• Ms. Jenn

Surfin' September on the Ukulele!

Updated: Sep 30, 2019

Just because lessons have started doesn’t mean that we have to give up on summer just yet! Since fall doesn’t technically arrive until the 21st let’s extend summer with a ukulele focus on surf music! Surf music is a style of Rock that was most popular in the early 1960’s when surf culture was first on the rise. Characterized by falsetto male vocals and barbershop-like harmonies, surf music was the counter-culture anthem of it’s time. While the lyrics are often themed around young love and a day at the beach, most of the guys that popularized the style weren’t actually surfers, so feel free to break out the surf music wherever you are! Wipe Out (by the Surfaris) is a great classic fingerpicking tune, and tunes by the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean are great fun. Be prepared to sing back-up for your students; you can’t have the Little Old Lady from Pasedena (Jan & Dean) without “Go granny, go granny, go granny, go!” underneath the melody line! Surf music influenced so many styles of music that came after it, including new wave and punk, so what a great way to start your musical adventure for the year, and extend the summer vibe!! Hang Ten uke teachers!! - Ms Jenn


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