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johnson1232
10-28-2009, 04:40 PM
I'm looking for fun songs to play. How about everyone list their 5 favorite songs to play...

Here are mine (in no order):

1. Peter Townshed- Let my love open the door
2. Jack Johnson- Breakdown
3. Bob Marley- Wait in Vain
4. Out of my league
5. Tom Petty- Wildflowers

bnicholas26
10-28-2009, 04:47 PM
Lucero - The blue and the gray

freedive135
10-28-2009, 05:38 PM
Any of the old school Hapa-Haole, they just sound so right on the Uke!!!!
Jimmy Buffett
Jack Johnson
Bob Marley

If I have to choose a song, when I pick up a Uke to strum it's normally "Keep Your Eyes On The Hands"

ritzer012
10-28-2009, 05:44 PM
i dont think ive ever picked up my uke and not played brown eyed girl. but i love playing out of my league and cmj and first day of my life

LazyPancakes
10-28-2009, 05:50 PM
When ever im not doing anything i play out of my league lol

but lately i've been playing i just want you by aj rafael trying to get that singing and playing thing going.

existence
10-28-2009, 06:03 PM
1) Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head
2) ShBoom (Life would Be a Dream)
3) Summer Breeze (thanks Aldrine!)
4) Dominator's arrangement of God Rest ye Merry Gentlemen
5) Michelle

keithy351
10-28-2009, 06:18 PM
im really enjoying playin jack johnsons songs at the moment, seem to suit my voice ok... songs i enjoy most are

breakdown
taylor
banana pancakes
good people

i think its cause everyone knows the songs and can enjoy it too ;)

Citrus
10-28-2009, 06:30 PM
-weeps (jake's)
-in my life (dom's)
- Mortal Kombat (Iernon's)
- He Kept Painting (Jacob Borshard)
- Everyday (Buddy Holly/Hellogoodbye)

Rainhill
10-29-2009, 02:29 AM
Just starting, so these are poor renditions of portions of the same songs:

-I'm Yours (in D....I think?)
-Elephant Stone (thanks to Sam Wise)
-Half the World Away (but still dont get the chorus, and dont agree with chordie!)
-Blowin in the wind
-You Belong to Me (learning that at my uke club)

spazus_maximus
10-29-2009, 03:12 AM
1. Super Mario (Koji Kondo/James Hill/Aldrine Guererro(sp?)
2. Rubin & Cherise (Good Ole GD)
3. Blackberry Blossom (Ken Middletons Arrangement)
4. Buttercup (Not sure the origin...copying Julia Nunes version)
5. A whole lotta random plinking & plucking:D

buddhuu
10-29-2009, 03:57 AM
I'm trying to get better at playing and singing together, which is hard to do when you're not great at either one on its own!

Anyway, most of my favourites to play/sing are not terribly interesting instrumentally, but I think they're great songs.

1. Rosie (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxV-TIn2Kqo) - Don Partridge
2. Ooh La La (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYPTX12L5Uw) - The Faces / Ronnie Lane / Rod Stewart
3. Makin' Whoopee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ANRPmTZRqkg) - Eddie Cantor / many others
4. Ain't Misbehavin' (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWViLtPQMzo) - Fats Waller / many others
5. When I'm Dead and Gone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PizUw4GmCUo) - McGuinness Flint

Skottoman
10-29-2009, 04:02 AM
I play a lot of stuff I make up myself, but here are a few fav "songs" to play...

- Here comes the sun (Beatles)
- Chiquitita (Abba)
- That's Amore (Some old dude)

specialmike
10-29-2009, 04:30 AM
piano forte, because it's easy.. but I'm sooo sick of it :D

Tsani
10-29-2009, 05:14 AM
Fernando Sor - Opus #60 (Jamie Holding's version)
Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners - Chapman/Pritchard
Fairest Lord Jesus - Anon. German hymn
Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders
All I Need is the Air that I Breathe (and to love you) - The Hollies

kenikas
10-29-2009, 08:22 PM
So far these are the only four I can get all the way through without making to many mistakes,
1. Henehene Kou Aka
2. I Kona
3. Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai
4. Ulupalakua

johncaudrey
10-29-2009, 11:17 PM
It really depends on if I am playing on my own or with others.

Jamming with my girlfiend, current favourites are

1. Everybody's Talking - Harry Nilson
2. Something - George Harrison

Jamming with the uke trio I play in

3. Army - Ben Folds 5
4. Bucket - Kings of Leon (actually we play closer to the Wellington International Ukulele Orchestra version)

On my own

5. Stairwell - Julia Nunes

ukecantdothat
10-30-2009, 05:30 AM
"Brown Eyed Girl" - Van Morrison
"Fields Of Gold" - Sting
"I Shot The Sheriff" - Marley
"Jamaica Farewell" - Harry Belafonte
"Surfer Girl" - Beach Boys


:2cents:

MDUke16
10-30-2009, 05:49 AM
I'm pretty new to the uke but here are a few...

