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nohandles
11-18-2009, 04:03 AM
I'm trying to get a general feeling for the songs you are playing here. I play old show tunes, old time, jazz, pop, rock- like Tied to the Whipping Post- and bluegrass.
The reason is that I would like to contribute better here and have new stuff to use while playing out.
Thanks in advance for your help,
Doug

Kanaka916
11-18-2009, 04:38 AM
I think if you take a look at the Ukulele Tabs & Chords thread (http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=8458), it should give you an idea on the types of music that's being played here.

Lanark
11-18-2009, 04:49 AM
And I'd guess that the Tabs and Chords section is just a fraction of what people actually do play and work on.

Somebody around here plays similar things to whatever you're into.

Probably best way to bring them out of the woodwork is if you've got chords and/or tabs you like then post 'em and see who crops up or ask about ones you're looking to learn.

buddhuu
11-18-2009, 04:58 AM
Well, here's a random selection from my songbook. Some played with the band, some at the jam.

Meet Me on the Corner
Sweet Georgia Brown
Stir It Up
Rosie
Makin' Whoopee
Bad Moon Rising
Proud Mary
Country Roads
Fat Bottomed Girls
Urban Spaceman
Whiskey in the Jar
Dirty Old Town
Carrickfergus
Spancil Hill
Pencil Full of Lead
Valerie
Mama Don't Allow
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
Dueling Banjos (or ukes!)
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Just a Gigolo
Bring Me Sunshine
Letter From My Darling (the jug band song, not the bluegrass one)
My Old Man's a Dustman
Legend of Xanadu

Some of those are typical uke fare, some are less so.

The band plays a mixture of jazz, skiffle, rockabilly, pop, rock, bluegrass, reggae and ska, folk, rock and roll.

bazmaz
11-18-2009, 05:48 AM
My random selection (from memory) - and it is sure mixed!

Everybody's Talkin - Nilsson
Jolene - Dolly Parton
Reason To Believe - Tim Hardin
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Leaving of Liverpool
Dirty Old Town
Me & Julio Down By The Schoolyard
Creep - Radiohead
No Surprises - Radiohead
No Woman No Cry
Black Horse & The Cherry Tree
Valerie - The Zutons
Yoshimi - Flaming Lips
Cleaning Windows & Lamp-post - George Formby
Your Cheatin Heart
Ring Of Fire
Till There was You, Something etc - Beatles
Maggie Mae - The Faces
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Mr Sandman

Loads more too - a real mix

nohandles
11-18-2009, 07:12 AM
Thank Folks,

So far looks like what I'm doing myself. Cool! I play anything that strikes my fancy now but I wanted to make sure I wasn't to off the wall in my thinking.

I play Dinah Moe Hum Frank Zappa but only late at night when the traditionalist go to bed at the festivals. lol

kluson
11-18-2009, 09:12 AM
Well, here's a random selection from my songbook. Some played with the band, some at the jam.

Meet Me on the Corner
Sweet Georgia Brown
Stir It Up
Rosie
Makin' Whoopee
Bad Moon Rising
Proud Mary
Country Roads
Fat Bottomed Girls
Urban Spaceman
Whiskey in the Jar
Dirty Old Town
Carrickfergus
Spancil Hill
Pencil Full of Lead
Valerie
Mama Don't Allow
Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms
Dueling Banjos (or ukes!)
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Just a Gigolo
Bring Me Sunshine
Letter From My Darling (the jug band song, not the bluegrass one)
My Old Man's a Dustman
Legend of Xanadu

Some of those are typical uke fare, some are less so.

The band plays a mixture of jazz, skiffle, rockabilly, pop, rock, bluegrass, reggae and ska, folk, rock and roll.

Hiya
Is that Mama don't allow no skiffle played in here??
Have you seen this 14 year old Jimmy page clip

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0tAOIQiz-8

not wanting to hijack but enjoy

freedive135
11-18-2009, 09:23 AM
I just have to be different!!!!

