A lot people have the misconception that the ukulele is a "toy" instrument, incapable of playing many different genres of music. With this Whiteboard Request, which covers the classic rock song "Smoke on the Water", you will be able to surprise all the naysayers and open their eyes to the wide potential of the ukulele. In this lesson, Aldrine covers the 6 chords needed to play this song, include two power chords. He shows you two options for the strumming, you can either use the simple "DUD" strumming pattern, or you can spell out the power chords to closer mirror the original song. Impossible to forget, Aldrine teaches you that iconic riff that opens the songs, he also shows you how to play second riff that occurs during the chorus. Channel you inner rock star and have fun turning some heads with "Smoke on the Water".

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  1. This will be a challenge, but I am up for it. (The download, however, is not coming out all clear. Don’t know why.)

  2. Love this version of Smoke on the Water! Thank you! It will be a challenge, but I want to learn this one. I don’t know where I can make a Whiteboard Request, but I’d love to see “Moon River” as a solo arrangement and also “Nights in White Satin” as a solo. Thanks!

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