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01-05-2011, 02:25 PM
I've found that variety really is the spice of life. I rarely ever learn to play a song perfectly to completion because I get bored!! What are you playing now??? Something fun???

01-05-2011, 02:33 PM
Very Very Fun! "The Pink Panther Theme' by Henry Mancini.

:rock: Thanks Ukulele Mike on youtube!

01-05-2011, 02:36 PM
Ok, ya caught me. I confess. I'm not on the Uke right now. Right now, I am jaming Sweet Home Alabama on my Les Paul... (I'll have to learn it on the Uke too...;))

01-05-2011, 02:39 PM
Crossroads, Cream. Then Cocaine and Dock of the Bay.

01-05-2011, 02:41 PM
trying to learn "Desperado" from Dominator's Tabs and numerous youtube videos.

01-05-2011, 02:44 PM
"Making Whoopee" great song for the vocally challenged ....like me.:)

01-05-2011, 03:03 PM
Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah, and The Dog Days Are Over (Florence and teh Machine)

finally manned up to post after a long time as a lurker. . .

01-05-2011, 03:18 PM
Been playing "Waves" by Dominator.

Also been enjoyin' "Istanbul, not Constantinople" - it's a fun one to sing!

Ryrod - I've tried Desperado too; it's harder than it appears, I found.

01-05-2011, 03:28 PM
I just played some Stairway to Heaven, some Dock of the Bay, and checked in on some Clapton with the worst rendition of Tears in Heaven that I've ever heard. I messed around with some chords and playe a bit with a C to a C7?, then an F, Am, B and E. I'm off tonight because I'm exhausted so it sounded worse than usual.

01-05-2011, 03:33 PM
I just played some Stairway to Heaven, I love to play that one on the Uke..

01-05-2011, 03:39 PM
A mashup of Let's Dance, Blue Roses Falling, While my guitar gently weeps, and dragon. What i like to call, 'While my dragon gently dances on blue roses"

01-05-2011, 04:05 PM
I love to play that one on the Uke..

It seems to me the way the picking through the chords in the intro to the song, it must have been written on/for uke. It's too big a coincidence that it just works so well in my opinion.

01-05-2011, 04:11 PM
Trying to figure out this tune (http://www.sendspace.com/file/uz704v), if anyone wants to help I will be much obliged. I tend to focus on 20's and 30's tunes on the uke (although Sunday was SABBATH day)- this version is done by the New Dixie Demons, probably pre 1930. It was also done by about a thousand other folks, most notably Nick Lucas. He also did (wrote?) Tiptoe through the tulips...but I will forgive him as this gets the flappers tassels shakin ;)

Paul Cote
01-05-2011, 04:13 PM
Blind Melon 'no rain'

01-05-2011, 04:15 PM
I'm mostly practicing "All My Loving," "When You Wish Upon A Star," "When You're Smiling," and Sophie Madeleine's "You Are My Favourite," and I'm also practicing/developing two original songs. My two Hawaiian ukulele classes begin again in the next couple of weeks, so I'll start practicing the songs we're playing in those classes.

01-05-2011, 04:18 PM
I agree Bruce. I like it better on Uke than I do on guitar.

01-05-2011, 04:49 PM
I've been playing "first day of my life" by Bright Eyes. Sounds great on the ukulele and is an easy one to sing.

01-05-2011, 05:03 PM
I wanna grow old with you by adam sandler. real nice tune

01-05-2011, 05:21 PM
Love the song ideas this thread is giving me!

I have a goal of learning (and recording) a new song each week in 2011. Last week's song was PAPER MOON. So now I'm working on RAINDROPS KEEP FALLING ON MY HEAD (in D tuning on my Gibson Uke 1).

01-05-2011, 05:24 PM
"I'm Confessin' That I Love You" and "The Sheik of Avenue B"

Uncle Leroy
01-05-2011, 05:24 PM
Take 5 by Brubeck

01-05-2011, 06:21 PM
Crossroads, Cream. Then Cocaine and Dock of the Bay.

I've uploaded part of today's practice session onto you tube if you want to hum along. It's just practice session level stuff but I thought friends in this thread might want a peek.

01-05-2011, 06:26 PM
Molokai Slide and 26 Miles. Thanks for reminding me about Stairway To Heaven. I recently got the chords for that song and wanted to learn it. Now what did I do with it?

