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jwieties
01-16-2012, 02:49 PM
I know Aaron Keim has many fans on this board. I also know that many people have picked up his 2 Chord Song books. I received both volumes for my birthday in December. The song selection is incredible and I especially like that it only gives the chords and none of the embellishments that you get to see in Aaron's videos. It gives the opportunity to listen to other versions, explore the song and push yourself to make it your own.

I was hoping this thread could be a place where people could share their versions of the songs they have worked on. This could give others a little help with the songs and new ideas to spice up what they have already done.

So, if you've got the book, post a vid. Multiple versions of the same song would be excellent.

Here's Keys to the Kingdom from Vol. 2. This is the 1st video I've posted on UU. I've been playing guitar for a while, but just picked up the ukulele in Sept. I can't get enough of this little instrument. Unfortunately, I'm not much of a singer, but I feel this song book has helped that a great deal. Mostly because the songs are brief, simple and carry a great deal of emotion which overshadows my vocal short comings.

http://vimeo.com/35152959

elisdad
01-16-2012, 02:57 PM
That is a great first video. I don't have the songbook, but I like the thought of folks sharing their improvisation techniques. I might have to order the songbooks.

jwieties
01-16-2012, 05:22 PM
Thanks Elisdad!
I didn't realize the video didn't embed, so to avoid the jump here it is:


http://vimeo.com/35152959

Here's a link to Aaron's songbooks. I have no investment, just love this type of music.
http://www.etsy.com/shop/lazarusbooks
I'm sure most have seen them, but he's demo'd many of the songs on youtube.

aaronckeim
01-16-2012, 07:17 PM
GREAT IDEA: Here is my latest from volume 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8WDBr-jiBM

elisdad
01-17-2012, 12:51 AM
Fantastic Aaron! Your clawhammer on that resonator sounds amazing.

23skidoo
01-17-2012, 01:40 AM
Great thread! Those song books are great fun, lots of good tunes...... I'll try to post something in the next few days.....

Joshua- really liked your version of 'Keys To The Kingdom' - sweet picking on the intro and outro..... and good stuff from Aaron, as always..... looking forward to seeing what others put op here....

23skidoo
01-18-2012, 09:36 AM
My buddy Zac came by today..... he's actually primarily a pianist, but he's one of those gifted folks who can play just about anything.... we decided to record a couple of the songs from Aaron's books....

Zac plays guitar on this version of 'Shady Grove'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6FiHHteMSc

He plays fiddle on 'Jambalaya' here.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihZj46eb1hM


Looking forward to seeing some more from other folks.....

jwieties
01-18-2012, 11:13 AM
Aaron - Man, Tom Dooley is a great song. My 7 year old is actually working on it. Might have to submit a vid of him playing it for this thread.

23 - That was excellent!!! Gave me some good ideas for Shady Groove. Both songs were great. Perfect example of how these songs provide a very simple foundation that can stand alone, yet offer endless possibilities to expand. Really appreciate you adding to the thread.

elisdad
01-18-2012, 11:27 AM
You guys rocked shady grove. You made my day with one of my favorite songs!

23skidoo
01-18-2012, 05:03 PM
Thanks, guys.... I get together every week or so with Zac and another friend..... we play 'Jambalaya' fairly regularly, but this was our first stab at 'Shady Grove', although I've played it off and on for years. I usually play guitar, so it's nice to branch out and practice taking the lead on the uke....

Joshua- I know what you mean about the song books, and traditional music in general..... the fact that you can make it as complicated as you'd like, but the simplicity of the tune is what's truly appealing about them. Aaron's books have a really great selection of tunes and a handy jumping off point....

Eric- 'Shady Grove' has always been one of my favorites, as well.... especially like Doc Watson's various incarnations of it through the years..... Grisman and Garcia do it pretty well, too....

aaronckeim
01-18-2012, 06:08 PM
Wow Skidoo! You guys are awesome, keep it coming friends!!!!!

here is another,
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGCV6znh2FA

23skidoo
01-19-2012, 02:08 AM
Wow Skidoo! You guys are awesome, keep it coming friends!!!!!


