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    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!

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    So, I just found this... https://forum.ukuleleunderground.com...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!

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    If you're not opposed to using videos, we have a ton of two chord songs just waiting to be used. See 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)

    Side note: the song index now includes 1000 songs for GCEA ukulele.
    Last edited by Choirguy; 06-14-2019 at 07:27 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Silly_Me_Sitting_Here_ View Post
    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.

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    How about these songs: https://www.harpkit.com/blog/two-cho...-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/s...st-two-chords/
    Last edited by acmespaceship; 06-14-2019 at 09:31 AM.

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    You guys never fail me... Thank you SO MUCH for these amazing resources!!!!

    P.S. For anyone else looking - https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/...-Songs-2645010

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    I use G6 instead of G7. Also use Fadd9 (0010) and C7 (0001).
    Keep Strummin'

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    Thanks to all the wonderful suggestions & links My grand children love singing along to these!
    Happy to be an Intermediate Newbie, Penny

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