01-05-2011, 07:53 PM
No lie, I was figuring out the saxophone licks of Gerry Rafferty's "Baker Street" in order to turn them into tablature for the song sheet I'm devising for our uke club meeting. When I took a break and looked at the the news, there was a report that he had just died.

Hippie Dribble
01-05-2011, 08:13 PM
hi mendel. I've got a few at the moment...

One is "Shine" from Ian Whitcomb's "The Cat's Meow", and "You're In Style When You're Wearing A Smile", also from that book.

"There was A Man And He Was Mad", a children's folk song.

Some others: "The Letter That Never Came" (trad. folk); "The Blind Fiddler" (trad. folk); "Baby" (George Formby); "Ragged But Right" (trad. folk); "I'll Sing You A Love Song" (Pete Seeger); "Big Rock Candy Mountain" (trad. folk); "I'm A Whole Lot Wilder Than I Look" (20's) and "Cotton Mill Colic" (trad. folk). Heaps of others too...:)

01-05-2011, 10:30 PM
Take 5 by Brubeck

Have you seen this video?


01-06-2011, 05:18 PM
I just started learning "Here Comes Your Man" by The Pixies.

02-10-2011, 09:01 PM
Right now, I am playing Call of Duty game at my PC. It is shooter game .

02-10-2011, 09:28 PM
I'm working on perfecting Brown Eyed Girl by the Ka'au Crater Boys. The solos are a challenge to figure out. Anyone have good tabs for them?

02-10-2011, 11:02 PM
Unfortunately nothing...I'm at work. :(

But if I was playing something, it would probably be Jailhouse Blues!

02-10-2011, 11:10 PM
I'm not playing anything RIGHT now since it's time to do uni work, but when I finish I'll be praticing Nobody know the trouble I've seen, Fireflies by Owl City and Take to the sky by Owl City too...

02-11-2011, 12:24 AM
Redemption Song - Bob Marley.

Hippie Dribble
02-11-2011, 12:33 AM
This week's favorites are

"Army Life", a traditional bittersweet anti-war tune, and

"Accentuate The Positive" :)

02-11-2011, 12:37 AM
This is probably going to take a bit more than a week for me, but I'm trying to learn "Wreck of the Old 97".

02-11-2011, 05:11 AM
I've been fiddling around with some Freebird fingerpicking. Officially, I suck at it. I will say; however, that I am hopeful for the future. After all, an Indian raindance always worked, because the indians always danced until it rained.

02-11-2011, 07:46 AM
Yesterday by the beatles :)

02-11-2011, 03:29 PM
"I Don't Want To Set The World On Fire", and plucking away at "$13 Stella", by Mason Williams.


02-11-2011, 05:31 PM
"No Woman, no cry" (Bob Marley) instrumental solo right now. So relaxing :)

02-11-2011, 05:38 PM
paper moon

02-11-2011, 05:43 PM
Honey-The Mana'o Company

Nothin better that that Island feeling on a cold February night!

02-11-2011, 05:53 PM
I'm working on That'll Be The Day by Buddy Holly and Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin.

02-11-2011, 06:11 PM
"Grandad's Flanelette Nightshirt"

02-11-2011, 07:12 PM
Not really a fun song (the opposite, rather wistful), but it's fun to play: "Palm of Your Hand" by Cake.

02-12-2011, 05:05 AM
Putting the finishing touches on a cover of "I Will Follow You Into The Dark" by Death Cab For Cutie. Love the song and the strum pattern translates really well to the uke.

Just moved to a tenor after playing concert for the past 8 years so my fingers feel too small. LOL!

Hope to perform the song at the corktown jam in toronto in a couple weeks.


02-12-2011, 06:09 AM
Playing along with Bonnie Raitt on Nobody's Girl, my favorite Valentine's Day song :)

02-12-2011, 10:32 AM
Trying to learn Dinah....is there anyone finer, in the state of Carolina..... I have two verisons that are different and a friend showed me another way to play it so I am arrainging a version for me. Thank God for Rhaposdy.

02-12-2011, 10:50 AM
"Romeo and Juliet", by Dire Straits.
It's very difficult for me, but I think it's coming.

