Mele Fong teaches how to play an easy 3-chord song for beginning ukulele players – Jamaica Farewell. Learn how to form home base chords of G and C, how to form off base chord of D7, and how to strum the unique Latin 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: 1:20
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 2:50
This traditional calypso song is about the beauties of the West Indies. Calypso is a style of music from African and European roots. The lyrics were written by Lord Burgess (Irving Burgie). The song first appeared on Harry Belafonte's phenomenally successful album Calypso.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for Jamaica Farewell with Latin Strum for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-8aHZUSN3WqMP0R_Cp2mX9pmREScsIsn/view?usp=share_link
LEARN THE STORY behind this song in the video titled Story Behind the Song | Jamaica Farewell | by Ukulele Mele – https://youtu.be/c0tNc0ML0hI
RELATED VIDEO – for music and related story:
Jamaica Farewell (Backing up Willie K on ‘ukulele) – https://youtu.be/AMkd83Cgfjo
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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!