Thanks, Aaron.... Really enjoy your clawhammer stuff - I've really been working on it myself, using your great tutorials as a start. I'm going to hit you up for some advice - I've only got one uke and I like to keep it strung with a low G... I've seen other folks doing clawhammer with a low G, but I'm having a hard time gettin it to sound 'right' - any brief thoughts on arranging for low G clawhammer?

elisdad
01-19-2012, 12:44 PM
Just got my songbooks today! Thanks for shipping those out so quickly Aaron. I am excited to start working on something. BTW Aaron, I was in Longmont last week for work and missed seeing you at Oskar Blues by two days. I was bummed!

Eric

Hippie Dribble
01-19-2012, 01:00 PM
Bill, all that's left to say is WHEN'S THE RECORD COMING OUT?????? You're awesome man.

Hippie Dribble
01-19-2012, 01:04 PM
just want to add my appreciation of this thread and of Aaron's music in general. These songbooks are wonderful and, like Bill said, a great point to 'jump off' from.

Here's a bash at "Joshua Fit' T' Battle O' Jericho"



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ih4KCxeRxJQ


and here's another go at "Shady Grove"



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I19Hv-7ssL0

OldePhart
01-19-2012, 01:15 PM
Wow, so far, reading this thread is like watching a "battle of the bands" but with really good performers instead of the drekh that so often turns up at a GC battle of the bands!

Keep it up guys!

Hippie Dribble
01-19-2012, 01:50 PM
Wow, so far, reading this thread is like watching a "battle of the bands" but with really good performers instead of the drekh that so often turns up at a GC battle of the bands!

Keep it up guys!

he he...yes John, and without that horrible rivalry...eeek. Seriously, these are great collections. Hand made books - which counts for something right - and, best of all, they are promoting wonderful music that has soul and history behind it. tried and true stuff, i guess we still sing em now for a reason, eh?

jwieties
01-19-2012, 07:05 PM
Amazing stuff guys! I was planning on posting another video this weekend, but was inspired so I pulled one together tonight. Here's my very humble attempt at "Rove Riley Rove"


http://vimeo.com/35358532

aaronckeim
01-19-2012, 07:15 PM
YES!!!! You all are awesome keep it up!

Sorry to have missed you in longmont, that was a fun gig. lots of free beeeeeeeerrrrrrrrr....

Skidoo, sorry, but clawhammer likely won't ever sound "right" with a low g. It removes the punch and drive from the thumb note.

I have heard a couple of people do i well with low strings on a uke a guitar, but its been pretty rare. its cause it puts the low note on the off beat, which can make it seem off kilter for most listeners.

aaronckeim
02-03-2012, 12:45 PM
New Lazarus Books Release: A Collection of Jug Band, Hokum and Pre-War Blues Songs. New Larger Format! http://www.etsy.com/listing/92162145/a-collection-of-jug-band-hokum-and-pre

23skidoo
02-03-2012, 02:20 PM
Thanks for the heads up, Aaron, the new book looks great..... and thanks for bumping this thread. Got another two-chord tune in mind, might have a chance to get it recorded in the next few days......

wee_ginga_yin
02-06-2012, 04:38 AM
Not the Carolina Chocolate drops (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqlZy7mpSzA) or the Wiyos (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qhVYPKBxWw) rendition
More of a sawed Nordic fiddle rendition with more cowbell (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BjsUf_oIgp0)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9V27gjJq7I

23skidoo
02-06-2012, 06:50 AM
I'm really diggin the cowbell, wee......

wee_ginga_yin
02-06-2012, 08:25 AM
I'm really diggin the cowbell, wee......

Too much cowbell is not enough.

jwieties
02-06-2012, 04:10 PM
That's what I'm talking about Wee!!! Talk about making a song your own. Cornbread and Butter beans is my 5 & 7 year old boys favorite. You had them scratching their heads.
Great stuff!

Steedy
02-06-2012, 04:56 PM
I aspire to 2-chord songs. Meanwhile, are there any good 1-chord songbooks available? :cool:

23skidoo
02-07-2012, 07:57 AM
Here's one I've been working on the last few days...... a song my grandmother used to sing when she rocked me to sleep - one of the first songs I ever remember hearing.... I did a quick take and goofed up the instrumental bits, so I went back in and overdubbed the ukulele solos...... and I know it's a little gratuitous at six minutes long, but I hope y'all don't mind.....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcE86D_ikag

wee_ginga_yin
02-07-2012, 09:26 AM
Here's one I've been working on the last few days...... a song my grandmother used to sing when she rocked me to sleep - one of the first songs I ever remember hearing.... I did a quick take and goofed up the instrumental bits, so I went back in and overdubbed the ukulele solos...... and I know it's a little gratuitous at six minutes long, but I hope y'all don't mind.....


