Learn to play "Electric Slide" by Marcia Griffiths on Ukulele

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Play along with the "Electric Slide" Ukulele Play-Along with Aldrine, Cynthia Lin, and Ukulenny and if you need some extra help with learning this song, start with STEP 1 below:

STEP 1 - Chords

First, learn and try out the 2 simple chords you need to play this song:

C(0003), Dm(2210)

Practice holding those chords and switching between them. Use your ring finger to hold the C chord and practice moving it accurately between the 3rd fret of the A string and the 2nd fret of the C string. When the movement is fairly smooth, start to build your Dm chord around that until you are able to make the switch cleanly. Check out the video below for more pointers on how to make the chord switches:

Now that you're comfortable holding each of these chords and switching easily between them, move on to Step 2.

STEP 2 - Beginner Rhythm

Next, add a simple rhythm by playing a "down-up, down-up, down-up, down-up" strum. The chord pattern is C and Dm - each chord getting 4 beats or four "down-up"s. Move on to elongating the first strum by "missing" the first up strum (bring your hand up but don't strum). After that, replace down strums 2 and 4 with chunks. In the video below, Aldrine explains the beginner strum in more detail:

If you need more guidance on how to do the chunk, be sure to check out the Uke Minutes tutorial on how to chunk HERE.

Now, try playing along with the Play-Along at the top of the page, adding a this basic strum to your chords. Awesome job! You just played through the beginner version of this song!

STEP 3 - Intermediate Rhythm

In order to get that really funky rhythm on your ukulele, you can enhance your rhythm by doubling up the strum. This means you'll be playing 8 "down-ups" for each chord, in the same amount of space that you previously did only 4. It might might take a little practice to be able to double your strum, but do your best and twist that wrist! Elongate the first strum, just like in the Beginner Rhythm, as well as the second strum. Then emphasize some of the strums and finally add some chunks to beats 2 and 4. Aldrine explains the intermediate strum in more detail in the following video:

Try it out, use your ears to match the rhythm, and when you're able to strum in a way that sounds pretty close, play along with the Play-Along at the top of the page using this intermediate strum. Great job, you just played the intermediate version of this song!

STEP 4 - Picking Parts

Finally, move on the the picking in order to add that last bit of shine to this song. Be sure to utilize the following videos and the "Electric Slide" Ukulele Picking TAB sheets to learn the picking for this song. There are 4 picking parts, but they're all slight variations of the same theme. Practice using the 50%, 75%, and 100% playback speeds in each of the picking videos below:

Picking 1 (Intro):

Picking 2:

Picking 3:

Picking 4 (Outro):

After you learn the picking parts, feel free to play along with the Play-Along at the top of the page.

That's it! Have fun with this one and be sure to check out both Cynthia and Lenny for some more great uke music. And if you have any questions or need any help with your playing, please send a message, we're always here for you! Stay safe UUers, keep strummin'

-UU Staff


  1. Hello, how do you pick the staccatos? From the videos you use your left hand fingers to mute the strings but I find it very difficult to mute while moving to the next note. I tried using my picking finger to mute the string (pick then tap lightly on string) but fingers are fumbling. Do you have any advice? Thank you!

    1. You’re totally right! Actually Aldrine is doing a combination of both – using the free fingers of his fretting hand to stop the strings from ringing out after playing the note AND placing his right hand thumb back on the string after plucking it. However, the two keys that probably will help you out most is to note that:

      1. Not every note has to be staccato.
      2. Not every staccato note requires both techniques (muting with the left and right hand) to stop the note short.

      In the tab, I added staccato markers for pretty much all of the notes. However, when you’re actually picking the song, you really only need to shorten the notes that really need emphasis. For example, for the first two measures of the first picking, instead of adding staccato on all of the notes, you really only need to do these ones to be effective:
      Electric Boogie Picking Staccato
      The other notes happen close enough to each other where it really wouldn’t matter. It would actually probably hinder your playing to try to quickly mute all of the notes after you play them.

      With that in mind, depending on how the fingering of the picking goes, for certain notes, it might be easier to shorten the notes using your left hand. For other notes, it might be easier to add the staccato using your right hand. Or both. Muting is a note-by-note case basis, and depends solely on the piece of music, how you finger the run, and how comfortable you are with the technique in each case.

      In the end though, try your best not to overthink the whole thing. If you can imagine how you want the picking to sound like in your head, when you go to pick it, just try to recreate that sound. Let your fingers do whatever they do naturally to recreate that sound. It may take a few tries, but your fingers already know what to do. Trust that and you should be fine. Hope that helps!

  2. Hello,
    i´ve just founding this new video.
    Thank you all!
    That is the best, I ve ever seen in the flood of tutorials and play alongs.
    Because I love Cynthia and Lenny and Ukulele Underground too.
    And I ´m happy not to see no reason to decide, who is the best of all, because you are awesome in your ways of teaching.
    But this video + Tutorial is now the best of all.
    Of course also because it´s new, but mostly because of the integration of you with movement and fun and more.
    It´s “simply the best” as Tina Turner said…
    … and my tip for the next part of your teamworking 😉
    Best whishes for all of you
    Franz from Bremen, Germany
    P.S. All your live- jams are also super…
    … not so with my bad english, sorry for that!

  3. Love this format of quickly breaking down the different parts for different levels. Thank you!

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