Ukulele Workshop Season Starts October 2017

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Ukulele Strumming Workshop participants can join in with professional musicians who sing and play ‘ukulele and ‘ukulele-bass to fun songs. Register now online.

The 6th season of ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshops resumes Saturday, October 21, 2017-March 2018  at the Bailey House in Wailuku, Maui. New this year the workshops will last one hour from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. instead of the previously scheduled 2-hours.

‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop participants can join in with professional musicians who sing and play ‘ukulele and ‘ukulele-bass to fun songs. No one else teaches my unique method of forming chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and strumming rhythm styles for the ‘ukulele. Get an introduction to the joy of making music the Ukulele Mele Way from an experienced educator and professional singer/entertainer. Experience the fun of applying new strums to old tunes to make them sound better – all in a group environment.

 

Cost is $10 or $5 for museum members at-the-door and includes admission to see the largest collection of Hawaiian artifacts in Maui County. No other ‘ukulele workshop offers the experience of learning to play Hawai’i’s official instrument, the ‘ukulele, from a Native Hawaiian at a historical Hawaiian place.

Pre-registration is free to save your seat and is highly recommended. This gives us a way to contact you in case the workshop is cancelled at the last moment due to sickness or weather related building closures. Register now online for:

  • October 21, 2017
  • November 18, 2017
  • December 16, 2017
  • January 20, 2018
  • February 10, 2018
  • March 10, 2018

For photos and other general information about the workshop, visit my website. Hope to see you at one of the workshops!

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

 

Review Island Party Songs 2017

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Ukulele Mele on Maui presented “Island Party Songs” for September’s Sing-Along Program at Kaunoa Senior Center

“We go to local parties and now we have a better idea of what they’re singing,” commented recent transplants to Maui.

Twenty two people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Party Songs on Thursday, September 7 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We chose the monthly theme to celebrate Aloha Festivals month, a time when each of the Hawaiian Islands celebrates the aloha spirit with festivals.

The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele worked great!

Here are the 11 party songs we learned:

  1. Medley: Maui Boy/Maui Girl – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. The Pidgin English Hula – I Wanna Rest / 4 And Strums.
  3. Manuela Boy – Latin Strum.
  4. E Huli Makou – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
  5. Princess Poopooly – I Wanna Rest / 4 And Strums.
  6. U.S.E.D. – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  7. Aloha No Wau I Ko Maka – 2 Waltz Strums.
  8. Keep Your Eyes on the Hands – I Wanna Rest / 4 And Strums.
  9. Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells – Swing/Hum Ding-Ah Strums
  10. Yellow Bird (local style) – Latin Strum.
  11. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW TO LEARN THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

1. LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB and then schedule private lessons on Maui or via webcam to get the song sheets and feedback.

  1. From the Hapa Haole Songs Category – Keep Your Eyes on the Hands, Manuela Boy, Medley: Maui Boy/Maui Girl, Medley: Tiny Bubbles/Pearly Shells, Princess Poopooly, The Pidgin English Hula, U.S.E.D. and Yellow Bird.
  2. From the Hawaiian Songs Category – E Huli Makou.

2. DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for the song you select.

  1. Aloha No Wau I Ko Maka
  2. Hawaii Aloha

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Na Lani Eha and More  on Thursday, October 5 as we celebrate the four royal composers.

Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Song of the Month for September

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Learn to play “Lovely Hula Hands” with I Wanna Rest and 4And Strums by Ukulele Mele On Maui

Learn to play Lovely Hula Hands for September’s “Song of the Month.” This hapa haole song (Hawaiian style music with English words) was composer R. Alex Anderson’s most commercially successful song although it was never his favorite.

As the story goes, Anderson was at a private party and in the middle of the room a hula girl was dancing. A dozen or so men were standing around just listening to the music when a guy said, “Aren’t her hands lovely?” Right then, Anderson started thinking about a song. It took three or four months during which time Anderson was on a cruise in New Zealand and every day gulls in the back of the boat put the song’s line in his head, “gliding like the gulls o’er the ocean.” The resulting song was an instant hit. Occasionally Anderson used Hawaiian words or phrases in this music, such as in this song.

My arrangement omits the original verse and uses the rest of the popular song.

  1. Listen to the audio recording in the free online Fan Club.
  2. Schedule private webcam lessons to learn to play it from wherever you live.

