Learn Easy Ukulele Chord Melody Today!

Online video course with printables

Available through Dec. 15, 2020 only

You CAN play easy full-sounding music

You’ve probably watched and admired videos of the ukulele greats playing chord melodies.

And you thought, “Wow, that is really cool! I wish I could do that but it’s probably too hard for me.” Well, weep no more.

Learn to play chords and melody at the same time.

Don't want to sing? This is the perfect course for you.

Over 30 brand new videos.

Hear performances on two different ukuleles.

Includes lesson and performance videos for each song.

All the information you need to start playing chord melody now.

Learn to play music that is rich and exciting

If you’re at an intermediate level, it’s very doable to play melody and chords at the same time.

We’ve created a brand new course to give you everything you need to know to get started playing chord melody at an easy level. If you can play the songs in our books, you can learn easy ukulele chord melody with our new course.

What is chord melody? 

Chord melody is the art of playing both the melody and the harmony at the same time in a ukulele arrangement. It sounds beautiful, full and rich.

What is melody? 

Melody is what you sing, or notes that come one after the other. Melody is one note at a time.

What is harmony? 

Harmony is everything else except the melody. It is the chords and the rhythmic back-up of the melody. You can think of it as the guitar, bass and drums in a rock band or the “ooo-s” the backup singers sing behind the lead singer. It is music that supports the melody. Ukulele chord melody is an arrangement of a song that combines both melody and harmony into one part.

Learn with Jenny Peters

You’ll be learning easy ukulele chord melody from Jenny Peters, a Grammy-nominated music educator in the Chicago area.

Jenny developed her unique beginner-friendly method of teaching ukulele when she learned to play in order to include ukulele in her fourth grade General Music classes. She has gone on to become a popular YouTube ukulele personality who owns seven different kinds of ukuleles!

Jenny and her sister Rebecca are authors of a series of bestselling beginning ukulele books, including 21 Songs in 6 Days: Learn Ukulele the Easy Way 21 Easy Ukulele Songs for Christmas, and Ukulele for All.

The Illinois Music Educators Association has invited Jenny to do presentations on how to teach ukulele, and she is a member of the National Association for Music Education (NaFME), the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP.)   

Here’s a sample of what you’ll see and learn

Here’s Jenny playing her chord melody arrangement of “Jingle Bells.” You can hear how she’s playing both the familiar tune and other notes to make the tune sound fuller and well, more cool : )

This performance video with Jenny playing her tenor uke is one of two for “Jingle Bells Chord Melody”. You can also watch her play the arrangement on a concert ukulele with High G tuning. And there are two lesson videos for each song in the course.

When you download and print out your course PDF you’ll be able to follow along in the sheet music as Jenny plays the chord melody arrangements in the videos.

Here’s a sneak peek inside the course:

Here’s what you’ll learn in the first part of this course:

First you’ll learn about some of the basic music concepts you need to know to understand chord melody. Like, what is a melody? what is an accompaniment? what is a chord?

Then you’ll learn some of the special right hand and left hand techniques you need to play chord melody. Since you’ll be playing more notes at once than with standard sing and strum arrangements, you’ll need some new skills. But don’t worry, it will be easy for you to learn with the clear step-by-step instruction and over 30 detailed video lessons in this course.

All the chord melody arrangements are notated in tab, which is like a roadmap of which strings to play and which frets to stop with your left hand. Don’t know how to read tab? There’s a special section in the course where you can learn everything you need to know about how to read tab.

Chord melody has some special tab symbols for different types of sounds you can make, so you’ll see what they look like and how to play them.

Finally, you’ll learn some killer step by step techniques for learning how to play these beautiful ukulele tunes.

What’s next: 5 great sounding easy Chord Melody Arrangements

The heart of the Basic Course is five carefully selected and arranged tunes to help you learn how to play chord melody.

  1. Oh, When the Saints
  2. Over the River and Through the Woods
  3. Jingle Bells
  4. Oh Christmas Tree
  5. Up On the Housetop

You’ll hear two performances of each song, one on a High G tuned ukulele and one on a Low G tuned ukulele. You’ll also get two lesson videos for each song in the course with tips from Jenny on how to play the songs on both High and Low G tuned ukuleles.

Have fun filling your home with new versions of seasonal music. Or play some chord melody as an instrumental solo in the middle of a sing and strum version of a song – like when the guitar takes a solo in the middle of a rock song.

Ready to take it up a notch? Get the Premium Course!

For a small additional investment, you get everything in the basic course plus two additional chord melody arrangements and all the lesson videos you need to learn them. The two additional songs are

  1. Silent Night
  2. Down in the Valley

The Premium Course PDF also includes more sheet music: a second version of all 7 songs to help you learn the chord melodies faster.

