Mele Fong teaches how to play the old American song Happy Birthday. Learn how to form on-base ukulele chords in the key of C with 4-chords, and how to strum the unique Chalang-alang Strum and Latin Strum. See images of the ukulele chords on the video as you watch close-up views of Mele’s fingers forming and changing chords while strumming and listen to Mele singing the song as you play along. PDF song sheets available upon request.
If you want to skip the ukulele lesson and jump to listening and/or playing along to the song, click on the timestamp for “watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along.”
Learn the strum
Learn the chords: 1:58
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 4:54
This old American song according to the 1998 Guinness Book of World Records 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” and taught their kindergarten class in Kentucky to sing it. The children enjoyed the song so much they began to sing it at birthday parties, changing the lyrics to “Happy Birthday.” This arrangement uses the Hawaiian verse that we sing in Hawaii with a fun ending.
LEARN THE STORY behind this old American song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Happy Birthday | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/g7frlaAAODs
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RELATED VIDEO – for an example of the song played by beginners:
Ukulele Mele Lesson | Happy Birthday | by Ukulele Mele Students – https://youtu.be/TzCtbr7xUL0
RELATED VIDEO – for an audio recording with 2 different strums
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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!