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manuel
02-28-2009, 08:28 PM
I am trying to looking for ukulele songs to play in ukulele.

I have found El Mariachi, Guantanamera and La Bamba.

Do you know where to find more spanish ukulele songs?

THank you

ricdoug
02-28-2009, 08:59 PM
Search your favorite Spanish songs in guitar tab, Manny. The chords will be the same. I'm sure I could make you ukulele sheets on songs like Quizas and La Casa Mas Bonita del Mundo. Search guitar tab for Little Joe, Emilio Navaira and Selena. Siempre que te pregunto... Ric

manuel
02-28-2009, 09:11 PM
But a guitar have 6 strings, do you know any universal conversion method to use guitar chords with ukulele?

cpatch
02-28-2009, 09:17 PM
But a guitar have 6 strings, do you know any universal conversion method to use guitar chords with ukulele?
A "C" chord is a "C" chord, no matter what instrument you're playing it on...guitar, ukulele, piano, etc.

ricdoug
02-28-2009, 10:02 PM
Craig is correct, Manny. If you play a guitar, put a capo on the 5th fret. Anything you finger on the guitar after that will be in the same scale (different octave) as the Ukulele. The chord shapes are the same on a uke as they are on a guitar. With a uke tuned GCEA and a guitar tiuned EADGBE, the fingering:

An A on a uke fingers the same as an E on a guitar

A B on a uke fingers the same as an F# on a guitar

A Bb on a uke fingers the same as an F on a guitar

A C on a uke fingers the same as a G on a guitar

A C7 on a uke fingers the same as an G7 on a guitar

A D on a uke fingers the same as an A on a guitar

A D7 on a uke fingers the same as an A7 on a guitar

An E on a uke fingers the same as an B on a guitar

An F on a uke fingers the same as an C on a guitar

A G on a uke fingers the same as an D on a guitar

A G7 on a uke fingers the same as an D7 on a guitar

Here's a transposition wheel (circle of fifths) to change keys:

http://ukuleletonya.com/files/transposing_wheel.pdf

To demonstrate the chord shapes:

Ukulele Chords and guitar Chords have the same fingering on the Fretboard:

It's the same 12 Fret Octave. The Chord shapes are the same. Try This on Guitar:

[G][G][G] [C][C] [D][D][D] [C][C] [G]Hang [C]on [D]Sloopy, [C]Sloopy hang [G] on

Now, using the IDENTICAL FINGERING on a GCEA tuned Uke:

[C][C][C] [F][F] [G][G][G] [F][F] [C]Hang [F]on [G]Sloopy, [F]Sloopy hang [C] on

Try playing Wild Thing, to the same Chord progression.

Try playing Louie Louie, to the same Chord progression.

Try playing How Does it Feel, to the same Chord progression.

Do You see the Pattern? It's the same basic 1 4 5 Rock 'N Roll Progression that You can play Hundreds of songs to, with the same fingering as You are used to on Your Guitar. Try it and Enjoy!

Ukulele Tonya has a nice chord chart and lesson plan, here:

http://ukuleletonya.com/files/beginner_lesson_pkg.pdf

manuel
02-28-2009, 10:18 PM
Thank you for your fast answers Ric and Cpatch...

May be there is software that can help to translate songs from guitar to ukelele notation.

casetone2514
02-28-2009, 10:47 PM
Have a look at this site for ukulele chord shapes/names.

http://www.sheep-entertainment.nl/ukulele/index.html

Tony

ricdoug
02-28-2009, 11:26 PM
Quizas in the key of D. The root chords are D, G and A:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBmZ1pgYdcc&eurl=http://www.webguitartabs.com/guitar-tabs/n/nat-king-cole-quizas-quizas-quizas-126509.php

SamWise
02-28-2009, 11:49 PM
I thought Guantanemera was Cuban

manuel
03-01-2009, 12:18 AM
Casetone:
Nice flash application. This is a good idea to learn and practice ukulele for novice users. ANd they have lots of songs!!! I will use.
Thanks a lots!!

Ric:
Thx i found played with ukulele here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJUDaljj8j8

Samwise:
Yes Guantanamera is a cuban song.

