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LEARN TO PLAY THE GUITAR AND THE UKULELE

Aprenda a tocar la guitarra y el ukulele

Stanley A. Lucero.  Phone: 559-661-0510.  Email: stanley.lucero@comcast.net

Learn to play EL COYOTE

 

 

Here are some resources for you to learn how to play some of the songs we play or are learning.  You will need to purchase Finale Songwriter 2012 [$49.95] to open this music. 

They are Finale Notation files and contain the written music for the melody and bass line together with the chords for the songs. 

Many of the chords are those I have added to the songs..  The bass line is also suggested.  The lyrics are not included. See the Cancionero Lucero for the lyrics.

 

Music mp3
Apache Honoring Song Apache Honoring Song
Cachita Cachita
Cerca del mar Cerca del mar
Chili piquin Chili piquin
Maria Elena Maria Elena
Moliendo cafe Moliendo cafe
Sabor a mi Sabor a mi

 

Cancionero Lucero

Here are the lyrics to many of my favorite songs

Chords for Marimba Lucero songs

Here are the chords to many of the songs that Nora and I sing while performing as MARIMBA LUCERO.

Marimba Lucero

This is a link to our performing group.

 

CHORDS / ACORDES

 

Chords in English C D E F G A B
Acordes en espanol Do Re Mi Fa Sol La Si

 

 

GUITAR
UKULELE

 

The following charts have links to the guitar and ukulele chords. 

#1 in red circle = index finder of the left hand

#2 in green circle = middle finger of left hand

#3 in yellow circle = ring finger of left hand

If the chord name is in blue with a line underneath it [link], click on that chord name to see the chord chart.

 

 

 

GUITAR CHORDS

 

A B C D E F G
Am Bm Cm Dm Em Fm Gm
A7 B7 C7 D7 E7 F7 G7
Am7 Bm7 Cm7 Dm7 Em7 Fm7 Gm7

 

 

UKULELE CHORDS

 

A B C D E F G
Am Bm Cm Dm Em Fm Gm
A7 B7 C7 D7 E7 F7 G7
Am7 Bm7 Cm7 Dm7 Em7 Fm7 Gm7

 

 

SONGS

 

Name
Chords
Other
G; C; and D7
Em; C; and G
La bamba A; D; and E7  
La bruja Dm; A7; and Gm  
A and E7

 

STRUMMING

Spanish Strums for the Guitar or the Ukulele

Pictures of whiteboard in classroom

 

 
 
     

 

BEFORE YOU START

 

Motivation
  • Set your goals for each week and each month.
  • Remind yourself why you decided to learn to play the guitar or the ukulele
Calluses
  • During the first few weeks you need to develop calluses on the fingers that press on the strings. 
  • It will be painful for a few weeks. 
  • Take a break when your fingers start hurting. 
  • Make sure you practice every day. 
  • When the fingers of your left hand get tired, practice your right hand [and visa versa].
Instrument
  • You need an instrument that is well made and in good condition. 
  • If the neck of your instrument is curved [bowed], you need to take it to a music store for service.
  • In some cases,you will be better off getting a replacement instrument.
  • Keep your instrument in the case when you are not playing it.
  • Keep your instrument away from hot and cold temperatures
Strings
  • Change all of your strings every four months.
  • New strings have a clear and fresh sound. 
  • Here are some tips regarding when to change your strings.
  • Your strings look rusty or discolored. 
  • It's getting harder to tune your strings.
  • Your iinstrument sounds lackluster [old, tired]
Practice Schedule
  • Practice a minimum of 30 minutes every day.
  • Two 15 minute practices a day might work better for some of you.
  • Gradually increase your practice time to one hour [or more] every day
Chord Goals
  • Learn the basic major chords: GUITAR: A; C; D; E; and G. UKULELE: :A; C; D; F;and G.
  • Learn the basic minor chords: GUITAR: Am; Dm; and Em. UKULELE: Am; Dm; and Gm.
  • Learn the basic seventh chords: GUITAR: A7; B7; C7; D7; E7; and G7. UKULELE: A7; C7; D7; E7; F7; and G7.
  • Learn to play bar chords on the GUITAR with the five basic patterns: E; Em; A; Am;and C7
  • Learn to play bar chords with the UKULELE with the four basic patterns: A; Am; D; Dm and F7
Scale Goals
  • Learn to play the basic major chords using open strings and the first three frets and fingers 1; 2; and 3
  • Learn to play the basic major chords using any four consecutive frets and fingers 1; 2; 3; and 4
Song Goals
  • Learn to play the chords
  • Learn to sing the song
  • Learn to play the melody
  • Learn to play the bass line
  • MEMORIZE what you learn
Strumming Goals
  • Learn to play the slow 2/4 [corrido] rhythm
  • Learn to play the fast 2/4 [polka] rhythm
  • Learn to play the 3/4 [vals] rhythm
  • Learn to play the 3/4 [huapango] rhythm
  • Learn to play the 4/4 rhythm [bolero]
  • Learn to play the 4/4/ rhythm [cumbia]
  • Learn the "p-i-m-a" appegio pattern
  • Learn the  "p-i-m-i-a-i-m-i" appegio pattern

 

 

Page updated February 4, 2016