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VaGoddess
10-24-2012, 12:37 PM
Hello! I have a question that I'm sure someone can answer. I really enjoy playing melody, fingerpicking, finger style ukulele. I've been playing the uke for about 7-8 months now and don't really play to many songs that incorporate a lot of strumming. So, my question is how do I begin making up songs that have more melody than strumming? I like more modern music, so if anyone has tabs feel free to let me know!

Thanks!

clayton56
10-24-2012, 07:06 PM
Do you want to make up songs or do you want tabs of existing songs?

If you want to make up your own songs, try doing chord arpeggios over and over. Hold a chord and pick the strings in various patterns. Change chords with the same pattern, or vary the patterns. Eventually you will start to hear melodies in there. Then a couple of connecting notes between chords and you'll have a full fledged melody. And you will already have the chords to go with it. Write 'em down, too.

mds725
10-24-2012, 07:20 PM
Paul Hemmings taught a workshop at the 2012 Wine Country Ukulele Festival called "Chord Melodies" and he's posted instructional materials online in pdf format. Here's the link to these materials:
http://www.uketet.com/workshops/chordmelodies.pdf

itsme
10-24-2012, 07:37 PM
Arpeggios are good. Try this:

http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?70921-Jumping-Flea-Arpeggiator-Gradus-ad-Parnassum-for-the-High-G-Ukulele

Sven-Uke
10-24-2012, 08:02 PM
The trick I learned is to use different chord positions, this will allow you to play a melody on the bottom string.
Example:
Play a C chord like 0003
Now play a C chord in another position, 5433.
From that position play 5437, 5435, 5433, 0433, while stumming.
This will give you some sort of melody possibilities.

Good luck!

MisterRios
10-24-2012, 09:16 PM
Paul Hemmings taught a workshop at the 2012 Wine Country Ukulele Festival called "Chord Melodies" and he's posted instructional materials online in pdf format. Here's the link to these materials:
http://www.uketet.com/workshops/chordmelodies.pdf

Whoa. That's pretty cool. I got his CD from his Kickstarter project, and he is an awesome musician. The PDF also looks awesome!

Ondrej
10-24-2012, 09:53 PM
When I became interested in the chord melody playing.
Helped me very much to play tabs on books by Lyle Ritz ("Lyle Ritz Solos" "Lyle Lite").

VaGoddess
10-25-2012, 02:48 AM
Do you want to make up songs or do you want tabs of existing songs?

If you want to make up your own songs, try doing chord arpeggios over and over. Hold a chord and pick the strings in various patterns. Change chords with the same pattern, or vary the patterns. Eventually you will start to hear melodies in there. Then a couple of connecting notes between chords and you'll have a full fledged melody. And you will already have the chords to go with it. Write 'em down, too.

I would like to do a little of both, eventually! As of right now, I'm just looking for tabs!

VaGoddess
10-25-2012, 02:49 AM
The trick I learned is to use different chord positions, this will allow you to play a melody on the bottom string.
Example:
Play a C chord like 0003
Now play a C chord in another position, 5433.
From that position play 5437, 5435, 5433, 0433, while stumming.
This will give you some sort of melody possibilities.

Good luck!
Thanks for the advice!

VaGoddess
10-25-2012, 02:49 AM
Paul Hemmings taught a workshop at the 2012 Wine Country Ukulele Festival called "Chord Melodies" and he's posted instructional materials online in pdf format. Here's the link to these materials:
http://www.uketet.com/workshops/chordmelodies.pdf

Thanks! Looks very helpful!

VaGoddess
10-25-2012, 03:14 AM
Thanks for all the suggestions, so far!

Ben_H
10-25-2012, 08:19 PM
Have you checked out Ukulele Hunt? Lots of tab there as well as helpful videos of it being played. Also if you're looking more at your baritone then check out the side links on Humble baritonics.

Have fun

garyg
10-27-2012, 03:16 AM
What's up with the chord shapes in that pdf, they're quite different from the ones that I know. Some are for C-tuning but others are ???? e.g., Am as open (really Am7) rather than 0100 and Dm as 0111 rather than 2210? I know that there are different ways to chord but these seem strange or perhaps I just don't know them as alternatives? TIA, g2

coolkayaker1
10-27-2012, 03:19 AM
Paul Hemmings taught a workshop at the 2012 Wine Country Ukulele Festival called "Chord Melodies" and he's posted instructional materials online in pdf format. Here's the link to these materials:
http://www.uketet.com/workshops/chordmelodies.pdf

God, brother MDS, your insight is, in a word, encyclopedic. Thank you for this interesting linkage.

caukulele
10-27-2012, 03:24 AM
Yes mds, this is a great link......looks like it would have been a fun workshop to take.

collarbone
10-27-2012, 03:41 AM
What's up with the chord shapes in that pdf, they're quite different from the ones that I know. Some are for C-tuning but others are ???? e.g., Am as open (really Am7) rather than 0100 and Dm as 0111 rather than 2210? I know that there are different ways to chord but these seem strange or perhaps I just don't know them as alternatives? TIA, g2

I think you are misreading the shapes. The Am chord has a muted string in it and the Dm is at the 5th fret

wickedwahine11
10-27-2012, 04:46 AM
Ooh, thank you for the link to that .pdf. I am most definitely vocally challenged, so I'm always interested in learning more tab or arpeggio information.

Pukulele Pete
10-27-2012, 05:09 AM
This is great , check it out.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPj1vfy6b58

Tootler
10-27-2012, 06:05 AM
Paul Hemmings taught a workshop at the 2012 Wine Country Ukulele Festival called "Chord Melodies" and he's posted instructional materials online in pdf format. Here's the link to these materials:
http://www.uketet.com/workshops/chordmelodies.pdf

That looks a really useful document. I've downloaded it.

I do sing, but am always interested in ways I can make accompaniments more interesting and this will give me some ideas.

Another way of melody playing I have seen which sounds good is to play the melody single string but at important places play chords.

Thanks for posting the link.

luluwrites
10-27-2012, 07:38 AM
Thank you all for this thread. I'm learning a lot!

davidrboy
04-09-2013, 02:27 PM
Apologies for digging up and old thread, but I missed it the first time around.
The Hemmings link is dead. Anyone able to send me a copy of the PDF?
I just saw Paul play here in Portland two weeks ago. He had his jazz comping down pat.

itsme
04-09-2013, 02:39 PM
Apologies for digging up and old thread, but I missed it the first time around.
The Hemmings link is dead. Anyone able to send me a copy of the PDF?

Looks like he's just moved things around a bit on the site. Downloads are here:

http://www.uketet.com/resources.htm

davidrboy
04-09-2013, 02:58 PM
Thanks itsme. Very much.

barefootgypsy
04-10-2013, 01:23 AM
Looks like he's just moved things around a bit on the site. Downloads are here:

http://www.uketet.com/resources.htmThanks very much - wonderful stuff there!

ichadwick
04-10-2013, 02:40 AM
I have a couple of chord melody songbooks on the DVDs I offer, including one I added only yesterday: Melody Solos for Ukulele. The other is, as I recall, by May Singhi Breen. Might be others, but I can't recall everything in the collection without browsing the files.

Click the link for vinatgeukemusic below and see if that would interest you.

CTurner
04-10-2013, 10:31 AM
Here's another vote for Hemmings and the Uketet. Incidentally, his album is on iTunes and is well worth the buy. Really fine style and technique. He says that he is also coming out with an instructional book fairly soon.