02-12-2011, 04:41 PM
I spent a lot of time today practicing "Tears in Heaven". No matter how well I learn to play it, I don't think I will ever do it justice.... Every single time I listen to Eric Clapton play, I feel humbled and small....

02-12-2011, 05:06 PM
Learning the chords to "Five Foot Two". Doing fairly well with it.

02-12-2011, 07:16 PM
"Stairway" and "Wish You Were Here." Was jamming some "Something" earlier.

Hippie Dribble
02-12-2011, 07:19 PM
"Grandad's Flanelette Nightshirt"

looking forward to hearing that one soon brother John :)

02-12-2011, 07:27 PM
Learned Creep by Radiohead to play for the ol' GF on Valentine's Day :)

02-12-2011, 07:31 PM
"City of New Orleans" - Arlo Guthrie

02-12-2011, 10:02 PM
"House of the Rising Sun" and "Hallelujah"

02-13-2011, 08:48 PM
Ken Middleton's arrrangement of Finlandia:

and Sophie Madeleine's "Rhythm you started":

02-13-2011, 10:20 PM
Darktown Strutters Ball,Doctor Jazz and any
random Beatles songs that I think of at the

02-14-2011, 02:23 AM
Working out several tunes in some old songbooks I acquired for the vintage music collection DVD, including "Why Don't You Do Right" - a great tune, but the uke arrangement in the book seems awkward, so I'm tinkering with it. Plus my own arrangement of a Bob Dylan tune, Buckets of Rain. Plus a couple of my own pieces.

02-14-2011, 05:34 AM
For the last week or so I have been working on an instrumental version of Hallelujah based on a combination of Jake's and ukejon's versions. It is coming along pretty good, at least for my playing ability. Even with some of the reduced stretches it is still a killer on my hand. I am tweaking some of the fill areas and taking out a verse because it makes a somewhat monotonous song drag out a little too long.


02-14-2011, 06:13 AM
messing around with "On Fire" right now. Pretty tough , but super fun to play.

02-14-2011, 06:29 AM
Printed out the sheet music for Two-part Invention in D. Writing out the notes as of now because I'm not that great at reading right from the staff. I've got he first 5 or so bars down pretty well, but nothing past that which is what today will be about hopefully.

Was also thinking of taking a crack at My Funny Valentine given the date.

03-04-2011, 12:32 PM
Looking for some new songs to play on my eleuke. Any suggestions? I'm looking for something with a little funk...

03-04-2011, 01:51 PM
I've been working on some Lyle Ritz stuff, and some of my own arrangements. 1 of "Hit the Road Jack" :)

03-04-2011, 03:51 PM
Sunshine of My Love....... It rules.

03-04-2011, 05:01 PM
Sunshine of My Love....... It rules.Eleuke appoved! that must sound sweet in the headphones ;D
me: Annie's Song.

03-04-2011, 07:26 PM
Im a newbie but I just finished up learning the Harry Potter Theme song and I am working on crazy G, which is crazy hard for me!

03-04-2011, 08:01 PM
I've been working on some Lyle Ritz stuff, and some of my own arrangements. 1 of "Hit the Road Jack" :)
I've been working on some Lyle Ritz stuff too. The solos book has kept me busy for 3/4 of the past year. Love the challenge, though.

03-04-2011, 11:18 PM
A recent favourite is the old classic 'Don't Bring Lulu'.
I believe its an old jazz/vaudeville song,but have no
evidence or proof of that! Then,as the mood takes me
I always turn to my Beatles songs,music I grew up with
and some fabulously satisfying chord changes in there!

03-05-2011, 04:24 PM
Luthien, what Beatles' songs are your favorite, that you play the most?

03-05-2011, 10:48 PM
Beatles favourites? All Of Them! But I suppose
'You Won't See Me','Eight Days A Week','Daytripper'
'I'm Looking Through You','Yesterday','I Feel Fine'
and 'Here Comes the Sun' get played often!

03-06-2011, 03:48 AM
Proco Harum - Whiter Shade, Unchained Melody, America - Daisy Jane, Smokey - My Girl. Light my fire - Jose Feliciano style. There are more. Next I am going to work with "Walk On By" Bacharach.

