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pamelamama
08-30-2009, 08:29 PM
I know this is kind of a long shot, but I am a kindergarten teacher at a Jewish school and i'm learning a lot of songs for kids and for group singing on my uke.

I think I may be the only person in the Jewish Ukulele Music for Children subgenre, but what the heck. I figure if there is someone in the universe besides me doing this, it's possible they'd wind up here.

Otherwise, just me. :cool:

Bluke
08-31-2009, 06:13 AM
Mazel Tov, Pamela! You're a real mensch!

I think all the folk songs that are a part of the Jewish culture would do wonderfully on ukulele. And a lot of klezmer music, as well.

Citrus
08-31-2009, 06:24 AM
I learned hatikvah at one point, do you have any songs in particular you'd like to learn?

GreyPoupon
08-31-2009, 08:18 AM
Uke music is always kinda happy. And Jewish music is always kinda sad. So I think bringing the two together sounds like a great idea. But, no, I don't know anyone doing this. But most of the classic Jewish folk songs already have guitar tabs so moving them to uke should be quite simply.

If you do a search for 'Playing ukuleles for peace' you'll see an ebook for sale that has good tabs for hava nagilla. (And it's a nice fund raiser for a group doing co-existence work in Israel.)

http://howtoplayukulele.com/how-to-play-ukuleles-for-peace/

Good luck with this project, and if you do make any original tabs in this genre for Jewish uke music, please post here as I would enjoy learning a few songs. (And how about some liturgy peices? L'ch Dodi or Adon O'lam?)

caz
08-31-2009, 11:56 AM
Do you mean Klezmer music also? It seems like it would go great with that kind of fast upbeat music.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HL5qdalUtXE

bt93
08-31-2009, 12:08 PM
the dreidel song is just g7 and d7

uke142464
08-31-2009, 12:51 PM
tseem shalom, I dont know how to really spell tseem. thats one of my favorites.

franulele
08-31-2009, 01:08 PM
Great topic! Check out Lil Rev's website. http://www.lilrev.com/ On his homepage, over on the right, you'll see he does a program on Jews & Tin Pan Alley. Shoot an e-mail his way for some ideas!

Citrus
08-31-2009, 01:19 PM
I found a collection in some well hidden nook of my computer with about 25 different jewish songs, I sent you a tell about it

CDon
08-31-2009, 01:54 PM
I found a collection in some well hidden nook of my computer with about 25 different jewish songs, I sent you a tell about it
Is the collection something you could share here? Looks like a few folks would be very interested... I would for sure. I love Jewish music... :D

GreyPoupon
08-31-2009, 02:55 PM
Is the collection something you could share here? Looks like a few folks would be very interested... I would for sure. I love Jewish music... :D

I would like it too!

bt93
08-31-2009, 03:12 PM
me three:music:

Uncle-Taco
08-31-2009, 04:18 PM
I'd love to hear somebody do that!

Growing up in rural northern Utah, I met my first Jewish person when I went to grad school (I was 34)! She is (oddly) thrilled to have that title and she remains one of me & Mrs. Taco's best friends. She'd love Jewish music on ukulele, too!

Somebody post some!

pamelamama
08-31-2009, 06:20 PM
Wow, I'm so delighted by the responses! I thought there would be tumbleweeds in this thread.

So, since I'm teaching kindergarten the songs I'm using are simple and kid friendly. I started to learn ukulele this summer in order to enhance my teaching -- I took voice lessons too. I'm hoping to have a bunch of fun singing and playing with the kids this year. Up until now I've just done my best with singing!

So, what I'm learning so far:

A couple of Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) songs you can hear here:
http://www.totshabbat.com/high-holiday-music.html

I'm working on Tapuchim U'Dvash (Apples and Honey) and Shofar Blast -- which I've transposed.

I'm learning Saalam/Od Yavo Shalom Aleinu which you can see done here by Ukuleles for Peace: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6JGaRLQTlo Stinkin' adorable. I have different chords than they use.

Also Shabbat Shalom/Bim Bam which can be heard here (http://www.aarontornberg.com/JMusic/AaronTornbergandDavidGoldblatt/Songleading%20Without%20an%20Audience/05%20Bim%20Bam%20Chiri%20Bim%20Bam.wma)on Aaron Tornberg's site (http://atornberg.wordpress.com/aarons-jewish-music-curriculum/).

Another big one we'll do this year is Tree of Life/Eitz Chayim. Here's one version of it (http://www.totshabbat.com/SueEpstein-TreeOfLife.ram), not my favorite, but you get the idea. I like the round part, not so much the talky stuff they've added in.

