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SteveZ
12-16-2014, 01:15 PM
Whether you call them "Go-To" or "Warm-Up" or "Old Standby" tunes, many folk tend to play certain songs all the time. It can be as the first ones once the instrument is tuned or what just seems to happen after a while. We all have our favorite genre(s) and the "Go-To" tunes usually reflect what floats our respective boats.

As UU shows, the musical tastes and the uses of ukuleles among the members are quite broad. Our common appreciation of this versatile instrument is truly magnified by the different sounds we get from it. So, when you open up the case/bag and retrieve the ukulele du jour, what are the ten tunes you play the most often? For me, its:

1. Hotel California
2. Heartache Tonight
3. Tequila Sunrise
4. Heart of the Matter
5. Hallelujia
6. Sultans of Swing
7. Wonderful World, Beautiful People
8. Somewhere Over the Rainbow
9. The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
10. Toes

Yeah, I'm an Eagles/Henley fan who's mainly into Southern Rock, Reggae and some special stuff. I play the ukulele like I do my other stringed instruments - it's got to rock or it's traded. I prefer to flatpick rather than finger-strum.

Again, we're all different. There is no such thing as "the" way to play. If there was, it would be a boring world.

Inksplosive AL
12-16-2014, 01:38 PM
My musical portfolio is much smaller.

My go to song I have been making my own is Please don't talk about me when I'm gone.

I have a version of Mr Sandman that I'm working on trying to get it consistent and up to speed but a couple of chord shapes still baffle me.

And thanks to following the seasons (without actually yet contributing more than the printed word) I have a good portion of Stairway down and an OK version of yummy yummy yummy.

I was listening to the Eurythmics 1984, Fight, and some old gangster rap in my car today. My musical tastes are all over the spectrum, Im very fussy with jazz though.

Cornfield
12-16-2014, 01:54 PM
Avocado by Pete Norman

Doc_J
12-16-2014, 02:18 PM
My go to songs vary over time. But now I'd say these:

Silent Night
Hallelujah
Stray Cat Strut
From Four until Late
Behind Blue Eyes
White Sandy Beach
This Hard Land
Nobody Knows You
The River
Tenth Avenue Freeze out
Desperado
House of the Rising Sun
City of New Orleans
WMGGW
Thunder Road
Secret Garden

NewKid
12-16-2014, 02:36 PM
I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter
Where or when (Lyle Ritz arrangement)
Somewhere over the rainbow (Brittni Paiva arrangement)
Girl from Ipanema (Jeffrey Thomas arrangement in Db)
Meditation (Glen Rose and Nellie McKay arrangements)
What are you doing New Year's? (Glen Rose)
Tonight you belong to me (Lyle Ritz)
Maybe (Ingrid Michaelson)
Heart's Content (Brandi Carlile)
Hotel California

Camsuke
12-16-2014, 02:50 PM
Barnkicker Rag ( Steve Boisen)
Carol Of The Bells
El Noi De La Mare
Hone A Ka Wai
Kemps Jig
Minuet (Archangelo Corelli)
Music Box Waltz
Passacaille (Robert De Visee)
Si Bheag Si Mhor
Tears (Django Reinhardt)

janeray1940
12-16-2014, 02:54 PM
Solo instrumentals in heavy rotation at the moment:

La Vie en Rose
Minuet in G
Theme from Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Greensleeves
Spanish Fandango
Midnight in Moscow
Someone to Watch Over Me
My Funny Valentine
'Alekoki
My Favorite Things

Debby
12-16-2014, 03:15 PM
Well, I have only been playing the uke for a short time so my go-to list is short. My list of "songs to learn" is much longer. But I've been playing:
1. Are You Lonesome Tonight
2. Time In A Bottle
3. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
4. Stolen Dance
5. Foolish Games
6. Santeria
7. Will You Love Me Tomorrow
8. I Don't Wanna Talk About It

My musical taste is all over the board. I'm hoping to learn Ripple, The Boxer, Diamonds & Rust, & Folsom Prison Blues soon. I also see a lot of songs listed on this thread that I would like to learn.

IamNoMan
12-16-2014, 03:46 PM
This is my top ten go to list. Not all of them are in my uke repertoire yet. Some may never be in my uke repertoire but folks do not live by uke alone.

I'll Fly Away
Star of the County Down
Johnny I hardly Knew you
Greenland Fisheries
Somewhere over the Rainbow
Ripple
Five Foot Two
I've been working on the Railroad
I'm My own Granpa
Rockytop

I just started listing then winnowed the list down. I think my goto list may really be driven more by the environment I'm in at the time. These are the also rans:

Rolling down to old Maui
Milkaukee Blues
Let it Snow
Angelina Baker
Magic Child

Edit: On second thought I really don't have a goto list I sing and/or play most of the time. What I sing/play is not just environment but my present mood. I'm bi-polar so I would need at least two goto lists anyway.