Last Waltz... six minutes... just about right to get off with the love of your life :-)

garyg
02-07-2012, 09:36 AM
Great videos, I've subscribed to your channel. I've been trying to make a video of Shady Grove for about a week now, I play it a lot faster but maybe I'll try your rhythm. Never did I think that a two chord song would be so hard to get right. Maybe it's the 10+ verses. I'm starting to think about making a video of my outtakes but it would be X-rated. cheers, g2




My buddy Zac came by today..... he's actually primarily a pianist, but he's one of those gifted folks who can play just about anything.... we decided to record a couple of the songs from Aaron's books....

Zac plays guitar on this version of 'Shady Grove'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6FiHHteMSc

He plays fiddle on 'Jambalaya' here.....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihZj46eb1hM


Looking forward to seeing some more from other folks.....

23skidoo
02-07-2012, 11:01 AM
last waltz... Six minutes... Just about right to get off with the love of your life :-)

.............

:)

23skidoo
02-07-2012, 11:03 AM
Great videos, I've subscribed to your channel. I've been trying to make a video of Shady Grove for about a week now, I play it a lot faster but maybe I'll try your rhythm. Never did I think that a two chord song would be so hard to get right. Maybe it's the 10+ verses. I'm starting to think about making a video of my outtakes but it would be X-rated. cheers, g2

Thanks, Gary - I've been diggin the videos you posted on the SEUkers page..... you should throw something up here, the more the merrier.....

Lalz
02-08-2012, 06:04 AM
Here's one I've been working on the last few days...... a song my grandmother used to sing when she rocked me to sleep - one of the first songs I ever remember hearing.... I did a quick take and goofed up the instrumental bits, so I went back in and overdubbed the ukulele solos...... and I know it's a little gratuitous at six minutes long, but I hope y'all don't mind.....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dcE86D_ikag

Another great video! It's a really lovely song, and I very much enjoy the playing and the vocal harmonies. 6 minutes is just about long enough :)

23skidoo
02-08-2012, 07:10 AM
Another great video! It's a really lovely song, and I very much enjoy the playing and the vocal harmonies. 6 minutes is just about long enough :)
Thanks, Lalou - glad you enjoyed it.....

garyg
02-15-2012, 04:52 AM
Hi folks I had forgotten about this thread. I'm doing a bunch of traditional songs, (don't know what's in Aaron's book) but I have versions of Shady Grove, hmm think that's my only two chord song actuallY) and other traditional songs on my youtube channel (link below in my signature block). I always appreciate constructive criticism and if you aren't subscribed to the Appalachian song thread in the Tab section of the site you should check it out if you like traditional music on the uke. cheers, g2

jwieties
02-15-2012, 05:03 PM
Glad this got bumped back up...
23 - Loved DIV. the harmonies were excellent.
Gary - Good stuff! Shaddy Grove and Rye Whiskey are both in the 2 Chord Songbook.

I've been busy with a few things. However I've got a new Covered Bridge on the way and two song I'm looking forward to recording. Hopefully will get them up this weekend.

23skidoo
02-16-2012, 01:47 AM
Thanks, Joshua.... yeah, I'm glad this got bumped as well..... got a few more in mind myself.....

garyg
02-16-2012, 01:54 AM
Thanks, Josh, I've enjoyed all the videos on this list. Don't know when I'll get to making the video but I'm working on Darlin Corey. Also Alan Thornton has taught me about chord embellishments which really help on these two chord songs and I've developed two of my own (although I'm sure the pros have known about these for years). For an A chord embellishment I lower my middle finger on the second fret of string 3 and for a D chord embellishment I raise and lower the same finger on string two. Alan has embellishments for C and G as well. Let us know what the rest of you do to break up the monotony of playing a single chord over and over. cheers, g2


Glad this got bumped back up...
23 - Loved DIV. the harmonies were excellent.
Gary - Good stuff! Shaddy Grove and Rye Whiskey are both in the 2 Chord Songbook.

I've been busy with a few things. However I've got a new Covered Bridge on the way and two song I'm looking forward to recording. Hopefully will get them up this weekend.

