An adorable duet that’s best remembered from the motion picture, “The Jerk”, starring Steve Martin. This is a great piece for developing these two concepts: playing with a swung rhythm and playing eighth note triplets. If you are new to understanding the difference between playing with a straight rhythm vs. a swung rhythm, check out this lesson. Likewise, if you are new to understanding the rhythm behind eighth note triplets, check out this lesson. Lastly, this song uses a triplet strum throughout Melody A. Here’s a great lesson from Jake Shimabukuro which teaches the mechanics behind this technique.
For those of us who remember the movie scene (if you’ve never seen it, check it out here), the end of their performance includes a lovely cornet (similar to a trumpet) solo. For our performance, Katie dropped by to perform the solo as “mouth kazoo”; which was epically awesome! Now if you don’t play “mouth kazoo”, no worries, we’ve transcribed the solo for ukulele! It’s notated in the tablature and is taught in the part 2 lesson.
Part 1 – Performance & Free Lesson