"Bullet and a Target" - Citizen Cope
"Jamaican Farewell" - Harry Belafonte
"Sweet Pea" - Amos Lee
"Blowin' in the Wind" - Bob Dylan
"If You Want to Sing Out" - Cat Stevens
"Jammin'" - Bob Marley
"Drop Baby Drop"

bunnyflower
10-30-2009, 06:01 AM
I am also a beginner, and I just play songs I like, like a lot of cheezy 80's tunes, like:
"Eye in the Sky" - Alan Parson's Project
"Just Like Heaven" - The Cure

I also torture myself with insanely hard songs by Joss Whedon:
anything from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" that he wrote (especially the musical episode)

I like old songs a lot, I love:
"Build Me Up Buttercup" - I do the Julia Nunes version too
"All I Have to Do is Dream" - the Everly Bros

and folk-type music:
"If You Want to Sing Out" - Cat Stevens
"Hard Times Come Again No More" - Stephen Foster

and throw some random Dresden Dolls music in there.

I have weird musical tastes. I like everything.

buddhuu
10-30-2009, 06:09 AM
[...]
anything from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" that he wrote (especially the musical episode) [...]

"They got the mustard out!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_fcXR6t14k

:D :cool: :music:

boundless
10-30-2009, 06:33 AM
The latest ones I'm working on. :)

Uncle Rod Higuchi
10-30-2009, 07:36 AM
I just took a break at work and played and sang (softly):

"All the Things You Are"
http://www.4shared.com/file/118548093/14e90fc5/All_the_Things_You_Are_1.html

"Puttin' on the Ritz"
http://www.4shared.com/file/118554036/e9da85c8/Puttin_on_the_Ritz.html

"Nevertheless" (I'm in love with you)
http://www.4shared.com/file/118549552/712cd5d1/Nevertheless_1.html

"Moonlight Becomes You"


and I almost always play:

"Tiptoe thru the Tulips" (non-falsetto version)
http://www.4shared.com/file/130273884/61eb7eec/Tip-toe_through_the_Tulips.html


Keep uke-in',

Lanark
10-30-2009, 08:34 AM
- That's Amore (Some old dude)

Uh. I do believe the "some old dude" you're referring to is Dean Martin (http://www.deanmartin.com/). He was part of the Rat Pack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_Pack) and had a very long career as a singer, performer and actor and host of several TV shows. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001509/) He was a pretty big star. He deserves his propers. (and stay off my lawn:p)

http://www.eatchain.com/garbage/The_More_You_Know2.jpg


A few weeks back I saw Yo La Tengo (http://www.yolatengo.com/) again and managed to catch Ira & Georgia at the merch table and ask them what song of theirs they'd like to hear an ukulele orchestra play. Ira suggested "Mr. Tough (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JiZI-y-fz3w)" which is an incredibly fun song to play and one where I finally get to break out my falsetto so between that and belting out "Blister in the Sun" at Orchestra practice, I'm having a blast...

sukie
10-30-2009, 08:38 AM
-fz3w"]Mr. Tough is an incredibly fun song to play and one where I finally get to break out my falsetto so between that and belting out "Blister in the Sun" at Orchestra practice, I'm having a blast...

Science teachers never look like they're having fun. You just have to feel the fun.

And a fine falsetto he does.:D

freedive135
10-30-2009, 08:56 AM
Uh. I do believe the "some old dude" you're referring to is Dean Martin (http://www.deanmartin.com/). He was part of the Rat Pack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_Pack) and had a very long career as a singer, performer and actor and host of several TV shows. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001509/) He was a pretty big star. He deserves his propers. (and stay off my lawn:p)


I had to shake my head but wasn't going to say anything about the "some old dude" thing.

As a big fan of the Rat Pack I just had to sigh...... kids these days whatca gonna do...

Lanark
10-30-2009, 10:05 AM
I had to shake my head but wasn't going to say anything about the "some old dude" thing.

As a big fan of the Rat Pack I just had to sigh...... kids these days whatca gonna do...

Learn 'em when you can.

Here's Dean Martin singing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aS6-b7CONDI) the song live from the days before scientists invented color and people had to wear like suits like all the freakin' time.

Music is like any art. It's got a history that can only deepen your understanding and appreciation of it with the knowing.
(Not to even mention the Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and the Matt Helm movies.) I just wanted to point out that there was a bit more to the song than "some old guy" recorded it. :old:

ukecantdothat
10-30-2009, 10:52 AM
Uh. I do believe the "some old dude" you're referring to is Dean Martin (http://www.deanmartin.com/). He was part of the Rat Pack (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_Pack) and had a very long career as a singer, performer and actor and host of several TV shows. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001509/) He was a pretty big star. He deserves his propers. (and stay off my lawn:p)
My guess is that the "some old dude" comment was a harmless little joke, but that's just me. I know from experience how people take their Rat Pack very seriously. I once joked that Joey Bishop had more talent in his little finger than the Chairman of the Board, and I nearly started WWIII!