23skidoo
02-16-2012, 02:35 AM
Gary- I like to throw in dominant 7 chords, as well - most of these songs are I V tunes and a lot of times it works well to switch from the V to the V7 chord before moving back to the root. Depending on the tune, you can sometimes substitute the I7 chord for the I also. I experiment, moving back and forth between the two, trying to find something that sounds good.

You can also play the same chord in different positions up the neck. Use a chord chart like http://ukulelehelper.com/ (http://ukulelehelper.com/) and you can find the same chord in different places around the fretboard. Use the left and right arrows just below the fretboard to look at different inversions of whatever chord you pull up. You can mix and match to get the sound you want....

garyg
02-16-2012, 03:00 AM
Hey Bill, thanks for the info. I'm musically illiterate so the 7th and 9th stuff only brings faint recognition from my overloaded brain. I know that I have to learn that stuff but right now I need goo goo ga ga uke instruction <g>. Maybe we could skype some time and you could explain it to me? cheers, g2

garyg
02-16-2012, 03:05 AM
You can also play the same chord in different positions up the neck. Use a chord chart like http://ukulelehelper.com/ (http://ukulelehelper.com/) and you can find the same chord in different places around the fretboard. Use the left and right arrows just below the fretboard to look at different inversions of whatever chord you pull up. You can mix and match to get the sound you want....

Hey that online fretboard is sheer genius, thanks for that tip Bill! g2

23skidoo
02-16-2012, 03:37 PM
Hey Bill, thanks for the info. I'm musically illiterate so the 7th and 9th stuff only brings faint recognition from my overloaded brain. I know that I have to learn that stuff but right now I need goo goo ga ga uke instruction <g>. Maybe we could skype some time and you could explain it to me? cheers, g2

I really just know enough about this stuff to get myself in trouble, but this is pretty easy.... The 'I' and 'V' are Roman numerals indicating a chord's function in the tune, with 'I' being the root, or whatever key you're in. The 'V' is the chord based on the fifth note of the scale of the key you're in. So if C is your root (I), G is your V chord. For D, the V is A; for G, the V is D. The V7 chord is just the plain old 7th chord - in C, the V7 is G7, etc.... Does that make sense? Feel free to PM here or through the SEUkers page if you want me to explain further..... like I said, I'm certainly no expert, but I'll help out if I can....

aaronckeim
02-17-2012, 05:45 PM
Looking good everybody and sounding great. Thanks for the basic theory Skidoo!

When musicians talk about chords in a song, they often use roman numerals as a shorthand. If every key as 7 notes (do re mi fa sol la ti) then you can assign a numeral to each I ii iii IV V vi vii. because of how our musical scale is laid out, the I IV V chords are major, the ii iii vi chords are minor and the vii chord is diminished. Most two chord songs just use I and V, I and IV or I and vii (but the vii is lowered by a half step, like in shady grove)

That means, if you know your scales, then you can figure out which chords are common in every key!!!!

In the key of C:
C Dminor Eminor F G Aminor Bdim

In the key of F:
F gminor aminor Bb C Dminor Edim

In the key of G:
G Aminor Bminor C D Eminor F#dim

etc....

Thats a 60min workshop boiled down for you. discuss and ask questions.

garyg
02-18-2012, 01:09 AM
Thanks Bill and Aaron, I guess I should take a basic music theory class but I'm too lazy <g>. Anyone have a good, reasonably short book to recommend. "Music theory for guys taking up an instrument after 40 years who only want the basics" <g>. Aaron, a few posts back we were talking about chord embellishments like raising and lowering the finger on the A string in a standard G chord so when you're playing 20 bars of G it doesn't sound so boring. Alan Thornton gave me that hint and one for a C chord and I figured out ones for A and D myself but I'm curious if you have any others that you use. Bill switches chords. TIA, g2

garyg
02-18-2012, 01:44 AM
Okay I guess that I do have a question about terminology, what about these 7ths and ninths and augmented and diminished, how does a G7 chord actually differ tonally from a G (obviously I know how the chord shapes differ) and besides their common English interpretation, what do things like augmented and diminished mean and are they standards i.e. an Amdim is the same difference from Am tonally as a Gmdim? TIA

aaronckeim
02-18-2012, 05:40 AM
Ok, here we go:

Chords usually have three notes. the root, the third and the fifth. the distances between these notes (called intervals) are set according to what kind of chord it is. For example, a major chord has a perfect 5th between the root and 5th and a major 3rd between the root and 3rd. this is what makes it sound like a major chord.