CeeJay
12-16-2014, 04:04 PM
My go to songs vary over time. But now I'd say these:

Silent Night
Hallelujah
Stray Cat Strut
From Four until Late
Behind Blue Eyes
White Sandy Beach
This Hard Land
Nobody Knows You
The River
Tenth Avenue Freeze out
Desperado
House of the Rising Sun
City of New Orleans
WMGGW
Thunder Road
Secret Garden

Sorry, I had a bit of trouble getting my gob round the third from bottom....is it a Welsh song ?
CJ

Doc_J
12-16-2014, 04:14 PM
Sorry, I had a bit of trouble getting my gob round the third from bottom....is it a Welsh song ?
CJ

WMGGW = While My Guitar Gently Weeps :)

UkeCan1
12-16-2014, 04:20 PM
My #1 go-to song is an original, because it is pretty much always a hit:


http://youtu.be/ahjvOstCHaA

It so depends on the room. Different songs work better in different crowds - I am learning to assess the room and choose accordingly. And evolves weekly. Right now, it's:

2) White Room (http://youtu.be/uuKeerpptlU) - when there are rockers present
3) Windy (http://youtu.be/frCrVXAjjB0)
4) Wonderful Worlds Collide (http://youtu.be/gvlxxuIXLmw)
5) I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) (http://youtu.be/SiQnkqxNgS8) - The Proclaimers - this one's good to get everybody playing & singing along
6) Creeque Alley (http://youtu.be/597C8eaepwc) - The Mamas & The Papas
7) Psycho Breakup (http://youtu.be/gnTk_cCdIlM) ("Breakup Song" / "Psycho Killer" mashup)
8) John Gorka's "I'm From New Jersey" (http://youtu.be/nSUV_DKXXc8)
9) This (http://youtu.be/pC2jYSvJ1Zw) silly thing is always good for a laugh
10) Fooled Around and Fell in Love (http://youtu.be/MqPUowe5eoY)

Plus about a dozen holiday songs for a gig, including last year's original: Happy Everything (http://youtu.be/E5zrRea5tnk)

Other stuff I'd love to get (back) into playable shape, when I have a moment:
Badfinger's "No Matter What" (http://youtu.be/2W5MzMhcRwI), my first original "That Thing You Said" (http://youtu.be/S2TjaEulgsY), plus my Slaid Cleaves parody "New Jersey Love Song" (http://youtu.be/O0IjPYfJBvI), when I can find someone to do it with me, "Born to Run" (http://youtu.be/4k4K9c_Nnmk), "There She Goes" (http://youtu.be/O3-CEEvmLlo) by the La's, Fogelberg's "Longer" (http://youtu.be/YQhkSeLcxQk).

I wasn't sure whether you meant, "What do you play for and/or with others?", or "What do you play when you pick up your uke at home?" For me the answer to the latter is generally, the ones I'm keeping in shape for playing for and with others, plus whatever I'm working on for the current Season of the Ukulele (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/forumdisplay.php?47-Seasons-of-the-Ukulele), or gig, or whatever else is "up".

Right now I'm working on an original for Season 148, one for Pabrizzer's Christmas song contest, and an opening and closing theme for Season 150 a week from Sunday, which I'm hosting. (Four originals at once is not usual! Usually I pop out about one a month, plus a mashup or two.) Plus a bunch of holiday songs for a little gig Friday night. Plus the "Hallelujah Chorus" (not on uke :)).

CeeJay
12-16-2014, 04:25 PM
WMGGW = While My Guitar Gently Weeps :)

ooohhhhhhh silly me !!

UkeCan1
12-16-2014, 04:30 PM
I always introduce "White Room" as "a typical ukulele song". It's fun to see the light dawn on the faces as I launch into those very recognizable opening chords.

Friday night I was at a party with a whole rock band, so I knew what I had to do when my turn finally came around.

As I was introducing the song in my usual innocent way, the bass player started to unplug and walk away. I said, dude, come back, you're gonna want to play on this ... trust me.

He protested, but I waited till he came back and plugged back in.

He thanked me later.

That song is epic in the right room.

philpot
12-16-2014, 06:54 PM
5) I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles) (http://youtu.be/SiQnkqxNgS8) - The Proclaimers - this one's good to get everybody playing & singing along



I love you for this. That song is basically my wing's song at school this year. Whenever we have a jam session, we play that and belt it loud to the heavens. It's glorious. We usually have a few guitars, a mandolin, a ukulele (me of course ;) ...), a cajon, and an occasional banjo or accordion in the mix.

My top ten... Hmm... That's really tough. I play a lot of stuff, and I have a lot of songs I like to mess around with that I can't play straight through yet, but these are the ones I go to most often.

1) Switzerland by The Last Bison (an awesome indie band everyone should check out)
2) The Boxer
3) The Cave
4) Wagon Wheel (because duh)
5) I Will Follow You Into the Dark
6) Hallelujah
7) Over the Rainbow
8) Foggy Dew
9) Piano Man
10) Man Who Can't Be Moved

Phluffy the Destroyer
12-16-2014, 09:13 PM
My "Go To" song list really kind of hinges on what I'm playing at the time... If I had to play from memory at the moment it might run something like this:

* 5 foot 2
* The Watchmakers Apprentice
* Nothing Else Matters
* Randy Scouse Git
* When You Were Mine
* There Is A Time
* Dooley
* The Men Behind The Guns
* A Short Song
* You're Always Welcome At Our House

RAB11
12-16-2014, 09:19 PM
I'm gonna do this as 'What do I play if I'm being put on the spot?' either by someone asking me to play something quick or if I've gone to an open mic without any new or very practiced material. Stuff I can generally play pretty well no matter how long it's been since I last played it. In descending order:

1: Layla
2: The Final Countdown (I introduce this as a traditional Swedish folk song. Nine times out of ten realisation dawns on the faces of the punters midway through the first verse and by the end of it they're doing the DA DA DADAs for me)
3: Apple Blossom by the White Stripes
4: Feelin Good
5: Paint it Black
6: Rubber Ball by Cage the Elephant
7: Mardy Bum by Arctic Monkeys
8: Can't Keep by Eddie Vedder
9: About a Girl by Nirvana
10: Times Like These by Foo Fighters

vonbiber
12-17-2014, 12:09 AM
Ukulele Lady
Home on the Range
Hey Good Looking
Wayfaring Stranger
If the River Was Whiskey (Hesitation Blues)
City of New Orleans
Old Folks at Home (Swanee River)
Nelly Bly
City of Chicago
Back Home in Derry

Hippie Dribble
12-17-2014, 12:43 AM
Need a LOVE button for some of these lists.

