In this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play the old folk/country song “If I Needed You” on the cigar box ukulele. This one was written by Townes Van Zandt and has been recorded by Emmy Lou Harris and other well-known performers.
In this video lesson, Dan shows you how to play the song “In the Pines”.
This is a great old folk/bluegrass/mountain song, a plaintive tale of longing and regret. Believed to have originated in the 1870’s, it has been recorded many times over the years, by artists such as Lead Belly, Ralph Stanley, Bill Monroe, Dave Van Ronk, Joan Baez, The Oakridge Boys, Dolly Parton and even Nirvana did a version.
In this video lesson, Dan Russell shows you how to play the old song “Stagger Lee” (also known as Stack-o-Lee, Stag-o-Lee and other titles) on the cigar box ukulele This classic number is part blues, part cajun and part history, and has been performed Mississippi John Hurt, Dr. John and many more musicians. Five basic uke chords are used in this lesson, and while the progression is not what would be considered “standard”, it is still a nice easy one to play.
This old American blues/folk song was recorded by Alan Lomax and first published in 1934. It has been recorded and released by a number of folk singers over the years, including The Byrds, Old Crow Medicine Show, Woodie Guthrie, Jerry Garcia and even the Flying Burrito Brothers!
In this video lesson, Dan shows you how to play the old blues song “The Midnight Special”. This was a traditional folk song first popularized by Lead Belly, and has been recorded by many other artists such as Big Bill Broonzy, The Beatles, Burl Ives, Van Morrison, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney.
This printable sheet shows you all of the easiest and most commonly used chords for standard 4-string ukuleles tuned gCEA. These chord forms can be used with cigar box ukuleles, regular ukuleles and any other instrument tuned in this way. Continue reading “Easy Chord Forms for Ukulele”
This is the second in a series of videos from “One Hand” Dan Russell on how to play the cigar box ukulele. In this vid, Dan shows you how to play the chords for the song “Hanging Tree” from the Hunger Games: Mockingjay film. Use the ukulele chord forms below to help figure out the chords Dan is playing in the video. These chords are for a standard soprano, concert or tenor ukulele tuned gCEA.
Here is a lesson on playing the cigar box ukulele from “One-hand Dan” Russell. In it he shows you how to play the song “Hold On” By the Alabama Shakes. Use the ukulele chord forms below to help figure out the chords Dan is playing in the video. These chords are for a standard soprano, concert or tenor ukulele tuned gCEA.