Mele Fong teaches how to play the hapa haole song My Little Grass Shack. Learn how to form on-base and off-base ukulele chords in the key of F with 11-chords, and how to strum the unique I Wanna Rest 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: 1:06
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 3:44
This hapa haole song (Hawaiian style music with English words) was composed by Bill Cogswell, Tommy Harrison, and Johnny Noble in 1933. The song tells of a homesick Hawaiian wanting to return to Hawaii Island, where Hawaii's state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapuaa goes swimming by.
LEARN THE STORY behind this hapa haole song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | My Little Grass Shack | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/KF5XuMIuvE8
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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!