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philrab66
08-03-2011, 12:45 PM
Hi all I got some tabs from you tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWRm7mHPPlI

I have been playing along with Ukulele Mikes video for Sloop John B and decided to do the melody from tabs above so I can strum over top of them as I do not sing.
When I came to do strumming I realised its in a different key (F) I think. I would like to know what to change the original chords to (C-G7-C7-F)
I am a absolute beginner so do not understand how to change.
I do not really want to change key of tabs because I have allready recorded a track with melody on.

Thanks in advance Phil.

janeray1940
08-03-2011, 12:51 PM
If I'm understanding correctly, you have the chords in the key of C, but the melody in the key of F... so, you want to change the chords to the key of F. You would do this as follows:

C - change to F
G7 - change to C7
C7 - change to F7
F - change to Bb

philrab66
08-03-2011, 01:19 PM
Thankyou very much Jane, will have to learn so more chords now.

philrab66
08-03-2011, 10:46 PM
I have just realised I can not play Bb yet so change of plan. How do I change the key for my tabs from F-C ? Tabs above in you tube link.
Thanks Phil.

NordicUke
08-04-2011, 01:57 AM
Actually as the chords in your tab is: F - C7 - F - F7 - Bb - Gm <- in F as you stated, Jane really converted FROM the key of C which is what you want :)

C - G7

C - C7 - F - Dm

C - F - G7 - C

Well, I believe so :)

philrab66
08-04-2011, 03:41 AM
Hi Nordic
Please excuse my ignorance here, I have never studied music theory before so my head is throbbing trying to work this out. Probaly very simple really. What I was wanting to know is the tab I have of you tube is in the key of F. The chords I want to play with this melody are in the key of C, how do I change the tabs so they will go with my strumming?
If you have allready answered my question in your post above I do not understand.
Thanks for your time
Phil.

NordicUke
08-04-2011, 04:09 AM
No problems Philrab, the chords I posted are the chords in the key of C.
You have a scale of notes ranging from c-d-e-f-g-a-b-c for each octave
so if you have a song in the key of F for example (Which basically means that the song starts with F and has a natural progression of chords ending in, well F )

So to convert to the key of C you have to count down from F to C and proceed with the same number of steps for all the chords.
Meaning F is C (three chords downwards on the scale)
So then C7 is G7 (-3 notes on the scale)
and so on.

lkdumas
08-04-2011, 05:28 AM
What you need is a straight-forward key transposition chart such as the one in "Uncle Rod's Songbook", which you can find on-line and down-load free. You can then work out the changes yourself, and understand what you're doing. Since you are a true beginner, there are probably more things at this site that will help.

Kanaka916
08-04-2011, 06:02 AM
I think it's great to learn how to transpose but there are times when an application comes in handy.

http://tabtransposer.com/
http://www.logue.net/xp/

janeray1940
08-04-2011, 06:06 AM
Jane really converted FROM the key of C which is what you want :)


LOL :) I wasn't sure I understood what was being requested here - figures I'd get it backwards!

SailingUke
08-04-2011, 06:20 AM
I believe they want to transpose the melody notes.

philrab66
08-04-2011, 06:29 AM
LOL :) I wasn't sure I understood what was being requested here - figures I'd get it backwards!
No Jane you were correct but figured I was not ready for Bb yet so decided to do it the other way around.
Thanks Phil.

philrab66
08-04-2011, 06:29 AM
I believe they want to transpose the melody notes.
That is correct.

philrab66
08-04-2011, 06:32 AM
What you need is a straight-forward key transposition chart such as the one in "Uncle Rod's Songbook", which you can find on-line and down-load free. You can then work out the changes yourself, and understand what you're doing. Since you are a true beginner, there are probably more things at this site that will help.
Thanks I have been on Uncle Rods site and I am working through practice sheet 1. I am not really into strumming so looking for a few melody arrangements but finding to source them very hard.

janeray1940
08-04-2011, 06:37 AM
I am not really into strumming so looking for a few melody arrangements but finding to source them very hard.

Looks like you've already found the only "easy" tab site I know of... You might also enjoy these books (http://www.pekelosbooks.com/index.php) written by a fellow UU member.

DAPuke
08-04-2011, 07:17 AM
Hi phil, here is a link to chord transposing wheel. I couldn't find a really nice one but you'll get the idea.
http://www.angelfire.com/fl4/moneychords/wheelprintable.html
You cut the wheels out and fasten them together.
Don

philrab66
08-04-2011, 07:40 AM
Hi phil, here is a link to chord transposing wheel. I couldn't find a really nice one but you'll get the idea.
http://www.angelfire.com/fl4/moneychords/wheelprintable.html
You cut the wheels out and fasten them together.
Don
Thanls DaPuke I found that this morning I was really after to find out how to change the melody tab key?

philrab66
08-04-2011, 07:41 AM
Looks like you've already found the only "easy" tab site I know of... You might also enjoy these books (http://www.pekelosbooks.com/index.php) written by a fellow UU member.
Yep its the only one I have found so far. I would have thought it would have been a lot more popular with people but I guess not.

janeray1940
08-04-2011, 07:53 AM
Yep its the only one I have found so far. I would have thought it would have been a lot more popular with people but I guess not.

Seems as if most people are content with just strumming chords and playing uke as accompaniment to singing. Not me :) There are tons of sites with uke chord charts on the web, but sites with tab are pretty few and far between. Not to mention usually very advanced!