I started out with uploading a few lessons directly to my website here.  Over time, I've found that not to be as easy as putting together a blog.  My current lessons are to the right here.  The content to the left is there for fun, but I don't make updates to that list.  Eventually, I may take it down after the blog is more set.  Remember that if you have questions, you can all ways email me at danny@swingukulele.com.

Swing Ukulele 2015 Videos

Scales and Scale Theory
- Week 1 - Major Scale (Video / PDF)
- Week 2 - Beginning Solo Shapes (video / PDF)
- Week 3 - Five Solo Shapes (video / PDF in C / PDF in G)

Chord Progressions
- Week 4 - 6-2-5-1 in Key of C (Video / PDFSound File)
- Week 5 - 12 Bar Blues Basics (Video / PDF)
- Rhythm Changes - FAI 2016 Review (Video / PDF)

Tune - All of Me
- Week 6 - Getting Started (video / PDF)
- Week 7 - Intros and Outros (video)
- Week 8 - Chord Melody Basics (video / PDF)
- Week 9 - Wrap Up (video)

Triads and Chord Theory
- Week 10: Major Triads (video / PDF)
- Week 11: Minor Triads (video / PDF)
- Week 12: Chord Theory / Harmonizing the Major Scale (video)

Tune - I Can't Believe (You're in Love with Me)
- Week 13: Part 1 (video / PDF)

Tune - It Don't Mean a Thing
- Video 1
- Video 2
- Video 3
- Chord Sheet

Tune - I'm Confessin' That I Love You
- Video 1 - Prequel
- Video 2 - Chords
- Chord Sheet

I’m Confessin’ – Overview/History 

Chart Location

I was able to find the tune relatively easily in a couple of places.  (Remember to be searching and saving (PDF) copies of all of those Fake Books that are circulating out there.)  The book I went to first (and found it in) was 557 Jazz Standards.  No lyrics, but those are easily obtained with a quick google search.

Also, iReal Pro had it available from the forums community.  In fact, I had about three different versions in my system and needed to pay close attention to the chords (especially…

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I’m Confessin’ – Prequel 

I’ve been on the road a lot in the last few weeks, but I’m finaly getting a few minutes to start putting this next series together.  Here is a quick prequel of the coming weeks of posts.


I’m Confessin’ – Overview/History 

Chart Location

I was able to find the tune relatively easily in a couple of places.  (Remember to be searching and saving (PDF) copies of all of those Fake Books that are circulating out there.)  The book I went to first (and found it in) was 557 Jazz Standards.  No lyrics, but those are easily obtained with a quick google search.

Also, iReal Pro had it available from the forums community.  In fact, I had about three different versions in my system and needed to pay close attention to the chords (especially…

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Scotch and Soda – Performance 

Here is my “culmination” of sorts of the song Scotch and Soda. Make sure to look at the other blog entries on how to play the tune.

I was lucky enough last night (a few nights after I recorded this) to perform this song while playing with my good friend Catie Rogers at our gig at Chaz on the Plaza. It was very well received!


Scotch and Soda – Chord Melody 

Just as I’m thinking king through how to best present this lesson, my friends over at jazzguitar.be release a couple preventive guide to jazz guitar chord melody. I’ve thumbed through it and highly recommend you go pick it up even as a ukulele player. The tabs may not be exact, but the company cents and techniques are quite similar.

Easy Guide to Jazz Guitar Chord Melody

I’m not going to be showing a whole break down and tab on how this works for me. Instead I will be talking through it step by step in this…

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Scotch and Soda – Chord Melody 

Now that we have looked at the Chords and Melody for Scotch and Soda, we can start moving onto putting those two things together.  As I was preparing for this entry, my friends at Jazzguitar.be released (in correlation with Matt Warnock) a book on Chord Melody for guitar.  I know, guitar is not ukulele, but many of the concepts are the same. I highly recommend you get the book and work through it best you can on your uke.

Easy Guide to Chord Melody and Chord Soloing

As for this lesson, I made a video where…

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Retention 

While working on the last bits of Scotch and Soda I came across a question on Facebook that the instructor in me really stuck onto: “Hey there… Any tips on memorizing songs besides repetition?”

My initial response was, no.  Then I thought on the question for a minute and came back to reply again.  But first, I needed to reframe the question so that I could get at what the asker was really getting at.

What are some tips for maximizing memorization while repeating/practicing a song?

So here we go: 4 Tips for

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Scotch and Soda – Intros and Endings 

Intros and endings are often overlooked in music by most folks.  I was once told that if you can start and stop a song, then the middle part will take care of itself.  Every time I’m in a band or group this certainly seems to remain true.

Intros and endings is the step where we begin to work on the arrangement of the song.  It’s also a step that I feel could never really be finished.  Moreover, you are likely to explore a lot of ways to begin and end a tune and switch them out occasionally to freshen up a…

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Scotch and Soda – Melody 

Melody

Now that we have a good grasp on the chords and harmony, it’s time to start to look at the melody and lyrics.  Take a look at this sheet.

Scotch and Soda – D – Uke Tab

I want to point out what I did when I tabbed this out.  I took the approach of playing the notes as low on the fretboard as possible.  Again this gets into positional playing.  This is in what I would call “open” position which just means we are using open strings.  As I have been working ahead, I’m rather sure most of our chord melody…

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Scotch and Soda – Chords (2) 

I realized shortly after my second post on this tune that we talked about chords and the chord progression, but I didn’t talk through what chord shapes I thought would work best. So, we are going to tackle a second look at chords before we go onto melody.

As a refresher, here is the chord sheet from the previous post.  Now let’s look at chord shapes.

It’s a common practice of mine to scan the sheet music or chord chart before I start playing and look to see if there are any weird or unknown chords that I…

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