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JJFN
10-09-2014, 03:01 PM
I'm pretty much a new member. I was wondering, what is your go to song. What I mean is when you pick up a different ukulele whether with a friend's ukulele or in a store, what do you play. Do you strum, do you pick, what do you do? I strum the first few chords of Blowin' in the Wind. How about you? If this has been covered before write this off to my newness!

Nickie
10-09-2014, 03:21 PM
I try to play something I know pretty well, so I give the uke a fair chance. Something like "Tennessee Waltz" or "Spanish Fandango" or "Bye Bye Blues". I don't torture most people in music stores with my voice.

mds725
10-09-2014, 03:32 PM
I'm sure people who didn't get to weigh in on this question the last time it appeared will want to post in this thread, but here's some interesting reading from a thread like this that appeared in 2013.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?83960-What-s-Your-quot-Go-To-quot-Song

kohanmike
10-09-2014, 05:02 PM
I play the chords of a song written by a member of the Westside Ukulele Ensemble, "No Pressure", and fingerpick an arrangement by another member, "Truman Sleeps", a piece from the movie "The Truman Show".

Ukejenny
10-10-2014, 02:41 AM
Welcome to UU and there are always new threads of covered subjects, so no worries.

I really don't have one "go to" song. I have a few songs that I have memorized and I'll play them, or the intro licks to Five Foot Two/Tiptoe, or Margaritaville, maybe Dream A Little Dream. Maybe a little 12th Street Rag.

DownUpDave
10-10-2014, 03:04 AM
If I am checking out ukes in a store I will finger pick Spanish Fandago. Then I play Five Foot Two, Alices Restaurant or As tears go by, yes that is a Rolling Stones song on ukulele. I want to hear single notes, a softly strummed song and also something on the faster more aggressive side

kkimura
10-10-2014, 03:04 AM
Haven't memorized any songs yet so I fall back on strumming 12 bar blues in C for chords and a short intro to Soul Cake for intonation and sustain.

bassballz
10-10-2014, 05:15 AM
9+ out of ten times it's either Beatles' Here Comes the Sun or Elton John's Rocket Man

niwenomian
10-10-2014, 05:36 AM
I like Amazing Grace.

sukie
10-10-2014, 06:27 AM
On Fire by Troy Fernandez. Or Summer Camp written by UUs own DeG.

sukie
10-10-2014, 06:30 AM
I'm sure people who didn't get to weigh in on this question the last time it appeared will want to post in this thread, but here's some interesting reading from a thread like this that appeared in 2013.

http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?83960-What-s-Your-quot-Go-To-quot-Song

True. But songs change! My go-to song changes as I get better. Or I learn a more fun one. Although I don't think I'll ever find a more fun one than On Fire. It has it all. I learned 7 new techniques when learning it.

actadh
10-10-2014, 10:49 AM
Currently...Your Cheatin' Heart & The Rose - the latter is the same thing repeated three times so there is a little fingerpicking thrown in, too.

hollisdwyer
10-10-2014, 05:30 PM
I just ad lib in the key of G.

bonesigh
10-11-2014, 06:57 AM
My parody of "Five Foot Two" usually. Plus my song "Next Time" and fingerpicking a classical tune as well (:

Doc_J
10-11-2014, 07:00 AM
Right now it is "Thunder Road" or "From Four Until Late" or "Tears in Heaven".

sam13
10-11-2014, 02:04 PM
Fly Me to the Moon. Or That's All.

Mim
10-11-2014, 03:48 PM
Tiptoe Through The Tulips at a slightly different rhythm.

People write me every now and then to ask me what my demo video songs are.
They never seem to believe me when I tell them Tiptoe Through the Tulips until they try it out themselves.

Mim
10-11-2014, 03:49 PM
On Fire by Troy Fernandez. Or Summer Camp written by UUs own DeG.

Show off!!!

Hehe!

You do rock an On Fire!

Sabantien
10-11-2014, 04:12 PM
I'll do Hallelujah, because it's the only song I can definitely remember without reading the chords, and I'll pick No Surprises and Man Who Sold the World.

I'm sure as I get better and memorise more stuff...

Gillian
10-11-2014, 04:41 PM
If it is a high-G uke, then I play Guava Jam. If a low G, then White Sandy Beach or Somewhere Over the Rainbow.(Brittni's version, not Iz's)

Jim Yates
10-11-2014, 05:16 PM
It's usually the last song I've got to where I can play it in public. Right now it'd be If I Had You or Pete Seeger's Livin' In The Country.

Jim Yates
10-11-2014, 05:18 PM
Fly Me to the Moon. Or That's All.

Hey Sam, Have you ever heard Vi Redd do That's All? I love her version. Where did yo learn it?

sukie
10-11-2014, 05:38 PM
Show off!!!

Hehe!

You do rock an On Fire!
It's really all I know. :-P

Icelander53
10-11-2014, 06:48 PM
I pick a little Red River Valley. I know it well enough not to have to read it.

IamNoMan
10-11-2014, 06:57 PM
FIve Foot Two, Over the Rainbow and I'll Fly Away our my current go to's. I am deliberately planning to add Teddy Bears Picnic to this list because of its universal appeal to youngsters.

bobinde
10-13-2014, 10:31 AM
"Margaritaville" on my 8-string, everybody seems to get a giggle out of it. "Island Style" (finger picking style) is my usual go-to on the tenor or pineapple, but recently, I did Neil Young's "Long May You Run" which seemed to go over rather well, too. On demand, I'll do "Whit Sandy Beach."

bobinde

vanflynn
10-13-2014, 10:38 AM
I usually go with Dream a little Dream because it's a not so common chord progression and most folks can recognize the song ( if I do it right!)