October 2016 Workshop Review


5th season of Ukulele Strumming Workshops started Oct 15

Seventeen people came to my 36th ‘Ukulele Strumming Workshop on October 15, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 12 noon at the Bailey House Museum in Wailuku. This was a great kickoff to my 5th season since I began teaching these workshops at the museum on July 14, 2012. What surprised me was the high number of local Maui residents who came for the first time. Plus, two people from the mainland whom I first met last year, returned for their annual trip and pre-scheduled private ‘ukulele lessons with me which made me very happy.


We played the following:

Part 1: (4 different strums)
1. Horse with No Name – Chalang-alang strum
2. Lion Sleeps Tonight – Chalang-alang strum, I Wanna Rest strum, and Latin strums.
3. Medley: La Bamba/Twist and Shout – Latin Strum
4. She’ll Be Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain – Hum Ding-Ah strum

Part 2: (4 different strums)
5. The More We Get Together – 3 different waltz strums
6. If I Had A Hammer – Hum Ding-Ah Strum
7. Hawaii Aloha – Morse Code strum

I heard many sighs when the workshop was over. “You taught too many strums,” commented my husband. In comparison to what we experienced at free ukulele lessons this summer, perhaps I gave away too much information. My goal was to introduce people to how much fun they can have learning from me. I know my method of forming chord shapes with minimal muscle strain and strumming unique rhythm patterns is taught by no one else on Maui.

The next workshop is scheduled for November 19. Sign up in advance and then pay the $10 non-member or $5 museum member fee at the door-of the museum.

Aloha, Mele Fong aka Ukulele Mele


Mele Fong is a professional singer, song arranger, and master of multiple strumming styles for the ukulele. Mele plays ukulele, guitar, and piano, dances hula, and teaches Hawaiian history. She performs as a soloist, in the professional husband and wife duo, The Hawaiian Serenaders, and in the Maui Ukulele Jazz Trio. In 1996, the duo represented the State of Hawaii during State Days at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Mele and her husband Richard Tom reside in Maui.