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Happy New Year, UUers!

It's a brand new year and to help kick off your thrusters towards all of your sky-high ukulele goals for 2015, we've got an awesome version of Frank Sinatra's classic, "Fly Me To The Moon" for you to learn and play on your uke! Check out the video above to learn the chords, strumming, and picking for this song and have fun with the Play-Along when you've got it. If you've learned and mastered last month's Uke Lesson (Nat King Cole's "The Christmas Song"), this one will be a walk in the park - it's also in the Key of C, with many of the same pretty-sounding chords to make the song sing.

Also, for all of you UU+ Members, you should be able to see a downloadable & printable pdf chord sheet + TABS right under the video above, to help you get going with this song - if you don't see it, Sign In to check it out! ALSO, there's a UU+ Solos version of Fly Me To The Moon available so you can learn a completely instrumental version of this great tune, too. Have a wonderful new year all of our fine fellow uke players - may 2015 bring you even more ukulele joy and musical enjoyment to come!

Aloha,
-UU Staff

Comments

  1. As usual great lesson. I love the slow down sections. If you had the chance, I would love a tutorial on your chunk. No one does it better and I can’t seem to get that pure percussive sound. Mahalo!

  2. In the picking pattern which ends with a C chord, why must you make the C chord when you only play the top three strings and not play the 3rd fret of the A string?

    1. Hey James!

      That’s a great observation! Because you’re not playing the A string, you actually don’t need to hold the C chord at all – but we suggest that you do, mainly as a way to remind yourself what chord you are on in the chord progression & because if by chance you accidentally hit the A string, it will still sound good. If you’re not holding the A string 3rd fret and you accidentally hit the A string, the A note will clash and sound a little sour, so by holding your C chord, even if you aren’t supposed to play it, you greatly minimize the risk of sounding like you messed up 🙂 Rock on & keep strummin’!

      Aloha,
      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

  3. Excellent tutorial! The best I could find for this song! However I am a little bit confused with the strumming pattern. In the tutorial you showed two strumming patterns (lets call them “strum1” and “strum2”) Now, at the first 5 chords you play: strum1(Am7), strum1(Dm7), strum1(G7), but what strum do you play for Cmaj7 and C7? It doesn’t sound like strum1 or strum2. Sorry if the question is very silly. I am a new uke player! 😀 Thanks again!

    1. Hey George!

      That’s a great observation! Basically, it’s a mix of both Strum 1 and Strum 2. Here are the strumming patterns (D=Down, U=Up):
      (For Strum 1, I’ll double it and make it into 8 beats long instead of 4 beats):

      Strum 1
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
      D D DUDUD D DUDU

      (For Strum 2, I renumbered it as beats 1-8 instead of two sets of beats 1-4):

      Strum 2
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
      D DUD DUDUDU UDU

      So we can take beats 1-4 of Strum 1 and combine it with beats 5-8 of Strum 2, to get what we’ll call Strum 3:

      Strum 3
      1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
      D D DUDUDUDU UDU

      So for the first line of the song, you would play Strum 1 with Am7 on beat 1 and Dm7 on beat 5. Then switch over to Strum 3 with G7 on beat 1, Cmaj7 on beat 5, and C7 on the Up of beat 6. Really Strum 3 is just a slight alteration of Strum 2, to fit the chords that you’re playing, so try it out and hopefully it all works for you. And if not, strumming is really an art in itself, so as long as you’re on beat and it sounds good with the song, feel free to strum however you want. Have fun & keep strummin’

      Aloha,
      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

  4. I don’t mean to nit pick or anything, but wouldn’t that Am7 chord really just be an Am? You didn’t add the 7th, but doubled the 3rd. Just a little confused is all. Thanks! Love the arrangement!

    1. Hey airmanfoote,

      You’re totally correct! Someone actually asked about this in the comments of the Play-Along Video, but the simple answer is that the real Am7 (2433) that you would use in this spot is a little difficult to transition to the next few positions from, so we simplified it to (2003) which sounds similar enough, but is a LOT easier to play. But yes, (2003) is technically not an Am7. Keep up the great work & if you have any other questions, we’ve got you covered!

      Aloha,
      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

      1. I’m picking up what you’re putting down. Only 4 strings, only so many ways to voice an extended chord. You guys keep up the amazing work. I haven’t been around much lately over the past 2 years because I went back to school for music, thanks to Aldrine’s (and everyone else here) inspiration and motivation. I started with an el cheapo Lanakai and have since grown on to guitar, bass, and piano. THANK YOU UU!!!!!

      1. Thanks so much! Just found it a couple days ago! And it’s great! I don’t know how I missed it, but super glad I found it! And to my surprise, I can actually play it! Lol
        Thanks for all of your help

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