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luckyends
09-22-2008, 02:25 AM
so i was sitting in my room the other night playing my ukulele and i realized i really honestly didnt know a very wide variety of songs. so i compiled a list of all the songs i knew how to play and started to think of other ones that would kind of be expected for a ukulele player to know how to play or songs that everyone loves to hear...

so any way
can you guys help me with my list and post some songs that you think everyone should know how to play on their uke?

deach
09-22-2008, 02:29 AM
I'm Yours
I'm Yours
and I'm Yours


but seriously, I do my own thing. I don't care about people's preconceived notions about the uke and what I should or shouldn't know how to play.

SamWise
09-22-2008, 02:31 AM
I was thinking I should transcribe some American Music Club songs for ukulele....

luckyends
09-22-2008, 02:32 AM
I'm Yours
I'm Yours
and I'm Yours


but seriously, I do my own thing. I don't care about people's preconceived notions about the uke and what I should or shouldn't know how to play.

but of course for im yours

it is indeed more fun to do your own thing
(vampire weekend ukulele ftw)

but if some one comes up to you and asks you to play a song thats seems to be a general knowlege song that everyone should know i would feel kinda silly (has happened before)

deach
09-22-2008, 02:34 AM
but if some one comes up to you and asks you to play a song thats seems to be a general knowlege song that everyone should know i would feel kinda silly (has happened before)

Someone asked me to play Tiptoe Through the Tulips. I wish I knew how to play SnakeOiler's version.

deach
09-22-2008, 02:40 AM
Another thought...'songs you should know' will vary depending on your location.


check this out http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=2362

luckyends
09-22-2008, 02:59 AM
thanks that helps alot ^_^

but people feel free to post the songs they think are apropriate to know

also how does it change depending on location?

deach
09-22-2008, 03:01 AM
...

also how does it change depending on location?

Not many people in Virginia know Drop Baby Drop but they know Tiptoe...

Go to Hawaii, I'm sure a lot of people know Drop Baby Drop.

haole
09-22-2008, 06:48 AM
It's been my experience that most of the keiki in Hawai'i can at least play a few bars of "Surf." Mainlanders generally associate the uke with Iz's version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "Tiptoe," or goofy old songs that their grandfathers used to play. Location is a big part of it.

If you can strum through some Beatles, Jack Johnson, and Bob Marley, most audiences will be satisfied. ;)

seeso
09-22-2008, 07:06 AM
Here are the reasons I created the thread that deach linked:

http://ukulelehunt.com/ukulele-songs/

http://ukulelehunt.com/ukulele-music/

These are from Al's site, Uke Hunt (http://ukulelehunt.com/). Al is Woodshed on UU, and Woodshed1 on YouTube.

GX9901
09-22-2008, 09:12 AM
While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Pretty easy to learn, and it impresses the non-believers!

freedive135
09-22-2008, 09:51 AM
also how does it change depending on location?

I live in Denver CO so all my friends here want me to play John's songs.
IE: Rocky Mountain High!!!!


Put on your list

Breakdown-Jack Johnson
Free-Donovan Frankenreiter
Humuhumunukunukuapua'-Eric Stone
All three of these are played on the Ukulele so I guess they would be modern must plays!!!!

experimentjon
09-22-2008, 04:21 PM
Surf
Honey Baby
Drop Baby Drop
Molokai Slide
Henehene Ko'aka

Yuup. Classics.

ricdoug
09-22-2008, 05:31 PM
Here's a few that should keep you busy for a couple of hours:

http://www.nashukes.com/support-files/8-songsthru200.pdf

http://www.tusc.co.uk/media/tuscsongbook1.pdf

http://www.tusc.co.uk/media/tuscsongbook2.pdf

http://www.tusc.co.uk/media/tuscsongbook3sixties.pdf

http://www.tusc.co.uk/media/tuscbook4.pdf

http://www.tusc.co.uk/media/mooglymoosongbook.pdf

http://www.tusc.co.uk/media/Ukulele%20Christmas%20Song%20Book.pdf

http://www.celticguitarmusic.com/beatles_complete.pdf

http://www.foundation.bw/CountryMusicLyricsVol1WithChords.pdf

http://www.foundation.bw/CountryMusicLyricsVol2WithChords.pdf

http://www.nalt.com/nakedflea/pdfs/book_1.pdf

http://www.ukulelesongs.com/uke/ukulele_chords/music/tabs/songs.php

http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/tabs.html

http://dominator.ukeland.com/index2.shtml

salukulady
09-22-2008, 05:50 PM
http://ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?t=3986&highlight=standard+songs