I will send you the PDF song sheet for my arrangement and teach you how to play it with my unique I Wanna Rest and 4And Strums for ‘ukulele. The song is in the key of C and uses 6 chords – perfect for beginner to intermediate ‘ukulele players. Other benefits of learning the Ukulele Mele Way:

  • No need to read music.
  • Get feedback from a professional educator and entertainer with over 50 years of ‘ukulele playing and entertaining experience.
  • Learn my method of forming ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and unique strumming styles taught by no one else.

Want a different song? Visit my online Fan Club and listen to over 100 audio recordings of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons via webcam or on Maui.

Have fun learning to Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way today!

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Island Songs 2017

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Mele Fong led a Sing-Along of Island Songs on August 17 to celebrate when Hawaii became the 50th state of the union on August 21, 1959.

“Being new here, we’re trying to learn Hawaiian songs. We sing Hawaii Aloha at church,” commented a caregiver who has been bringing her elderly mother to the monthly Sing-Along program.

“I like the stories about the songs. You tell them with aloha,” commented another returnee to the program.

Twenty people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Songs on Thursday, August 17 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We chose the monthly theme to celebrate Hawaii’s Statehood Day on August 21, 1959. Learn more about statehood.

The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele worked great!

Here are the 10 island songs we learned:

  1. Island Medley (5 islands) – Hum Ding-Ah / I Wanna Rest Strums.
  2. King Kamehameha the Conqueror of the Islands – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  3. Maui – Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa Strum.
  4. Maui – Maui Waltz – 2 Waltz Strums.
  5. Maui – Lahaina – Latin Strum.
  6. Maui – Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  7. Oahu – On the Beach at Waikiki – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  8. Big Island – My Little Grass Shack – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  9. Kauai – Hanalei Moon – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  10. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW TO LEARN THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

  1. LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB and then schedule private lessons on Maui or via webcam to get the song sheets and feedback.
  1. PURCHASE A PACKAGED SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD to learn the songs off-line.
  1. DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for the song you select.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Hawaiian Party Songs on Thursday, September 7 as we celebrate Aloha Festivals month.

Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Island Songs for August 2017

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Sing Island Songs to celebrate Admissions Day

In celebration of Admissions Day when Hawaii became the 50th state of the union on August 21, 1959, join us for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series: Island  Songs on Thursday, August 17 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

This program is one of a monthly series that evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs as the lyrics and ‘ukulele chords are projected on the large screen in the front of room for everyone to follow. ‘Ukulele players are invited to bring instruments to play along as I lead everyone by singing and playing my uke while my husband accompanies us on ‘ukulele bass. Don’t worry if you don’t know the ‘ukulele chords or the unique strumming pattern for the songs. The focus is on singing the songs, finding out the stories behind them, and enjoying the group experience.

Why are people returning? “It’s fun!”

Lunch is optional and recommended as a good time to meet people who enjoy learning the Ukulele Mele Way. Kaunoa Senior Center is located in Spreckelsville, Maui.

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Other learning options with Ukulele Mele:

Whether you are a beginnerintermediate, or advanced ‘ukulele player, you can have fun learning to play the Ukulele Mele Way from wherever you live!

Aloha, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele

Serenader Debut at Lumeria Maui

“Thank you for giving us such beautiful music tonight. We so appreciate your serenading with the soulful nahenahe to soothe everyone. Much aloha, Dr. B”

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The Hawaiian Serenaders performed for 32 people attending the Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat on August 4 at Lumeria

The Hawaiian Serenaders, comprised of my husband Rich on u-bass and myself on ‘ukulele, entertained 32 people attending the Maui Cancer Wellness Retreat on Friday, August 4 at Lumeria Maui. This was our debut of playing music for dining guests at the restaurant. The opportunity came about after I read a Maui News article about Dr. Bridget Bongaard, a board-certified internal medicine physician who was directing the first MCWR, and I offered our musical services. It was the right thing to do. Many cancer survivors came up to us after dinner to express their appreciation of our music, and some took pictures with us. A few ladies who were practicing yoga near to the restaurant also came up to thank us for our music.

We purposefully picked our song list of easy listening hapa haole songs with a mix of tempo, strums, and feel, and played all the following except for “Singing Bamboo” during our 1-hour set:

  1. Kupa Landing
  2. Hanalei Moon
  3. Ku’u Morning Dew
  4. On The Beach at Waikiki
  5. Pagan Love Song
  6. For You A Lei
  7. Song of Old Hawaii
  8. Uwehi Ami and Slide
  9. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia
  10. I’ll Weave a Lei of Stars for You
  11. Shells
  12. Ka Pua E
  13. Lahaina
  14. My Yellow Ginger Lei
  15. Singing Bamboo
  16. Lovely Hula Hands
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We set up to perform in the middle of the porch of Lumeria’s restaurant (another table for 16 is out of the picture).

