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_Silly_Me_Sitting_Here_
06-14-2019, 07:49 AM
Hey, guys! I've recently started teaching young kids (5-8) how to play the ukulele, and my biggest hurdle seems to be finding insanely easy one and two-chord song sheets.

Most method books throw in the G7 chord right at the beginning, and that's way too hard for little hands to play - at least when they're first starting out. I like to teach the C chord first & I'm having a heckuva time finding songs that can be played start-to-finish in C chord alone. I introduce the F chord after that & again, I've found maybe a handful of songs that toggle between F and C. Those tricky three-finger chords don't come into play until the kid is ready & that can take some time in many cases...

So, I could really use a kid's song book that has tons and tons of one & two-chord songs (using F and C chords only). Does such a thing exist?

Thanks for the input, gang!

_Silly_Me_Sitting_Here_
06-14-2019, 08:00 AM
So, I just found this... https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?42148-Book-for-4-year-old/page2

Great resources on that thread, but if anyone has a lead on a true "very young child - friendly" book, please let me know! :)

Choirguy
06-14-2019, 08:25 AM
If you're not opposed to using videos, we have a ton of two chord songs just waiting to be used. See ukeplayalongs.com (http://ukeplayalongs.com), which is a free resource of song videos (look at the index of songs by number of chords and then key).

I see 90 videos with one or two chords.

(ukeplayalongs.com is just a shortcut to one page on my blog, ukestuff.info (http://ukestuff.info))

Side note: the song index now includes 1000 songs for GCEA ukulele.

AQUATOPAZ
06-14-2019, 09:36 AM
Hey, guys! I've recently started teaching young kids (5-8) how to play the ukulele, and my biggest hurdle seems to be finding insanely easy one and two-chord song sheets.

Most method books throw in the G7 chord right at the beginning, and that's way too hard for little hands to play - at least when they're first starting out. I like to teach the C chord first & I'm having a heckuva time finding songs that can be played start-to-finish in C chord alone. I introduce the F chord after that & again, I've found maybe a handful of songs that toggle between F and C. Those tricky three-finger chords don't come into play until the kid is ready & that can take some time in many cases...

So, I could really use a kid's song book that has tons and tons of one & two-chord songs (using F and C chords only). Does such a thing exist?

Thanks for the input, gang!

Have you considered contacting Heidi Swedberg for suggestions? She teaches kids and I saw on a schedule that she teaches 2 chord songs.

acmespaceship
06-14-2019, 10:28 AM
How about these songs: https://www.harpkit.com/blog/two-chord-songs-in-the-key-of-c/

Unfortunately these are in the key of C and require that pesky G7. But you could transpose them to F.

ETA: More songs here: https://www.firstdiscoverers.co.uk/simple-classroom-guitar-childrens-songs-just-two-chords/

_Silly_Me_Sitting_Here_
06-14-2019, 11:25 AM
You guys never fail me... Thank you SO MUCH for these amazing resources!!!!

P.S. For anyone else looking - https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Sing-Strum-Ukulele-Student-Book-1-One-Chord-Songs-2645010

SailingUke
06-14-2019, 12:07 PM
I use G6 instead of G7. Also use Fadd9 (0010) and C7 (0001).

prb035
06-14-2019, 12:31 PM
Thanks to all the wonderful suggestions & links :D My grand children love singing along to these!

keenonuke
06-14-2019, 02:29 PM
We use Alfredís Kidís Ukulele Course 118989118990118991