Friends, please post links if you have versions recorded of some of these songs. Beautiful and interesting thread. Shows what a wonderful and flexible instrument the ukulele truly is. No genre of music is immune from its arms outstretched. Thanks Hodge. :cheers:s

anthonyg
12-17-2014, 01:29 AM
I have a repertoire of about 60 songs that I try to keep in my head but obviously some drift out because they don't get played enough. 10 I play a lot would be,

Changes by Phil Ochs. My usual opener. http://youtu.be/iACKqDJWx4M
Leaving on a Jet Plane
Down on the Corner, CCR
Bad Moon Rising, CCR
Proud Mary, CCR
Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles
Feliz Navidad for Christmas
Shine a Light, Original song http://youtu.be/XXeMtvuJdJg
Love Shine in my Life, Original song http://youtu.be/cZyt_qjG2BE
Fire Raging, Original song. http://youtu.be/T06R2UkVxug

I busk these songs regularly. Its hard to pick what's going to be popular. Sometimes its the well known tunes. Sometimes its my Original songs that really work for the crowd and sometimes an obscure cover that works. Its not as predictable as some would think.

Anthony

hollisdwyer
12-17-2014, 03:39 AM
Although I like just noodling most, when I play with a group these are my favourates:
Lola
Dedicated follower of fashion
Summer in the City - Loving Spoonful
I Don't Like Mondays
Dirty Old Town
Bad Moon Rising
Dumb Things - Paul Kelly
Space Oddity (Ground Control to Major Tom)
Satellite of Love
People are Strange

twentytabby
12-17-2014, 04:16 AM
I have a lot of Old Time fiddle tunes in my head from years before uke so I tend to pick (or claw) those out because it's easy when you know a tune well already. But I'm adding other tunes too.
1. Red Haired Boy
2. Whiskey Before Breakfast
3. Spotted Pony
4. I'll Fly Away
5. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
6. Shady Grove
7. You Are My Sunshine
8. Piccolo Rag
9. Crazy G
10. What ever Morris tune I've got stuck in my head

hollisdwyer
12-17-2014, 04:41 AM
Wish I could 'claw'. If I could, some of my favourites would be:
Sally Ann
Whiskey in the Jar
Baltimore Fire
Soldiers Joy
Sail Away Ladies
Cornbread and Butterbeans

Steedy
12-17-2014, 05:08 AM
I just play "Tiptoe through the Tulips" ten times. :rolleyes:

UkeCan1
12-17-2014, 05:37 AM
Need a LOVE button for some of these lists.

Friends, please post links if you have versions recorded of some of these songs. Beautiful and interesting thread. Shows what a wonderful and flexible instrument the ukulele truly is. No genre of music is immune from its arms outstretched. Thanks Hodge. :cheers:s

Yay on all counts. I want a LOVE button for this whole thread. So cool to see the range and coolness of what folks are doing out there. Very inspirational. This forum needs a way to "like" stuff for sure!

And yes, please post video links! Or audio, alternatively. I want to see / hear all these cool songs in action.
One I know about in particular: Ryan (RAB11), you need to post that epic "Final Countdown" video of your live performance!

Philpot, love you back, man! That is such a fun jam song ... I'd love to see some video of your wing jamming on that!

Really enjoying this thread, especially the stories.

RAB11
12-17-2014, 06:07 AM
One I know about in particular: Ryan (RAB11), you need to post that epic "Final Countdown" video of your live performance!

.

May as well post the full set as it has another of my go-tos in it too


http://youtu.be/XakBlESCq1c

IamNoMan
12-17-2014, 07:09 AM
Ukecan1: Thanks for mentioning "White Room". Definitely a crowd pleaser. Its going on my todo list right away!

A little drift here:
hollisdwyer Wish I could 'claw'. If I could, some of my favourites would be:...Soldiers JoySoldiers Joy is easy to learn. It is a reel. Play it in the Key of D, even if you don't sing in D. Clawhammer is not required.
http://folkguitar.us/chords/Soldiers-Joy.htm
http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/old-time-music/old-time-songs/soldiers_joy.html

Once you get the chords and rhythm down just play the scales up or down from one chord to the next chord: ie D chord, E,C#, A chord.

bassballz
12-17-2014, 07:51 AM
Current top ten:

1. Rocket Man - Elton john
2. Here Comes the Sun - Beatles
3 Find the River - REM
4. Day after Day _ Badfinger
5. Fire and rain- James Taylor
6. Summer Breeze - Seals and Crofts
7. Big Indian- The Dandy Warhols
8. The Wizard - Uriah Heep
9. Suite: Judy Blue Eyes
10. Colorful - The Verve Pipe

I guess must also add Mele Kalikimaka right now for the short term...
Cheers!

Jim Yates
12-17-2014, 08:05 AM
Inksplosive AL mentioned Please Don't Talk About Me ... This is a great partner song with Five Foot Two. The first tune Maggie and I did together using ukulele was a medley of these two songs. She sang 5'2 , then I sang Please..., then we sang them together. 5'2 is a good one to fingerpick the melody in C.

