Issue 143: Ukulele – teaching the G chord

Tuesday is back-to-back ukulele day; three sessions in a row, and the day I decided to teach the year 3s how to play a new chord. I had intended to teach G7. G7 ukulele_01

It’s the obvious chord to follow F, which I had already done, and the children were pretty good at;

But somewhere along the way I got distracted and found myself teaching G by mistake. Oh dear. The problem is that fingers 1 and 2 are reversed, which is a tricksy manoeuvre for little fingers to do, and young children to get the hang of.

However, over the course of three back-to-back ukulele lessons I refined my method of teaching the chord, and it worked!  I started from the C chord, and showed how each finger changes position;

C chord ukulele_01Making Ukulele G chord_01G chord ukulele_01

I called “finger 1” the “Very Naughty Finger”, because it had moved across 2 strings, and then along one place, “finger 2” the “Very Good Finger” because it just stayed still, and “finger 3” the “slightly naughty finger” because it only moved over to the next string.

As the children were sitting in rows for the lesson, I used the three children at one end of the back row to demonstrate, moving the child at the end two rows forward and then across, congratulating the second child for standing still, and then moving the third child forward one row. This caused a certain amount of chaos among the children sitting nearby, but I could see light bulbs coming on – the children were reaching for the ukuleles to start moving “naughty fingers” into position before I had finished restoring order to the back rows.

When I came to teach ukuleles again on Thursday, I had my methodology sorted, and the children were well on the way to getting a decent G chord in place.

I’ve set my sights on teaching them all to play “Jingle Bells” in time for Christmas…

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