October is upon us and that means pumpkin spice everything and Halloween! This month in ukulele we are going to get into the Way-Back-Time-Machine again and keep exploring the early rock of the 50’s and 60’s. January will bring the British invasion to the uke lessons so try and steer clear of the Beatles, but that still leaves lots of great fun artists to draw from.
The classic 60’s sound of The Monkees translates well to the ukulele; try Last Train to Clarksville or I’m a Believer (a version of I’m a Believer covered by Smash Mouth was featured in the 2001 animated movie Shrek, students might even recognize this one!).
Elvis’ “I’m all shook Up” lets you create fun strum / slap patterns in the verses, but it you prefer a slower Elvis love song introduce “I can’t Help Falling in Love with You”.
While we’re keeping it slow, work on some finger picked chords with “Unchained Melody” by the Righteous Brothers or “The Sounds of Silence” by Simon & Garfunkel (this is also a great piece to combine finger picking and strumming with a study in dynamics!).
If the Rolling Stones are more your pace give “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” a go, it’s pretty unique when done on the uke!
If you are looking for a more country feel why not go with “Ring of Fire” by Johnny Cash, even if you aren’t a huge country music fan this one’s a classic!
And speaking of classics, why not try a little duet of “I got You Babe” because who doesn’t love Sonny and Cher!
This is just a brief sampling of all the music that these two decades provided so there’s lots to choose from to suit your student’s musical tastes! Whatever you do, it’s October and Halloween is coming, so finish up the month with Bobby Pickett’s “Monster Mash”!