Mele Fong teaches how to play an easy 3-chord song for beginning ukulele players – Camptown Races. Learn how to form home base chords of G and C, how to form off the base chord of D7, and how to strum the unique Hum Ding-Ah Strum. Watch close-up views of Mele’s fingers playing the chords and strumming while Mele sings the song. PDF song sheets available upon request.
Learn the strum
Learn the chords: 1:14
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 3:16
This American folk song was one of Stephen Foster’s best. Written in 1850, Ed Christy’s Minstrels featured this song, and thus in a short time it became a hit. The Forty-niners loved this song an often added their own parodies. This arrangement uses three of the original four verses.
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Story Behind the Song | Camptown Races | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/gUpAJA8DN5s
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Native Hawaiian Mele Fong from Maui is an experienced educator and professional entertainer with over 50 years experience playing the ‘ukulele – Hawaii’s official instrument. Are UKE having fun yet? Watch. Listen. Play. The Ukulele Mele Way!