-Five Foot Two/Please Don't Talk About Me...
-If I Had You
-Don't Get Around Much Any More
-My Ukulele Helps Me Beat The Blues
-I'm Satisfied With My Gal
-Somebody Stole My Gal
-Overseas Stomp
-Boodle Am Shake
-Living In The Country
-Ain't She Sweet

UkeCan1
12-17-2014, 08:30 AM
Ukecan1: Thanks for mentioning "White Room". Definitely a crowd pleaser. Its going on my todo list right away!

Let me save you a whole lot of trouble, and share my chart. In fact, I will share my whole folder of charts (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vl0bgoshlgv6vb8/AABtyHdQ5AnvTRx9Jd_qG2TXa) ... most of the songs I mentioned in my list should be there. (If not, ask me!)

The latest (certified-by-me accurate :)) "White Room" (https://www.dropbox.com/s/wmqowjtu5ur1fwq/White%20Room%20%20-%20%20Cream.pdf) chart is in there.

Garydavkra
12-17-2014, 11:08 AM
My top songs are pretty much all originals. I spend more time writing and playing them than anything else. My latest is about internet dating. It's called "Missed Again". "Sunset Lullaby" is another original I like to play. "Sunshine", "The Middle of Town", "Coming Home" and the list goes on. Of the songs that I haven't written, I like to play "I've Just Seen a Face" by Paul McCartney and John Lennon, "Yesterday", "Norwegian Wood" and others by the Beatles. "White Sandy Beach" is another favorite. There are others but, I wouldn't say any of them are go too or my top ten.

Pueo
12-17-2014, 11:30 AM
There are only a few songs that I can play with no songsheets and get 100% correct every time, so it tends to be one of those songs if I need to break something out on short notice...
1. Opihi Man
2. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
3. Deal
4. He Hawai`i Au
5. Mahina O Hoku
6. Stray Cat Strut
7. On the Beach at Waikiki
8. Something
9. I Saw Her Standing There
10. No Ka Pueo

IamNoMan
12-17-2014, 11:33 AM
Inksplosive AL mentioned Please Don't Talk About Me ... This is a great partner song with Five Foot Two. The first tune Maggie and I did together using ukulele was a medley of these two songs. She sang 5'2 , then I sang Please..., then we sang them together. 5'2 is a good one to fingerpick the melody in C.Yes Jim 5'2' is a good medley tune all the way around. It works with Bill Bailey, Ain't She Sweet, Baby Face, Ain't misbehavin' and many others. That's why its on my goto list.

Have you and Maggie tried baby its cold out there as a duet? Tough one but fun.


Let me save you a whole lot of trouble, and share my chart. In fact, I will share my whole folder of charts (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vl0bgoshlgv6vb8/AABtyHdQ5AnvTRx9Jd_qG2TXa) ... most of the songs I mentioned in my list should be there. (If not, ask me!)Thanks Wendy, you are an angel in a tank top. I like the arrangements of yours I have heard.

mikelz777
12-17-2014, 01:27 PM
I'm a strummer and chord/lyric sheet dependent. I haven't bothered yet to commit any songs to memory. My favorites change from time to time but these songs come up often and/or are fun to play for me now:

-Time Passes Slowly (Bob Dylan)
-Summer Vibe (Walk Off The Earth)
-Working On The Highway (Bruce Springsteen)
-I'm Into Something Good (Herman's Hermits)
-The Weight (The Band)
-Twenty Flight Rock (Eddie Cochran)
-My Shoes Keep Walking Back To You (George Jones)
-Somewhere Down Below The Dixon Line (Jimmie Rodgers)
-Get Out Get Under The Moon (I know it via Leon Redbone)
-Accidentally In Love (Counting Crows)

PeteyHoudini
12-17-2014, 02:18 PM
Solo instrumentals in heavy rotation at the moment:

La Vie en Rose
Minuet in G
Theme from Umbrellas of Cherbourg
Greensleeves
Spanish Fandango
Midnight in Moscow
Someone to Watch Over Me
My Funny Valentine
'Alekoki
My Favorite Things

I don't have a list but this is a very nice list after checking all the suggestions! I would add "Moon River" to it.

As for songs I personally can play and sing... 1) Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) 2) Chim Chim Cheree! and a few more. Great topic! I love the songs from Mary Poppins!

Petey

actadh
12-17-2014, 04:08 PM
Top 10 I could play at the drop of a hat (or if anyone ever asked) -

The Rose
La Vie en Rose
Smile
Ring of Fire
I Walk the Line
You Are My Sunshine
Imagine
Killing Me Softly With His Song
Singin' In the Rain
I'll Go To My Grave Loving You

janeray1940
12-17-2014, 04:27 PM
I don't have a list but this is a very nice list after checking all the suggestions! I would add "Moon River" to it.

As for songs I personally can play and sing... 1) Quizas, Quizas, Quizas (Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps) 2) Chim Chim Cheree! and a few more. Great topic! I love the songs from Mary Poppins!

Petey

Thanks for reminding me that someday I should get around to "Moon River." And I love the songs from Mary Poppins as well - I started working out "Feed the Birds" a while back but got distracted with other things. I should dig that one up again :)

hollisdwyer
12-17-2014, 04:44 PM
Ukecan1: Thanks for mentioning "White Room". Definitely a crowd pleaser. Its going on my todo list right away!

