It’s Culture Freedom Day on Saturday. It’s a day to celebrate artists who let others freely use, study, distribute and improve on their work. That’s particularly useful for anyone learning an instrument as it means you can pass around tabs and chord sheets, play their songs and put them up on YouTube without fear of being hassled by the man.
So this week is dedicated to ukulelists who participate in free culture. Starting with one of Jonathan Coulton’s non-uke songs.
In the verse: You can use this as the main strumming pattern:
d – d – d u d u
Except for the two quick chords at the end of lines 1, 2, 5 and 6. Just two down strums each for those.
Which – slowed down a little – sounds like this:
In the chorus: For the main strum:
d – d – x – x -
On the F chords you can just do down strums. Or you can follow the what he does by doing:
- One down strum on F
- Take your index finger off so you’re playing an Am shape. And strum that once.
- Do that four times.
So the chorus strum sounds like this:
In the bridge: One down strum for each chord.
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