Mele Fong teaches how to play the Hawaiian song Sanoe. Learn how to form on-base and off-base ukulele chords in the key of F with 5-chords, and how to strum the two unique strums: Waltz Strum: Thumb Strum Up and Pick in 6 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: 1:18
Watch a close-up of Mele’s hands as you play along: 3:56
This Hawaiian song was written by Princess Liliuokalani and her friend, Elizabeth Achuck and published in 1897. As the story goes, a high-born lady at King Kalakaua’s court attracted many male admirers, even though she was married. Due to her prominence, the composers kept her love experiences beneath the kauna (hidden meaning) of the song.
LEARN THE STORY behind this Hawaiian song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Sanoe | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/01o6z2eLSZk
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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!