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Ukecaster
05-31-2017, 05:43 PM
Can anyone suggest some classical songs to learn on uke, which are recognizable, and not too difficult to learn, if that's even possible? I have a few family members who are big classical fans (especially Bach), who I may be seeing/playing for this summer, and would like to have some material to play for them, as well as broadening my uke horizons too. So far, I'm mostly a strummer/singalong kind of player. Thanks in advance.

janeray1940
05-31-2017, 05:55 PM
The first two classical pieces I learned on uke were Bach's Minuet in G, and Beethoven's Ode to Joy. I don't have arrangements that I can share, but here's a beginner-friendly Ode to Joy (http://www.akulele.com/tabs_ode_to_joy.html) that is pretty similar to what I learned. And there's always Mozart's "Ah! vous dirai-je, maman," better known in the US as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star :) And if you want to really challenge yourself, get John King's Classical Ukulele (https://www.amazon.com/John-King-Classical-Ukulele-Masters/dp/0634079794) book.

Camsuke
05-31-2017, 06:03 PM
Here's one that might suit, it's a little Waltz by Dionisio Aguado.
I adapted this for high g ukulele from an old guitar transcription.
I have also listed the fretting hand fingerings in the standard notation beside the notes.


http://youtu.be/l18-f0oXXSI

lelouden
05-31-2017, 06:56 PM
How about starting with 20 Easy Classical Pieces For Kids - Mel Bay.
https://www.amazon.com/Easy-Classical-Uke-Pieces-Kids/dp/0786693193/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1496292940&sr=8-3&keywords=20+easy+classical+pieces+for+kids

bnolsen
06-01-2017, 04:43 AM
The first two classical pieces I learned on uke were Bach's Minuet in G, and Beethoven's Ode to Joy. I don't have arrangements that I can share, but here's a beginner-friendly Ode to Joy (http://www.akulele.com/tabs_ode_to_joy.html) that is pretty similar to what I learned. And there's always Mozart's "Ah! vous dirai-je, maman," better known in the US as Twinkle Twinkle Little Star :) And if you want to really challenge yourself, get John King's Classical Ukulele (https://www.amazon.com/John-King-Classical-Ukulele-Masters/dp/0634079794) book.

I far prefer Tony Mizen's classical books over that John King one. The Baroque and Romantic versions have very recognizable pieces in them.

janeray1940
06-01-2017, 05:16 AM
I far prefer Tony Mizen's classical books over that John King one. The Baroque and Romantic versions have very recognizable pieces in them.

Those are great too! I didn't mention them because my experience was just the opposite, the King pieces were more recognizable to me, but then we all have different musical backgrounds.

bacchettadavid
06-01-2017, 05:25 AM
Aside from the current suggestions...

Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy and Satie's Gymnopedie No. 1; Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 14, Mvmt. 1 and Schubert's Ave Maria.

Easy arrangements of the former pair can be found in "Classical Hits for Ukulele: Roll Over Beethoven, and Play Ukulele Today". Intermediate arrangements of the latter pair can be found in "Classical Koa: Timeless Masterpieces for the Super Concert Ukulele KoAloha Special Edition".

Hope that helps.

ukeinfused
06-08-2017, 04:52 PM
Here's one that might suit, it's a little Waltz by Dionisio Aguado.
I adapted this for high g ukulele from an old guitar transcription.
I have also listed the fretting hand fingerings in the standard notation beside the notes.


http://youtu.be/l18-f0oXXSI

Hey, someone needs to say: utterly fantastic!
But where is the notation? I didn't see it...
And what is that lovely uke you play?

Choirguy
06-08-2017, 05:20 PM
If you are looking for Chord Melody, I always see ads for Mike Lynch's arrangements...I get tempted to order them.

https://allthingsukulele.com

This is not a paid advertisement...nor have I seen these books (PDFs) in person.

Paulrick
06-08-2017, 05:27 PM
I hate to be "that guy" but should this be moved to tabs and chords?

Ukeval
06-09-2017, 10:02 PM
Nice tabs by UU member Putter, on Ukefever :
https://sites.google.com/site/tabs4ukes/classical

Ziret
06-10-2017, 07:56 AM
Nice tabs by UU member Putter, on Ukefever :
https://sites.google.com/site/tabs4ukes/classical
Thanks! Great resource.

Camsuke
06-10-2017, 12:02 PM
Hey, someone needs to say: utterly fantastic!
But where is the notation? I didn't see it...
And what is that lovely uke you play?

Hi Tracie, thanks for watching & commenting. There is a link to the tab in the YouTube description just below the video. The ukulele is a W J Herringe baritone built by a luthier friend of mine here in Australia. I have also listed the suggested fingerings alongside the standard notation.

olphart
06-10-2017, 01:49 PM
Rockclass101 is an excellent resource. Several classical pieces, and very good instruction, tabs with scores. Also just about any genre you could ask. Check it out.