I play hardly anything from what is in the Tabs site most of those songs I have never even heard of....:eek:

I do play the Jack Johnson and Brother Bob stuff but mostly when I'm strummin its 20's, 30's, 40's Hapa-Haole, Don Ho or Jimmy Buffett.

Just to let you know what's on the Ipod that I would love to play on Uke... Frank, Dean, Sammy, Denny, Baxter, Lyman. My Ipod is stuck in 1960...

bazmaz
11-18-2009, 10:59 AM
lists like this are great - I think people should post "The last 10 songs you played". Gives great inspiration to others to work out new tunes - I have already done so based on the post before mine!

johncaudrey
11-18-2009, 11:07 AM
Re. pauljmuk 10 last song posts

1. Army - Ben Folds
2. The Boys are back in Town - Thin Lizzy
3. Mr Blue Sky - ELO
4. Up The Junction - Squeeze
5. Suddenly I See - KT Tunstall
6. Such Great Heights - Postal Service
7. The Bucket - Wellington Int Ukulele Orchestra version of Kings Of Leon
8. Dead From The Waist Down - Catatonia
9. I don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
10. Books From Boxes - Maximo Park

There you go

John

ukecantdothat
11-18-2009, 11:24 AM
Thank Folks,

So far looks like what I'm doing myself. Cool! I play anything that strikes my fancy now but I wanted to make sure I wasn't to off the wall in my thinking.

I play Dinah Moe Hum Frank Zappa but only late at night when the traditionalist go to bed at the festivals. lolI play with a steel pan player in a calypso/soca/reggae group that has versions of a lot of the above, plus the standard Harry Belafonte stuff, Jamaica Farewell, Angelina, Brown Skin Girl, etc, plus Boogsie's Musical Wine, Coconut Woman, Yellow Bird. Then we throw in the usual Parrot-head crowd pleasers, some beach boys, old 50's tunes always pair up nicely with the uke/pan combo. It's mostly standards with some extremes on any given style thrown in. We do a killer "Rum & Coca Cola" by the Andrews Sisters. This is something, if you asked me 30 years ago if I saw myself playing this, I'd said you were crazy. Then I looked at the lyrics and thought, "A mother-daugter prostitution ring working 'The Yankee Dollah...' I'm in..."

Dinah Moe Hum...:D I used to do "Stinkfoot"... ;)

nohandles
11-18-2009, 11:29 AM
Last 10 songs today:
Wagon Wheel- Old Crow Medicine Show/ Bob Dilan
Whiskey Before Breakfast- Unknown artist
Love Letters in the Sand- Unknown
Mr Sandman- Unknown
It Aint Gonna Rain- Unknown
Ohio- Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Cold Rain and Snow- Peter Rowen I think?
Listen to the Radio- Nancy Griffith
Gold Coast Highway- Nancy Griffith
Mile High Dreaming- Jody Adams Bluegrass
And tonight will be?

Lanark
11-18-2009, 11:42 AM
Mr. Sandman was a hit for the Chordettes.

Love Letters in the Sand was done by a bunch of artists. (I've got Julie London & Elvis versions.)


Last night we played/worked on

"Days of Wine & Roses" & "Charade" by Henry Mancini
"Buddy Holly" by Weezer
"Brady Bunch Theme" by Frank DeVol
"Mr. Tough" by Yo La Tengo
"Kiss of Fire" (I got it from Louis Armstrong)
"Another Sunny Day" by Belle & Sebastian
"Candy Says" by the Velvet Underground
"It's the End of the World as We Know It by R.E.M.
"Blister in the Sun" by Violent Femmes
"Rainbow Connection" by Kermit
and ended the evening with a rousing version of "She Bangs" as recorded by Ricky Martin

bazmaz
11-18-2009, 11:53 AM
John - that is a great list - really inspiring and up my alley!

Perhaps, without wishing to hijack the OP thread, (which is a great one) we could have a Sticky from the mods entitled "Last 10 songs you played"

I really do think that this is the sort of inspiration people need to pick songs, or maybe take a change in direction. Whenever I have posted song ideas or a video, a large proportion of the replies are along the lines of "cool idea for a song, will have to try that". Clearly, that is what people are looking for.

