by Kate Power & Steve Einhorn
REDWOOD was one of those tunes that sprang free between trees in the ancient redwoods on our first trip through the Avenue of the Giants in northern California. We were homeward bound after circling the country to teach folks to play and sing on uke. The video above captured the first time this tune ever happened, and it has continued to remind us of the spark of joy we experience playing music together. Redwood has grown into a favorite rhythm stimulator at our uke gatherings over the years (and yes, that was a squirrel throwing nuts at us near the end of the tune on the YouTube!) This is an excellent choice for solo, as well as a parade of ukes, such as at the Procession of the Species spring parade in Olympia WA! You can strum, pick or frail the tune as you like it.
The hash marks are the beats in 4/4 - they signify how many strokes on each chord - without stopping, of course! The tempo is light and quick enough to move to. Everybody dance!
Click left for Steve's strum & slap technique
Click right for Kate's strum:
Down, Down, UP, Up, Down, Up