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Leekster
05-23-2011, 09:39 AM
Greetings from Sao Paulo, Brazil!

I have been practicing with the Uke Bootcamp. It's challenging.

What I would like is a song with a few cords that I can learn and be inspired.

Something contemporary would be nice versus a "Mary had a little lamb". maybe a Beetles song or Regae... I don't know...

This is my first musical instrument so have mercy. I need a sheet that has the cords with the finger placements and all... sources?

Many Thanks!

hoosierhiver
05-23-2011, 09:50 AM
Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" is fun and easy, just G, C and D.

hoosierhiver
05-23-2011, 09:51 AM
If you like reggae, "Stir it Up" and "Three little birds" are both easy three chord songs too.

Leekster
05-23-2011, 09:56 AM
Thanks for the help!

Now where can I find them? Is there a good source you use?

hoosierhiver
05-23-2011, 10:01 AM
There are alot of sites for tabs and lyrics. Just think of a song you want to learn and do a search for "tabs"

ie, search: "Bob Marley Stir it Up tab"

hoosierhiver
05-23-2011, 10:04 AM
Music teacher Mike has alot of instructional videos too.

http://www.youtube.com/user/MusicTeacher2010

Raygf
05-23-2011, 10:41 AM
Stand By Me
C(8 strums) am (8 strums) F (4 strums) G7 (4 Strums) c (8 strums)
The pattern never changes. The tricky part is 8 beats/strums of C at the end and 8 beats/strums of C at the beginning again.

Jambalaya by Hank Williams.
#1.
[C]Good-bye Joe, me gotta go, me oh [G7]my oh,
[G7]Me gotta go pole the pirogue down the [C]bayou.
[C]My Yvonne, the sweetest one, me oh [G7]my oh,
[G7]Son of a gun we'll have big fun on the [C]bayou

CHORUS:

[C]Jambalaya and a crawfish pie and filet [G7]gumbo,
[G7]cause tonight I'm gonna see my ma cher a[C]mie..o.
[C]Pick guitar, fill fruit jar and be [G7]gay..o,
[G7]Son of a gun we'll have big fun on the [C]bayou.

#2.
Thibodeaux, fontaineaux, the place is buzzin'.
kinfolk come to see Yvonne by the dozen.
Dress in style go hog wild me oh my oh.
Son of a gun we'll have big fun on the bayou.

CHORUS:

#3.
Settle down far from town get me a pirogue.
and I'll catch all the fish in the bayou,
swap my gun to buy Yvonne what she need..o.
Son of a gun we'll have big fun on the bayou.

CHORUS:

Regards,
Ray

PhilUSAFRet
05-23-2011, 12:41 PM
A nice site for beinners

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

Another great site I like

http://uketabs.com/

Huna
05-23-2011, 01:40 PM
I like Margaritaville

mrjewkulele
05-23-2011, 02:28 PM
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ConspiracyUkeist
05-23-2011, 10:11 PM
"Nutrition" by the Dead Milkmen

hotnuma
05-23-2011, 10:51 PM
You'll find a few one in this thread :
http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?45947-Easy-and-Fun-Songs-to-play

"Friday I'm In Love" by The Cure for example, fun and easy song.
http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/www.willamette.edu/~jbanks/tab/cure/friday1.tab
Inspiration :
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=friday+i%27m+in+love+ukulele&aq=f
(clamoring's one for example.)

Or "Let It Be"... basically, C G Am F :
http://www.e-chords.com/chords/the-beatles/let-it-be
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=let+it+be+ukulele&aq=f

Enjoy. :D

Sesska
05-24-2011, 05:26 AM
Why would you not pick up one of your favorite tunes, search for the chords&lyrics via google and try to do it, with no real care about how many and what the chords can be?

it will be much more rewarding and motivating to exercise on a tune that you already know and appreciate than trying some random stuff just because it's supposed to be ''simple'', no?

a chord is a chord, you will know dozens of them in a few month ;)

bazmaz
05-24-2011, 05:29 AM
Nursery Rhymes are excellent learning aids for beginners, as they are simple, and most people already know the words and tunes very well.

Lots of them on this page, together with lots of other simple songs with chords http://www.gotaukulele.com/p/ukulele-song-sheets.html

Enjoy

Kanaka916
05-24-2011, 06:32 AM
Greetings from Sao Paulo, Brazil!

I have been practicing with the Uke Bootcamp. It's challenging.

What I would like is a song with a few cords that I can learn and be inspired.

Something contemporary would be nice versus a "Mary had a little lamb". maybe a Beetles song or Regae... I don't know...

This is my first musical instrument so have mercy. I need a sheet that has the cords with the finger placements and all... sources?

Many Thanks!
I won't recommend a song but check UU's Ukulele Resources thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15464-Ukulele-Resources-%28Updated%29) . . . lotsa songbooks and plenty to choose from (downloadable PDF)