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I learn a lot from my students. More than they could imagine, I think. Something I’ve been doing lately for one of my Skype ʻukulele lessons is arranging Irish/Celtic folk songs in a simple solo fingerpicking style (when the melody and harmony is played together on one instrument). I’ve never really listened to much Irish music… Read more

Matisyahu stands tall amongst the often generic acts populating the reggae genre. He uses deep lyrics and an almost rap-like delivery of them, along with simple, but interesting instrumentation to make reggae music worth listening to again. King Without a Crown is his biggest hit and has a very cool picking rhythm part. It was… Read more

‘Ukulele Boogie is a very catchy song that Brittni Paiva performs quite a bit. It is off of her Hear… album. The song is in C, but Brittni uses a minor pentatonic scale throughout (hence the Bb and Eb). Watch out for the crazy run over E7, beyond that, it’s pretty straightforward, just work on… Read more

Samba Pa Ti from Santana’s Abraxas album and is a seriously fine specimen of instrumental composing. I tabbed all of the main melody parts but left the solo at the end alone. To get the feel right you’d have to figure it out yourself and put in the time. It’s a pretty straightforward song. The… Read more

Perfecting your strumming and chording techniques require a sandbox of fun, easy music. Which is why three or four chord easy ʻukulele songs totally rock! Jump to: Easy rock/pop songs Easy island jams Easy reggae songs Easy traditional songs Easy Hawaiian songs Lots of people like to make lists and link to songs that are… Read more