Mele Fong teaches how to play the popular song When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again. Learn how to form on and off-base ukulele chords in the key of Am with 4-chords, and how to strum the unique I Wanna Rest 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: 1:06
Watch a close-up of Mele's hands as you play along: 2:25
This popular song was born during the Civil War and grew to be one of the greatest. Expecting the Civil War to end earlier than it did, America's great bandmaster Patrick Gilmore (under the pseudonym Louis Lambert), wrote the song in 1863 in preparation for the Peace Jubilee in Boston. The song was first heard in 1869 at the Jubilee and then used at both World Wars and in between. Today the song remains popular.
PLAY ALONG WITH MELE FONG – Get the song sheets for When Johnny Comes Marching Home with I Wanna Rest Strum for ukulele, chords, lyrics, and more at https://drive.google.com/file/d/1sETKaPZW6FJhbW-l6f4u9996A-Xs7bCy/view?usp=share_link
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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!