Hey UUers! Here in the Underground, we are strong supporters of the idea that the ukulele can, and should, be used for absolutely any style of music that an ukulele player can dream of. "If you can dream it, uke can do it!"

That said, we've also gotten a lot of questions about more traditional Hawaiian ukulele songs, which are awesome too. So in this week's episode of Uke Minutes, we introduce the most basic component of many traditional Hawaiian songs played on the ukulele - the Hawaiian Vamp.

Used as a turnaround at the end of a verse or chorus, the Hawaiian Vamp is one of the most recognizable "Hawaiian-sounding" chord progressions, usually consisting of three chords. Here is how to find the 3 chords in a Hawaiian Vamp:

1. Take the key that you are playing in and write out the major scale (Click HERE to learn how to find a Major Scale).
2. The first chord is the second note in the scale, as a 7th chord.
3. The second chord is the fifth note in the scale, as a 7th chord.
4. The third chord is the first note in the scale, as a major chord.

For example, if you're playing in the key of C, the C scale goes:
C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
Take the second note and make it a 7th chord: D7
Take the fifth note and make it a 7th chord: G7
Take the first note and make it a major chord: C

So for a Hawaiian song in the key of C, the vamp goes: D7, G7, C

Try it out with any key you want to play in and strum away! Thanks so much for hanging out with us in the Underground - this week was a weird week for us, but we promise, next week we'll be back to our regular schedule. Have an awesome Saturday!

-UU Staff

What Should I Learn Next?
"Vamp Riff in C"
"Vamp Riff in A"


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