A little drift here:Soldiers Joy is easy to learn. It is a reel. Play it in the Key of D, even if you don't sing in D. Clawhammer is not required.
http://folkguitar.us/chords/Soldiers-Joy.htm
http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/old-time-music/old-time-songs/soldiers_joy.html

Once you get the chords and rhythm down just play the scales up or down from one chord to the next chord: ie D chord, E,C#, A chord.

Hey! Thanks very much, I really appreciate that.
Cheers!

UkeCan1
12-17-2014, 05:02 PM
Thanks Wendy, you are an angel in a tank top. I like the arrangements of yours I have heard.

Oh, thanks! So nice of you to say ... I do make quite a lot of effort to get my arrangements sounding right to me ... I am rarely satisfied with the ones I find. Sometimes it's about making it accurate, other times it's about making it sound "cool" (which usually means adding extra jazz chords to a simple song).

(I'm especially proud of "Fish Heads", for which every video or chart I found sounded just awful to me. By which I mean "inaccurate" ... many people might think the original "Fish Heads" sounds awful, but that's a whole separate issue. :) Come to think of it, I'd love for "Fish Heads" to be one of my go-to songs ... but alas, it's really great for clearing out a room. Sadly, Dr. Demento fans seem to be scarce as hen's teeth these days.)

Anyway, I listened to the Cream original many, many times and counted carefully to be sure my "White Room" chart was accurate. I did not write up the actual chart. Someone else wrote one for our jam group, I made a bunch of notes on it to fix lyrics and clarify timing, and then a third member wrote up the current chart based on my notes. He did an excellent job of it ... I believe it's very accurate to the original.

Haha, I had to think a moment about the tank top comment - my profile pic was taken on my first day of playing ukulele, at the end of August last year. I so wish I could dress that way now! But alas, New Jersey in December is not so conducive to bare skin.

FWIW, I played my first official open mic tonight ... at the Sam Ash store about a mile from my house. They have it every week, and they actually pay ... they mail a $10 gift card to your house after you play. They have other jams on other nights that also pay ... so I might have to start frequenting that place now! Free ukes! I'm gonna have to learn guitar so I can go to the guitar jam on Tuesday nights. :)

Anyway, two friends of mine ended up backing me up, so I threw out most of the songs I had planned, and did "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian" with FiL (and Ron adding actual Hawaiian sounds on his lap guitar thingy!), and "Thank You For Flying With Us". Had "White Room' ready, but it wasn't the right crowd for it. This thread was helpful to me in planning for it!

UkeCan1
12-17-2014, 05:09 PM
Thanks for reminding me that someday I should get around to "Moon River."

Oh gosh, me too! It was one of the first songs I learned, back in my printed paper days ... but I never transferred it to the iPad, and forgot all about it. I just fixed that.
It's also now in the chart folder (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vl0bgoshlgv6vb8/AABtyHdQ5AnvTRx9Jd_qG2TXa) I posted earlier, if that helps you, Janeray!

Rllink
12-18-2014, 03:16 AM
Number one, only because it was the first song that I could actually play and sing at the same time, You Ain't Nothin' but a Hound Dog.
2. Stray Cat Strut. Pretty Popular I see.
3. Margaritaville.
4. Pencil Thin Mustache.
5. Ghost Riders in the Sky. First song that I learned by to sing by memory.
6. Five Foot Two. What is it with that song? Everybody plays it?
7. Love Potion Number Nine.
8. Third Rate Romance.
9. Don't Worry, Be Happy.
10. And because my friend runs a sail boat charter, Gilligan's Island.

I have probably forty songs that I have been really working at, and this winter I plan to sit down on the wall in Old San Juan where all the tourists pass, open up the ukulele case, and see what happens. If I make a buck, I'm going to consider myself a professional ukulele player, so if that happens, stand back.

vonbiber
12-18-2014, 03:35 AM
I gave a list of 10 songs
But I also play as often (reading on my songbooks, not all memorized yet) these:
Buffalo Gals
Streets of Laredo
Red River Valley
Cattle Call
The Gal I Left Behind
The Crawdad Song
A Beautiful Life
Morning Has Broken
Down by the River Side
Shady Grove
Walking After Midnight
I've Loved and Lost Again
Lonely Street
Setting the Woods on Fire
This Land Is Your Land
Do Re Mi
So Long (It's Been Good to Know You)
Mail Myself to You
Turn Turn Turn
Where Have All the Flowers Gone
Bottle of Wine
Last Thing on My Mind
I Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound
Ramblin' Boy
Little Boxes
Five Hundred Miles (Away from Home)
Goodnight Irene
Joe Hill
TB Blues
Waiting for a Train
Take Me Back to Tulsa
Spanish Fandango
Grandfather's Clock
Ballad of Jesse James
Do You Love Me
What a Wonderful World
What a Wonderful World (Don't Know Much About History)
Sunny Afternoon
All My Loving
Eight Days a Week
With a Little Help From My Friends
Norwegian Wood
Nowhere Man
Oh Susanna
Hard Times Come Again No More
Camptown Races
Green Fields of France (No Man's Land)
Dirty Old Town
I'll Tell Me Ma
O'Brien Is Tryin' to Learn to Talk Hawaiian
One Meatball

mattydee
12-18-2014, 04:29 AM
Some rock:
Sweet Child O' Mine (G 'n' R)
Purple Rain (Prince)
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
With Or Without You (U2)
Dream On (Aerosmith)

Some not:
Crazy G
I Wanna Be Like You
Yes Sir That's My Baby
All Of Me

And...
whatever I'm working on that week, in this case, Christmastime is Here (Vince Guaraldi)

UkeCan1
12-18-2014, 06:03 AM
Some rock:
Sweet Child O' Mine (G 'n' R)
Purple Rain (Prince)
Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
With Or Without You (U2)
Dream On (Aerosmith)

Some not:
Crazy G
I Wanna Be Like You
Yes Sir That's My Baby
All Of Me

And...
whatever I'm working on that week, in this case, Christmastime is Here (Vince Guaraldi)

Mattydee, you gotta link to some videos! That "Sweet Child O' Mine" you did was one of the best things I have seen ever!

