Learn to play "Faith" by George Michael


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Play along with the ukulele cover of "Faith" (George Michael) performed by Ka'ili (Josh Walters, guitar), Kaniho (Randell Giminiz, bass), and Aldrine (ukulele). Just follow the chords and the basic rhythm of the song to play along. If you need some step-by-step help guiding you through learning this song, start with STEP 1 below:

STEP 1 - The Chords

Here are all the chords you'll need to play along with the song:

A (2100), D (2220), F#m (2120), E7 (1202), and B7 (2322)

Practice holding each chord and memorize the names of each chord. You need to be able to see the name of the chord and instantly know how to hold it.

STEP 2 - Chord Switching

Now that you can hold all of the chords and know them by name, you need to be able to switch chords quickly. Do your best to play along with the chord switching video below, switching to the next chord right on time.

The hardest chord switch in the entire song is between the F#m and the B7 chord. This is because the F#m is a normal "open" chord (using only your fingertips to hold the chord) and the B7 is a bar chord (using one or more fingers to bar across multiple strings). If you're getting tripped up here, practice the switch over and over with the following video. The more you practice, the easier it will get.

Once you can hold the chords, switch between them, and play them at the right times, you can already play the song! Go back to the Play-Along video at the top of the page and play through the whole song, holding the chords and strumming them at the right times when they change. If you're a beginner, Congrats! You've just played the beginner version of this song.

STEP 3 - Basic Rhythm

Now that you're able to switch to all of the right chords at the right times, now you'll focus on your strumming hand. The rhythm of the song sounds complicated, but really it originates from a very steady, simple strum. All you're doing is emphasizing certain strums (and de-emphasizing the others). Play along with the rhythm video below and emphasize strums (play them with slightly more volume) when the blue dot gets bigger.

Watch, listen, and copy. If at any time you feel you're off-sync, try thinking less and listening more to both the video and to yourself. Play along with the video as many times as you need to be able to get the feel of the rhythm.

Once you can play along with the basic strumming for the song, you can now play and strum the song! Go back to the Play-Along video at the top of the page and play through the whole song, switching through the chords and playing the strumming rhythm that you learned. If you're an intermediate ukulele player, great job! You've just played the intermediate version of this song.

STEP 4 - Advanced Rhythm

If you are able to play through the Play-Along video using the basic strum rhythm pretty easily and want a little more of a challenge, feel free to move on to the advanced rhythm. In the Play-Along video, Aldrine uses the Pinky Mute technique to mute everything in between the each of the emphasized strums. Play along with the rhythm video below and try to match what the fretting hand is doing. This requires a lot of coordination, so don't feel discouraged if it's not easy at first. Keep practicing along with this rhythm video and eventually it will get easier and easier.

Once you can play all the way through the advanced rhythm video, test your skills by playing along with the Play-Along video at the top of the page. By putting together the chords, chord switches, strumming, and pinky mute, you can now play like a true uke player. It was a lot of practice, but with one more song under your belt, you're musicianship continues to grow. Keep up the good work & if you have any questions along the way, we're always here for you!

Comments

  1. Very cool. How can I slow down the video? I feel like I have the rhythm right up to the end then I lose it in the very last part

    1. Hey abennett415,
      That is actually a really GOOD thing! By continuing to practice at the set speed, which may be slightly faster than you are currently able to play it, the more your strumming will expand and improve over time. Keep at it and soon you’ll look fondly back at the time when you were struggling with a sense of accomplishment.

      That said, if you click the little gear icon on the bottom right hand corner of the video, you can set it at 0.5x speed. But honestly, playing it at half the proper speed really won’t improve your playing. Dig deep, play it at the correct tempo, and we promise it will pay off!

  2. This is AWESOME! When I first saw it on YouTube I had NO idea there was so much more. Can you create a link or explanation that everyone can see? (Not just UU+ members) This is fabulous work and the world needs to see it; give them one freebie and reel ’em in! Bravo, guys! πŸ˜€

  3. Wow, I love the new format. As mentioned by someone above, I too really like how you have been teaching so far and your teaching and resources are the main reason why I’m a UU+ member, but I really appreciate the thought and effort going into this new approach. Thanks so much. Now I’m really looking forward to the rest of the 2019 UU year!!

  4. I was always very satisfied with your teaching. But I think, that the new format is really still a bit easier to understand. But for you it is a lot more work to accomplish. Thank you for all.

  5. Great format in breaking down the lesson in manageable parts. Is there any way that we can slow down the speed of the rhythm video?

  6. Hi. Any chance we can have the names of the chordss in text format? My screen reader can’t pick them up, so I’m assuming that currently they are in a graphical form? Thank you πŸ™‚ loving the new format

    1. Hi Kerry. The chords are A, D, F sharp minor, B seventh and E seventh. Let me know if you want help with anything else from the tutorial.
      Daniel

  7. Love the way you’ve layered the lesson — great groove too. I hope you don’t mind me soloing over your solo though, since you didn’t leave me a spot in the play along… =P

  8. Thank you for doing this! This is a lot of extra work and I really feel like you guys are investing in your students. My wife is a beginner so the different levels and breakdowns really help her focus on difficult areas. It definitely helped make the song more accessible and digestible for both of us.

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