Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Ukulele Tab: Learn To Play Scarborough Fair

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By Peter Edvinsson

In this ukulele lesson we will use the uke to play Scarborough Fair as a melody. You don't need to know sheet music at all so let's start!

Scarborough Fair is an English ballad and dates back to late medieval times. Scarborough was a host to a huge forty-five day fair.

The name Scarborough Fair is now used for a music festival held every year in Scarborough.

The first verse has the lyrics:

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine

We will only use the three first strings on your ukulele for the melodi and for this we will only use three lines int the tablature staff. Here is the first part of the melody with ukulele tab:

Are you going to Scarborough Fair?

1. --------0-----0--------------
2. -----------3-----0--1--0-----
3. --2--2--------------------2--

The ukulele tab notation doesn't tell you the length of the notes. I leave it up to you to figure this out.

Let's play the next ukulele tab:

Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme

1. --0--3--5--3--0--2-----0--
2. --------------------3-----
3. --------------------------

I haven't told you anything about which left hand finger to press down on the frets on your ukulele yet.

You can of course use your first finger for all the notes but the best way to use your left hand fingers is to play the notes on the first fret with your first finger, the notes on the second fret with your long finger and the notes on your third fret with your ring finger.

It might be difficult at first but if you practice this fingerings it will actually be easier for you to find the right notes. You don't even have to look at your fingers to find the right fret if you get used to this way of playing.

The notes on the fifth fret can be played with your ring finger as well.

Here comes the next ukulele tab and lyrics:

Remember me to one who lives there

1. --5--5--5--3--0--0--------------
2. --------------------3--1--0-----
3. -----------------------------0--

The last ukulele tab and lyrics comes now:

She once was a true love of mine

1. -----0--------------------
2. --------3--1--0-----------
3. --2--------------2--0--2--

Now you can play Scarborough Fair on your ukulele with ukulele tab!

Actually you can play this melody with the use of the above ukulele tab notation on a guitar also. The first three strings on a guitar are tuned the same way but not in the same pitch.

The best way to learn this melody is to take one line at a time and learn it by heart.

When you know the melody by heart you have the pleasure of being able to play the melody anytime and anywhere!

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