IamNoMan
12-18-2014, 06:32 AM
vonbiber: What do you mean by saying you haven't memorized that tiny songlist yet? :rolleyes:

Yeah Moonriver is one of my favorite songs.

sukie
12-18-2014, 07:07 AM
Man, on a good day I can do 4. It's hard not to sing. Forces me to fingerpick. Good thing I love it.
I can stumble through On Fire, Guava Jam, Summer Camp (written by UUer DeG) and Gm Fleas. It's hard to keep on top of songs without a lot of practice.

Gary52
12-18-2014, 07:13 AM
My current 10:
1. Roxy's Waltz
2. Wildwood Flower (Aaron Keim arrangement)
3. Wildwood Flower (Ken Middleton arrangement)
4. Staten Island Slide
5. Barnkicker Rag
6. No Woman No Cry
7. Mississippi Blues
8. 'Alekoki
9. Pupu A'o 'Ewa
10. Freight Train

philpot
12-18-2014, 07:36 AM
FWIW, I played my first official open mic tonight ... at the Sam Ash store about a mile from my house. They have it every week, and they actually pay ... they mail a $10 gift card to your house after you play. They have other jams on other nights that also pay ... so I might have to start frequenting that place now! Free ukes! I'm gonna have to learn guitar so I can go to the guitar jam on Tuesday nights. :)

Anyway, two friends of mine ended up backing me up, so I threw out most of the songs I had planned, and did "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)", "Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian" with FiL (and Ron adding actual Hawaiian sounds on his lap guitar thingy!), and "Thank You For Flying With Us". Had "White Room' ready, but it wasn't the right crowd for it. This thread was helpful to me in planning for it!

Open mic nights are great! Especially for refining the repertoire. You learn what you can really play under pressure, and you get a lot of good feedback. I was really sad when I had to leave my local open mic night behind to go to school. There were a lot of great people there.

UkeCan1
12-18-2014, 08:16 AM
Open mic nights are great! Especially for refining the repertoire. You learn what you can really play under pressure, and you get a lot of good feedback. I was really sad when I had to leave my local open mic night behind to go to school. There were a lot of great people there.

... and you learn what you can't play. :)

I'm with Sukie ... it takes a lot to keep songs in repertoire. Hopefully going regularly to open mics will help me get a bit more committed to that. Which will help me in other music circles, where I always feel a bit anxious about my turns because I have a lot of great songs I'd love to do that are not quite "there".

No open mics near where you're at school? Maybe you need to start one. :-)

philpot
12-18-2014, 08:17 AM
... and you learn what you can't play. :)

I'm with Sukie ... it takes a lot to keep songs in repertoire. Hopefully going regularly to open mics will help me get a bit more committed to that. Which will help me in other music circles, where I always feel a bit anxious about my turns because I have a lot of great songs I'd love to do that are not quite "there".

No open mics near where you're at school? Maybe you need to start one. :-)

There's one, but I haven't quite come up with the time or motivation to go yet :) I'm in a very musical area, so it's pretty intimidating, but I'll probably go soon.

cua94
12-18-2014, 08:18 AM
I would say my first go to is The Garden Song.
After that:

2. Three Little Birds
3. Rock Around the Clock
4. Falling Slowly
5. Four Strong Winds
6. Twist and Shout
7. Lady Bug Picnic
8. Annie's Song
9. Walkin on Sunshine
10. Hello Goodbye

IamNoMan
12-18-2014, 09:33 AM
These song lists just keep getting better and better. I keep being reminded of songs I'd forgotten about and then get to play it while the the iron is still hot.

Working on repertoire is a year long endeavor. I'm glad you can't go to jail for singing in public.

Starting your own Open Mike is a great Idea. I was a MuckaMuck at the Bothy Folk Club in Philadelphia for three years. Great music town. Maybe a quarter of the crew was world class. I was one of the duffers. I met and know a lot of folks who showed you how to do it really well. When I moved to the Boonies I started another folk club. didn't pan out. Two of the three venues i started did work out though. .667 If I was a baseball player I'd be a millionaire. Point is don't let failure or Crash and Burn discourage you. Its part of the game.

Jim Yates
12-18-2014, 10:02 AM
Originally Posted by Jim Yates

Inksplosive AL mentioned Please Don't Talk About Me ... This is a great partner song with Five Foot Two. The first tune Maggie and I did together using ukulele was a medley of these two songs. She sang 5'2 , then I sang Please..., then we sang them together. 5'2 is a good one to fingerpick the melody in C.


Yes Jim 5'2' is a good medley tune all the way around. It works with Bill Bailey, Ain't She Sweet, Baby Face, Ain't misbehavin' and many others. That's why its on my goto list.

Have you and Maggie tried baby its cold out there as a duet? Tough one but fun.

