Mele Fong teaches how to play the hapa haole song Soft Green Seas. Learn how to form on-base and off-base ukulele chords in the key of D with 14-chords, and how to strum the unique I Wanna Rest 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: 1:52
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 5:10
This hapa haole song (Hawaiian style music with English words) has a soft jazzy feel. Published in 1934, the song was written by R. Alex Anderson, the most prolific composer in the hapa haole genre. Although Anderson never studied music and could not speak Hawaiian, he left behind a legacy of more than 200 songs when he died in 1995. Born in Honolulu in 1894, Anderson graduated from Punahou School and even wrote the school’s song.
LEARN THE STORY behind this hapa haole song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Soft Green Seas by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/j9KDkLN2S_o
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