Rainhill
11-18-2009, 12:04 PM
My last 10 songs:

1.Half the world away - oasis
2.Elephant stone - Stone Roses
3.One - U2
4.Que sera sera - Doris Day
5.Rock around the clock - Bill Haley
6.Singin in the rain
7.Jambalaya - Hank Williams
8.Leaving of Liverpool
9.Blowin in the wind - Bob Dylan
10.Button up your overcoat

A few of these are from my uke club, and a few are off t'interweb. My general disclaimer is that I can proficiently play at least one recognisable part of the songs above - but a long way off my first gig!:D

Melissa82
11-18-2009, 12:06 PM
If I could, I'd play a lot of alternative rock covers. But as a beginner I play the stereotypical beginner songs you find in song books. :)

johncaudrey
11-18-2009, 12:07 PM
List them please!

Melissa82
11-18-2009, 12:08 PM
List them please!What I want to play or what I'm using to learn?

johncaudrey
11-18-2009, 12:09 PM
Either, or both!

bazmaz
11-18-2009, 12:11 PM
absolutely - list them! I love inspiration to play some old classic standards!

Taught my son "coming round the mountain" the other day, followed by "the Irish Rover"

GrumpyCoyote
11-18-2009, 12:19 PM
There are a boatload of genres represented here:

Some of the big ones are:

Traditional & Contemporary Hawaiian
Traditional & Contemporary Folk
Contemporary Uke Instrumental
Modern R&B & Pop R&B
Contemporary Pop
Blues
Alt rock & punk
“Decade” Pop (60’s, 70’s, 80’s, etc…)
Skiffle, Ragtime, other old-timey stuff (ok, I made that genre name up, but you get the idea)
Singer/Songwriter


Many more too – these are just some of the more common.

You are not going to find one style outweighing others here by much. You may run into some others that don’t get as much “face” time here (classical comes to mind) but I know there are dozens (many dozens in most cases) of members who play each one.

That variety is one of the reasons I keep coming back.

scottie
11-18-2009, 01:06 PM
I'm just getting used to the range, I'm really picky about songs being "suited to the ukulele", but then I realize that this is really a matter of my opinion and taste (or lack thereof)

Comes Love, Lew Brown
Cocaine, JJ Cale
Jammin' Bob Marley
The Girl from Ipanema, Jobim
Rubber Duckie, Ernie

working on:

various stuff from the second side of Abbey Road
Roly Poly Fish Heads
While my guitar gently weeps, George Harrison, wanted to avoid this 'cause it's almost cliche now, but I love the song and it's drawing me in like a bad love affair.
Battle of evermore, Led Zeppelin
Black Dog, Led Zeppelin
Malted Milk, Robert Johnson
I'm so glad, Skip James
original stuff that hasn't yet been made into "songs"

I'm also working on scales, modes, and moveable forms and other technical exercises.

nohandles
11-18-2009, 01:11 PM
Hey Now! This is a fun thread. Doug

david e
11-18-2009, 02:26 PM
Fun thread! Here's my last 10:

Walk on the Wild Side--Lou Reed
Mack the Knife--Bobby Darrin
Folsom Prison Blues--Johnny Cash
Sweet Pea--Amos Lee
Jambalaya--Hank Williams
Ripple--Grateful Dead
Brown Eyed Girl--Van Morrison
Mama Tried--Merle Haggard
Magnolia--JJ Cale
Heartaches By the Number--Ray Price

Melissa82
11-18-2009, 02:37 PM
I'm not going to list the basic songs I "try" to play just to avoid embarrassment, lol. You can find most of them here: http://www.doctoruke.com/beginners.html

I'd love to be able to play songs by:

The Smashing Pumpkins
Ben Folds
Oasis
Incubus
Blur
Coldplay
Silverchair
Kate Nash
Eric Clapton
Bjork

The list goes on...

baumer
11-18-2009, 04:20 PM
I'm not going to list the basic songs I "try" to play just to avoid embarrassment, lol. You can find most of them here: http://www.doctoruke.com/beginners.html

I'd love to be able to play songs by:

The Smashing Pumpkins
Ben Folds
Oasis
Incubus
Blur
Coldplay
Silverchair
Kate Nash
Eric Clapton
Bjork

The list goes on...
I like your taste. And seriously, by the time your husband gets back, you'll be able to play him a concert of stuff off that list. Just pick a song that has manageable chords, and then keep working at it. It'll feel good when you get that first one down.

kenikas
11-18-2009, 07:23 PM
I've mostly been playing traditional Hawaiian songs, but am trying to learn fingering so am trying others mostly in Mark Nelsons "Fingerstyle Solos For Ukulele" book and I just got Aldrene's Solos DVD from UU.

euchre
11-19-2009, 03:36 AM
My last 10 songs

I Shot the Sheriff - Marley?
Fly Me to the Moon
Sweet Pea - Amos Lee
Five Foot Two
Imagine - Lennon
Sittin on the Dock of the Bay - Redding
Here Comes the Sun - Harrison
Blue Moon
Christmas Time is Here - Vince Guaraldi
D'yer Maker - Zep

Tom

ambrose
11-19-2009, 04:11 AM
with varying degrees of success....

'Perfect Day' Lou Reed
'All the Young Dudes' David Bowie/Mott the Hoople
'Mama Tried' Merle Haggard
'Unchained Melody' Righteous Brothers
'Freight Train' Elizabeth Cotton
'I'll See you in my Dreams'
'Hot Tamales'
'Five foot 2'
'Dream a little Dream'
'Brother can you spare a dime'
'Nights in White Satin' Moody Blues
'Wish You Were Here' Pink Floyd
'Rocket Man' Elton John
'I've got to Get a Message to You' Bee Gees
'I Can See Clearly Now' Johnny Nash
'Sounds of Silence' Simon and Garfunkle
'Mrs.Robinson' Simon and Garfunkle
'Never My Love' The Association
'Walk on By' Bacharach/David(?)
Lots of Beatles stuff
Working on 'Magic Ukulele Waltz' Roy Smeck

Melissa82
11-19-2009, 04:47 AM
I like your taste. And seriously, by the time your husband gets back, you'll be able to play him a concert of stuff off that list. Just pick a song that has manageable chords, and then keep working at it. It'll feel good when you get that first one down.Thanks. He told me he is waiting on a serenade, lol! (but fears I will get a harmonica and try to serenade him with that, hahaha).

bazmaz
11-19-2009, 04:55 AM
My last 10

The Weight - The Band
Dock Of The Bay - Otis
Accentuate the Positive
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Sunny Afternoon - Kinks
For Me & My Gal
Bring Me Sunshine
Livin On A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Bottle Of Smoke - Pogues

nohandles
11-19-2009, 05:24 AM
My last 10

The Weight - The Band
Dock Of The Bay - Otis
Accentuate the Positive
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Sunny Afternoon - Kinks
For Me & My Gal
Bring Me Sunshine
Livin On A Prayer - Bon Jovi


Bottle Of Smoke - Pogues I have every CD the Pogues ever made Love that group. Never thought about working on their stuff on the Uke. Thanks for the reminder. Doug

csr5z
11-19-2009, 05:33 AM
Take Your love With Me, by Sophie Madeleine
Rome Wasn't Built in a Day, by Nick Lowe (tabbed by Sesso!)
I Get Ideas (When We Are Dancing), as done by Danielle Ate the Sandwich
Blue Moon
Cruel to be Kind, by Nick Lowe
I Will, by The Beatles
The Greatest, by Kenny Rogers
In Your Eyes, by Todd Rundgren
A Summer Song, by Chad & Jeremy

N.B. I play all of the above very poorly!

ukecantdothat
11-19-2009, 09:29 AM
If I could, I'd play a lot of alternative rock covers. But as a beginner I play the stereotypical beginner songs you find in song books. :)Those books are great! I still do a killer "Clementine" - came with the Leolani that started my descent into the ukulele deep end.