Tommy, we haven't tried that song, but it's a good one and I think I'll suggest it to her.
I meant that Five Foot Two and Please Don't Talk... have the exact same chord progression and you can sing them both at the same time. Kind of like They're Red Hot and Alice's Restaurant and Bring It On Home and John Hartford's Boogie and a bunch of other songs that use the same chord progression.

janeray1940
12-18-2014, 10:04 AM
It's also now in the chart folder (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vl0bgoshlgv6vb8/AABtyHdQ5AnvTRx9Jd_qG2TXa) I posted earlier, if that helps you, Janeray!

Thank you, it could be a start for me - I don't sing and play chords, I play fingerstyle only, but it looks like you've got some good chords for this one. So hey, halfway there! :)

UkeCan1
12-18-2014, 02:12 PM
Thank you, it could be a start for me - I don't sing and play chords, I play fingerstyle only, but it looks like you've got some good chords for this one. So hey, halfway there! :)

Yes, I don't know who wrote that chart ... I just found it in our jam group's shared Dropbox and starting playing it, before I started writing my own charts ... but it's quite lovely, which is why I kept playing it - I just couldn't stop back then! I brought my uke to a local library showing of "Breakfast at Tiffany's", which just happened to be announced right after I started learning the song ... and I got to play it for the tiny crowd there. (I think it was snowing that night or something. :)) It's not a great key for my voice, alas, but it's such a fun key to play. These days, I'd probably just transpose it, but then I was brand new, and those chords were hard enough!


There's one, but I haven't quite come up with the time or motivation to go yet :) I'm in a very musical area, so it's pretty intimidating, but I'll probably go soon.

I was a bit intimidated last night too. I've played a lot in front of groups of all sizes, but usually I know a lot of the people, so I was surprised to feel that way. But a public open mic in an unknown musical community ... in a guitar store! (the place itself freaked me out the first time I went in there to buy uke strings) ... was a whole new experience. It was less fun than the other situations, but still fun, and hey ... a mile from my house and it pays. I don't know if all Sam Ash stores do that, or just ours, but worth checking out if you have one near you! And I do want to be able to perform in front of audiences of total strangers, so open mics will be great for that, certainly.

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" (http://youtu.be/6gj48yWhzDA) is really fun to do as a duo - we did it roles reversed (for "sex change" week at Seasons of the Ukulele (http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/forumdisplay.php?47-Seasons-of-the-Ukulele) - we were starting to learn it the regular way, but it was even more fun that way). Ah, fooey - the duo songs are not in the chart folder (https://www.dropbox.com/sh/vl0bgoshlgv6vb8/AABtyHdQ5AnvTRx9Jd_qG2TXa) I shared ... I'll put them in a subfolder, maybe. I'm not in love with that particular chart ... it breaks the lines and verses in odd places. But it's all there, the way we did it. (I had it memorized at the time, so I didn't have to deal with the chart much. :))

UkeCan1
12-18-2014, 02:40 PM
Re "Moon River": I just transposed to up a whole step, to D. So much better! And many of the chords are actually easier there.

(Especially since I learned the whole thing playing the ubiquitous Fmaj7 as 2413! ... I have since discovered 5500.)

CeeJay
12-18-2014, 03:17 PM
Midnight In Moscow

Me and The Devil Blues

Ain't She Sweet /Happy Days Lonely Nights / 5 Foot 2 medley

Folsom Prison Blues

Honky Tonk Women

Walking The Dog

Rocking All Over The World

Jambalaya

Those Magnificent Men In Their Flying Machines

Call Me The Breeze

IamNoMan
12-18-2014, 03:30 PM
Tommy, we haven't tried that song, but it's a good one and I think I'll suggest it to her.
I meant that Five Foot Two and Please Don't Talk... have the exact same chord progression and you can sing them both at the same time. Kind of like They're Red Hot and Alice's Restaurant and Bring It On Home and John Hartford's Boogie and a bunch of other songs that use the same chord progression.Thanks for pointing out the chord progression deal. I know just the girl to work it out with too.

UkeCan1
12-18-2014, 05:44 PM
Here's a bit of silliness (http://youtu.be/Do6WbpQyNLE) I did along those lines ... three songs on the same chord progression all woven together. It was for the Season of 21st century songs, though, so unless you are half my age, you may not "get it". (And if you do get it, you may be embarrassed to admit it.)

vonbiber
12-19-2014, 11:27 PM
vonbiber: What do you mean by saying you haven't memorized that tiny songlist yet? :rolleyes:
.
You know, IamNoMan, even the few I memorized I can play them when I am alone or for a couple of friends
but sometimes when I play in front of an audience of strangers I forget words here and there.
And sometimes when I haven't played a memorized song for a while I need the songbook to refresh my memory.

IamNoMan
12-20-2014, 12:53 AM
I was being facetious vonbiber. You have a impressive song list. It is all the more so because it contains so many familiar folksongs. I am a dyed in the wool folky and love them and sing them all the time. I quess I was being snarky. I wasn't trying to be. I was attempting to be witty. If I hurt your feelings I apologize. What is probably worse is I probably injured your self esteem. That's no good at all if so. I try to encourage folks especially singers and musicians.

The whole issue of memorizing songs and how hard it is, (it is very hard), is always a hot topic at UU. Even folks who never sing or play in public and usually play with the words in front of them kvetch about how hard it is. I suspect in our secret hearts we all pretend we are superstars and can do stuff perfectly or wish we could. My playing is not that great. Ever! I stopped worrying about that part of things. I have Crashed and Burned so many times my skid marks have skid marks. As a performer you need to get comfortable with the Idea that your gonna make a fool of yourself on stage and in public. It is not a crime or a cause for shame. Its a battlefield badge of honor that you can do it "Ragged but Wrong" again and again but still have the chutzpah to go out there and try it again, and again and again. Gee that sounds like memorization.

