What is a Ukulele
It is a simple musical instrument, unlike the guitar which has six strings,the smaller ukulele has four and is manageable even for small hands and an ideal musical instrument to introduce music for the children.
The Ukulele originated in the 19th century as a Hawaiian adaptation of he Portugese machete and introduced to Hawaii by Portuguese immigrants. It gained great popularity in the US during the 20th century and from there spread internationally.
How to play the Ukulele
The children can just start playing with 2 chords – C and G7.
Refer to diagram below :
1 = left hand index finger
2 = middle finger and 3 = ring finger
Start strumming to the music notes, Row, row your boat using the right index fingernail or thumb pad.
Row, Row, Row Your Boat
This is a great music for children for beginners as it is very simple as it uses one switch from C to G7 and back to C. The slashes after chord names show you where to strum.
ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT
C / / /
Row, row, row your boat
/ / / /
Gently down the stream.
/ / / /
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
G7 / C /
Life is but a dream.
The children can start with a one-finger chord, then progress to two fingers and from there, they can begin playing songs and just keep building it.
These Four Chords Will Help the children Play a Ton of Fun and Easy Songs
on the Ukulele.
The 4 chords to start off with are C, A minor, F, and G.
Here’s how to play them:
C and A minor only use one finger, F uses just two fingers, and the G chord is a simple shape that the children may find easy to make.
With these easy chords, you can play a long list of 2, 3, and 4 chord ukulele songs. This looks simple but with these chords, your children can start playing popular and famous songs that the children will actually want to play.
Music for children activites to go along with the Ukulele.
Studies have also shown that learning to play an instrument better develops the communication between the left and right hemispheres of the brain via the corpus callosum, which is basically the bridge between the two. This can lead to better problem-solving skills.
The ultimate goal is for the kids to have an enjoyable and fun experience playing with the ukulele while developing their different areas of thinking skills.
Happy strumming to music for children!
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