Melissa82
11-19-2009, 09:46 AM
Those books are great! I still do a killer "Clementine" - came with the Leolani that started my descent into the ukulele deep end.LOL! Yeah, that one is one of my faves. ;)

nohandles
11-19-2009, 10:02 AM
Today I worked on some new stuff

Sweet George Brown and laid down a bass and guitar track to it
Cold frosty morning and laid down a guitar track
Cindy- Old time
Froggy went a courting
Back cello suits 14, 15 and 16 Phew
Love letters in the sand
Mr Sandman guitar track too.
Crawdad song
Summertime jazz style -guitar and bass tracks
Do Re Mi- Nancy Griffith
And a lot more. Then I pulled out the sweetest piece of birds eye maple you ever saw to start a new concert Uke since I can't afford to buy anything right now. Going to do it in in black and white with Dolphins for inlay and a bridge. Stay tuned on that one. I'll post a picture later of the wood chunk in the right pace of course.

bazmaz
11-19-2009, 10:13 AM
pogues work brilliantly on uke!

nohandles
11-19-2009, 10:19 AM
pogues work brilliantly on uke!

I pulled out the collection today for tomorrows entertainment. Thanks again for reminding me- Doug

Skrik
11-19-2009, 11:50 AM
Here are the songs I feel more or less comfortable playing.

Ain't She Sweet? - Ager and Yellen
All My Little Words - Stephen Marrit (Magnetic Fields)
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life - Monty Python
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - George Harrison
Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now) - Ager and Yellen
Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
Busted - Ray Charles
Devil Baby - Mark Knopfler
Don't Want to Fall in Love - Green Day
Dream a Little Dream of Me - Andre, Schwandt and Kahn
Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
Fly Me To The Moon - Bart Howard
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Handle Me with Care - Travelling Wilburys
Hot Dog - Led Zeppelin
I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen
I've Just Seen a Face - The Beatles
King Of The Road - Roger Miller
Love Potion No 9. - The Clovers
Mack the Knife - Bertolt Brecht (Louis Armstrong version)
Nelly the Elephant - Toy Dolls version
People Are Strange - The Doors
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream) - The Chords
Sit on my Face - Monty Python
Sixteen Tons - Merle Travis
Something - The Beatles
St James Infirmary Blues - Traditional (Louis Armstrong version)
Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie
Tear In My Beer - Hank Williams
The Cat Came Back - Traditional
The Galaxy Song - Monty Python
Under African Skies - Paul Simon
Wanna Be Like You - Sherman brothers

It's getting to be quite a long list. :)

nohandles
11-19-2009, 11:54 AM
Here are the songs I feel more or less comfortable playing.

Ain't She Sweet? - Ager and Yellen
All My Little Words - Stephen Marrit (Magnetic Fields)
Always Look on the Bright Side of Life - Monty Python
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea - George Harrison
Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now) - Ager and Yellen
Blowin' in the Wind - Bob Dylan
Busted - Ray Charles
Devil Baby - Mark Knopfler
Don't Want to Fall in Love - Green Day
Dream a Little Dream of Me - Andre, Schwandt and Kahn
Fat Bottomed Girls - Queen
Fly Me To The Moon - Bart Howard
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Handle Me with Care - Travelling Wilburys
Hot Dog - Led Zeppelin
I'm on Fire - Bruce Springsteen
I've Just Seen a Face - The Beatles
King Of The Road - Roger Miller
Love Potion No 9. - The Clovers
Mack the Knife - Bertolt Brecht (Louis Armstrong version)
Nelly the Elephant - Toy Dolls version
People Are Strange - The Doors
Reet Petite - Jackie Wilson
Sh-Boom (Life Could Be a Dream) - The Chords
Sit on my Face - Monty Python
Sixteen Tons - Merle Travis
Something - The Beatles
St James Infirmary Blues - Traditional (Louis Armstrong version)
Stop The Cavalry - Jona Lewie
Tear In My Beer - Hank Williams
The Cat Came Back - Traditional
The Galaxy Song - Monty Python
Under African Skies - Paul Simon
Wanna Be Like You - Sherman brothers

It's getting to be quite a long list. :)

The Galaxy Song I love this song. The children at hospice loved it too and I had to play it over and over again.