This is supposed to be a goto song thread. so I better get back on topic. My goto songs at christmas time are:

Jingle Bells,
Frosty the Snowman
Good king Wenceslaus
Deck the Halls
Let it Snow
WinterWonder Land
I saw three Ships
Lord of the Dance
Go tell it on the mountain
Twelve days of Christmas - I just started to add "On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me a U UK KU U LE LE."

consitter
12-20-2014, 12:59 AM
I only have one. Here's why....


http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?66020-Raeden-dancing-to-twinkle-twinkle-little-star&highlight=raeden

IamNoMan
12-20-2014, 01:17 AM
Such Joy. I can only aspire to provide such light with an ukulele.

You don't or can't sleep either ehhh!;)

consitter
12-20-2014, 01:19 AM
Such Joy. I can only aspire to provide such light with an ukulele.

You don't or can't sleep either ehhh!;)

Still at work...

Give you a hint where....look at my handle....and my avatar.

UkeCan1
12-20-2014, 02:55 AM
What a Wonderful World
What a Wonderful World (Don't Know Much About History)

The second (Sam Cooke) is called "Wonderful World". The first is presumably the Louis Armstrong song. I know this because:


http://youtu.be/gvlxxuIXLmw

It hadn't even fully dawned on me there were these two separate songs with similar titles until someone in our jam group requested the Sam Cooke ... and then a 9-year-old brand new member sang the Armstrong ... and then a friend whispered in my ear I needed to do a mashup ... well, when a brilliant mashup idea is suggested to me, little else need be said ... once the seed had been planted, I couldn't not do it ... I did this the next day.

Oh, and this is currently one of my top 3 or so go-to songs ... so belongs here.

UkeCan1
12-20-2014, 03:12 AM
I only have one. Here's why....
http://forum.ukuleleunderground.com/showthread.php?66020-Raeden-dancing-to-twinkle-twinkle-little-star&highlight=raeden

Oh, man ... such love. I hope everyone takes a moment to watch this.

Of course you are Santa. Of course.

consitter
12-20-2014, 03:22 AM
Oh, man ... such love. I hope everyone takes a moment to watch this.

Of course you are Santa. Of course.

Unfortunately no. If I were truly Santa, I'd give up the whole workshop if I could just give her the ability to tell me where it hurts when she cries.

vonbiber
12-20-2014, 09:12 AM
I was being facetious vonbiber.
I know.

{QUOTE]I was attempting to be witty.[/QUOTE]
That's what I understood.

{QUOTE]If I hurt your feelings I apologize. What is probably worse is I probably injured your self esteem.[ [/QUOTE]
None of that, don't worry


My playing is not that great. Ever! I stopped worrying about that part of things.
Me too, but what the hell I'm having fun.
When I was playing the guitar I never really tried to sing, playing instrumentals instead.
I started singing when I got my first uke because I couldn't play instrumentals right away
Thank you for your post IamNoMan

vonbiber
12-20-2014, 09:22 AM
The second (Sam Cooke) is called "Wonderful World". The first is presumably the Louis Armstrong song.
Yeah, you're right on both counts.
Except that the second song, even though Louis Armstrong version is the most well know version, was written by Bob Thiele & George Weiss in 1968, I think.

ukegirl
12-20-2014, 12:11 PM
My list always included ain't misbehaving, bye bye blackbird, tip toe , sophisticated hula, under the Boardwalk

Rank_beginner
12-22-2014, 04:12 PM
Here are mine, in no particular order:

You spin me right round
Knocking on heaven's door
Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps
Shady grove
Fade to grey
La Bamba/twist and shout medley
Mad world
Waltzing Mathilda
Lion sleeps tonight

My do it all uke is a LoPrinzi style B soprano with Aquila red strings--love this combo!

csr5z
12-23-2014, 06:05 AM
In no particular order

Rubber Duckie
Grapefruit, Juicy Fruit (Jimmy Buffett)
Pencil-thin Mustache (Jimmy Buffett)
I'll See You In My Dreams
Walkin' My Baby Back Home
Right on the Money (Alan Jackson)
Blue Moon
Ain't She Sweet
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day (Nick Lowe -- chord chart provided by Seeso!)
If I Had You

(Of course, quite often the entire room is cleared before I get anywhere near 10 songs!)

dirtiestkidever
12-23-2014, 07:04 AM
This is a great thread. I am often at a loss for what song to learn next. I may use this thread as a guide.

Here are ones that I play a lot with links to other more talented people playing them. Each took me quite awhile to learn (and I haven't mastered any yet). I think those are the type of songs that I enjoy the most. If I can learn them in a day I typically stop playing them after a day as well.

1. Oh had I a golden thread (http://youtu.be/3RlAAVT8e_k)
2. Paper Moon (http://youtu.be/wyQvU4LQlWI)
3. Freight Train (http://youtu.be/GMgemZqU-Z0)
4. Pancho and Lefty (http://youtu.be/4f1OW1DJJTw)
5. Georgia on my Mind (http://youtu.be/BSdcpFdMO-Y)
6. Living in the Country (http://youtu.be/OoP1ABsl57o)
7. Willin' (baritone) (http://youtu.be/gYdw8Ttv-bg)
8. Willin' (standard) (http://youtu.be/uK0OrZcA71U)
9. Hang on Little Tomato (http://youtu.be/XZcBkHCsVMI)
10. Whip it to a Jelly (http://youtu.be/wCPkUDAPWAs)