Your goal for these first couple of weeks is to learn to sight read the notes of the pentatonic scale. Focus on getting them into your brains and your fingers.
Next week we'll play Safari again, just because it will seem so much easier, and Rocky Mountain High, both Uke I and Uke II. Note that the Uke II parts in both of these songs are all open strings.
We will also plan to play Acadian Lullaby so practice finding the notes in this song at home. We combine half, quarter and eighth notes. Slower Mp3 files of these songs are below
Try picking Oh! Susanna and Up on the Housetop - both very satisfying because you know how they sound!
Remember as you find new chords that you want to learn to teach your fingers the shapes. Do NOT build chords. The goal is to be able to go to the shape easily without looking at your fingers. When leaning, lead with your most difficult finger.
Begin to think of chords as numbers, rather than letters. in the key of C, the C is the 1 chord, the F is the 4 chord and the G is the 5 chords. If you are just beginning to learn chords, try to get comfortable with the shapes of the C, F and G chords this week (the diagrams are on the back page of your book).
For those who are ready to try a bit of transposing, here is a very simple transposing chart. If you are just beginning to play chords, ignore this for now.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
C D E F G A B C
G A B C D E F# G
F G A Bb C D E F
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