Mele Fong teaches how to play the patriotic song America the Beautiful. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of F with 4-chords, and how to strum the unique Pick in 4 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: 0:53
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 2:43
This patriotic song was adapted from a poem written by New Englander Katherine Lee Bates, who in 1893 was inspired when she traveled to the top of Pikes Peak, Colorado, and saw for the first time the glories of the American landscape. Today, there is a plaque atop the mountain commemorating Katherine Lee Bates and her poem. Musician Samuel Ward composed the music, although it is doubtful the two ever met. This arrangement includes the first four verses that are included in the book “The American Song Treasury by Theodore Ralph, 1964.
LEARN THE STORY behind this patriotic song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | America the Beautiful | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/HYUctrAKNs0
RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story:
Medley: America The Beautiful / You’re a Grand Old Flag (Cross country road trip) – https://youtu.be/VBqX0wOeHvo
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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!