Learn to play “Faith” by George Michael
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Play along with the ukulele cover of “Faith” (George Michael) performed by Ka’ili (Josh Walters, guitar), Kaniho (Randell Giminiz, bass), and Aldrine (ukulele). Just follow the chords and the basic rhythm of the song to play along. If you need some step-by-step help guiding you through learning this song, start with STEP 1 below:
STEP 1 – The Chords
Here are all the chords you’ll need to play along with the song:
Practice holding each chord and memorize the names of each chord. You need to be able to see the name of the chord and instantly know how to hold it.
STEP 2 – Chord Switching
Now that you can hold all of the chords and know them by name, you need to be able to switch chords quickly. Do your best to play along with the chord switching video below, switching to the next chord right on time.
The hardest chord switch in the entire song is between the F#m and the B7 chord. This is because the F#m is a normal “open” chord (using only your fingertips to hold the chord) and the B7 is a bar chord (using one or more fingers to bar across multiple strings). If you’re getting tripped up here, practice the switch over and over with the following video. The more you practice, the easier it will get.
Once you can hold the chords, switch between them, and play them at the right times, you can already play the song! Go back to the Play-Along video at the top of the page and play through the whole song, holding the chords and strumming them at the right times when they change. If you’re a beginner, Congrats! You’ve just played the beginner version of this song.
STEP 3 – Basic Rhythm
Now that you’re able to switch to all of the right chords at the right times, now you’ll focus on your strumming hand. The rhythm of the song sounds complicated, but really it originates from a very steady, simple strum. All you’re doing is emphasizing certain strums (and de-emphasizing the others). Play along with the rhythm video below and emphasize strums (play them with slightly more volume) when the blue dot gets bigger.
Watch, listen, and copy. If at any time you feel you’re off-sync, try thinking less and listening more to both the video and to yourself. Play along with the video as many times as you need to be able to get the feel of the rhythm.
Once you can play along with the basic strumming for the song, you can now play and strum the song! Go back to the Play-Along video at the top of the page and play through the whole song, switching through the chords and playing the strumming rhythm that you learned. If you’re an intermediate ukulele player, great job! You’ve just played the intermediate version of this song.
STEP 4 – Advanced Rhythm
If you are able to play through the Play-Along video using the basic strum rhythm pretty easily and want a little more of a challenge, feel free to move on to the advanced rhythm. In the Play-Along video, Aldrine uses the Pinky Mute technique to mute everything in between the each of the emphasized strums. Play along with the rhythm video below and try to match what the fretting hand is doing. This requires a lot of coordination, so don’t feel discouraged if it’s not easy at first. Keep practicing along with this rhythm video and eventually it will get easier and easier.
Once you can play all the way through the advanced rhythm video, test your skills by playing along with the Play-Along video at the top of the page. By putting together the chords, chord switches, strumming, and pinky mute, you can now play like a true uke player. It was a lot of practice, but with one more song under your belt, you’re musicianship continues to grow. Keep up the good work & if you have any questions along the way, we’re always here for you!
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