A minor chord has a perfect 5th and a minor 3rd, which is one half step lower than a major 3rd. For example, Fmajor has F A C in it while Fminor has F Ab C.

A diminished chord has a flat 5th and a minor 3rd in it. F Ab B

An augmented chord has an augmented 5th in it and a major third F A C#

with this knowledge, you can "figure out" how to build a chord starting on any note. You just have to be able to count frets or piano keys to find the intervals.

Chords with a 7 on the end of it add another note to spice up the chord. So far, to build our basic F chord, we used the 1st, 3rd and 5th notes of the F scale. to make a 7 chord, we just add the 7th note, which make F A C E or FMajor7.

Remember above where we wrote out I ii iii IV V vi vii ?
Well we can do the same for 7th chords, they all have different qualities that are dictated by adding the notes of the scale. there are four kinds of 7ths that come from the major scale.

Major 7th: major 3rd perfect 5th major 7th
Minor 7th: minor 3rd perfect 5th minor 7th
Dominant 7th: major 3rd perfect 5th minor 7th
Diminished 7th: minor 3rd flat 5th minor 7th


Imajor7 ii7 iii7 IVmajor7 V7 vi7 viidim7 Only the V7 is dominant, its the 7 you hear and use all the time. In the key of F, it is what makes C7 sound so good.

Chords like to move from one to the next, its what makes songs in western music keep moving. 7th chords have one more degree of spicyness or tension in them which makes our ears want them to move even more badly. its what gives jazz, swing, blues, broadway, tin pan etc...its harmonic motion.

SOOOO, to get to gary's question, a G chord on your uke, which you are probably fingering 0232 has the notes gdgb coming out. (notice you have two gs. This happens a lot. there are three notes in the chord but you have four strings) if we switch it to 0212 we have G7 with the notes gdfb. Now we have four notes! Its the F that makes it sound like a dominant 7th chord. g is root, b is 3rd, d is 5th and f is 7th.

garyg
02-18-2012, 05:55 AM
Thanks Aaron, that's great information. cheers, g2

wee_ginga_yin
02-18-2012, 09:03 AM
Keys to the kingdom by Abigail Washburn from two chord songbook Vol II

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEcSsyL5u1s

23skidoo
02-18-2012, 10:07 AM
great explanations, Aaron - good stuff......

wee- you never cease to entertain and amaze - nicely done, indeed.....

jwieties
02-20-2012, 03:39 PM
Thanks for the lesson Aaron. I've learned that stuff along the way and instinctively (accidentally) apply it from time to time, but hope to become a much better player and have more intention with how and what I play.

Wee - Crazy, but brilliant!

Here's my latest... Little Liza Jane on my new Covered Bridge Concert.

http://vimeo.com/37142312

http://vimeo.com/37142312

bluesuke
02-20-2012, 04:32 PM
Fantastic !! That sounded great, Nothing brings a smile to my face like listing to someone play something we built

Thanks again
Perry

wee_ginga_yin
02-20-2012, 10:49 PM
great explanations, Aaron - good stuff......

wee- you never cease to entertain and amaze - nicely done, indeed.....

Got a bit carried away with the Dub horns in garageband.
I think the next one I will do is Reubens Train. I listened to Arron's version on YT (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Al970lXhtZM)
and also a raga version by Harry Manx (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uf7Qc9dHVFk)

Just goes to show you there is no one way to play tunes,
and I like that... if you don't play it correctly like all them
banjo clawhammer pickers then you can always say it was
an interpretation... I think the vast majority of the songs I
play are interpretations cos I couldn't play them the right
way anyway.

P.s. Play a note wrong once it is a mistake... play it wrong twice and it is jazz

jwieties
02-21-2012, 10:40 AM
Fantastic !! That sounded great, Nothing brings a smile to my face like listing to someone play something we built

Thanks again
Perry

Lovin this uke Terry!!! This video actually captures it's tone fairly well.


Just goes to show you there is no one way to play tunes,
and I like that...

That's really what this thread is all about Wee. I really liked Keys to the Kingdom. Your interpretations of the songs are creative and interesting. I especially like the film that you paired it with. Really gave it the right flavor.

apnaples
02-21-2012, 10:47 AM
Thanks to this thread I just went and bought three books and a CD from Aaron's Etsy store - I just love the DIY ethic and supporting small business, plus they look really cool and fun, I love that kind of music.