Pippin
03-01-2009, 01:44 AM
There is a member of Ukulele Cosmos named "FranSpain" that could help you out with Spanish songs.

Stackabones
03-01-2009, 04:49 AM
Quizas in the key of D. The root chords are D, G and A:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBmZ1pgYdcc&eurl=http://www.webguitartabs.com/guitar-tabs/n/nat-king-cole-quizas-quizas-quizas-126509.php

Ric, Quizas is actually in a minor key during the verses and then switches to the major in the bridge.

Here's the basic progression in the verses ...
Dm / / / | Gm / A / |
Dm / / / | Gm / A / |
Dm / / / | Bb / A / |
Dm / A / | Dm . . . | (there's usually a little break after that Dm)

The bridge alternates between A and D (D major).

:shaka:

manuel
03-01-2009, 04:49 AM
Casetone:
Excuse me my novice questions, maybe i am doing an stupid question, but how i will know what strings to play. Its very clear where to put fingers on frets, but what about right hand? what string can i know what to play?


THank you

toubisard
03-01-2009, 07:02 AM
Hi Manuel

Try chords Dm F Gm A for Compay Segundos Cuban classic.

'De alto cedro voy para Macane'

freedive135
03-01-2009, 07:28 AM
I may be wrong but what I think you are asking is how to fingerpick the "melody" single string/note line of a song? maybe?

Now we know a F chord, a C7 chord are the same no matter if it is Ukulele, Guitar, Banjo of what ever the stringed instrument is.
It is just the finger positions that change, not olny for one instrument to another but for different tunings also, as in gCEA to aDF#B on a Uke the fingerings are different for a given chord shape.

To take a peice of sheet music for guitar and strum the chords all you need is to finger the F or the C7 and so on no matter what instrument or tuning you are using.

Now to be able to fingerpick along with strumming chords that is a little different...
What you can do is take the piece of sheet music and a music scale examlpe is in the "key" of F and make the "tab sheet" or just note the string finger placement.

I took a coulpe of pictures of some sheet music for the examples one is of a guitar sheet music showing the fingerings for the F chord and C7 chord, one is of the F scale and the other is from Jumpin Jim's book of the song "Tiny Bubbles" showing the Ukulele shapes gCEA tuning and that I "cheated" the tab for the fingerpicking (right hand) of the song.

You will notice that some of the notes from "Tiny Bubbles" are not on the given scale that is where I strum the chords, but I did tab them out by just using the first notes that match the words.

Hope this helps.

Pics
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/album.php?albumid=236

ichadwick
03-01-2009, 09:00 AM
But a guitar have 6 strings, do you know any universal conversion method to use guitar chords with ukulele?
Unless you absolutely have to play in the same key, just play the guitar chord shapes, minus the extra strings.

It says C as 332010 and you play 2010. Sure it's F on a uke, but the pattern is the same even if the key changes. Later on your can use the transpoition wheel to get it back to the right key if you wish.

ricdoug
03-01-2009, 12:38 PM
Ric, Quizas is actually in a minor key during the verses and then switches to the major in the bridge.

Here's the basic progression in the verses ...
Dm / / / | Gm / A / |
Dm / / / | Gm / A / |
Dm / / / | Bb / A / |
Dm / A / | Dm . . . | (there's usually a little break after that Dm)

The bridge alternates between A and D (D major).

That resolves nicely, Stackabones. Gotta' love Nat! Ric

haolejohn
03-01-2009, 05:15 PM
Thank you for your fast answers Ric and Cpatch...

May be there is software that can help to translate songs from guitar to ukelele notation.

