This 3 DVD course takes you from the very first steps (how to tune and hold the uke) to advanced techniques. You'll learn to play beautiful chord melody solos in all genres (pop, jazz and country), fingerpick blues tunes, and even pick a three-finger bluegrass solo. Fred Sokolow’s relaxed, user-friendly teaching style makes it easy to learn.
In the first 90 minute DVD lesson for beginners, Fred shows you several different strums and over a dozen easy chords, enabling you to play in five keys. Tunes include “Jambalaya,” “Stand By Me,” “Ghost Riders In the Sky,” “Every Day,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “House of the Rising Sun,” “Aloha Oe” and more.
The second DVD lesson takes you beyond simple strumming to fingerpicking accompaniment patterns, major scales and some chord-melody playing. You'll learn how to pick out melodies and play a 12-bar blues in any key. Tunes in #2 include “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” “Tennessee Waltz,” “Route 66,” “Not Fade Away,” “A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody,” “See See Rider” and more.
In the third DVD lesson you'll learn more movable and first-position chords, including lots of jazz chord shapes. There are more chord/melody solos that will get you playing up and down the neck, more blues licks, and some Scruggs-style fingerpicking uke technique. Tunes include “Crazy,” “Matchbox,” “Rosetta,” “Fly Me To the Moon,” “Mister Sandman,” “Anytime,” “Wreck of Old 97” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.”
Fred slows all the tunes down and breaks them down so they're easy to learn. You'll also enjoy his "uke lore," stories about the the songs and the players. All the songs are written out in tab and music, with chord grids as well. Whether you're a novice or a uke player wanting more repertoire and technique, there's plenty here for you. It's a great way to get started on this wonderful instrument, and a great way to expand your uke horizons!