23skidoo
02-21-2012, 12:27 PM
Great version of 'Liza Jane', Joshua - and that Covered Bridge uke does sound pretty nice.....

apnaples - I just got Aaron's latest book, with hookum, jug band, and pre-war blues tunes in it. Some really interesting stuff in there, a lot of tunes I've never heard before.... and his albums are all good listening....

My father has been learning guitar the last year or so and we're working on a version of the Carter Family's 'Gospel Ship' - should have something posted in the not too distant future.....

johnnyfoodstamp
02-21-2012, 07:22 PM
Happy Fat Tuesday!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amnKjDfgh5A

aaronckeim
03-11-2012, 05:44 AM
Great work everybody, what a fun thread!

wee_ginga_yin
03-24-2012, 08:11 AM
The PJ/sun glass version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6mH3sQwNUBk

23skidoo
03-25-2012, 02:59 AM
nice job, wee...... so strange to see you keep it so simple..... you should do more in you pjs......

garyg
03-25-2012, 03:07 AM
Ya gotta love a guy who makes a uke video in his pj's and shades <g>

garyg
04-27-2012, 12:58 AM
Here's a two chord version of Darlin Corey Am and G it's unedited so sorry for the "extra" information <g>. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbuRDP7KI6M

23skidoo
04-27-2012, 01:50 AM
nicely done, Gary - like your version of The House Carpenter & The Demon Lover as well.....

23skidoo
05-22-2012, 10:11 AM
Been meaning to record this for awhile and finally got the time....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=002bUTcsBB0

garyg
05-22-2012, 02:00 PM
Really nice one Bill and I'm humbled by your video skills. Keep on truckin dude!

23skidoo
05-22-2012, 03:07 PM
glad you dig it, Gary - thanks, man.... and Apple makes it pretty easy with iMovie and Garage Band......

ukuleledaveey
05-26-2012, 04:24 AM
I am loving this thread :) think i am going to have to inves in these books, great songs everyone love them, your all fantastic :)

jwieties
05-26-2012, 05:21 AM
Great to see Skidoo keep this thread alive with some tasty playing. Love how you harmonize with yourself.

I've been meaning to record Reuben's Train. Heading to the beach right now and hope to have a chance to do a vid or two.

Davey- They are great books and there are enough vids by Aaron and others to give you lots of ideas for making them your own. Hope to see a vid from you soon.

23skidoo
05-26-2012, 06:04 AM
thanks Joshua - looking forward to your 'Reuben's Train' - it's a great tune.....

Dave - definitely check out Aaron's etsy store (http://www.etsy.com/people/LazarusBooks) - you can get his records (which are great) there as well..... would love to see you post something also.....

TCK
05-26-2012, 07:41 AM
So good Skidoo- So good. One of my favorite tunes from AP and family

Been meaning to record this for awhile and finally got the time....


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=002bUTcsBB0

23skidoo
05-27-2012, 07:22 PM
thanks, Dave.... yep, it's one of the best....

jwieties
07-19-2012, 06:26 PM
I'm way over due for a video, so... here's Ruben's Train. Love this song. I should have done another take as I feel my singing was rather weak, but I was lucky to find the time to do this one. I do feel I was somewhat successful in capturing the feel/rhythm of a train, which is one of the things that makes this song so fun to play.


https://vimeo.com/46072803

23skidoo
07-19-2012, 06:42 PM
really nice, Josh - I dig the rhythm and the dissonance in there - it really does evoke a train pretty effectively. I think the vocals sound great, as well.... enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for bumping this thread.... I've had a couple of tunes in mind for this thread, just haven't had the time to get them down - this is good motivation.....

bluesuke
07-20-2012, 12:23 AM
I'm way over due for a video, so... here's Ruben's Train. Love this song. I should have done another take as I feel my singing was rather weak, but I was lucky to find the time to do this one. I do feel I was somewhat successful in capturing the feel/rhythm of a train, which is one of the things that makes this song so fun to play.


