There is more than one way to play the ukulele. Most of us hear the ukulele as a series of strums while the player sings along. But the ukulele is capable of making very complex music. When finger picked and played like a folk guitar or classical guitar, lots of music pours forth from its humble little box. Listen to my rendition of the old blues favorite, Deep River Blues.

Deep River Blues


There are two ways to play any tune. We can play the rhythm straightforwardly where the rhythm is lockstep 1-2-3-4, 1-2-3-4, or 1-2-3, 1-2-3, or whatever. The rhythm is as steady as a ticking clock. But we can also play interpretively where we vary the rhythm and the volume so the rhythm might be stretched out or shortened in places in order to make the tune come alive. To hear how this might sound, listen to me play it two ways in this track as I play the old Celtic ballad, Wild Mountain Thyme.

Wild Mountain Thyme