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Hey UUers!

The new year is awesome and about to get even awesome-er - this month's episode of Uke Lessons is an insanely funky uke take on the song, "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson (feat. Bruno Mars), just for you! For the Play-Along video, we've enlisted the help of our good friends Melvin Gutierrez (aka Melvin Sings), Mark Baldonado, and Randell Giminiz for a good old-fashioned, virtual collab. Although the song sounds a little complicated, with only two chords (with alternate partial inversions), this one is actually pretty easy once you get the strumming patterns and picking patterns up to speed. Don't believe me? Just watch!

Also, for those of you who have been following our travels across the globe, you know that last month UU was in Anahiem, CA for our yearly coverage of the NAMM Show! Each year the Anaheim Convention Center gets packed to the rafters with nearly every type of musical instrument available, with instrument makers showing off and sneak-peaking their wares for the coming year. Ukulele Underground was there for the 2015 NAMM Show to get the inside scoop on what each ukulele maker has in store for the ukulele-playing community, so be sure to check out all of the interviews and see for yourself!

Have a funky February & keep strummin' that uke.

-UU Staff


  1. hey. i love this tutorial and this song.

    i don’t quite get how to pinkie mute during the strumming? are you muting after every strum?

    1. Yup! The Pinky Mute is just a way to cut the note/chord short and stop it from ringing out. So during the intro, you’re doing two quick, staccato strums on each chord, so you want to mute after each strum so that they don’t ring out. You can do this by either Pinky Muting, as shown in the lesson, or by simply lifting off the pressure on your left hand for a Left Hand Mute. For more info, check out the Uke Minutes on PInky Mutes and Left Hand Mutes, keep practicing, and let us know if you have any other questions!

      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

  2. Oh! This is going to be fun learning this tune. Thank you guys! Enjoying all the extra bloopers at the end.

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