The Basics and Beyond
Get more for less with BOTH of Adam Traum's uke lessons!
Adam has created a set of basic ukulele lessons taught from a guitar player’s perspective. In this first of two lessons, he demonstrates the similarities and differences between the ukulele and guitar, and shows how to take first position guitar chord knowledge and immediately apply it to the ukulele.
Adam starts with the foundations of how the two instruments are related, and he discusses the choices between reentrant, or high G tuning, and low G. He quickly gets into basic two- and three-chord songs in multiple keys, teaching right hand techniques as well as chord inversions and other tips and tricks to get you playing right away. The lesson progresses with closed position chords that contain easy licks and phrases that will make the relatively simple songs more interesting.
Plahy along with He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands in C, F and Bb; Down By the Riverside in C, F and G; When the Saints Go Marching In in C, A and D; Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms in F and Bb. He closes the lesson with the picking-hand driven Cuckoo Bird, which incorporates a banjo-like clawhammer technique that's accessible but still challenging.
In his second cross-training video, Adam moves to more advanced techniques than he covered in the first lesson. After a brief breakdown of transposing from first position chords on the guitar to the ukulele, he digs into closed position chords, licks and picking hand ideas for more complex songs.
He starts with jug band perennial, Stealin’, and quickly moves to the blues classic, Hesitation Blues, where he shows licks, chords up the neck and some fun breaks. Wayfaring Stranger, in D minor, uses hammer-ons and pull-offs along with moveable closed chord voicings, while Wanderin’, taught in the key of F, is in the vein of Vernon Dalhart’s version. Adam shows you a variety of major and minor chords and includes a cool string-bending riff at the turnaround.
Adam concludes his lesson with Beautiful Dreamer, the Stephen Foster classic. This lovely piece lends itself beautifully to the reentrant tuned ukulele, using expressive double-stops and a mix of first position and closed chords.