That's what I've got to get started with. I've ordered these books -- The Complete Jewish Songbook for Children I and II (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0807408204/sr=8-2/qid=1251688590/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&qid=1251688590&sr=8-2&seller=)-- I thnk there will be a TON in there I can use. I do have to laugh that they called the first book "Complete" and then they had to go and make "Complete II" -- guess it wasn't so complete after all, huh?

Found this link for Jewish Songs, guitar chords: www.jewishguitarchords.com

GreyPoupon -- I do think it's funny that even the happy Jewish songs are in a minor key. It's like, "So, what do you think you're so happy about, nu?"

Thanks for the support everyone! When I have a little more practice I'll put up some videos.

pamelamama
08-31-2009, 06:40 PM
also -- not to forget -- the Alef Bet song!

Kmetzger
08-31-2009, 07:55 PM
I know this is kind of a long shot, but I am a kindergarten teacher at a Jewish school and i'm learning a lot of songs for kids and for group singing on my uke.

I think I may be the only person in the Jewish Ukulele Music for Children subgenre, but what the heck. I figure if there is someone in the universe besides me doing this, it's possible they'd wind up here.

Otherwise, just me. :cool:

How about "Aloha 'Oe vey"

(Sorry. I know this wasn't helpful. But couldn't help myself :-))

sputnik1nz
08-31-2009, 07:59 PM
Dr Uke had a couple of jewish songs on his site.

http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html

Brewerpaul
09-01-2009, 12:30 AM
Hey, we could start a separate forum called JU-- Jewkulele Underground ;)

Blrfl
09-01-2009, 01:52 AM
How about "Aloha 'Oe vey"

Don't laugh. My dad has long held the theory that the Hawaiians are descended from one of the lost tribes. We have Cohens, they have kahunas; they say "auwe" and we say "oy vey."

--Mark

Kmetzger
09-01-2009, 04:48 AM
Don't laugh. My dad has long held the theory that the Hawaiians are descended from one of the lost tribes. We have Cohens, they have kahunas; they say "auwe" and we say "oy vey."

--Mark

Next you'll be telling me about Gafilta humuhumunukunukuapuaa !!

Brewerpaul
09-01-2009, 03:19 PM
Reminds me of an old joke...
Two guys are flying from California to the islands. One guy says "I really can't wait to get to Hawaii". The other one says "Me either, but you know that people who live there pronounce it Ha-va-ii (substitute v for w sound)".
The first guy insists it's pronounced with a W and they go back and forth until they decide that when they get to the airport, they'll ask the first native looking person how the name is pronounced.
When they get off the plane, they see a dark complexioned man, black hair,floral print shirt (strumming a Uke?:D). They go up to him and ask"Excuse me, but could you tell us how you pronounce the name of your state?"
He replies "It's Ha-va-ii"
They say "Thank you"
He answers "You're velcome" :biglaugh:

(As a haole, I apologize if I've said anything politically incorrect--t'weren't my intention)

pamelamama
09-01-2009, 03:43 PM
I'm not sure we could populate a whole forum -- probably we can manage just a Jewkulele Underground thread. We need t-shirts and a hilarious logo.

Uncle-Taco
09-01-2009, 04:35 PM
I'm not sure we could populate a whole forum -- probably we can manage just a Jewkulele Underground thread. We need t-shirts and a hilarious logo.

I love it!
Anybody crafty enough to photoshop a Hawaiian shirt on this guy, fix the curves on that "fiddle," and replace that bow with a can of PBR?
(Edit: Maybe not PBR...A bottle of Manischewitz loganberry or something...?...)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3448/3879481897_5a1dc6443e.jpg

Citrus
09-01-2009, 05:20 PM
I already sent the catalog to pam, if anybody wants it, just send me a personal message with your e-mail and I'll send you back 25+ jewish songs you can play on ukulele, also I think I'll try and get my hatikvah back up and going

pamelamama
09-07-2009, 04:59 PM
Here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqgyDCAL6dQ) me doing "Shofar Blast" -- a kids' song by Peter and Ellen Allard.

Remember I am a BEGINNER!

Uncle-Taco
09-07-2009, 05:52 PM
Here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqgyDCAL6dQ) me doing "Shofar Blast" -- a kids' song by Peter and Ellen Allard.

Remember I am a BEGINNER!

Beginner??? NO WAY! That was excellent, and what a voice you have!

pamelamama
09-07-2009, 06:09 PM
Well, thank you! That's very nice! I feel like I still need SO MUCH practice! Luckily, the kindergartners practice with me lots of times every day!

shadylady
03-18-2010, 07:21 PM
Hi!

I'm interested in tabs for Passover songs to play on ukulele...does anyone have any to share and/or know where to look? I haven't found any so far...

pamelamama
03-20-2010, 07:28 AM
Hi!