"Take that back! Bishop was a wannabe!"

"OK, OK... Put the chair down. It was a joke!"

Let's not pile onto Skottoman. Unless, of course he meant to diss Dean-o...

Why, you little...:uhoh:

franulele
10-30-2009, 08:42 PM
I have so many favorite songs that its hard to name just a few.

Ukulele Lady (http://www.box.net/shared/po43mzojfu)
Blue Skies (http://www.box.net/shared/n5asbv1h22) - thank you Gerald Ross!
Love Potion #9 (http://www.box.net/shared/jpylhdrdos)
I'm In the Mood for Love (http://www.youtube.com/user/franulele#p/u/5/ROmekFlJVvQ)
Paper Moon (http://www.box.net/shared/vinfreuv3q)
Lulu's Back in Town (http://www.box.net/shared/zxdxsg3ugu)
On a Slow Boat to China (http://www.box.net/shared/9b8lcotpsy)
Shoo Fly Pie & Apple Pan Dowdy (http://www.box.net/shared/mx12qtjn4l)
I'm an Old Cowhand (http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=f99603830ab572888ef1259ff1b60e818c1f65a2 87b29a0ae91dc00c2f906379) - Ukulele CLub of Santa Cruz songbook p.192
Don't Fence Me In (http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=f99603830ab572888ef1259ff1b60e818c1f65a2 87b29a0ae91dc00c2f906379) - from the Ukulele CLub of Santa Cruz songbook p.190
Raindrops Keep Falling on My head (http://www.box.net/shared/l9j7hl8any) -

I could go on & on! (Well I did actually go on & on!) After majoring in trombone and being an average folk guitar player for many years, its fun to have the ukulele as my "go to" instrument to accompany my singing.

Pippin
10-31-2009, 12:12 AM
I had to shake my head but wasn't going to say anything about the "some old dude" thing.

As a big fan of the Rat Pack I just had to sigh...... kids these days whatca gonna do...

I am with you both on this. The song was also recorded by Perry Como, I believe, and Don Ameche, and several others.

Pippin
10-31-2009, 12:14 AM
Speaking of the "Rat Pack", what about the movie "Robin and the Seven Hoods" with Dean, Bing, Frank, Sammy, Peter Falk.

snowy_zoe
10-31-2009, 07:59 AM
this is not in any order, and I'm definatly a beginner so they don't sound fabulous.....yet

perfect day - lou reed
wuthering heights - kate bush/ uke orch of gb version
i want to be alone - vashti bunyan
ain't got you - alicia keys (thanks aldrine)
I want you - bob dylan (learning the words to this is a lot harder than learning the chords

Interseting to see what everyone else is playing, there are a lot of artists/songs I've never heard of

euchre
10-31-2009, 02:51 PM
Sweet Pea - an absolutely infectious tune in a standard vein. Wish I'd written it
Five Foot Two
Fly Me to the Moon/Blue Moon/Paper Moon (love the moon songs)
Blue Skies

Really digging the old standards on uke. "They" wrote some purdy songs back in the day.

tom

Lori
10-31-2009, 03:58 PM
Speaking of old standards:
in Low G
From Tab-U-Learn website, arrangements R. Ruthen
Romance- Mozart
Arkansas Traveler - American Traditional
Auld Lang Syne- Scottish Traditional
Five Foot Two - Henderson
Minuet in G (transposed to C)- Beethoven
Clair de Lune- Debussy (still struggling on this one)

in high G
Georgia on My Mind- Ray Charles
From "Solo Ukulele für Einsteiger"
"Der Kuckuck und der Esel" (The Cuckoo and the Donkey) page 8
Scarborough Fair - english trad. page 18
"Guten Abend, gute Nacht" (Brahms Lullaby) page 6
and from John King's Classical Ukulele book- 'Alekoki Hula- Kalakaua (still struggling)
–Lori

bunnyflower
11-01-2009, 02:54 AM
"They got the mustard out!"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d_fcXR6t14k

:D :cool: :music:


Yessssssss! I love how Joss Whedon is so talented it's kinda ridiculous- writer, director, songwriter.... And he really, really likes to write songs in difficult keys with weird chords. Yet, it still sounds awesome.

Pyrateknight
11-24-2009, 02:40 AM
1. He's A Pirate
2. Build Me up Buttercup
3. Sweet Caroline
4. Paint it Black
5. messing around and learning other things

sorry if this post necroed the topic.

boundless
11-24-2009, 03:11 AM
In no particular order...

1. Summer Wind
2. Fly Me to the Moon
3. Pennies from Heaven
4. Sin to tell a Lie
5. Misty (working on it - the vocal range is a BEAR)
6. Autumn Leaves (also working on it, last line is a knuckle buster)
7. Nature Boy

I guess there aren't any songs I DON'T like playing!