Have some fun with a C and a G chord

Just because the music calls for a certain chord doesn’t mean that you have to play it the way the chord chart tells you to, all the time, without having some fun with it.
There are all sorts of simple tricks you can apply to your playing that can make it a bit more interesting and fun, too.

Here is a video demonstration of what I like to do with two of the simpler chords: C and G. (More to follow – stay tuned.)

Remember – jazzing up your playing with tricks and scales are fun, but don’t forget that the rhythm is key to sounding good and holding your listener’s attention.

Let me know how you do with this. Have fun.

12 Responses to “Have some fun with a C and a G chord”

  1. Gita Says:

    What’s Happening? I am new to this. I stumbled upon this and I’ve discovered it is absolutely helpful and it has aided me out loads.

    I am hoping to contribute & help different users like its aided me.
    Great job.

  2. Tina Koch Says:

    Rhan,
    Nice pace, don’t speed up — these lessons are great. Thank you so much. I needed someone to address the rhythmic element of playing uke.
    You rhock.

  3. Linda McPherson Says:

    Rhan I love your explanations and drawing. It really helps me understand what I’m supposed to do, and how much more practice it takes. Thanks for your time and knowledge.

    • Rhan Wilson Says:

      Linda,
      Thank you so much. I am glad that these video tutorials are working for you all. Please let me know what sort of material you want to learn and I will try to work it in.

  4. Marilyn Norberg Says:

    Loved your workshop tonight-as I was driving home, they played “We’ve got all the time in the world” which I thought appropriate . Or at least time related. Remember that we’d like to see the G scale doodle. Cheers-will return to workshops when I am back. Please keep having them.

    • Rhan Wilson Says:

      Thank you Marilyn.
      For those readers who may not know – I conducted the first of a series of drop-in workshops that work with the ideas and lessons I present here in this blog.
      Last night we worked with simple soloing in C, trading off solos with each other, leaving space while playing, and listening. We experimented with some simple ways to enhance one’s playing, and compared music to social get-togethers (parties), of which I will write about in further detail soon.
      A request was made for G scale solo ideas. Stay tuned.

  5. Barb Says:

    Dear sweet Rhan, These are the coolest lessons! I can’t wait to try them out. You are the best! By the way, it really is a treat to stand next to you while you’re playing! The sounds that you can make on that little uke give me chills! Thanks for all you do!

    • Rhan Wilson Says:

      Barb,
      Thank you so much. It was nice to see you last night and thrill you with my playing (lol). Seriously, all the little fancy stuff you might be referring to is very simple to do and I will be explaining it…. all in good time! So make a little time to practice these lessons – it will pay off, not only in your playing, but also as a break from the other work you do.

  6. Marty Says:

    Great addition to your blog. That also works for the A chord. There are a lot of little “A chords” up there on strings 2,3 and 4. Ain’t the uke great. Marty

  7. Jeff / Humble Uker Says:

    Rhan, I like the way simple changes add to the texture of a song. I guess we need to experiment with these on a variety of songs to get a feel for when each thingy works. Mark Occhionero of JazzUkes told my that when there is a long run of C7 = 0001 that he often switches with Gm7 = 0211 to do something similar to what you are doing here.

    I am really glad that you had expanded your blog to include video.

    • Rhan Wilson Says:

      Jeff,
      And of course, the most important textural change (in my humble opinion) is rhythmic. All these little fancy doodles won’t add to one’s playing unless one develops a good sense of timing. Meanwhile, I will try out that Gm7 substitution, thanks.

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