Newk Lesson #7, June 15, 2017

So far chords covered: A, F, C, C7, D, D7 open; D7 barred or closed (closed: there’s a finger on all 4 strings; also, “closed” is a moveable chord up the neck, to create other chords.  The example in class last week was: the barred D7 shape played at the 7th fret is a G7.  Check it out by listening carefully while you play the G7 that you learned earlier, then play the ‘7th fret G7’, using the same shape you just learned for the barred, or closed, D7) G, G7.  We’ll be learning more barred chords: the Ukulele Mike video  sent you last week with his exercise for increasing your ability to play barred chords will help!     Strums learned: single, double, Chattanooga, and an intro to the calypso: D,DU, UDU.

This week, we’ll return to the calypso strum, with Come Back Liza, first thing.

Then we’ll learn Am (A minor) and Gm with the songs:  What Shall We Do With The Drunken Sailor,  Unicorn Song, You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere.  The last two are 3-chord songs.  You Ain’t Going Nowhere has a repeated chord progression all the way thru: G, Am, C, G.  That’s just one thing i want you to notice with these songs, we’ll “parse” them for patterns in chord shapes & in chord progressions.  Parsing helps us to learn new songs.  Also, if there is a video or audio attached to  these songs, please listen to it a few times, to learn it, if you don’t already know it.  Get to where you can sing along with it, after you’ve printed the music out.  It’ll help with playing the rhythm correctly, and listening for the chord changes, even if the chords themselves aren’t “yours” yet!