Review January 2018 Ukulele Workshop

Seven people attended the January 2018 Ukulele Strumming Workshop by Ukulele Mele at the Bailey House on Maui.

Seven people attended my 45th ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop on Saturday, January 20 at the Bailey House in Wailuku bringing the total to 638 served since the workshops began on July 14, 2012. My goal is to introduce people to my unique method for forming ukulele chords with minimal muscle strain and strumming styles taught by no one else. Four people came from the mainland and three were local residents.

I enjoyed seeing two individuals from Massachusetts and California on their annual trip to Maui who came back to learn more from attending my previous workshops, private lessons, and classes. Before the workshop started a man played “Five Foot Two Eyes of Blue” and Rich played u-bass and I called out the ukulele chords as all the early birds to the workshop played the song by ear. Later I suggested he apply my Hum Ding-Ah Strum to make the song sound better.

These are the songs we played with the number of chords and strum name:

  1. Horse with No Name – 2-chords with Chalang-Alang Strum.
  2. Lion Sleeps Tonight – 3-chords with Chalang-Alang Strum.
  3. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – 3-chords with Hum Ding-Ah Strum.
  4. Hawaii Aloha – 4-chords with Morse Code Strum.

Plus, I demonstrated how playing other strums to the same song affects the mood of what you want to express. In other words, there is more than one way to play a song and you are in the driver’s seat to convey the feeling by the way you play the rhythm.

Register now for the next Ukulele Strumming Workshop on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. at the Bailey House in Wailuku.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele

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Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele. She is an experienced educator with over 50+ years experience playing the 'ukulele and entertaining worldwide. Mele performs with her husband in the duo "The Hawaiian Serenaders" and leads student groups. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawai'i in concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom were both born and raised on Oahu and now reside in Maui.