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    Default Blues on Ukulele?

    Hello

    I have a question. I mainly play church hymns on the ukulele. However, I want to expand my ability to play different types of songs.

    I want to start with the blues.

    How exactly do you play the blues on the ukulele? Are there certain tabs you can follow?

    What are the blues anyway?

    Can someone help me get started with the blues?

    Jared

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    "You gotta pay your dues if you wan'a sing the blues"

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    You too can be a bluesman! Many blues tunes are just 3 chords, I IV V. An easy blues pattern to strum on uke is E7 A7 B7. Here's a blues tune I did an while back on uke, using those same 3 chords: https://youtu.be/TPypluOMCWQ

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    John

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    Google and/or look on you tube for “Del Rey Ukulele” for some fine blues and ragtime playing!

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    You can go through the videos on the youtube channel for Hal Brolund (Manitoba Hal)

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPR...oFvXWFaoN-sM9A

    Lots of good info

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    As Ukecaster says, blues songs are three chords, 1, 4, 5, the 1 chord will always be the key name, so if you're playing in the key of G, the 1 chord is G. The 4 chord is the fourth chord after the G, so G, A, B, >C< and the 5 chord is the next one up,>D<. The key of C, 1=C, 4=F (C D E >F<), 5=G (C D E F >G<).

    The next thing to know is the blues sequence, it's like this in the key of G (each slash is a strum); G//// G//// C//// C//// G//// D//// G//C// G//D//. That's known as 8 bar blues.

    There's also 12 bar blues, in G it's G//// G//// G//// G//// C//// C//// G//// G//// D//// C//// G//// D////.


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    http://howtoplayukulele.com/how-to-play-blues-ukulele/

    I went through this book and it was thorough.

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    Thanks, guys. I appreciate the help. You guys actually just gave me an idea. Last year while Hunting, I had an accident and almost died.

    No, I wasnt shot accidentally. I almost drowned when I fell in the water.

    I wrote lyrics, so maybe I'll turn it into a blues song....

    Who knows!

    Anyway, thanks for all the help.

    Jared

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    Look into the Rev. Gary Davis.....you get the Good Lord and the Blues all mixed in together........

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnicholes View Post
    Thanks, guys. I appreciate the help. You guys actually just gave me an idea. Last year while Hunting, I had an accident and almost died.

    No, I wasnt shot accidentally. I almost drowned when I fell in the water.

    I wrote lyrics, so maybe I'll turn it into a blues song....

    Who knows!

    Anyway, thanks for all the help.

    Jared
    Sounds like the beginning of a great blues tune!
    John

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