My arrangements for most of the songs we performed at Lumeria can be found in my free online Fan Club. ‘Ukulele players can listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons on Maui or via webcam. No one else teaches my method of forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain or strumming unique rhythms on the ‘ukulele.

For more information about our entertainment services:

The last time we performed at Lumeria was in February 2016 for the general managers wedding reception. We love the outdoor setting in upcountry Maui. To visit Lumeria’s website, click here.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Song of the Month for August

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Hawaii was expected to be America’s 49th state but actually became the 50th state after Alaska.

Admissions Day or Statehood Day is a state holiday in Hawaii to commemorate the admission of Hawaii as the 50th state of the union on August 21, 1959. Learn more.

In celebration, learn to play Song of Old Hawaii for August’s “Fan Club Featured Song of the Month.” Note: Hawaii Record Company had expected statehood to occur earlier than it did, but as it turns out Alaska became the 49th state and Hawaii became the 50th state.

This hapa haole song (Hawaiian style music with English words) recalls a simpler time. Can you imagine the hula dancers swaying to and fro as the trade winds sigh in the heavens?

  1. Listen to the audio recording in the free online Fan Club.
  2. Schedule private webcam lessons to learn to play it from wherever you live.

I will send you the PDF song sheet for my arrangement and teach you how to play it with my unique Swing Strum for ‘ukulele. The song is in the key of C and uses 5 chords – perfect for beginner to intermediate ‘ukulele players. Other benefits of learning the Ukulele Mele Way:

  • No need to read music.
  • Get feedback from a professional educator and entertainer with over 50 years of ‘ukulele playing and entertaining experience.
  • Learn my method of forming ukulele chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and unique strumming styles taught by no one else.

Want a different song? Visit my online Fan Club and listen to over 100 audio recordings of Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons via webcam or on Maui.

Have fun learning to Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way today!

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Patriotic Songs 2017

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21 people signed up for July’s Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs at Kaunoa Senior Center on Maui

“We need to sing these kind of songs about brotherhood especially during these times,” commented a singer after the program. “My friend Chris enjoyed the Sing-Along and was touched that you recognized the veterans today,” commented an ukulele student who had brought her friend Chris who was retired from 30 years in the Army.

Twenty-one people signed up for my monthly Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Patriotic Songs on Thursday, July 20 at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better. We chose the monthly theme to coincide with 4th of July celebrations around the country.

The singing was the loudest that we’ve had so far this year, probably because the songs were in English and were familiar to the crowd. One 93-year-old man who really sang out loud in a clear baritone told me before class started that he likes to sing Broadway tunes. The “Sing-Along with Mitch Miller” format of projecting the song lyrics and ‘ukulele chords on a screen at the front of the room, and having my husband provide the u-bass line to fill in the lower tones to the higher pitched ‘ukulele worked great!

Here are the 10 patriotic songs we learned:

  1. Yankee Doodle – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  2. America the Beautiful – Pick in 4 Strum.
  3. You’re a Grand Old Flag – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. My Country ‘Tis of Thee – Waltz Variation Strum.
  5. Yankee Doodle Boy – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  6. God Bless America – Morse Code / Pick in 4 Strums.
  7. When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again – I Wanna Rest Strum.
  8. Home on the Range – 2 Waltz Strums.
  9. This Land is Your Land – Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  10. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code Strum.

HERE’S HOW TO LEARN THE ABOVE SONGS FROM WHEREVER YOU LIVE:

  1. LISTEN TO THE RECORDINGS IN THE FREE ONLINE FAN CLUB and then schedule private lessons on Maui or via webcam. I will send you the song sheets and give you feedback.
  1. PURCHASE A PACKAGED SET OF BOOK/DVD/CD to learn the songs off-line.
  1. DOWNLOAD A SINGLE SONG PURCHASE to your digital device. Get the song sheets, video lesson, audio recording, and video story behind the song for the song you select.

Stay tuned for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong Series – Island Songs on Thursday, August 17 as we celebrate Admissions Day when Hawaii became the 50th state of the union on August 21, 1959.

Visit my webpage about classes at Kaunoa and see photos from past classes for more information.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Review Kihei Library July Show

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This was our third library program this year as sponsored by the University of Hawaii Statewide Cultural Extension Program.

It was standing room only for The Hawaiian Serenaders “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” at Kihei Public Library on Tuesday night, July 11. The venue was spacious, air conditioned, and had lots of parking, all which contributed to 49 people in attendance (the largest audience we’ve had so far at a public library). Plus, the library’s advertising efforts were great on the state library website and in the local newspapers. We got this gig because the children’s librarian heard about us from her sister who has taken my ‘ukulele classes.

