View Full Version : Uke Lesson 15 - Island In The Sun

02-27-2009, 11:50 PM
Hello everybody! March's episode of Uke Lessons is up (and it's not even March yet!). Check it out:

Uke Lesson 15 - Island In The Sun (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2009/02/28/uke-lesson-15-island-in-the-sun/)

This song was discussed a few weeks back in this thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6882), which lists several takes on chords, tabs, and lyrics for this song.

So hopefully we covered pretty much everything that needs to be said about this song (except for pinky mutes, which Aldrine will punch me for mentioning :D). Questions, comments, thoughts, ideas for interpretive dances to this song? Post them below!

02-28-2009, 01:31 AM
such a nice song, want to dl it!!! uke at mi mums, not here... need the vid for my mums :D

*kk nvm, got it going on!

02-28-2009, 11:46 AM
Thanks for the lesson!

I want to hear more of that "Colors of the Wind" song Aldrine :old:

03-01-2009, 08:13 AM
Thanks for this song Aldrine I love this song but didn't know who played it....

And a big thanks for doing the Youtube playalong!!!!

03-01-2009, 09:25 AM
Yeah the Youtube playalongs are a huge help! i love those haha!

03-01-2009, 01:17 PM
Great lesson.... did he say Eldrine:p

03-02-2009, 05:10 PM
sweet song, the picking is way easy and sounds good too.

03-05-2009, 09:27 PM
another great lesson. thanks aldrine.

03-10-2009, 05:58 PM
I play some of the local open mics here in Seattle, Washington. A couple weeks ago, I was delighted to learn that a new open mic was being held at the Alderwood Mall's food court. I work there! Not at the food court, but at the big store at one end, selling major appliances. I didn't do so well at my first performance. I sang Doctor Sparkle's "Flingin Poo at The Zoo"... Someone noted later, "You were singing about poo while people were eating?!?" Uh, yeah.

So I decided to come up with a song about the Food Court itself!! Who better to sing about than those poor girls who have to wear that funny costume at Hot dog on a stick! I was looking for something to do when I came accross UU's singalong for Islands in the Sun... SO I changed some lyrics around a bit and came up with this song... which I plan on singing live in front of 50 people or so in just five days.

First thing I gotta do is practice it constantly! Second, I need to nail that Amin7 chord better. That's a new chord for me. What else do you think would make this performance better? Be brutally honest, please.


03-10-2009, 06:26 PM
Aldrine: many mahalos for this. it was perfect timing as my cousin just returned from a quick trip to the philippines, was going through a little post-trip-back-to-reality blues and this was one of the songs that totally reminds her of this past trip.

Joko: awesome - hahaha! "dip, dip!"

08-19-2009, 12:26 AM
im sorry to bug but im not geting the chunk struming part =(

08-19-2009, 12:57 AM
im sorry to bug but im not geting the chunk struming part =(

which part aren't you getting?
Just the rhythm? or the actually chunking?

08-21-2009, 01:56 AM
I wonder if I could get a little advice on this one too.

Five minutes into the video (http://ukuleleunderground.com/2009/02/28/uke-lesson-15-island-in-the-sun/) Aldrine goes over the second pattern and I'm having trouble figuring out how to synch the strumming and chord changes.

The strumming goes:


And the chords go


But exactly when should I change chords? I've been over and over this section of the video and I'm stumped.

Thanks in advance.

08-21-2009, 04:13 AM
The whole strumming pattern I use for that is:

Chunk <---- Switch chords after this

You'll get to switch on a chunk (like the first pattern) which should make it easier. In this case though, you'll be switching on the second chunk. Hope that helps.

08-21-2009, 06:31 AM
That's excellent - thanks very much!

I now feel that I can play all of the components of this song in slow motion and in no particular order. For someone with my attention span, that's progress!

08-21-2009, 06:56 AM
:D. I definitely feel you there. Island in the Sun was the first song I ever learned on the Ukulele. I leaped with joy and played that song over and over like a madman (in slow motion of course) with no care whether I was playing in the correct order or not.

08-21-2009, 05:56 PM
i figer it out it was the chunk im having problems with but i got it thx anys ways

Mr. M
09-20-2009, 04:58 AM
Nice lesson, I like it. Question for you, what size uku are you using in this lesson?? Also what brand is it?

Thanks for the lessons,

01-27-2010, 05:01 AM
What does he mean by chunk? How do you make that sound?

01-27-2010, 05:16 AM
What does he mean by chunk? How do you make that sound?

Here lies your answer: http://ukuleleunderground.com/2008/08/23/uke-minutes-23-chunking/

Learn it well and it will set you free!

02-12-2010, 12:50 PM
I am a beginner who just started last wednesday. I am confused a little about "Chunking" or "Chucking" or "Chinking"
What is the proper term for it. When I try doing it on my Uke it sounds like "Chuck" so would that be the correct terminology?

02-12-2010, 06:38 PM
ive seen it written both ways but i think the majority of people around here say "chunk" if that helps

02-12-2010, 07:47 PM
I don't know of it is some copyright thing but I would love if these lesson were written out in some PDF type of format. I scribble all sorts of notes out but can't always make sense out of them after a short time. The video's are great but it is not possible to have access to them all the time.

04-26-2011, 10:00 PM
hey im pretty new 2 uke and i have no idea how to "chunk" can anyone help?

i got the rest of the song down but i just mute on the "chunks"


04-27-2011, 12:32 AM
Go to first page of this section - third thread down - a complete list of the lessons etc including Chunking. Just scroll down through them all.


Aldrine Guerrero
04-27-2011, 11:25 AM
hey im pretty new 2 uke and i have no idea how to "chunk" can anyone help?

i got the rest of the song down but i just mute on the "chunks"


Here you go buddy

04-27-2011, 12:02 PM
hey thanks heaps i got it now! :)