Original Songs

Original Songs

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Beginner Series


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12 Bar Blues Strumming

Rock Class 101 Original

In this lesson, we will be learning 2 strumming rhythms (one including a backbeat/slap) for a 12 Bar Blues in the key of A.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 3

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, we will be using a 4 finger approach for fingerpicking a simple 3 chord song.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 13

Rock Class 101 Original

This etude is jam-packed with concepts and playing techniques that will help the beginner player transition to the intermediate level.

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Fingerpicking & Strumming

Rock Class 101 Original

This piece contains 3 melodies that utilize many of the techniques and concepts we have learned throughout the Definitive Beginner's Guide to Ukulele Course.

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Green Tea

Rock Class 101 Original *

Learn a relaxing, bluesy chord melody which you can jam along to with a bass and cajon backing track (or play as a stand alone piece).

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Our First Song

Rock Class 101 Original

In this lesson, we will be combining fingerpicking and strumming to create and play our first tune!

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Strumming Etude no. 2

Rock Class 101 Original

For this etude, we will be playing some unique chords to help break away from the generic sounding “G, C, F” strumming tunes.

Level 1


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Eastern Uke

Rock Class 101 Original

I composed 'Eastern Uke' with the Beginner/Intermediate player in mind. As the name implies, this is a fun 'Eastern' sounding tune!

FP Etude
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Fingerpicking Etude

Rock Class 101 Original

I composed this etude for the beginner fingerstyle player. This song utilizes a four finger approach.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 4

Rock Class 101 Original

This etude is a great study for understanding dynamics and breaking out of the “comfort zone” (frets 1-5) by utilizing the entire neck for fingerpicking chords.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 10: "DayDreaming"

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you’ll learn a cute sounding melody that is played with a swung rhythmic feel.

UkeBluesNew
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Uke Blues

Rock Class 101 Original

This arrangement makes use of combining strumming and licks (short solos) one after the other. It follows a standard 12 bar blues form in the key of A with a medium tempo.

Uke Duet
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Ukulele Duet

Rock Class 101 Original *

This song uses a combination of basic open chords played with a back beat strum pattern and a melody that incorporates a few techniques.

Level 2


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Blues Shuffle

Rock Class 101 Original

Add some classic blues licks to your repertoire while developing your rhythm playing.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 5

Rock Class 101 Original

Two beautiful melodies that are fingerpicked entirely using Travis picking.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 7

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you will learn an airy sounding piece that creatively makes use of harmonics.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 8

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you will learn an elegant ukulele ballad.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 11

Rock Class 101 Original

In this ukulele etude, you will be working to develop precision in your right hand picking and strumming attack. As our focal point is on the right hand, the piece itself is a bluesy inspired 3 chord jam.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 12

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you will learn and use the Gypsy Major scale to create an exotic Eastern sound.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 14

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you will learn a syncopated strumming pattern that will not only challenge you rhythmically, but will also help towards increasing reach in your left hand pinky.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 16

Rock Class 101 Original *

In this ukulele and u-bass duet, you’ll learn an upbeat Bluegrass melody that serves as an excellent practice for developing speed with hammer-ons and pull-offs.

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Strumming Etude

Rock Class 101 Original

This piece is a boot camp for strumming that introduces the thumb as a viable tool for up-strums.

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Thumb Etude

Rock Class 101 Original

In our very first Thumb Etude, we will be combining interesting rhythms with a touch of Eastern music to create a unique sounding piece.

Level 3


FP Etude 2
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Fingerpicking Etude no. 2

Rock Class 101 Original

Continuing our fingerpicking series, this lesson uses a three finger approach. The song is comprised of 4 parts: the Into and Melodies A, B, C.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 6

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, we will incorporate diminished licks in a minor key to create a unique sound.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 9

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you will learn 3 themes; two of which involve multiple forms of fingerpicking, while one is solely dedicated to triplet picking.

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Fingerpicking Etude no. 15

Rock Class 101 Original

Learn an eerie sounding fingerstyle etude that combines tritones, diminished chords, and the whole tone scale to create a Halloween-esque vibe.

Fingerpicking Etude no. 17

Rock Class 101 Original

In this etude, you’ll learn how to subtly use dynamics to create a significant emotional impact.

GhostRiders
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(Ghost) Riders In The Sky

Rock Class 101 Original

This song is a lesson on how to take a melody and compose your own arrangement around it. Thus, a more fitting name would be: Variations on '(Ghost) Riders in the Sky'.

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Ukulele Boogie

Rock Class 101 Original

An upbeat, bluesy tune that utilizes the entire neck for melodic runs.

Level 4


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Pineapple Uke Blues

Jari Tolvanen

Learn a relaxing and melodic Blues song that is perfect for the advanced fingerstyle player.


* Songs that feature a blue asterisk include play-along backing tracks.
* All Songs feature complete Tabs, Chord Graphs, and Notation. Click HERE for a detailed explanation on how to read sheet music.