In this lesson, you’ll learn a breathtaking melody that’s played alongside an accompanying piano. This piece is perfect for the intermediate (and up) player as the melody focuses on using 2 advanced concepts:
1) Playing with a swung eighth note rhythm. This produces a completely different feel as opposed to playing with a straight eighth note rhythm.
2) Syncopation – Syncopation means that we are hitting off the beat (on the &’s, a.k.a., the up-beats). This can be tricky as playing off the beat doesn’t come as natural as playing on the beat.
The entire melody is heavily syncopated, therefore our focus in the lesson will be on understanding where the hits fall in the measures. This is definitely a piece that you want to count [rhythms] out loud as you play. If you are new to rhythmic notation, start with this lesson; but the best way to really understand rhythm and timing is by learning to read standard notation.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson
Tab Play Along
Backing Track Play Along – No Ukulele