Newk Lesson #14, Jan 28, 2016

You’ve learned, at lesson’s end, all of these chords, good on you!: A, Am, A7, Bb, Bm, B7, C, C7, Cm, D, Dm, D7, E7, Em, F, F7, F#m, G, Gm, G7.  You’ve also learned to bar some chords, and that those kind of chords can be moved up the neck, thus creating other chords.  You’ve learned the difference between closed chords (like Bb, barred D7, F7, 2nd position C) and open chords, like F, A, Dm, etc,); all basic chords in 4 keys; 5 strum/pluck strategies.

For the 8 lessons coming up, there are 3 or 4 chords to learn that are used reasonably often, all the diminished chords ( which will give you access to the jazzier songs); a reggae strum, calypso strum, and a triplet strum. We’ll be back into the tablature lessons in the Uke Handbook.  We’ll break down some of the harder songs in the music archive into learnable bits: please take a look at the songs available in the archive and let me know what ones appeal.

This week, we’ll use “On The Road Again” to learn Cm,  and look at B7 in the shape that is listed on that song chart; this song gives you a reason to consider using that form of B7 instead of the one that is the same shape as Em.

We’ll review the inside-outside plucking pattern with ” Walkin’ in My Sleep”, having time to divide the group in half and having some strummers, some pluckers.

If time, we’ll start a reggae strum lesson, so download “Three Little Birds”