“Are you the famous Mele Fong?” asked a volunteer at the library as were setting up. “We’ve seen your YouTube videos,” commented a local man before the program started.

This was the third program we presented this year at a public library as sponsored by the University of Hawai’i Statewide Cultural Extension Program. New this time, we used the library’s PA system and we had a hula dancer, Janet Rineer, who performs in our Maui Ukulele Pops Band. We also added another banjo ukulele song and replaced a contemporary hapa haole song with a pop medley in a minor key.

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It was standing room only with 49 people attending our “Story of the ‘Ukulele and Concert” at Kihei Library on July 11.

The program included a display of different types of ‘ukulele ranging from soprano, concert, and tenor instruments with 4, 6, and 8 strings and what they sound like. Plus we took my dad’s banjo ‘ukulele and played two songs on it. We gave a history of the ‘ukulele, and performed Hawaiian, hapa haole, and pop songs to demonstrate the diversity of music that can be played on Hawai’i’s official instrument. Rich gave a special demo of his ‘ukulele bass and played instrumental solos on it. We also led a sing-along.

We played the following ten songs and why:

  1. Koni Au I Ka Wai – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (history-King Kalakaua patronage)
  2. Puamana – I Wanna Rest Strum with hula (uke began as rhythm accompaniment to singers)
  3. Bill Bailey – Hum Ding-Ah Strum (on banjo uke)
  4. Uwehi Ami & Slide – I Wanna Rest Strum (merging instrumental picking into local song)
  5. Medley: Summertime/Moondance – I Wanna Rest/4And Strum (minor key contemporary)
  6. Lahaina – Latin Strum (pop example with sing-along on chorus)
  7. Ulupalakua – ‘Ōlapa Strum with hula (Hawaiian place name song & story behind the song)
  8. Medley: Maui Waltz/Pua Lilia – 2 Waltz Strums: Thumb Strum Up/Chicken Pluck (3/4 time example)
  9. Blues in the Night – 4And Strum (change genre and change to uke with high A for picking riff)
  10. Fly Me To the Moon – Latin Strum (features u-bass solo and change genre)
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A hula dancer did 2 songs during the program.

Afterwards, a lady thanked the library’s branch manager (who was standing in front of us) for having us perform. A young boy returned with his dad and asked if he could hold an ‘ukulele. In a few minutes I taught him to play “Are You Sleeping?” a simple 1-chord children’s song with all down strums and he did great. As we were leaving the library, a staff person behind the book counter said “You guys were great.”

The library’s branch manager was very pleased with our program. We received a thank you note from our contact the children’s librarian who was sorry she wasn’t able to attend our performance, “but I’ve heard wonderful reports of your concert and presentation.”

‘Ukulele players are invited to visit our free online Fan Club to listen to over 100 songs you can learn to play the Ukulele Mele Way with private lessons. No one else teaches my method of forming ‘ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain or strumming unique rhythms on the ‘ukulele.

For more information about our entertainment services, Visit our Hawaiian Serenaders webpage or photo galleries.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

Sing Patriotic Songs for July

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Patriotic Songs is July’s theme for the Sing-Along with Mele Series on July 20. Sign up now at Kaunoa Senior Center.

In celebration of the 4th of July, join us for the next Sing-Along with Mele Fong series: Patriotic  Songs on Thursday, July 20 from 10 a.m. – noon at Kaunoa Senior Center for adults 55 and better.

This program is one of a monthly series that evokes the feeling of sing-along with Mitch Miller programs as the lyrics and ‘ukulele chords are projected on the large screen in the front of room for everyone to follow. ‘Ukulele players are invited to bring instruments to play along as I lead everyone by singing and playing my uke while my husband accompanies us on ‘ukulele bass. Don’t worry if you don’t know the ‘ukulele chords or the unique strumming pattern for the songs. The focus is on singing the songs, finding out the stories behind them, and enjoying the group experience.

Why do people keep returning? “It’s fun!” is what I’ve heard.

Lunch is optional and recommended as a good time to meet people who enjoy learning the Ukulele Mele Way. Kaunoa Senior Center is located in Spreckelsville, Maui.

SIGN UP NOW by calling 808-270-7308.

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Other learning options with Ukulele Mele:

Whether you are a beginnerintermediate, or advanced ‘ukulele player, you can have fun learning to play the Ukulele Mele Way from wherever you live!

Aloha, Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele