Category Archives: Chord Melody

UD#80 Gorgeous Classical Piece: Spanish Romance

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UD#80 Gorgeous Classical Piece: Spanish Romance from Ukulele in the Dark with Guido Heistek   My dad was around 30 years old when he started playing guitar. An adult beginner!  One of the pieces that I remember him practicing is Spanish Romance, which is one of the best known classical guitar pieces in the world. I’d like to teach you a uke version today. The full piece has two sections: a minor section and a major section. I’ll teach you the first section today. If you’ve never heard it before have a listen here:   Last newsletter, we talked about   …Continue Reading


UD#74 Beautiful Chord Melody: Love Me Tender

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Beautiful Chord Melody: Love Me Tender (UD#74) from Ukulele in the Dark with Guido Heistek     SPRING SALE: 20% OFF Chord Melody Book for Ukulele DOWNLOAD AND PRINT EDITION   Today let’s look at a chord melody arrangement for Love Me Tender. Here is a little video of me playing through the tune in my own personal style. I take a few liberties with the melody and chords, but it will give you an idea of how the tune goes.   First things first… The first thing I usually do when I sit down to do a chord melody   …Continue Reading


UD#69 Chord Melody: Huron Carol

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Chord Melody: Huron Carol (UD#69) from Ukulele in the Dark with Guido Heistek   Today we’ll look at a chord melody arrangement of the “Huron Carol”, which, I recently learned, is Canada’s oldest Christmas song! Here is a little video of me performing today’s song, live from my teaching studio in Vancouver. I do the song twice through. First, I do a finger-style version, which we will cover later in today’s lesson. The second time through the song I use a standard thumb strum, like we covered in the last lesson. Here is the video!   Here’s what I propose.   …Continue Reading


UD#68 How Chord Melody Works

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How Chord Melody Works (UD#68) from Ukulele in the Dark with Guido Heistek The process of creating chord melody arrangements is quite simple. There are three basic steps:   1. Learn the melody. 2. Learn the chords. 3. Put the chords and melody together! Let’s start with a song that we are all familiar with: Mary Had a Little Lamb. Not the coolest tune, I know, but making your own chord melody is SO cool that it will more than make up for it. You’ll see. At the end of the lesson there is a video recap with a special   …Continue Reading


UD#62 Sounds Like a Harp: A Finger-style Uke Arrangement

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Sounds Like a Harp: A Fingerstyle Arrangement (UD#60) from Ukulele in the Dark with Guido Heistek   I’ve been wanting to teach a follow up lesson to Spanish Melody for a very long time. If you have not learned or heard Spanish Melody you should definitely check it out. It is by far the most popular lesson on Ukulele in the Dark!Go here: http://ukuleleinthedark.com/ud-39-chord-melody-spanish-melody/   SPANISH MELODY VARIATION! I’ve taught Spanish Melody to many people and over the years. I’ve developed a variation that I can play along side my students as they learn the song and it creates a   …Continue Reading


UD#60 The Most Useful Chord Melody Ever: Happy Birthday

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UD#60 The Most Useful Chord Melody Ever: Happy Birthday from Ukulele in the Dark w/Guido Heistek A student of mine once commented that “Happy Birthday” was the most useful chord melody arrangement that she had ever learned. So many opportunities to use it!   But, first I have a little news. My new book, The Chord Melody Book for Ukulele, was officially released on June 1. If you would like to pick up a copy please click the link below. As a BONUS, every hard copy ordered comes with a complimentary download version! You can also purchase a copy of   …Continue Reading


UD#59 Chord Melody: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?

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Chord Melody: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? (UD#59) from Ukulele in the Dark with Guido Heistek Happy New Year everyone! Thank you for all of your suggestions for a holiday chord melody. I’ve settled on a chord melody arrangement of a lovely tune by Frank Loesser: What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? I thought we’d have a listen to the tune first, which gives me an opportunity to share something else with you! For the past little while I have been doing “one mike recordings” of some of the students at my Vancouver studio. We gather around   …Continue Reading


UD#49 Chord Melody: Christmas Don’t Be Late Solo Uke Arrangement

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Chord Melody: Christmas Don’t Be Late Solo Uke Arrangement (UD#49) from Ukulele in the Dark w/ Guido Heistek Today I want to teach you how to play this song! Please check out this video: If you have never tried CHORD MELODY before, you might find this past lesson helpful: http://ukuleleinthedark.com/ud-34-the-magic-of-chord-melody/ OKAY HERE WE GO! There are two versions of the song for you to learn. Each version has an accompanying video. Both versions include the basic strumming chords, melody in music notation and tab, the words, and a chord melody arrangement in tab.   VERSION 1 CLICK HERE for SHEET   …Continue Reading


UD#39 Chord Melody: Spanish Melody!

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Chord Melody: Spanish Melody! (UD#39) from Ukulele in the Dark w/ Guido Heistek This newsletter I want to share with you an all-time favourite chord melody piece among my ukulele students. The song is called Spanish Melody. I learned it from a book called Hawaiian Ukulele, The Early Methods published by Centerbrook. The song is a lovely lilting waltz. When I demo the song for my students they often say, “That sounds lovely, but difficult!” They are surprised to find that they are able to play it without too much trouble. One student commented, “This tune has a lot of   …Continue Reading


UD#34 The Magic of Chord Melody (SILENT NIGHT)

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UD#34 The Magic of Chord Melody (SILENT NIGHT) from Ukulele in the Dark w/ Guido Heistek   This week we are talking about chord melody. Here is a little video of me playing through a chord melody of Silent Night. First I play a fairly stylized version with a finger-style treatment. Then I walk you through how I usually approach teaching a simple chord melody arrangement of the song. These are the usual steps: 1. Learn the melody 2. Learn the chords. 3. Put the chords and melody together. Here’s the video: Here are a few notes to help you   …Continue Reading