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Hey UUers!

After last month's super awesome mega-collaboration with many of our favorite Uke Lesson cameos from the past, it's nice to take this month's lesson slow and simple, with a solo ukulele arrangement of Amazing Grace.

Here Aldrine teaches a simple version of this song, with some excellent chord voicings, that you can make as clean or as complicated as you want using fingerpicking (particularly the In-to-Out Fingerpicking pattern) to fill up the empty space. In the Amazing Grace Play-Along, he shows you a couple of variations including strumming, fingerpicking, playing with volume dynamics, and elongating beats for emphasis.

For those of you who are into reading tabs, check out the complete TAB (link above) for some extra uke-playing goodness. And if you have any questions, let us know! We've got your back, 100%. Have fun with this arrangement & keep strummin'

Aloha,
-UU Staff

Comments

  1. How to play that 5-7-3 that repeated many times in the song? I can’t produce THREE sounds. Is my technique went wrong or quality problem with my ukulelel?

    1. Hey Yoyo,

      I’ll pass this question along to be answered in our next Thursday Live Lesson, but it might take a while. Until then you might want to check out this past Live Lesson at the 26:25 mark. In it, Aldrine goes over how to do a hammer pull combo, which is the technique you need for the 5-7-5. When you pull off from the 7th fret, try pulling down at an angle, so you are almost plucking the string again with your left hand. That should give it enough vibration to get out the slide down to the 3rd fret. You might want to try practicing just the 5-7-5 hammer pull, then adding the slide to the 3rd when you feel comfortable. In this Webcam Session Matt explains the slide during the first couple of minutes.

      I hope this helps. Please let us know if you have any other questions.

      -Kira (UU Staff)

    2. Hey Yoyo,

      Aldrine answered your question in this week’s Thursday Live Lesson. If you have more questions, feel free to leave them in our UU+Forum: here. Thanks for the question, and please let us know if we can help in any other way.

      Aloha,
      -Kira (UU Staff)

    1. Hey Umsoftball,

      Amazing Grace uses a lot of chord melodies and ghost notes, so there isn’t a definitive picking pattern. If you asked Aldrine to play this song a couple of time and paid close attention, you would notice that he wouldn’t play it exactly the same each time. As long as you fret the chords shown, you can finger pick in any order that sounds good to you. In to Out is a common finger picking pattern that you can play with, or you can experiment with creating finger picking patterns of your own.

      We did a Chord Melodies Webinar where Aldrine explains that you can play whatever filler notes you want, just remember to keep the melody in front. And if you really want to know exactly what notes Aldrine plays, you can slow down the play along on youtube. To use the slow down feature, click on the gear icon and you can adjust the speed. I hope this helped clear somethings up.

      -Kira (UU Staff)

  2. I noticed in the tab 3rd measure that you have 7-5-7-0 but video shows it as 7-6-7-0. The latter has a better flow.

  3. I really appreciate the tabs that are included. I want to continue the next step of my playing by reading the notes.

  4. This has been challenging for me, but I am slowly getting it. I appreciate both the video and the tabs. I can play the first half smoothly, so only half to go! Thanks for everything you do. I couldn’t advance in my playing without you!

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