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Over the years, the goal of Ukulele Underground has always been to help grow the next generation of ukulele players. We provide lessons, tutorials, and resources as a way for developing players to realize both how fun the ukulele can be and how it can truly be a serious instrument for playing and creating music. The "fun" part is always an easy sell, while the "serious" part takes a little more finesse.
But this month on Uke Lessons, it's time to get down to some serious ukulele playing. We're not going to lie, this month's lesson won't be easy. "Watching You Watch Him" by Eric Hutchinson sounds simple, but it's a relatively tough song and it will take some effort and practice, but once you get it, it will be extremely fun to play! Here's why:
1. It's in the Key of G#. Now anyone familiar with music theory will tell you that G# is just a messed up key. It's got sharps on notes that have no business being sharp and chords for the ukulele that might seem unfamiliar or strange. But once you break it down, you'll realize that everything is relative. (You could also just use a capo on fret 1 and play everything un-sharped).
2. It has some quick chord changes. Maybe not "Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard" - quick, but changing between weird chords is hard enough slow. It'll take some practice to get them clean, but put in the work on this song, and most other songs will be a piece of cake.
3. The picking solo is fast and full of runs. However, it is completely based on the G# scale. Get to know your scale, practice it, and this picking will be the most fun scale exercise you'll ever do.
So there you go, have fun with this song, put in your practice, and have a blast playing along with the Play-Along. Hope your April is fantastic & keep strummin'!