Welcome to learning how to play Hawai'i's official instrument, the 'ukulele, from Native Hawaiian Ukulele Mele. Mele Fong, aka Ukulele Mele, is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the 'ukulele.
ARE YOU A BEGINNER? Try the sample lesson to the 2-chord song "Horse with No Name," and then the 3-chord song "Happy Birthday" with the Chalang-alang Strum .
ARE YOU AN EXPERIENCED PLAYER? Try the harder version of "Happy Birthday" with the Chalang-alang Strum and the Latin Strum, and "Mele Kalikimaka" in the sample lesson format for subscribers of Monthly Online Lessons.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
- Sign up for monthly e-newsletter "UKE News You Can Use" and get the complimentary 7-page publication describing the history, types, parts, tuning, hand positions, tips for buying and caring for the instrument, plus ways to learn with Ukulele Mele. This reference document is reviewed during private lessons. Note: This does not include corresponding videos for the publication that is only available to subscribers of online lessons.
- Ukulele Mele's Methods - 8 videos. Instructional and demonstration videos for holding the instrument and foundation techniques to minimize hand and muscle strain the Ukulele Mele Way.
- Home Base Position - how to hold the 'ukulele and support it comfortably to form chords with your left hand
- Strum Up - how to strum up on the 'ukulele with your right hand
- Strum Down - how to strum down on the 'ukulele with your right hand
- Strum Up and Down - how to strum up and down in 4/4 time and play the Chalang-alang aka Come In Strum
- Strum Basic Waltz - how to strum in 3/4 time and play the Thumb Strum Up Strum Up Strum
- Strums in 4 - demonstration of 5 different strums in 4/4 time to the same song
- Strums in 3 - demonstration of 3 different strums in 3/4 time to the same song
- Picking Strums - demonstration of one picking strum in 4/4 time and one picking strum in 6/8 time
- Fan Club - Register and login to listen to audio recordings of songs organized by Hawaiian, hapa haole, pop, and Christmas categories, and arranged with different strums and complexities. Hear a song you want to play? Schedule private webcam lessons to learn how to play the arrangements from the comfort of your home, or take private lessons when you are on Maui.
WATCH. LISTEN. PLAY. THE UKULELE MELE WAY