Mele Fong teaches how to play the traditional Hawaiian song Aloha ‘Oe. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of F with 5-chords, and how to strum the unique Morse Code 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: 0:56
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 3:11
This traditional Hawaiian song was composed in 1878 by Queen Lili'uokalani, Hawaii's last monarch. She wrote the song on the way home from a horseback riding trip on Oahu as she witnessed two lovers bidding farewell in a fond embrace. Aloha ‘Oe is the first Hawaiian song to be recognized outside of the islands. This arrangement uses the English line “A fond embrace before I now depart” from Chas. E. King's 1923 arrangement and omits two verses from the original song.
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