Lesson Description

Rubato & Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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This week on Ukulele Webcam Sessions, Matt talks about rubato and how you can subtly manipulate the tempo of song to infuse it with some extra feeling. He uses the opening of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" to demonstrate how slight oscillations in the rhythm can help bring the song to life. Matt also talks about how you can tailor your tone as well as your timing to really get your ukulele to sing.

To learn more about nail care and its effects on tone, check out Matt's Webcam Sessions (Ep.11) – Pitch Perfect Nails. For UU+ members interested in improving tone and adding more feeling, be sure to check out a great Master Class: Improving Your Ukulele Sound with Bruce Shimabukuro.

If you want to learn the rest of Somewhere Over the Rainbow check out Matt's solo arrangement tutorial, or if you want to stick closer to the original as done by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, watch our Somewhere Over the Rainbow Whiteboard Request Lesson.


For more from Matt, check out his Ultimate Ukulele Strumming Course in the Ukulele Underground Marketplace.


  1. I love the rubato tutorial on Somewhere Over The Rainbow. Have you done any other use songs this way in tutorial so that I can , earn them? Please let me know where I can find more uke songs done this way.

    Tom Dwyer

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