Ukulele might not be associated with Swing music today BUT all Swing music is associated with ukulele because so much of the classic ukulele songs from the 20s through the 50s were swing-based. Ukulele players like Roy Smeck, Cliff Edwards (who also went by the name of Ukulele Ike) and Lyle Ritz all played very popular swing music.
If you master the rhythm techniques that Marcy Marxer presents here in this Swingin’ Uke Handbook, you’ll be able to play almost the entire Swing catalogue and hold your own in any jam session.
Marcy organized the course into four sections. In the first section, Marcy will cover the right-hand basics and you’ll learn two very important rhythmic approaches: The Chunk and the Backbeat.
In the second section, Marcy helps you develop a very versatile Swing chord vocabulary: C6: Two Inversions, F6: Two Inversions, Bb6: Two Inversions, D6: Two Inversions, G6: Two Inversions, Em7: Two Inversions, Am7: Two Inversions, G7: Two Inversions, D7: Two Inversions, Dm7, G9 and
The third section focuses on the key Swing progressions and Marcy shows you how to transpose to any key: Progression 1: Key of C, Progression 2: Key of C, Moving UP from C Demonstration, Progression 1: Key of F, Progression 2: Key of F and Move UP from F.
Finally in the fourth section, you’ll start building your repertoire with 3 Swing tunes in two keys each: Blues Stay Away: Key of C, Blues Stay Away: Key of F, The Saints: Key of C, The Saints: Key of F, Honeysuckle: Key of C, and Honeysuckle: Key of F.
Marcy demonstrates all of the key examples and songs over rhythm tracks for optimal musical context. She breaks them all down by stepping you through the key concepts and techniques used in the examples and songs. All of the key examples and songs also have playalong videos so that you can practice everything by playing along with Marcy.
All of the key demonstrations, performances and examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons. Plus, Marcy generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your uke and lets’ get swingin’ with Marcy Marxer! Swingin' Uke