Adam Traum – Ukulele for Guitar Players: 2. Beyond the Basics
In his second “Ukulele for Guitar Players” cross-training video, Adam moves to more advanced techniques than he covered in the first lesson. After a brief breakdown of transposing from first position chords on the guitar to the ukulele, he digs into closed position chords, licks and picking hand ideas for more complex songs.
He starts with jug band perennial, Stealin’, and quickly moves to the blues classic, Hesitation Blues,where he shows licks, chords up the neck and some fun breaks.
Wayfaring Stranger, in D minor, uses hammer-ons and pull-offs along with moveable closed chord voicings, while Wanderin’,taught in the key of F, is in the vein of Vernon Dalhart’s version. Adam shows you a variety of major and minor chords and includes a cool string-bending riff at the turnaround.
Adam concludes his lesson with Beautiful Dreamer, the Stephen Foster classic, which lends itself beautifully to the reentrant tuned ukulele, using expressive double-stops and a mix of first position and closed chords.