03-06-2011, 09:52 AM
A recent favourite is the old classic 'Don't Bring Lulu'.
I believe its an old jazz/vaudeville song,but have no
evidence or proof of that!
Published in 1925. Lyrics by Billy Rose and Lew Brown, music by Ray Henderson.
I have a scan of the original sheet music in my DVD collection of vintage uke music.

03-06-2011, 09:57 AM
I'm mutilating the John King arrangement of Chopsticks. My fingers weren't meant to do this!

03-06-2011, 10:04 AM
"Hate To Talk About Myself" ...a wonderful old Fats Waller tune that I learned from Patsy Monteleone


03-06-2011, 12:43 PM
"Dream a Little Dream" difficulty with clean sound on C - B7 - Ab - G (or G7) It's that B7 - Ab that slows me down. Seems easy enough but fingers won't cooperate.

Morning Has Broken - fingerpicking, tabbing it out.

03-06-2011, 01:40 PM
"Dream a Little Dream" difficulty with clean sound on C - B7 - Ab - G (or G7) It's that B7 - Ab that slows me down. Seems easy enough but fingers won't cooperate.

Morning Has Broken - fingerpicking, tabbing it out.

Wow, I don't know Ab, yet another chord to add to my "to-learn-someday" list...I do totally get the "finger won't cooperate" I've finally managed to get a smooth transition from C to Fm to C, but as Fm appears later as Dm-Fm-C, that transition isn't going to well!

As for what I'm playing, right now? When I Fall In Love by Victor Young

03-06-2011, 02:07 PM
Attempting to learn Piano Forte by Jake Shimabukuro and Aldrines Ukulele Waltz ^.^ beautiful songs

03-06-2011, 03:04 PM
Hallelujah, by Rufus Wainright. So easy, so smooth, and so beautiful.... Uh oh. Gotta go. Crying baby!!!!

03-06-2011, 06:26 PM
Working on Crazy G, Staten Island Slide, Stand by Me, Jammin', Ain't She Sweet, Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, and Beginning to See the Light.

03-06-2011, 08:47 PM
"Stepping Razor" by Peter Tosh. So irie and so simple. It's in G. The verses are C///G/// C///G/// The choruses are Bb///G///Bb///G///
It's the kind of song I put the iTunes on repeat 1 and let it loop over and over. Never gets old. Before that it was "Lime and the Coconut" by Harry Nillson. Even easier. That one goes: C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7///C7... and so on...

03-07-2011, 12:28 AM
Ian,thanks for the info on 'Don't Bring Lulu'! I can't remember
where I got my copy (online) but it had the lyrics and chords
and no composer credits at all! Always good to know and be
able to identify a asong! Thanks.

Hippie Dribble
03-07-2011, 01:50 AM
"The Ballad of Ikey and Mikey" and "Grandpa's Got A Long One" both by the incomparable Benny Bell. :rofl::biglaugh:

03-07-2011, 05:10 AM
Kingston Town by Lord Creator/UB40!

Canoe Lady
03-08-2011, 07:55 PM
"Going North" by Missy Higgins, "Grapefruit, Juicy Fruit" by Jimmy Buffet, and "No Love Today" by Chris Smither.

03-08-2011, 08:02 PM
Paper Moon on a Kamaka pineapple.

03-13-2011, 06:24 PM
Every now and then this thread gets back to the top, so I figured I'd send it there...

This evening I've been playing CSN's Long Time Gone.

Ahhh the memories.


03-14-2011, 04:43 AM
Toll there was you, and Hallelujah. They are favorites of mine.

pat rock
03-14-2011, 04:47 AM
"Hawaiian Sky" by Herb Ohta, Jr. keeps getting in the line up for me!

03-14-2011, 05:06 AM
Unchained Melody - been trying for a while to get it right, think I'm gonna have to make it into next week's challenge too!

03-14-2011, 09:02 AM
Hurt by Johnny Cash because it is a great song, and Every Rose has It's Thorn by Poison because I feel that all dorky blond dudes should be legally required to play it.

True Story.

03-14-2011, 09:33 AM
Where did you get the tab for Every Rose? Id love to learn that!!! Great song!!!!!!

