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Happy Birthday

For intermediate players.

Get ready for the special occasion by learning to play Happy Birthday with a Hawaiian verse in your free sample lesson and more from Ukulele Mele On Maui.

Free Lesson: Happy Birthday with the Chalang-alang Strum and Latin Strum

This arrangement in the key of C has four chords - C, C7, F, and G7. The Chalang-alang Strum aka Come In Strum starts up, and is played evenly as you strum up and down in 4/4 time with slight accents on the down (the "In"). The Latin Strum starts on the down strum, and is all about the roll down on the second beat in a flamenco technique called rasgado. The song as a fun ending. Enjoy!

Song Sheet (HappyBday2.pdf)

Video of Mele teaching how to play the song Happy Birthday.

MP3 of the song so you can practice playing with The Hawaiian Serenaders, the husband-wife professional duo of Richard Tom on bass and Mele Fong on ukulele. (HappyBday2.mp3)

Bonus video of Mele telling the oral history story about the song Happy Birthday. According to the 1998 Guinness Book of Word Records, this is the most recognized song in the English language. The song’s origins date back to 1893 when two sisters published the song “Good Morning to All” to their kindergarten class in Kentucky. The children enjoyed the song so much they began to sing it at birthday parties, changing the lyrics to “Happy Birthday.” This arrangement also uses the Hawaiian verse that we sing in Hawai‘i, with a fun ending.


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