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Hey UUers!

Woah there, 2011! You're speeding along a little too quickly - it's already March! On this month's episode of Uke Lessons, we've got a special ukulele version of Extreme's "More Than Words" for you to Play Along and have fun with. This one may take a little practice, so check out the video, press pause and re-watch what you need to see again, take it slow, and you'll have this one down in a jiffy!

For a quick refresher on the finger picking techniques used in this Lesson, be sure to check out the Uke Minutes on the C String Bass Technique and the 3 Finger Chunk.

Special THANKS to Michael Carreon (UUer & YouTuber, mcarreon89)! Be sure to check out his channel for updates and new music!

Hope you're having a wonderful week! Now strap on your axe, go out there, and impress the skeptics with the might of the definitive early 90's rock ballad under your belt!

Aloha,
-UU Staff

Comments

  1. I am a blind guy in Australia. Everything I know on ukelele has been learnt from this page. Firstly thank you. But tomyquestion. Can you deescribe the sttrumming pattern in words for me as diagrams are of little use to In my case? The other quesion. Are these chords to “more than words” inverted if so then how? Gratefully.
    Chad (inAustralia)

    1. Hey Chad,

      Thanks for the kind words, we are happy to hear UU helped you with the ukulele. Now on to your questions, even though this song is tuned half a step down which would make your strings F sharp, B, D sharp, and G sharp, I’m still going to refer to the strings as G, C, E, and A just to make things a little easier to explain.

      The strumming pattern for this song uses a technique Aldrine calls the three finger chunk. Position your hand so your thumb is on the C string, your pointer on the E string, and middle finger is on the A string. To perform the 3 finger chunk, you just need to tap those three fingers against the C, E, and A string. You will use the same hand position to do the rest of the strumming pattern, which alternates between plucking the C string with your thumb and simultaneously plucking the E and A strings with your pointer and middle fingers. Putting it all together the strumming pattern is pluck the C string, then pluck the E and A strings together, chunk, then pluck the E and A strings together. These four steps repeat to create the strumming pattern. Aldrine also offered a simpler version with actual strumming. For that option you would do a down strum, up strum, regular chunk, up strum.

      As for the chords, the only inversion is the G chord which is formed with the pointer on the C string 2nd fret, middle on the E string 3rd fret, and pinky on the A string 5th fret. The C add 9 chord is formed the same way as the inversion of the G, just remove your pointer finger.

      Hope this helps Chad. Let us know if you have any other questions and we’ll do our best to answer them.

      Aloha,
      -Kira (UU Staff)

  2. I wondered why we have to tune the uke half-tone down. I looked at guitar chords, and they seem to use the same chords: G, D, Bm7, etc.

  3. Maybe there’s just some generational gap here, but I feel like I haven’t ever heard over half of the songs in these lessons. Maybe I just don’t listen to enough music…

  4. I WANT ELTON JHONS ROCKETMAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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