Newk Lesson # 14, Feb 9, 2017

By end of this lesson: chords intro’d: A, Am, A7, Bb, B7, C, C7, D, Dm, D7, Em, E7, F, F#m, F7, G, Gm, G7. Keys intro’d: C (C, F, G, Am) D (D, G, A, Bm) F (F, Bb, C, Dm) G (G, C, D, Em). Strums intro’d: Single, Double, Chattanooga, Calypso.

Gm was introduced last week, with What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor, which has lots of Gm’s!  And we Calypso’d along, D, DU UDU, to a couple of songs.

This week we’ll learn F#m (F sharp minor) .  Please download Blow The Man Down, which uses this chord, and is a waltz (1,2,3  1,2,3).  There are two other new chords in that song which aren’t too hard to play, but require that you change chords back and forth pretty quickly, which is a challenge.  Instead of playing them this time, we’ll substitute familiar chords:  for the Bm7, pencil in D.  For the Em7, pencil in A.

We’ll go over  the Calypso Strum with the song Marianne. Marcy Marxer has a nice video attached to that file to add the flam to the calypso strum; she is a great teacher.  Keep Come Back Liza to play again, too.  Also, bring with you What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor, to practice Gm and to review the Chattanooga.

Coming up: Fm, Gm7, & Cm are still to learn.  We talked last lesson about Am7: when you strum the uke with open strings, that’s Am7. Easy!!  I mentioned that I won’t teach Bm, as the songs it is in have lots of chords & fast changes; you’ll pick it up later on your own as you get more proficient.  Soon, there’ll be  an introduction to the diminished chords. Sandwiched in towards the end, chord melody, and the reggae strum.  We can do it!