https://vimeo.com/46072803

That sounded great Josh

apnaples
12-14-2012, 02:59 PM
Here's my addition to the 2 chord song book thread. I changed it up a bit from the book - but it's pretty close. Some of the "changes" are just mistakes. I'm just beginner on the uke really and was hoping that by sitting down and recording something I'd actually get a whole song down instead of my usual bits and pieces of songs. Oh and ignore the bad timing, technique and singing...anyway...no more excuses


http://youtu.be/HPgHLTg3ylo

garyg
12-14-2012, 03:03 PM
Apnaples - is it possible that there is another ukulele playing tenkara fisherman who plays traditional music as well???? Are you my long lost twin??? ciao baby, g2

jwieties
12-15-2012, 01:58 AM
You were sand baggin apnaples. That was fantastic! I've been working on this one as well. You really do it justice (playing and singing). Well done.

Also glad to see this thread continue. I hope people keep adding.

garyg
12-15-2012, 02:57 AM
Hey guys, here's a version of Darlin' Corey that I did awhile ago and I don't think that I ever posted it on this thread although it's a true two chord song. I've used embellishments on both the A and G chords that I mentioned previously in this thread. They probably have chord names I'm just too lazy to look them up. They are lowering the third finger on the second fret of string 3 for the A chord and raising the second finger off the second fret of string 4 on the G chord. I don't know why this song continues to be difficult for me to play, maybe it's the tempo. Here it is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbuRDP7KI6M good listening. g2

apnaples
12-15-2012, 03:03 AM
Apnaples - is it possible that there is another ukulele playing tenkara fisherman who plays traditional music as well???? Are you my long lost twin??? ciao baby, g2

Well - it's true, there's another. It may seem impossible at first, but when you think about it, tenkara, ukulele and trad really go together don't they. They all fill similar niches in their respective areas.

It's funny, when I went to the Tenkara Summit in Salt Lake City UT this past summer, there was a also a Ukulele fest going on at the same time. I found out about too late to take part though.

Glad to know I'm not the only one. There are also others. I posted a while back on the Tenkara USA forums to see if there were any uke players and there were indeed a few.

If you don't already know the Tenkara USA Summit is going to be in the east this year - you should check it out. It's going to be in Harrisonburg, VA on May 11-12. The summit last year was a blast.

if you're interested i do have a flyfishing/tenkara blog at www.castingaround.com . Not too much going on there lately, haven't had a chance to get out, but I hope to get some fly tying videos this winter. Also if you're a tyer I'm sponsoring a fly swap over at the tenkara fisher forum http://www.tenkara-fisher.com/showthread.php?569-Fly-Swap-anyone&p=3328#post3328

garyg
12-15-2012, 03:04 AM
Went through my videos to see what other two chord songs might be there and I don't think that I posted this one, The London 'prentice www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UixbraJcg0. It's basically Dm and C with an Am thrown in on every fourth line. This is played on a 40's Favilla soprano with Fremont blacklines and you can compare that sound of this uke with the late 20's Martin 2M that I'm playing on Darlin' Corey. Not that much sound difference but a pretty big price difference <g>. cheers, g2

apnaples
12-15-2012, 03:06 AM
You were sand baggin apnaples. That was fantastic! I've been working on this one as well. You really do it justice (playing and singing). Well done.

Also glad to see this thread continue. I hope people keep adding. Thanks for the support - but it's like throwing a ball for a labrador retriever - you may be sorry that you encouraged me I do hope to post some more, it does make me concentrate on trying harder to improve when I know others will see it.
Thanks again.

garyg
12-15-2012, 03:07 AM
For those of you who are wondering about my exchange with apnaples, tenkara is an ancient form of Japanese fly fishing that uses a long limber rod and no reel. It is the antidote to gear laden and expensive pursuit that passes for modern fly fishing, especially in small streams or ponds. Don't want to get too OT though. cheers, g2

23skidoo
12-15-2012, 03:12 AM
Here's my addition to the 2 chord song book thread. I changed it up a bit from the book - but it's pretty close. Some of the "changes" are just mistakes. I'm just beginner on the uke really and was hoping that by sitting down and recording something I'd actually get a whole song down instead of my usual bits and pieces of songs. Oh and ignore the bad timing, technique and singing...anyway...no more excuses

http://youtu.be/HPgHLTg3ylo

Nice choice of tunes, apnaples, and it sounded great - especially fine pickin around 2:20 and for the outro. I love this tune and have been working on it on the banjo - here's my favorite version, though I'm nowhere near it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2dlF3vVABU

Thanks for bumping this thread.... I had a couple more tunes in mind for it and never got around to recording them.....

