chart 4/4 II: C / / / I / / / / I / / / / I G7 / / / I G7 / / / I / / / / I / / / / I C / / / :II CHA CHA GROOVE ¡ Add body percussion – clap, pat etc ¡ Add a ‘cha cha’ rhythm in the chorus through movement ¡ Strum the chords on the ‘cha cha’ rhythms ¡ Chicken then swing strum Down down up up down up
for ‘I’m gonna sing’ ¡ Add body percussion – tap knees for C and C7 chords; clap for F chords and tap shoulders for G7 chords ¡ Sing solfa with hand signs ¡ Strum the chords with a chicken strum ¡ FPA with TIMR twice per bar ¡ Sing as partner songs Oh when the ukes Oh when the C ukes, go strumming in, oh when the ukes go strumming G7 in. Oh how I C want to C7 be in that F number, oh when the C ukes goes G7 strumming C in. I’m gonna sing I’m gonna C sing, sing, sing, I’m gonna dance, dance, dance, I’m gonna sing, I’m gonna dance, alle G7 lu. When the C gates are open C7 wide, I’ll be F standing by your side. I’m gonna C sing, I’m gonna G7 dance, alle C lu. Ukulele Chord Chart 4/4 II:C / / / I / / / / I / / / / I G7 / / / I C / C7 / I F / / / I C / G7 / I C X X X :II
for a minimum of 7 minutes per day at least 5 times per week. This allows the muscle memory to kick in and develops hardening of the skin on the fingers to prevent blisters. Regular practice will also prevent sore hands or wrists. THE SEVEN-MINUTE RULE ¡ Make sure you tune before each lesson and on a regular basis during the week. You can use a clip-on tuner or download a free uke tuning app. A NOTE ABOUT TUNING