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“AKAKA FALLS” by Helen Parker . . . . . A Solo Ukulele Fingerpicking arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch . . . . Recently heard in performances by Jake Shimabukuro

July 27, 2016

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Performance by Jake Shimabukuro from the “GRAND UKULELE” CD

My arrangement of “AKAKA FALLS” was inspired by Jake but is a bit more scaled down for the average player . . . It is a fingerpicking arrangement unlike the many Chord/Melody tunes I’ve done most recently.  Below are several short excerpts for you to try. . .

Example ONE


Notice the “Hammer On” in the first measure . . . This is done by playing the 5th fret note on the second string, then striking the 7th fret following that without picking it. . . It takes some patience and lot’s of practice to get that technique. . . I’ll be doing a YouTube video on both the “Hammer On” and the “Pull Off” soon.

Example TWO


Those squiggly lines simply tell us to slowly roll those chords. . . starting from the 4th string and ascending to the first. . . a slow roll to give it a “harp” – like effect. Also note that we have a BARRE chord at the beginning of the first measure on the second stave.  This is accomplished by barring across all 4 strings at the 7th fret with the index finger while placing the middle finger on the 8th fret of the first string.

Example THREE


“AKAKA FALLS” is not currently available in any Ukulele Mike collection     . . . It can, however be purchased separately by making a payment of $5.39 through the paypal button on the Ukulele Mike website: . . . When you make the payment, PayPal should give you the option of letting us know which tablature you want. . . then it will be personally emailed to you within the day.   

The Ukulele Mike Chord/Melody “TRILOGY” now reduced to just $50.00 . . . Individually also reduced to just $20.00 each

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  1. August 14, 2016 2:54 p08

    Reblogged this on UKULELE MIKE LYNCH – All things UKULELE.

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