I know that www.chordie.com gives you an ukulele option for chords. Get yourself an ukulele chord chart and then look up your favorite songs with chords. then look at your chord chart and jam. It is much easier than the guitar by the way. What part of Spain are you? I would like to move to the barcelona area in a few years after puerto rico.

ricdoug
03-01-2009, 10:51 PM
Ian gives great advice, Manny. Finger the uke like you do a guitar and figure out the transposition later. Ric

manuel
03-01-2009, 11:19 PM
toubisard:
Thx i will try.

haolejohn:
I live in cordoba ( on weekends i move to malaga on the beach) , at south of Spain. Let me know if can help you when you come to Spain.
I have seen chordie.com and i would like to know how to get ukulele tabs for this song:
http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/www.ultimate-guitar.com/print.php?what=tab&id=391458
I cant see the option to get ukulele tabs there.

ichadwick:
I would like to know why in the tabs are not specified what strings to play with the another hand. Only appear string to be touched in the frets. I have seen some songs are playing all strings and other only some i think should be only the string played at frets. So i want you confirm if this information is not specified in tabs. SO for 2010 should i play the A and C strings?
thank you

toubisard
03-04-2009, 09:14 AM
It was announced last month that Toubisard and his beautiful wife are to visit Cordoba on the occasion of his 50 th birthday in April. The Spanish authorities have been notified and it is hoped that Toubisard will enter and leave the country with out drawing attention and the minimum of publicity. However he might meet with fellow Ukulele player Manuel in Cordoba but neither has been available for comment.....

Pino
03-04-2009, 03:08 PM
Well, this isn't exactly an ukulele song, but I like to play it because it's very simple (or at least I play it very simple, beginner ^^)
here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDLJZ_-q0qQ&feature=related
I think you can find the chords on google if you like the songs, or ask and I'll post them here.

hope it helps!

edit: forgot to mention, this isn't a "spanish" song since it isn't from spain, didn't know if you we're talking about the language or the country

manuel
04-13-2009, 11:44 PM
It was announced last month that Toubisard and his beautiful wife are to visit Cordoba on the occasion of his 50 th birthday in April. The Spanish authorities have been notified and it is hoped that Toubisard will enter and leave the country with out drawing attention and the minimum of publicity. However he might meet with fellow Ukulele player Manuel in Cordoba but neither has been available for comment.....

Let me know if there is something i can help with your visit to cordoba.

toubisard
04-14-2009, 11:22 AM
Hi Manuel
I came to Cordoba last week (just before Easter). You are a lucky man. It is a beautiful city. I stayed up at Brilliante at the Parador and walked around the city. Went to Medinat alzahra. I asked people if they knew you but I never got to meet the original Manuel (c'est la vie). I live in Wales/Gales U.K. I will be in Madrid at the end of the year. I will return to Cordoba in two years.
Best wishes.
Toubisard

Gaby
04-15-2009, 02:53 AM
WS64 has written some useful software / html to transpose guitar tabs to uke. You should find it with a search on these forums, or otherwise contact him, it works quite well!

jorge
05-24-2009, 07:48 AM
I too have been looking for songs in Spanish for uke. Like old boleros (like Los Tres Aces) or son (like Guillermo Portabales) or rock en espaņol (like Aterciopelados).

Anybody have any luck in that? Thanks.

DeG
05-24-2009, 12:29 PM
Shakira's "Dia De Enero" sounds great on the uke. I would make a video but I need to find a seņorita to sing it... :) chords are on Ultimate Guitar Tab site.

jorge
06-06-2009, 06:38 PM
thanks for the Shakira pointer. I'll have to look into it!

toubisard
06-12-2009, 10:46 AM
I too have been looking for songs in Spanish for uke. Like old boleros (like Los Tres Aces) or son (like Guillermo Portabales) or rock en espaņol (like Aterciopelados).

Anybody have any luck in that? Thanks.
There is a site called Chordie and it will a transcribe chords from guitar to ukulele be aware that it is a sincere attempt at the right chords but not always correct. Deach pointed me in the direction of Franspain who has done a load of work an latin songs.

DaveVisi
06-12-2009, 10:55 AM
I've had trouble with the Sheep-Entertainment site. Many of the songs don't synchronize very well with the moving chord patterns. After the first verse or so it drifts so far off you have no idea what's coming next.

Most transcribing programs (I use Tabledit) can move the TAB notes around to accomodate different stringed instruments. I usually transpose a piece up 5 semitones and then change the "instrument" to the new strings. Most of the time that puts the song within playing range of the Ukulele (or Mountain Dulcimer, which I also transcribe from guitar)

DaveVisi
06-12-2009, 10:57 AM
I just found a site called www.chordfind.com Who do I find as the brains behind the site? WS64.