03-14-2011, 03:22 PM
I learned Every Rose just by looking up the chords (probably on Ultimate Guitar or chordie, but I don't really remember), and had a friend who also plays uke (and who is quite musically talented) help me get the rest of it by ear. If it helps at all, it is played EXACTLY the same as Jonathan Coulton's "Re: Your Brains".

03-16-2011, 02:58 PM
Since I just got a baritone uke, I've been playing - finally - all those songs in the key of E that are uncomfortable bordering on impossible in GCEA tuning. Especially 'Let it Down' by George Harrison.

03-16-2011, 03:40 PM
Believe it or not, "Time After Time" by Cyndi Lauper. Easy and fun!!!

03-16-2011, 05:23 PM
If you like Time After Time, here is Jon Prown's version on the song. His version is one of my favorite uke tunes. I only wish I had just a little of his talent.




03-17-2011, 02:55 AM
That is beautiful. Out of all the people I've heard play (Jake, James Hill, et cetera) ukejon is the one that I'd love to be able to play llke. The others are amazing, no doubt, but they are not my style. This song is right ip my alley..

03-17-2011, 03:25 AM
I seem to be SUPER productive this week, so am now playing The Battle Hymn of the Republic, before that I was learning Sakura (Cherry Blossoms) and got it done in a day...maybe it's the new Uke, but maybe it's just that Miss D is finally well enough to be back at school!

04-08-2011, 03:57 AM
Mumford and Sons

"The Cave". Lots of fingerpicking, and I am excited about working on that aspect of my playing. This song is also good because the vocals are not really sung as much as they are spoken in a melodious manner. What are you guys up to?

04-08-2011, 07:15 PM
Years ago, I bought the score to Anything Goes in preparation to audition for a vocal scholarship, but I got too busy and/or chickened out. I just found it in my bookshelf and it has chords written in (and guitar diagram on some.) So far, I've mostly been working on "De-Lovely," which has a nice, bouncy quality that translates nicely to uke.

04-09-2011, 09:00 PM
I'm working on a cool story-song by Robert Earl Keen, "The Road Goes On Forever And The Party Never Ends". Thinking about maybe doing it at the UWC in June. Pretty simple but it has a lot of words. Next on the agenda, I think, is going to be "Atlantic City" by Bruce Springstein.

04-09-2011, 09:29 PM
Working on a Robert Earl Keen Jr. tune as well right now- "The Front Porch Song".

Hippie Dribble
04-09-2011, 09:38 PM
Today it's a chord solo arrangement for "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" and a cute lil' pop song by Darren Hanlon called "She Cuts Hair".

I'm also working at translating one of my originals called "Rocket Science" from the guitar to ukulele.

04-13-2011, 07:25 AM
Till There Was You....

04-13-2011, 09:28 AM
21 Guns by Green Day.

04-13-2011, 09:40 AM
New song (for me) but an oldie and a great one, called I Ain't Lazy... I'm Just Dreamin. Found the song sheet in a pile I recently purchased. Now working on it. Here's a version:


04-13-2011, 09:57 AM

04-13-2011, 11:10 AM
Crazy, i'm a big willie n fan

04-21-2011, 04:28 PM
Puff the Magic Dragon- Peter, Paul, and Mary. Tons of fun!!

04-21-2011, 05:14 PM
I just picked up Jim's book, Daily Ukulele, and it is wonderful. Cool old and classic tunes. I just found a cool riff in there.

04-22-2011, 04:26 AM
'Chinatown, My Chinatown' chord soloing. Almost got it.

04-22-2011, 04:30 AM
Romance. Beautifully haunting. May I be able to do it justice.

04-22-2011, 05:23 AM
I'm not a Gleek, but I'm playing "Don't Stop Believin". The boy is napping as is my beautiful bride. When they wake up and I can go upstairs to shower and dress, I have to work on the Dissertation. For now, I'm enjoying a few stolen moments with my Eleuke, Gizmo. Happy Easter and Good Pesach to all...

04-22-2011, 05:36 AM
Dock of the Bay by Otis Redding

Stay Cat Strut by Brian Setzer

04-22-2011, 06:03 AM
Otis Redding is awesome. Dock of the Bay is one of my favorite songs.

04-22-2011, 06:12 AM
Otis Redding is awesome. Dock of the Bay is one of my favorite songs.

It is a wonderful song. Trust me.. some of those oldtimers craned their necks and turned their hearing aids up.