Try here:

http://www.totshabbat.com/Mah-Nishtanah-sheet-music.pdf
http://www.totshabbat.com/Dayenu-sheet-music.pdf
http://www.totshabbat.com/GoDownMoses-sheetmusic.pdf

lots of songs to peruse here, not all with music available: http://www.totshabbat.com/Passover.html

all kinds of jewish music with chords here: http://jewishguitarchords.com/fulllist.php

chag sameach! (happy holiday!)

liverlipsyyz
03-20-2010, 04:19 PM
good luck with your class! i play jewish songs all of the time for my kid. i'll check out some of your links, thanks for posting! mostly i just use songs from The Complete Jewish Song Book - it has everything. here's me doing Heveinu Shalom Aleichem. i'm just a beginner, too. also, follow the link from the previous poster to dr ukes site. he has some fantastic yiddish songs and a few holiday songs.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31jz0R3SApg

herbiejames
12-24-2011, 06:35 AM
I know this is kind of a long shot, but I am a kindergarten teacher at a Jewish school and i'm learning a lot of songs for kids and for group singing on my uke.

I think I may be the only person in the Jewish Ukulele Music for Children subgenre, but what the heck. I figure if there is someone in the universe besides me doing this, it's possible they'd wind up here.

Otherwise, just me. :cool:Hi Pamela, Happy Hanukkah!? I am new to Teaching and new to Uke and also hoping to use music as a teaching tool. the more and more varied, the better. Thanks for starting this thread!

garyg
12-25-2011, 05:47 AM
Happy Hanukkah everyone, Pamela you piqued my interest and I'd certainly be interested in any chord tabs that you come across in the future. If you know a song title or an artist this site should be helpful http://jewishguitarchords.com/ . I've just looked at it but it doesn't appear to have a song index -- wait a minute it has an archive here http://jewishguitarchords.com/fulllist.php Hopefully this should help. As someone mentioned previously, klezmer songs should be eminently transcribable for uke for someone who can do that sort of thing (I'm compositionally challenged). I think that Debbie Friedman songs would be good for your kids and I was thinking that Pete Seeger or some big name like that did a Jewish songs for kids. Also here's a general site that lists Jewish musical resources on the web http://www.nationalfinder.com/jmr/
And of course how could an MOT make a post like this on Christmas without the following links

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1uZ_W7atDE
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOe0mJbs9WM

Shalom everyone, g2

turtlebook
02-20-2015, 10:24 AM
What fun to find this thread! I'd love to find a simple version of Debbie Friedman's "Mi Shebeirach", but didn't see it on the jewish guitar chords site. I'm such a newbie that strumming or arpeggio suggestions, along with tabs, would be most appreciated.

I'd been thinking of learning to play for a year or so, just got a cute red $5 uke a few months ago that kind folks on this site helped me ID. I used to sing with a local Hebrew chant group, but CFS--yes, this is a real, and devastating disease!--has pretty much made me housebound. Learning the uke is one of the bright spots these days, as is learning pop from the 60s-90s to sing to my boyfriend.

Cheers, and shabbat shalom! And thanks!

~Blythe

Cornfield
02-20-2015, 11:08 AM
You might want to check out a CD by Lil' Rev "I Can't Keep the Past Behind Me"
http://lilrev.com/album/90999/download-i-can-t-keep-the-past-behind-me

Lalz
02-20-2015, 12:09 PM
me three:music:

me four :agree:

Papa Tom
02-20-2015, 03:14 PM
As a professional drummer in the eighties and nineties, a good deal of my bread and butter in between "real" gigs was earned playing weddings and bar mitzvahs. It was there that I developed a massive repertoire of Jewish celebration songs that included (spellings are all phonetic!) "Simmin Tov and Mazel Tov," "Yah Tsay Shalom," "Dy' Enu," "Shalom Elechem" and many others. I was only the "beat" behind these songs then, but it always appeared to me that the guitar and keyboard players were having a lot of fun with them.

When I got my first uke, I set out to learn a bunch of songs that my young grandchildren would enjoy. We have a mixed family, so I learned all the Christmas classics for one side and all the Chanuka and Hebrew songs for the other. All the kids love both sets of songs, but the Hebrew songs (with lyrics that I make up on the spot) really get the kids crazy. There's something about the frenetic rhythm and all those minor chords superimposed against them.

Anyway, you are not the only one out there who found "success" adapting hebrew songs to the ukulele!

kohanmike
02-20-2015, 05:10 PM
I'll chime in on this "londsmen' thread. I grew up orthodox, but it never took on me. The songs my father sang were always religious. We did learn some of the basic fun songs, but after taking up the uke 18 months ago, then joining the CC Strummers, I learned "Hanukkah in Santa Monica" by Tom Lehrer for a holiday show we did. Never heard it before, not that it's for children, but it sure is a lot of fun.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSCmZU0eFJg

CeeJay
02-20-2015, 06:07 PM
Please . What is Jewish Songs ,Jewish Music and Klezmer ?