You see, our brains and bodies learn best when we learn new things in small chunks. One key part of learning a chord melody is to learn how to play ONLY THE MELODY of the song on your ukulele. Once you’ve mastered playing the melody alone, you can tackle adding on the ‘chord’ part of the chord melody. 

Your Premium Course PDF contains the single line melody to each of the 7 songs in your course written out in tab. This bonus will make it easy for you to incorporate a crucial part of the chord melody learning process into your practice routine – simply read and play the melody one note at a time off your extra bonus PDF.

Learn to play easy full-sounding music now with this amazing course!

Available through Dec. 15, 2020 only.

What Our Customers Are Saying

Don’t just take it from us, let our customers do the talking!

I have played piano for years and always yearned to add a more portable instrument to my repertoire.  Yet, I avoided stringed instruments because I thought that “singing along” was a prerequisite. “Learn Easy Ukulele Chord Melody Today” is helping me to appreciate first-hand how fun and versatile the ukulele is even when played without singing.

Cynthia Louise

I bought some time ago your 21 Songs book and I have seen all your videos.
It all helped and still helps me a lot to learn and advance my skills. You both are very good teachers.
If you ever bring out a song book with chord melodies I promise I will buy it as well.
Rudolf Nasahl

Just to encourage you a little: I had music lessons from a professional music teacher for three years and just did not understand her many explanations of the three left-hand positions. One look at your video and it came automatically.
George Ella

I have your first three books and they are great. I love your videos. I took up the ukulele after a local library presentation last year. I am almost 65 and my plan is to play the ukulele in senior care homes before I have to go there myself. I have a younger partner who is in on this plan. Thank you for so much for making this an enjoyable learning experience.
Louise Roth

I would recommend this workshop to anyone wishing to learn finger style, whether beginner or intermediate players. 

Sally Johnson

I really appreciated that there was a performance and a lesson video for each song in both High and Low G tuning. That’s the meat of what makes this a “course” and not just a singalong.

Mary Jean MacNeil

This is a really good course and it will help me to understand music better, as well as improving my left and right hand co-ordination. I am able to play a lot better now.

Marian Gold

Overall I liked the videos very much because Jenny teaches so well. It’s like sitting in a classroom. The explanations are clear and easy to understand and fill in a lot of gaps in my knowledge. The sheets and the videos combined make it easy to practise at a nice, steady pace. This is a really good course and it will help me to understand music better, as well as improving my left and right hand co-ordination. 

Billy Matthews

“Learn Easy Ukulele Chord Melody Today” is helping me to appreciate first-hand how fun and versatile the ukulele is even when played without singing.

Wayne Carr

I just turned the page and came to “When the Saints for Solo Ukulele.” Awesome! My husband could understand what I was playing, and it was so much fun! Thank you, thank you. I would love a whole book like this. It made me want to practice longer.
Lynda Newman

I thought you may like to know, I am joining my ukulele group for a performance in a local village hall. It may not be the greatest achievement ever, but I am looking forward to the show. Rest assured without the help of your books and videos, this experience would have been beyond me, Thank you for helping me have such fun.
Roy C. Edwards

Thank you so much! 21 Songs is the best out there as you are the only one that can cut through the fog and explain it and make it easier to learn the ukulele… Keep up the good work!
Oonagh Morgan

Frequently Asked Questions

Will I have lifetime access to the course once I buy it?
Yes, you’ll be able to download the sheet music and access the online videos for as long as you want.
How will I access the course?
When you purchase Learn Easy Ukulele Chord Melody Today you get access to your own member account here at ukulele.io. If you already own some of our books, your course will be added to your current member account.

You’ll sign in to your member account to access the course content:

What do I need to watch the videos?
You’ll need a device that can play videos off the internet. That could be a computer, smart phone, or tablet.
Do you offer a refund policy?
We offer no-questions-asked refunds to all customers within 30 days of your purchase. If you are not satisfied with our product, then simply send us an email and we will refund your purchase right away. Our goal has always been to create a happy, thriving community of music learners. If you are not thrilled with our course, then we will refund your purchase price no questions asked.
Can I still buy the course after Dec. 15?
Sorry, if you aren’t able to buy the course by Dec. 15, you’ll have to wait until next year. We are a small company and don’t have the staff to process sales manually after the end of the sales window.
What exactly is chord melody?
Chord melody is the art of playing both the melody and the harmony or accompaniment at the same time in a ukulele arrangement.

What is melody? Melody is what you sing, or notes that come one after another. Melody is one note at a time, as opposed to a chord which is many notes played at the same time.

What is accompaniment? The accompaniment is everything else except the melody. You can think of it as the guitar, bass and drums in a rock band or the “ooo-s” that back-up singers sing behind the lead singer. It is music that supports the melody. Often the accompaniment is strummed or finger-picked chords. It sounds best if the accompaniment is softer than the melody so that the melody can be heard clearly.

