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Hey UUers!

Can you believe it? The Holiday Season is upon us! Along with Santa Claus ("and ho-ho-ho. and mistletoe, and presents to pretty girls ..."), comes a brand new episode of Uke Lessons! This time, Aldrine shows you how to play "White Christmas" on the ukulele, breaking down the chords, strumming pattern, and picking for this Christmas classic.

Have fun with this one - learn it well, grab a friend and jam it together! And as always, if you have any questions or need anything at all, we're always here for you. Here's to a wonderful December and many new and exciting ukulele developments here in the Underground for the coming year!

Peace on Earth, goodwill toward men,
-UU Staff

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    1. Hey Andreas!

      Yup, you’re right! The first chord shown is an Am (2000) because it contains the notes A, C, and E. The second “Am” chord (0453) is technically an Am7 because it contains the notes A, C, E, and G (the open G string), which is why in the on-screen notation of that chord, we decided to label it as “Am7” instead of “another version of Am.” (Alternately, you could make this Am7 into a true Am by holding it either as (2453) or (5453), however it is much harder to hold either of these chords compared to the Am7 that Aldrine showed).

      Additionally, Aldrine called the second Am chord, “another version of Am” simply because with his style of playing, he often mutes or doesn’t emphasize the G string anyway, which means that the sonic difference between Am7 and Am is usually not too noticeable, often imperceptible. He also does this often with “Bm” – calling what should be a Bm7 (2222) a “Bm” just for the sake of simplicity. (For example, in Uke Lesson 16 – Stuck On You).

      All in all, it’s just a semantic issue of musical-correctness, but particularly for this song, we decided to specify between Am and Am7 in an effort to distinguish between the two, because each is used at different and specific times during the chord progression.

      Hope you’re having fun with this song, gearing up for that special time of year!

      Aloha,
      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

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