It is a soothing song.

04-22-2011, 07:47 AM
In honor of seeing Rush tonight I am working on Fly By Night

04-22-2011, 08:15 AM
Have virtually learned 'Goofus' in the past week or two
and am fooling around with 'Penny Lane' and a few other
Beatle songs that I have not yet mastered!

04-22-2011, 08:40 AM
House of the Rising Sun. Pretty easy 5 chord song, but I did love the sound of the Animals when I was younger - think I should learn a couple more.

04-22-2011, 10:05 AM
I think this is the longest running thread I have ever started. Im happy it is still up here. I am taking a 2 minute break from my Dissertation. Gotta go back to work to be a PhD someday soon!

04-22-2011, 10:12 AM
"The Galaxy Song" from Monty Python and the Meaning of Life!

My grandmother passed away last week. Our family is very close and we haven't been in the greatest of spirits, but I ended up delighting my favorite second cousin with that on the day of the funeral.

04-22-2011, 10:13 AM
At HUG (Hampton Roads Ukulele Group) I learned the chord sequence for "When I Ruled the World" so am playing around with that.

Also A D7 E7 blues progression.

05-15-2011, 06:22 PM
Samba Pa Ti

I found a ukulele version on youtube that is a very nice arrangement.


Loupin' Flech
05-15-2011, 06:49 PM
A whole raft of Scottish songs out of the Corries songbooks,most need transposing and some sound terrible no matter what key I'm in.

05-15-2011, 07:07 PM
Trying to learn to finger pick using the chord sequence from "Misty"

05-15-2011, 07:08 PM
The Universe is Laughing by The Guggenheim Grotto

05-15-2011, 07:49 PM
Jake's Bach piece. For the last two weeks.

05-15-2011, 07:59 PM
Burning Lights (Joe Strummer), Redemption Song (Bob Marley and the Wailers) and Straight to Hell (The Clash)

05-16-2011, 03:52 AM
Trying to learn Aldrine's rendition of Tears in Heaven.

05-16-2011, 04:10 AM
Longing to Belong! I just can't get it out of my head XP

05-16-2011, 04:14 AM
A hymn for the competition (finding it tough going lol) and also Aldrines tears in heaven but only just really started to look at that.

05-16-2011, 11:01 AM
Today after school with my advanced boys was "I'll See You In My Dreams" by Joe Brown, "This Day Should Last Forever" by Ocean Colour Scene, and "Bring Me Sunshine" by the Jive Aces. An hour of absolute ear-to-ear grinning. I so needed that.

05-16-2011, 11:04 AM
House of the Rising Sun by the Animals- Thanks Ukulele Mike <3

05-16-2011, 01:40 PM
"No Surprises" by Radiohead. The main guitar/glockenspiel riff falls nicely under a first-position G chord. Shame I can't sing...

05-16-2011, 02:03 PM
...oh, and it's a green Mahalo U30. Other songs that I've been playing recently include:

"What Then Is Love But Mourning" (Elizabethan lute song - I'm afraid I whistle the tune, but the uke makes a pretty good lute substitute)
"Come Again, Sweet Love Doth Now Invite" (another lute song; as above)
"Java Jive" (1940s novelty R&B song by the Ink Spots)
"Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head" (Bacharach & David)
"Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring" (J.S. Bach - well, the chords anyway)
"Here Comes the Sun", "Michelle", "I Am the Walrus", "Strawberry Fields Forever" (The Beatles)
"Satellite of Love" (Lou Reed)
"In an English Country Garden" (traditional English folk song)
"It's Different For Girls" (Joe Jackson)
"Lola", "Sunny Afternoon", "Waterloo Sunset", "Dedicated Follower of Fashion" (The Kinks)

I think that's a pretty wide range of material...

05-16-2011, 03:36 PM
Ain't She Sweet on the Pono PTO-E.
That uke's a sweet ride.

05-16-2011, 04:25 PM
"Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" on my Slingerland Banjo Uke! Singing it for a class, actually :D

05-16-2011, 09:42 PM
"Always Look On The Bright Side of Life" on my Slingerland Banjo Uke! Singing it for a class, actually :D Bet it sounds good!

05-26-2011, 08:40 AM
I'm enjoying playing Banana Pancakes. I hope you are all enjoying the day!

