Ukulele + Singing

Ukulele + Singing: Week #2

Week #2


List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: Blue Moon and introducing a vocal warm-up

  • Scale: We will review a C major Scale

  • Technique: Stretches for fingers, vocal technique suggestions, Cover any questions about strumming, holding instrument next class

  • Repertoire: Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

  • Additional Studies:

Here’s what we covered in week 2!

  • Brief vocal warm-up => stretching the voice and using solfege for warm-up

  • Finger/wrist stretches for getting ready to play the uke

  • Warm-up with Blue Moon - another song in C maj. Look at all the same chords we see!

  • Repertoire review:

    • Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow by Carole King (FULL CHART)

    • Play through all of the verse sections

    • Sing through all of the verse sections

    • Sing and play all of the verse sections

  • Reconciling the melody - let’s review the melody for the verses in solfege. Here’s a recording of the verse melody in solfege:

  • New section on ukulele: The bridge

    • Check it out below - we already know these chords!

  • Learning the bridge melody

  • Putting it all together!

  • REVIEW FROM LAST WEEK:

    • Our song is in C Major. Except for our E7 chord, all of the chords we’ve seen so far in this song are “DIATONIC” to the key of C major

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C maj chord: I chord

D min chord: ii chord

F maj: IV chord

G and G7 chord: V chord and V7 chord respectively

Am chord: vi chord

E7 chord* (Non-diatonic): This is our V/vi chord (WHAT?)

●      INTRODUCTION OF ADVANCED STRUMMING PATTERN for the song

(Keep this pattern in the back of your head for now - we’ll come back to it.)

 

1   +   2   +   3    +   4   +

D  U   D  U        U   D   U

  

Assignment for next week

 

How to Practice this at home

●      10 - 15 min daily or every other day

●      Focus on playing the bridge and verses, no singing!

●      Practice only the chords slowly first (no singing)  Strumming pattern for now should be simple:

1    2   3   4

D   D   D   D

Like last week, practice the chords in time, strumming only on beats 1 2 3 and 4.

●      Once you feel secure in strumming on beats 1 2 3 and 4 in the time of the song, try adding the singing on top.

●      Listen to Carole King’s version a few times this week to secure the melody. NOTE: her version is in a different key.

●      Listen to the recording I’ve made of the song in solfege - this is to help reconcile any melody questions you may have!

Charts + Sheet Music + Diagrams

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Ukulele + Singing: Week #1

Week #1



List of Goals for the week:

  • Warm Up: See next pages - Blue Moon

  • Scale: We will review a C major Scale next week

  • Technique: Cover any questions about strumming, holding instrument next class

  • Repertoire: Will you still love me tomorrow

  • Additional Studies: See below


Paragraph summary of what was covered in class

Here’s what we covered in week 1!

  • Brief intro of class and goals.

  • First song

  • Song form is A B A B A

  • Our song is in C Major. Except for our D7 chord, all of the chords we’ve seen so far in this song are “DIATONIC” to the key of C major

C maj chord: I chord

D min chord: ii chord

F maj: IV chord

G and G7 chord: V chord and V7 chord respectively

Am chord: vi chord

E7 chord* (Non-diatonic): This is our V/V chord (Ask me before or after class if you’re wondering what the heck this means!)

SH-BOOM | KEY OF A MAJOR

Practice just the chords! We’ll talk about basic strumming patterns next week, but for this week, just practice getting comfortable with the chords.


Listen to “THE CHORDS” and “THE CREW-CUTS” version of this song (They are in different keys so you can’t sing along but it’s helpful.


How to Practice this at home:

CRAZY 

  • 10 - 15 min daily or every other day

  • Focus only on verses this week! (You’re going to want to go on, but work on solidifying the verses first!)

  • Listen to Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline versions

  • Practice only the chords slowly first (no singing)  Strumming pattern for now should be simple:

1    2 3   4

D   D D   D

SH-BOOM

  • Practice just the chords! We’ll talk about basic strumming patterns next week, but for this week, just practice getting comfortable with the chords.

  • Listen to “THE CHORDS” and “THE CREW-CUTS” version of this song (They are in different keys so you can’t sing along but it’s helpful.




ADDITIONAL STUDY:

We will use this song as a warm-up moving forward: 

BLUE MOON. 


As you may notice, the song is in the same key (C major) so you’ll see a lot of overlap of the same chords!



Next week: Discuss phrasing/arrangement for Crazy - solidify timing as we play

Learn strumming pattern for sh-boom, learn bridge

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