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Hey UUers!

Here in the Underground we've been bursting at the seams, excited to bring you this brand new solo ukulele arrangement of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling In Love" as an episode of Uke Lessons! We've styled this one like an episode of UU+ Solos, so you can learn to play the song as a solo, essentially playing the chords and the melody line on your ukulele at the same time. Check out the lesson, take it slow, and you'll be able to impress your friends with this awesome, super recognizable song. And if the solo arrangement is a little too much to bite off at first, check out the Play-Along (below), which also features plain chords at the bottom to follow along with if you want to just strum along. Also, be sure to check out the videos below for slowed-down versions of each section so you can master each part in different styles.

This month, Aldrine will also be at the Tampa Bay Ukulele Getaway (Nov. 6-8) in Florida and in Seoul, South Korea for All That Ukulele (Nov. 27-29) so if you are in those areas, please stop by and hang out with us - it would be awesome to meet and jam with you! Have fun & keep strummin'!

Aloha,
-UU Staff








Comments

  1. It is possible to get the tab for this? I always have to write them down and it takes me forever to watch the video and transcribe it. It would be so appreciated!

  2. Aldrine, I love this style of playing and to mix melody with strumming like that! And its a great known song too!
    I am not really sure about the strumming you use, it feels like D UDUD (you stress the first Downstrumm and play the others lightly and the last Down is almost a “ghost downstrum” :-)??! I guess it should be in a 3/4 beat?
    Thanks for a short update on the strumm!

    1. Hey mrfrimm!

      You got this one totally right – for the timing of the chords (and for simplicity’s sake) we labeled this one in 4/4 time, but like lots of pop ballads from the 1950s & 60s, triplets are used for each beat making it, technically, a song in 6/8 time. So if you relabel our count for the triplets, it looks a little something like this:

      1  2  3  4
      123456123456

      And if you put the strumming below the new 6/8 count, it looks like this:

      123456123456
      D UDUDD UDUD

      with definite emphasis on the first Down and very little emphasis on the Down on beat 6 (mostly because your strum needs to quickly get back into position for another Down on beat 1). So, as you notice, Aldrine usually plays the Down on beat 6 either fairly lightly with his pointer finger or brushing it with the pad of his thumb, this way he can be ready for the emphasis on beat 1.

      Hope that makes sense – really nice observation there, mrfrimm, thanks so much for your comment and if there’s anything else you need, let us know, we got your back!

      Aloha,
      -Aaron (& the UU Staff)

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