05-26-2011, 08:47 AM
Right now, right now Im playing "I Want my Destiny" by Fred Hammond. But on bass.

05-26-2011, 06:10 PM
Alacran Y Pistolero, or "The Gunslinger and the Scorpion", thanks to Ukulele Secrets:

05-26-2011, 06:22 PM
Bach's Minuet in G Major on my reentrant uke; and Minuet in G Minor on my low-G.

05-26-2011, 07:46 PM
This week I'm working on a parody song set to the tune of Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover".

05-26-2011, 09:09 PM
John Lennon's "Imagine", Joe Strummer's "Burning Lights", Bob Marley and the Wailers' "Redemption Song", traditional folk song "Barbara Allen"

05-26-2011, 09:35 PM
Bach's Minuet in G Major on my reentrant uke; and Minuet in G Minor on my low-G.Both at the same time??? :-o

05-27-2011, 12:09 AM
Running through a few 'new' songs to present to
the Ukulele Club that I organise,and for choice I
keep returning to old favourites like 'Dr Jazz',and
'Darktown Strutters Ball' type of song! Which as
one time rock guitarist,I used to hate for no good

05-27-2011, 02:00 AM
Two songs, both by Bob Dylan: Peggy Day and Buckets of Rain. Hope to do a video of both in the next few days.

Hippie Dribble
05-27-2011, 03:43 AM
can't get the hymn, "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" out of my head at the moment...it's some beautiful lyrics set to Beethoven's well known composition 'Ode to Joy'. Also working on a medley of old-time spirituals...

05-27-2011, 05:30 AM
Both at the same time??? :-o

Now that would be quite the party trick!

05-27-2011, 05:44 AM
These are in my current rotation: Roxanne by The Police, Time by Pink Floyd, Crazy by Gnarles Barkley, Take Five by Dave Brubeck

Dan Uke
05-27-2011, 02:17 PM
Transposing songs to C F G Am Em since I'm a beginner

05-27-2011, 06:37 PM
can't get the hymn, "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" out of my head at the moment...it's some beautiful lyrics set to Beethoven's well known composition 'Ode to Joy'. Also working on a medley of old-time spirituals...

I love this one! But have only got 2-note harmonics figured out rather than real fingerpicking. One day I will be fretboard fluent!

05-27-2011, 06:38 PM
Donna Nobis Pacem from Fingerstyle for Ukulele (Mel Bay).

Began learning it on the tenor, which makes playing it on the soprano feel AWESOME!

07-16-2011, 01:36 PM
I keep bringing back this thread because UU needs a 1000+ post thread that goes on for years and this is one that everyone can be a part of.

I have been working out Coldplay's Viva La Vida in fingerstyle using whatrever Youtubes I could find... a single ukulele version , a Japanese ukulele orchestra version, and a string version of the song... along with the original. I tuned up to C# temporarily to learn it.

I have it all figured out, I'm just refining it and trying to play it smoothly... at least for my ability... practice, practice, practice.


07-16-2011, 04:59 PM
Trying to finish lyrics for a couple of my own songs, and messing around with Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" and Yes's "South Side of the Sky" from recently bought sheet music.

07-16-2011, 05:37 PM
Bought the Ukulele Etudes by pulelehua, so just started working on 1, 2 & 3. Dust in the Wind is getting better and better. Digging out some very, very old favorites. Will post them later.

07-16-2011, 05:43 PM
That Hawaiian Melody...

07-18-2011, 05:07 PM
I've been plating "Raindrops Keep Falling on My head". Easy strum pattern, easy chords, an funto play. My kind of song. The bonus is, my son stands up and starts nipping around to it. It melts my heart every time. I've never been able to finish the song because of him, lol.

07-18-2011, 05:10 PM
[QUOTE=70sSanO;727522]I keep bringing back this thread because UU needs a 1000+ post thread that goes on for years and this is one that everyone can be a part of.

To think that I started a thread that has that potential amazes me. It is nice to feel like I contributed something to this community. Thank you for that.

07-18-2011, 05:49 PM
Got a couple we are learning, Hooked up with another duet and are gonna start plaing together. Got to get them down by weekend after next. My Favorites are San Anton Rose and lovesick Blues.

