Happy Birthday Ukulele Tutorial in C or G

Follow along to play Happy Birthday on the Ukulele in both the keys of C and G. The chords are as follows:


I                            V7
Happy Birthday to you

V7              I
Happy Birthday to you

I                        IV
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday

I            (V7) I
Happy Birthday to you

C                          G
Happy Birthday to you

G             C
Happy Birthday to you

C                        F
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday

C            (G) C
Happy Birthday to you

G                           D7
Happy Birthday to you

D7              G
Happy Birthday to you

G                        C
Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday

G           (D7) G
Happy Birthday to you

Chords in C

Chords in G

The Turkey Game

The Turkey Game

The Turkey Game

Played using The Turkey Game (Pavo, Pavo) Song from Grade 1 Discs. Found in iTunes playlists or search.

  1. Learn Song using the Song Learning Procedure
  2. Begin by walking around as a turkey and listening for students using Good Singing Habits
  3. On the last word of the chorus “…snatch a feather out!”, choose a student to be a turkey also.
  4. Each time through the song, the students who are turkeys choose new people to join them as turkeys on the last word of the chorus
  5. Eventually all students are turkeys, walking on the beat and flapping wings.
  6. Reverse procedure until all are sitting.

Turkey, Turkey, you will see
You can’t catch me, you can’t catch me.
Gobble, gobble, gobble go,
I’ll catch you quick before you know.

Turkey, turkey, try it, do
We dare you to, we dare you to
Turkey, turkey turn about
or we might snatch a feather out!

Good Singing Habits

Good Singing Habits

Good Singing Habits:

  • Use proper posture
  • Take deep breathes
  • Be ready to sing before the song starts.
  • Ready yourself for the first tone in your head
  • Sing in the proper range. This may be an octave higher than a Male teacher.
  • Sing using a light and airy tone. The sound should be one the breath, not heavy or in front on the breath and not behind the breath
  • Sing only when it’s time
  • Stop singing when signaled
  • Take note of any mistakes and try to correct them
Good Singing Habits

Song Learning Procedure

Song Learning Procedure:

This may take multiple class times to go through each of the steps. Very few songs can be sung without help on the first day.

  1. Listen to the song sung as a whole (Usually one verse and chorus)
  2. Repeat phrases in a call and response form
  3. Put phrases together to sing larger chunks of the whole
  4. Sing the whole together
  5. Work on difficult phrases using “la” “bum” or solfege.
  6. Sing the song without help.