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Day One Book: Here is one of the books I give to everybody. It includes:
  • Information on ukulele stuff going on in the Denver-metro (may not apply to you). It also helps with discussions about what your musicians need to own.
  • A full page on the important ways of tuning your ukulele (obviously very important). I ask my students to say "George Clooney Eats Apples" each time they meet to help with memorization.
  • Another page on important things to teach about proper posture (the most important). Get the left-hand thumb right, and get the 60 degree angle right, and everything else in the program is gonna be easier.
  • A page on standard notation and playing the C scale (for those who plan to use standard notation). Ukulele players for the most part don't use standard notation, but all musicians should understand the basics, and the standard notation in this program is used to get the timing correct.
  • Frère Jacques: This is the most important song. It teaches how to read tablature in 10 minutes.
  • My Spaghetti Monster: One song that will sound great and audiences won't sing along.
  • Three Blind Mice: This is the second most important song and the first piece where we study "TuffUke" or chord-melody -- use right-hand thumb down technique.
  • Happy Birthday: This song is a stretch, but everybody connects with it.
  • Strum Pages: Waltzing Matilda, Soft Kitty, Kookaburra, Hallelujah, Over the Rainbow, Lava. I only teach this stuff because there is an expectation all students own the chords in the Key of C. To be 100% honest, teaching chords to new students is a perfect way to get them stuck. Most students do not want to sing. Melody first! I never go over Hallelujah, Rainbow, or Lava because I've had it with those songs and students will go seek them out on their own anyway.

 

Three Chord Strumming Book: HERE is the way to make your life easy:

A brief commercial: Kids these days almost never know these "old fashioned" songs because they're growing up in a Disney-fied world. So I've gone back to teaching these to kids. They're easy to sing, require little or no prep on your part, have great melodies, and when I teach adults, I remind them they can teach their kids, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, neighbors, friends, or extra-curricular clubs. Teaching the Key of A chords is far easier than Key of C chords due to the challenges of G major, and this book mirrors the easy chords on guitar allowing you to use two different instruments at the same time. (I have a guitar and baritone ukulele version of this book if you need it.)

  • Songs with red headlines have one chord.
  • Songs with green headlines have two chords.
  • Songs with blue headlines have three chords.
  • Songs with purple headlines have four chords.
  • Start by teaching A chord and playing Frère Jacques and Three Blind Mice. Try various strumming patterns.
  • Next teach D chord. make sure their left-hand index finger is on 4th string 2nd fret and that their thumb isn't ending up someplace weird.
  • To make E7, start with a D chord and then slide the index finger back a fret and drop the ring finger to the first string.
  • After playing through lots of songs, I will teach the A » F#m » D » E7 » A chord progression and write songs.

 

Jumping Flea Arpeggiator: Please please read the cover before diving into the book. I believe this is the most important book you can use to create advanced ukulele players. It's good and I get emails from people all over the world who've been inspired by this. You should work through each key.

  • The Book is HERE.
  • The Sound Files are HERE.

 

Teacher Certification & Teacher's Manual: I've already built a certification program here in Denver, and I'll be cranking it up over the next year. Let me know what you require if you want continuing ed credit. Also, let me know what would help you need to build the right toolbox for your personal playing skills and what songs you need to make your classroom experience work for you.
 
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