Here's a list I made a while back.......

ricdoug
09-22-2008, 06:04 PM
That's a good party set for luau's, Sally. Me like! Here's Sally's list. Most are in the linked songbook:

http://www.nashukes.com/support-files/8-songsthru200.pdf

Happy Birthday in C
E Huli Makou in F
Jambalaya in C
Somewhere/Wonderful World in C
Hawaiian Wedding Song in C
My Little Grass Shack in F
Little Brown Gal in C
Pearly Shells in G
Tiny Bubbles in G
You Are My Sunshine in C
Five Foot Two in C
White Sandy Beach in F
Hanalei Moon in F
Hawaii Aloha in A
Blue Hawaii in G
Hukilau in F
Lovely Hula Hands in C
To You Sweetheart Aloha in F
Kokomo in C
Opihi Man in G

hawaiianmusiclover06
09-23-2008, 10:37 AM
The only song that I been taught by my 'ukulele teacher is Amazing Grace using TABS.

jjsdad
09-23-2008, 05:08 PM
Someone asked me to play Tiptoe Through the Tulips. I wish I knew how to play SnakeOiler's version.

I confess. I learned to play the Tiny Tim version of Tiptoe Through the Tulips for a play for drama class in college. There I feel much better now... :D

But, I'm afraid to learn it again because I might actually enjoy playing it. :eek:

luckyends
09-23-2008, 05:16 PM
I confess. I learned to play the Tiny Tim version of Tiptoe Through the Tulips for a play for drama class in college. There I feel much better now... :D

But, I'm afraid to learn it again because I might actually enjoy playing it. :eek:

wow thats the next one on my list to learn

dhkane
09-23-2008, 09:15 PM
About You
Baby Can I Hold You Tonight
Backyard Jam
Brown Eyed Girl
Do What Lovers Do
Fish and Poi
Friends
Heartache
I Don't Wanna Dance
In This Life
Kiss You In The Morning
Opihi Man
Pretty Lady
Punani Patrol
Shade On Me
Stone In Love With You
Take Me Away
Windward Skies

Ahe Lau Makani
Aloha Ia O Wai'anae
Baby Kalai
E Ala E - Iz
E AlaE - Kaukahi
Goodnight Keiki
Haole Hula
Haunani Mine
Henehene Ko 'Aka
He Hawai'i Au
Home In The Islands
Honolulu, I Am Coming Back Again
Hualalai
Hula Lady
Lia
Ka Huila Wai
Kalena Kai
Kaleohano
Ka Nani Ahiahi
Kawika
Kawailehua A'ala Ka Honua

....I tired already. Talofa

dhkane
09-23-2008, 09:21 PM
If you don't know these songs, you not local.

Poi Dog
09-23-2008, 09:39 PM
A few easy ones to start out with...

Drop Baby Drop/Honey Baby
Somewhere Over The Rainbow/What a Beautiful World
White Sandy Beach
Hotel California

and for those of us who had to take ukulele in Elementary - then you probably know Aloha 'Oe or Hawai'i Pono'i!

Kanaka916
09-23-2008, 10:54 PM
If you don't know these songs, you not local.
I dunno all da songs, but you like I add to da list? Hahahaha.
FYI; There are two titles with the same name, E Ala E. Da first one (from the album E Ala E) was composed and performed by Iz and the second one, performed by Kaukahi was composed by Pualani Kanaka'ole and put to music by Walt Keale. This was originally a chant or oli to welcome the day/sun as it rises from the east.