Mele Fong teaches how to play an easy 3-chord song for beginning ukulele players – Camptown Races. Learn how to form home base chords of G and C, how to form off the base chord of D7, and how to strum the unique Hum Ding-Ah Strum. In this revised video, see images of the ukulele chords on the video as Mele teaches how to form them and as she sings and plays the song. Play along by downloading the song sheets below.
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: 1:14
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 3:16
This old American song was one of Stephen Foster's best. Written in 1850, Ed Christy's Minstrels featured this song, and thus in a short time it became a hit. The Forty-niners loved this song an often added their own parodies. This arrangement uses three of the original four verses.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for Camptown Races with Hum Ding-Ah Strum for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1BUaS8ztzsIlHNpyb4xy1syQgXyttRKj8/view?usp=share_link
LEARN THE STORY behind this old American song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Camptown Races | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/gUpAJA8DN5s
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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!