Samba Ole is a Brazilian tune with a twist of Spanish. The upbeat, syncopated rhythm and combination of a melody part and chord part, or accompaniment part, has made it one of my most popular workshop pieces. It’s an ideal piece for working on your rhythm. The melody is fun to play on just one ukulele but if you can add the accompaniment parts then even better. In the video I give a couple of suggestions for adding either the chords or ukulele part 2, or both. At the end of the tutorial there is a 2 part performance with Josie playing the melody and me playing the chords. I’ve got a new mic and haven’t quite got my levels right (plus I got a bit carried away with my strumming!) so the sound isn’t as good as it could be. Sorry about that!
In bars 16 and 18 the change from D minor chords to D major chords is quite surprising so watch out for that.
If you want to learn more about rasgueado strumming technique then click here.
You can download the PDF for Samba Ole here:
As ever please share with your ukulele friends. This is a free resource and is not intended to be used by other teachers for monetary gain. These tutorials are intended to help us all get through these difficult times. If you are able to make a donation using the donate button then I would be most grateful. Like all musicians I have lost a great deal of teaching and seen all my forthcoming festivals, workshops, concerts and tour either cancelled or postponed. I am making this material available so when all this is over we can meet up and have a great big jam! Stay safe, stay positive and keep playing your ukuleles!