The art of chord melody is combining both chords and melody into a pleasing and complete-sounding arrangement that one person can play.

What exactly are "single line tab melodies"? Shouldn't it read "single note" tab melodies?

This issue has to do with semantics. All melodies are one note at a time, so we don’t refer to melodies as single notes. Melodies are single notes that have direction and movement, which is why we call them melody lines. Here are the definitions we use in this course:

What is melody? Melody is what you sing, or notes that come one after another. Melody is one note at a time, as opposed to a chord which is many notes played at the same time.

What is accompaniment? The accompaniment is everything else except the melody. You can think of it as the guitar, bass and drums in a rock band or the “ooo-s” that back-up singers sing behind the lead singer. It is music that supports the melody. Often the accompaniment is strummed or finger-picked chords. It sounds best if the accompaniment is softer than the melody so that the melody can be heard clearly.

Melody is a line of notes that is going somewhere. In music, we refer to expressive singing or playing as following the “melodic line.” Using the word “line” for melody helps you to understand music that combines one or more melodies. The famous Canon in D by Pachelbel is a “round” for 3 violins with a repeating bass line underneath. To talk about these concepts using the word “note” rather than “line” would be confusing.

Back to your question. We present each song twice to help you learn it, first with melody only, then with melody and chords. These two pictures will help show what I mean. Learning the melody first helps the brain distinguish between melody and chords. Doing this helps you to play and understand the song in a more musical way.

 

 

 

 

Why would I want to learn chord melody?
Chord melodies are beautiful to listen to. You can play chord melody in the middle of a sing and strum version of a song to create more variety. If you don’t like to sing, chord melody is a fun way to play ukulele music without having to sing.

Plus, learning chord melody will make you a better ukulele player and it’s a fun challenge for your brain and fingers.

 

What do I get with the Basic Course?
You’ll get a PDF file that you can download and print for easy reference. The PDF has the sheet music for five songs plus background information about how to play chord melody, how to read tab, and how to practice chord melody.

You’ll also get access to the online video course which has six intro videos on how to play chord melody, plus four videos for each of the five songs. For each song there are two performances, one on a high G ukulele and one on a low G ukulele. There are also videos with tips on how to play the song on a high or low G tuned ukulele.

What do I get with the Premium Course?
Just like with the Basic course, you’ll get a PDF file that you can download and print for easy reference. This PDF has the chord melody sheet music and also the single line melodies for all seven songs. The bonus tab melodies make it easy to incorporate a crucial part of the chord melody learning process into your practice routine: learning to play JUST THE MELODY of the song first before you tackle the complete chord arrangement. The Premium Course PDF also includes background information about how to play chord melody, how to read tab, and how to practice chord melody.

You’ll also get access to the online video course which has six intro videos on how to play chord melody, plus four videos for each of the seven songs. For each song there are two performances, one on a high G ukulele and one on a low G ukulele. There are also videos with tips on how to play the song on a high or low G tuned ukulele.

I'm not that advanced. Won't this course be too hard for me?
If you can play the songs in our bestselling Amazon books, you can play these chord melodies. And unlike some courses and books that begin with two easy songs and continue on to 59 impossible ones, all of the arrangements in our course stay at an easy level so you can really master easy ukulele chord melody.
What songs are in the Basic Course?

Oh, When the Saints
Over the River and Through the Wood
Jingle Bells
Oh, Christmas Tree
Up on the Housetop

What songs are in the Premium Course?

Oh, When the Saints
Over the River and Through the Wood
Jingle Bells
Oh, Christmas Tree
Up on the Housetop
Silent Night
Down in the Valley 

Will I learn to make my own chord melody arrangements?

The course does not directly teach you how to make your own arrangements. But we teach you skills that lead you in that direction. Many customers have told me that they are creating their own arrangements of chord melodies. One of our customers last year said:

“The course has given me more self-confidence. I am looking at other songs and incorporating the techniques into self-adapted arrangements.”

You will learn the following techniques:

• Harmonizing a C Major Scale-This exercise is mainly in the first position. It does show a few chords “up the neck” so you can learn some inversions of chords at the 5th and 8th fret.
• How to play a melody with your thumb or finger-picking.
• How to play a finger-picked accompaniment.
• How to play partial chords.
• How to play a chord that uses a different melody note on top other than the one you are used to.
• How to read and play a tab melody.
• How to play a chord melody of that song. 

Many people have found that these techniques are enough to give them the confidence to create their own chord melodies. Our step-by-step approach gives people practice with basic music theory. They can then apply this knowledge to their own music.

Why don’t you sign up for the 3 free goodies we offer before the course goes live? These goodies will give you a clear idea of what the course offers. 

Available through Dec. 15, 2020 only.

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