23skidoo
12-15-2012, 03:15 AM
nice couple of tunes from you, as well, gary..... that Favilla sounds great....

apnaples
12-15-2012, 03:18 AM
Went through my videos to see what other two chord songs might be there and I don't think that I posted this one, The London 'prentice www.youtube.com/watch?v=5UixbraJcg0. It's basically Dm and C with an Am thrown in on every fourth line. This is played on a 40's Favilla soprano with Fremont blacklines and you can compare that sound of this uke with the late 20's Martin 2M that I'm playing on Darlin' Corey. Not that much sound difference but a pretty big price difference <g>. cheers, g2

garyg - just checked out your videos. nice playing and singing. I'm going to have to give Darlin' Corey a try.

apnaples
12-15-2012, 03:26 AM
Nice choice of tunes, apnaples, and it sounded great - especially fine pickin around 2:20 and for the outro. I love this tune and have been working on it on the banjo - here's my favorite version, though I'm nowhere near it - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2dlF3vVABU

Thanks for bumping this thread.... I had a couple more tunes in mind for it and never got around to recording them.....
23skidoo - been a fan of your videos for awhile - something to aspire to. Just downloaded your buckets of rain tab to try out. Thanks.

23skidoo
12-15-2012, 03:45 AM
23skidoo - been a fan of your videos for awhile - something to aspire to. Just downloaded your buckets of rain tab to try out. Thanks.

Thanks, man - hope you enjoy the tablature.....

garyg
12-15-2012, 05:46 AM
Just wanted to join the mutual admiration society <g> - great songs everyone. cheers, g2

wallyboy
12-15-2012, 08:33 AM
only just found this thread great songs 2 chords wow,
well done everyone

apnaples
12-18-2012, 08:49 AM
Just did a video for Shady Grove. I did a bazillion takes and this was the "best". I know it's a little rough. But I don't want to just be a lurker.

I did it with Dm and C rather than with Am and G as in Aaron's book.

Just in case anybody's wondering about the uke/strings. It's a Islander Tenor (by Kanile'a)solid mahogany model MST-4 with black Fremont strings, low G. It's the only ukulele that I've ever owned so I can't compare it. But I really like it and it seems to be sounding better as it ages a little. Does that sound crazy? I don't know if solid ukes get better with age for real but, to my ear it seems to be true. For the price I am very happy with it.


http://youtu.be/23jw4mIc8V4

garyg
12-18-2012, 10:23 AM
Great job AN! Keep em coming! cheers, g2

23skidoo
12-18-2012, 10:39 AM
.... it seems to be sounding better as it ages a little. Does that sound crazy? I don't know if solid ukes get better with age for real but, to my ear it seems to be true.


Sounds good, man..... and could be you're improving and getting to know the instrument. The more you play, the better it sounds, regardless of the instrument.....

apnaples
12-18-2012, 10:52 AM
Great job AN! Keep em coming! cheers, g2

thanks g - I'll keep 'em coming until you all scream for mercy...

apnaples
12-18-2012, 10:53 AM
Sounds good, man..... and could be you're improving and getting to know the instrument. The more you play, the better it sounds, regardless of the instrument.....

That's probably it. Getting to know it - getting a little better at getting the sounds that I want

Hippie Dribble
04-18-2013, 10:16 AM
just to resurrect this thread for a bit...

here's a recent post by Lil' Rev with an extensive list of 2 chord songs:

http://fountainofuke.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/101-two-chord-tunes.html

OldePhart
04-18-2013, 12:10 PM
just to resurrect this thread for a bit...

here's a recent post by Lil' Rev with an extensive list of 2 chord songs:

http://fountainofuke.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/101-two-chord-tunes.html

Oooh, another site to bookmark! Thanks, Jon.

John

IamNoMan
01-08-2015, 04:06 AM
Great resource guys. Don't forget "Jambalaya".
I am also interested in one chord songs for when somebody collars you with: "Can you teach me How to play". Ukulele or banjo ? "You betcha kiddo ... "Try Lime (rum) in the Coconut" or "Shortening Bread".

aspieman456
01-08-2015, 07:49 PM
GREAT IDEA: Here is my latest from volume 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W8WDBr-jiBM

Very impressive playing from you.