The #ukulele underground curriculum has three course, but on top of the classes you work on two songs a week. Then drop those songs. Howver you mix in 1-2 older songs from previous weeks.
In December I worked on:
- Waiting in Vane
- Stand By Me
- Friend of the Devil
- Fire on the Mountain
Waiting in Vane
A good song simplified to a different key practice a 4/4 count. Being a Reggae tune I am starting the first verse on the 2nd count.
Stand By Me
This song is fun. Good practice singing and strumming to different rhythms because it is slow. Being C, Am, F, G, C it provides a good basis for other songs
Friend of the Devil
A Grateful Dead classic of only four chords. I struggle with the strumming pattern. A bit fast and an upstrum after the four beat. I so wanna finish on a 4 beat down strum. I often end up just with an ududud and trying to keep time with the 4/4 count.
Fire on the Mountain
Another easy Dead tune. Just two chords. I made myself a scale tent to practice B Major Mixolydian. Sounds so fresh, drips in srpring rain as a scale. I am also trying Barr chords here. Realized you need to be gentle not apply too much pressure.
This is another stum pattern I am trying to find. Struggiling a bit. Need to just keep practicing slow and move up the tempo.
Again finishes on an upstrum, but I think I need to drop the first two down strums with a bit more mojo.
There is a reason John MAyer fell in love with the Grateful Dead. Every song usually just a couple chords, no real progression, and just a scale. Yet you can go anywhere to places no one has traveled in spaces trampled on on for centuries.
A Hank Williams traditional. A eight note udud to practice. First song I really learned.
Arpeggios, Rolls, and Chunking. Time to hang with the right hand.
Week one songs: Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison and Guava Jelly by Bob Marley