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    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!

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    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.

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    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

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    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!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mds725 View Post
    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!
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    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").
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    Quote Originally Posted by clayton56 View Post
    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sven-Uke View Post
    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!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mds725 View Post
    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!

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