Accordionists bang on about Klezmer ( I massacre the accordion)..Some Gypsy music , to me sounds a bit Jewish ..Assi Rose ...fantastic ..Some Russian Music has a Tzigane and German a Zigeuner sound that is all a bit minor key based and fantastic.. I love it ..

I only know one Jewish Tune to play .(and appallingly badly at the mo') Havah Negilah...give me some moreinfo ..edgimicate me...

Please , please do not tell me you have to be from the culture ..

A la "Crossroads" The Movie...

turtlebook
02-20-2015, 07:07 PM
Thank you, John S, for the album recommendation. I'm listening to sound clips, and it's very enjoyable, thank you for recommending it. I'm going to send it to my uncle for his birthday. He'll love the blend of Yiddishkeit and American roots sound.

wayward
02-20-2015, 11:10 PM
I only know one Jewish Tune to play .(and appallingly badly at the mo') Havah Negilah...give me some moreinfo ..edgimicate me...

Please , please do not tell me you have to be from the culture ..

A la "Crossroads" The Movie...

The 2 guys I gig with used to play Hava Nagila in their sets in London in the 60s so we've taken to finishing with it (about 3 or 4 times through, upping the tempo each time) and it always goes down a storm. I think the obsession with it might be a particularly UK thing :confused: and I'm never sure how authentically Jewish it is, but love playing it, so if there are many more similar songs out there I'd certainly like to know about them.

kohanmike
02-21-2015, 05:45 AM
I think the obsession with it might be a particularly UK thing and I'm never sure how authentically Jewish it is, but love playing it...

It's a Hebrew folk song, the title translation is "Let's Rejoice" written by a professor at Hebrew University in New York and one of his cantor students after the British take over of Palestine in WWI by the Treaty of Versailles, which ultimately lead to the establishment of Israel as a country. Seems that's why it might be a "UK thing."

TheCraftedCow
02-21-2015, 03:04 PM
I have played Jewish music on my stringed instruments ever since I had the opportunity to sing for Admiral Hyman Rickover with the USNavy BlueJacket choir at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City It was a memorable event for a 17 year old kid. I have no recollection of the song we did in English...except for Anchors Aweigh and the Navy Hymn... but the Jewish words and melodies are still sung and played 59 years later. Please, do share.

turtlebook
02-21-2015, 03:21 PM
I'm interested to hear Hava Nagila is big in the UK. Has it broad appeal and coverage there? I grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York, and it was played at every family wedding and bar mitzvah, to the point that, I have to admit, I found it rather cliche. In 2012, "Hava Nagila: The Movie" was released, and although I haven't had the opportunity to see the entire film, I learned quite a bit from the trailer about its universal appeal among U.S. recording artists, non-Jewish and Jewish alike. The tune itself seems to have originated as a wordless melody (called a "niggun" in Yiddish) in Eastern Europe, and lends itself nicely to a soft and slow wordless rendering, as well as the more well-known fast dance.

~Blythe


http://www.havanagilamovie.com/film.htm


It's a Hebrew folk song, the title translation is "Let's Rejoice" written by a professor at Hebrew University in New York and one of his cantor students after the British take over of Palestine in WWI by the Treaty of Versailles, which ultimately lead to the establishment of Israel as a country. Seems that's why it might be a "UK thing."

wayward
02-21-2015, 11:23 PM
I'm interested to hear Hava Nagila is big in the UK. Has it broad appeal and coverage there? I grew up in Brooklyn and Long Island, New York, and it was played at every family wedding and bar mitzvah, to the point that, I have to admit, I found it rather cliche. In 2012, "Hava Nagila: The Movie" was released, and although I haven't had the opportunity to see the entire film, I learned quite a bit from the trailer about its universal appeal among U.S. recording artists, non-Jewish and Jewish alike. The tune itself seems to have originated as a wordless melody (called a "niggun" in Yiddish) in Eastern Europe, and lends itself nicely to a soft and slow wordless rendering, as well as the more well-known fast dance.

~Blythe


http://www.havanagilamovie.com/film.htm

Thanks for the info on Hava Nagila kohanmike, and the link to the movie, turtlebook. Yes, it's a cliché in the UK too - apparently it was played a lot at bar mitzvahs and weddings in the 50s and 60s here: not so much now, I suspect - but it's still very well received at the end of our set; so I guess it's a popular cliché :)

JooKulele
02-22-2015, 03:47 AM
I've used songs from The Jewish Fakebook (http://www.amazon.com/The-Jewish-Fake-Book-Books/dp/0933676697) with pretty good results.