Beginning Classical Ukulele: Lesson 1 - Scottish Dance - Mauro Giuliani

Welcome to the wonderful world of classical music.

Classical Ukulele For Beginners: Lesson 1 - Scottish Dance -  Mauro Giuliani
With these easy fun lessons you'll learn to play classical ukulele!

All of the pieces in this mini-course have been carefully selected and arranged for this special graduated introduction to classical ukulele.

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An understanding of the basics is necessary to establish before attempting this course, if you've completed the Play Ukulele NOW Method and Songbook you'll have all the basic instruction you need to do this!

IMPORTANT! Before attempting this lesson, these preliminary lessons must be mastered:

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The lessons above will lay the groundwork needed to begin classical ukulele - do not skip them.

Scottish Dance

Click on the picture below to see it up close

Click here to get the PDF: Scottish Dance

Performance notes

Unless indicated otherwise use the fingering you learned here.

The marking that has a note, and then = 88, indicates the tempo that the piece should be played at.

Feel free to start at a slower tempo. A metronome should be used to insure you 're playing at the proper temo, and to be sure you are keeping a steady beat. This piece is mostly eighth notes, see the Play Ukulele NOW Method and Songbook for details on basic note values, so the eighth notes will get two notes per click. Basic note values are easy to understand with the right method.

Learn about using a metronome here:

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Take it a few measures at a time, get the measures down that you are working on, then move on to the next ones.

Measure 1

The line you see here connecting the first two notes is called a slur. A slur is to be played in a smooth connected manner.

A slur is played using legato, The term legato (pronounced "leh-gaw-toe") means connected, or joined, notes.

Legato is played using hammer-ons and pull-offs, so a pull-off would be used to play the first two notes in this measure.

Fingering for measure 1: p, (Pull off here) i, m

Learn about how to do a pull off here

Measure 2

Hold down this dyad* here, in measure 4, and measure 6

*A dyad is a pair of pitches sounding together (in other words, a two-note chord)

Measure 10

Use p and m for the first two notes i for the second, same for measure 12 and other similar measures.

D.C al fine means repeat from the beginning until you reach fine.

Have fun!

UPDATE: Here's the next lesson: Beginning Classical Ukulele: Lesson 2 - Country Dance - Ferdinando Carulli

Stay tuned! More classical ukulele lessons to come...

Check out my previous fingerstyle lessons - You'll find lots of great tips and tricks on fingerstyle playing and technique along with these songs:

What Child is This?

Jingle Bells

Silent Night - two arrangements, and Silent Night - Easy Fingerstyle

The First Noel - two arrangements

Classical Ukulele For Beginners: Lesson 1 - Scottish Dance -  Mauro Giuliani

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