San Antonio Rose
Heart and Soul
You Belong to Me
City of New Orleans
For Your Love
Ballad of Curtiss Lowe
Lovesick Blues
For What it's Worth
Hotel California
Me and Bobby McGee
Bad Moon Rising
Everybody's Trying to be My Baby

07-18-2011, 06:45 PM
"Lover You Should Have Come Over" by Jeff Buckley

08-04-2011, 12:23 PM
I'm playing Etude #2 (Halu'a) by John Watson. I was re-reading "Effortless Mastery" by Kenny Werner, and he emphasizes that it is better to learn one piece to the mastery level than 10 pieces to the "meh" level. I'd forgotten that and, although I keep playing other pieces just for fun, I've decided that this "mastery approach" will do me more good in the long run.

08-04-2011, 12:51 PM
Getting ready to start tackling 'Bluesette' from the Lyle Ritz Chord Solo book.

08-04-2011, 03:13 PM
My dog had to be put to sleep last weekend, and as a result, I've been mulling about and playing what I call my Misery Trilogy... songs about sadness and whatnot....Tears in Heaven, Stairway to heaven, and Knockin' on Heavens Door. My wife said if I play another sad song, she will break my Uke over my head.... I put away the custom at that point and I've been sticking to my Lanikai...lol.

Im hoping to bring in some new stuff that is more upbeat as I get through the grieving process.

08-20-2011, 11:41 AM
Eddie Money- take me home tonight.
Google and the Blowfish- Goodbye Girl

I got the chords off of a guitar tab website bc there were no Uke tabs available. Slowed the rhythm of the Eddie Money song, and threw in some chocking. Sounds pretty decent. The Hootie son is a slow and beautiful ballad. Perfect the way it is with some finger picking thrown in. Good times.

08-20-2011, 12:10 PM
"One Way Out" by the allman bros., "Bertha" by the Dead (actually doing the los lobos version though:), "Brown Eyed Girl" van morrison, and "Brandy" by looking glass:) Also playing single note melodies of "When you wish upon a star" and "Pie Jesu", for accompanyment with vocals and another instrument, and Just wrote a reggae style song called "I'd like to (everyday)", and an instrumental blues with percussion accompanyment:) Just can't seem to leave my little friends in their cases ya know:) ha!

09-02-2011, 03:28 AM
Elvis Presley- Can't Help Falling In Love With You

My wife loves it. Although I cannot sing to save my life, I want to be able to play it for her...

Thats what I am spending my exceedinly rare Uke time on these days. I can already play it, but I want to play it really well so she knows I put a lot of work into it for her. What are you guys playing???

09-02-2011, 03:57 AM
Canon in D, and Hotel California

09-02-2011, 08:27 AM
Just a Gigolo,which I heard Nixon (a member here) play
a bit at a recent ukulele gathering we both attended!
Great song,Louis Armstrong among others did it.

09-02-2011, 10:18 AM
Ukes: National Resophonic Triolian, Martin Style 1
Songs: You Really Got a Hold on me, Wagon Wheel

09-02-2011, 01:21 PM
a song i've written for my band called "Ode to the Disillusioned Worker" Its good :)

Jon Moody
09-02-2011, 03:10 PM
Working on writing a tune (very dixieland like, which works well on the resonator uke), reworking a tune from my rock band days, and then getting the strumming down to do Paul Simon's "Me and Julio down by the Schoolyard."

09-02-2011, 03:19 PM
"Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" and "Dream a Little Dream"

09-02-2011, 04:07 PM
"I Won't Dance" by J.Kern, arranged by H.Ohta.

09-02-2011, 04:11 PM
For what it's worth

Hippie Dribble
09-02-2011, 04:12 PM
Red Clay Halo - Gillian Welch
Your Dog Loves My Dog - Cliff Edwards
Hot Tamales -Robert Johnson
Camptown Races - traditional
Keep On The Sunny Side - Carter Family
Joshua Fit T'Battle O Jericho - traditional

09-03-2011, 11:22 AM
I'm trying to review an old jazz tune
All the things you are
in the keys of Eb & Bb !!

09-04-2011, 02:31 PM
i'm having a hard time with "panaderos flamencos", original by esteban de sanlucar
paco de lucia used to play it in his youth