In this tutorial we’ll be playing “Brand New Key” by Melanie Safka. An absolute joy! I hope you love learning this song as much as I did!
This was a request – sometimes I get requests for songs that are done by soooo many people, but if you’re particularly drawn to my teaching style, and want to practice your fingerpicking and faster chord changes, this would be a good choice!
The video covers just chords for GCEA tuning, but I have chord charts for both GCEA and Baritone tunings.
Emo millennials rejoice! Our anthem is here! We can now fully feel our sadness toward the state of the world today by channeling it through “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel.
In this post I have a play-along video plus chord charts for both GCEA and DGBE ukulele tunings. This version is in G, which is the original key. I will also have a version in C coming out, which is easier for my female vocal chords and may be easier for those playing a GCEA tuning.
It’s challenging to find easy Disney songs to share, but I think this is a sweet one, and fun to sing! Please don’t sue me Disney! I’m just a Joe Schmoe trying to help people be good at music!
You know when you’re at a birthday party and someone starts singing “Happy Birthday,” but they started too high and you have to change keys in the middle of the song?
Don’t do that. Start low. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk ;D
Anyway, I procrastinated making this chord chart, but now that it’s made I’m going to probably use it forever. My brain really wanted the chart to be the other way with the keys on the left and the I/V7/IV as columns, but it just didn’t work out if we wanted to be efficient with our space. Which we do – save the trees and all that.
This is my favorite song to teach with only 2 chords!
Why did I chose to teach it C-G7 for this video? I seriously have no idea, because when I was teaching this to young kids it was much easier to teach this song using F and C7. Ah well. Maybe I’ll make an F-C7 version if there is demand.
Also included: Two strumming patterns!