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mm stan
04-05-2012, 11:32 AM
Mine is Ain't She Sweet....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5k-OE0-fWs
http://sanjoseukeclub.org/Song%20Sheets/Aint%20She%20Sweet.pdf

Freeda
04-05-2012, 11:32 AM
Oh Lord, won't you buy me, a mercedes benz...

kapahulu50
04-05-2012, 11:44 AM
Great question!
Kaulana na pua- Aaron crowells version on "island style ukulele" compilation.

1014
04-05-2012, 11:47 AM
elephant town

Plainsong
04-05-2012, 11:49 AM
Still "What a Wonderful World" - the Armstrong version. I found it on an easy chord site, and it was mostly wrong but for two chords. It was the first time I put something together myself as my own arrangement and it's a great little go-to tune. Busting out the House of the Rising Sun where you go along with the established chords, then throw in a nice D with the pinky on the 5 fret A string, and then complete the melody going up the fretboard and back down.. sounds harder than it is, so easy to impress people. :D

Hiddencross
04-05-2012, 12:06 PM
At the moment, Elephant Gun by Beruit

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWSz_PAfgNc&feature=youtube_gdata_player
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWSz_PAfgNc&feature=youtube_gdata_player

http://ukulelehunt.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/07/elephant.pdf

Hippie Dribble
04-05-2012, 12:09 PM
mine changes every day mate and sometimes several times in a day as I'm constantly learning something new.

Right now at 8am this Good Friday morning it is "Hang On To Me" by Cliff Edwards. By lunchtime it'll be "The Happiest Way To Be Sad " by Lil' Rev off his latest record, as I'm planning to record it this afternoon. By tonight it may well be "I Aint Got Nobody", the ol' time jazz-blues melody...then tomorrow morning....then...then...I'm a mad music junkie Bruddah. Always love 'aint she sweet' though and that is also the song my daughter plays whenever she picks up her uke :)

connor013
04-05-2012, 12:13 PM
I begin and end every session with "Fools Rush In." At first it was because there are so many different ways to play around with it. Now I think it's more superstition.

Hiddencross
04-05-2012, 12:16 PM
mine changes every day mate and sometimes several times in a day as I'm constantly learning something new.


:agree: Exactly this.

mm stan
04-05-2012, 12:18 PM
Yes Yes Its' a great way for us to share songs and try others favorites..Keep um coming...
If can...post videos or tabs for all of us... woo hoo

addicted2myuke
04-05-2012, 12:30 PM
Eight Days a Week, Maxwell's Silver Hammer, (Beatles)Very Strange,by (Wayne Shirlock, very fun and easy)End of the line, (by the Traveling Wilburys),
Killing me softly (Roberta Flack) How can I be sure (by the Young Rascals) Dream a little dream (by the Mamas and the Papas) Who put the bomp (by Barry Mann) A Mighty wind (by the New Main St Singers,in the movie A Mighty Wind) I'm Alabamy Bound(really fun!)The Summer Wind. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Eric Clapton) Dedicated Follower of Fashion (by the Kinks)When You're Smiling.
These are the songs I can play all the way through without hesitating. I have been playing every day for one year. Yay!

Patrick Madsen
04-05-2012, 01:04 PM
Plywood Jesus by Tim Enterline, stuff by John Prine

ukuleledaveey
04-05-2012, 01:11 PM
Mine is Ain't She Sweet....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5k-OE0-fWs
http://sanjoseukeclub.org/Song%20Sheets/Aint%20She%20Sweet.pdf
Hi ya stan some where i have a lovely segwayed version of 5 ft 2, yes sir thats my baby & aint she sweet, they go really well together if your interested i can try and dig it out for you, unless you already have it.

Fave song well thats a toughie, i do love Georgia on my mind, i can play it reasonably well , just cant seem to sing the damn bugger lol, i have such a eclectic taste in music, that its hard to pick one song, i love anything by johnny cash, and since picking up the uke, i am listening to older music instead of new stuff i am/was a massive fan of indie music (alternate i guess ) but now i am really digging the old american country/folk stuff, eugine has got me interested in woody guthrie, so i am listening to alot of his stuff at the mo and trying to play a few (badly) anyway great thread and happy easter :)

dkcrown
04-05-2012, 01:32 PM
The two right now. "I'll See You In My Dreams", re-entrant and John Prine's "Souveniers" low G.

Lalz
04-05-2012, 01:38 PM
Right now "Misery's End" by Paula Fuga & Mike Love


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7pxzvuzJhY

janeray1940
04-05-2012, 01:43 PM
mine changes every day mate and sometimes several times in a day as I'm constantly learning something new.


Same here. A couple favorites right now are "Puttin' on the Ritz" and "Deep Purple" with one of my uke groups, and for playing solo, the second movement from Mozart's Sonata in C Major/K545.

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-05-2012, 01:45 PM
Lately? The first few that come to mind:

"All I Do Is Dream of You" (Arthur Freed & Nacio Herb Brown)
"Straight to Hell" (The Clash)
"Signed, Sealed, & Delivered" (Stevie Wonder)
"Ainahau" (Princess Likelike)
"I'm Always Chasing Rainbows" (Joseph McCarthy & Harry Carroll)

Great thread, mm stan. Love seeing what everyone's up to lately.

jungleturtle
04-05-2012, 02:09 PM
Octopus' Garden

kamaka_4_life
04-05-2012, 02:16 PM
The Unknown- "Kalei Gamiao" :)

Eyeguy
04-05-2012, 02:28 PM
Been at the uke for a few weeks now, so only know 2 songs so far: Ob-La-Di and What A Wonderful World, so I guess those are my two favorites :)

ukuraleigh
04-05-2012, 02:37 PM
Right now, Daydream Believer by The Monkees.

Canoe Lady
04-05-2012, 02:44 PM
Currently starting off my playing sessions with Hokule'a Star of Gladness and Heartless by Adrien Reju

mm stan
04-05-2012, 03:43 PM
I also like Sweet Caroline...http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/g/glee_cast/sweet_caroline_crd.htm in the key of C
yes keep um coming...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMfaYIbg4A0&feature=related

mds725
04-05-2012, 03:51 PM
At the moment, my favorites include:

When You Wish Upon A Star -- from a copy of the original ukulele sheet music I found on eBay.*
All My Loving (in C) -- The first song I learned; I use it now to experiment wth strumming variations; at the moment, I'm playing it with a reggae beat.
Day Dream Believer (in G, I think) -- I learned this right after Davy Jones died to honor his memory.
I'll Never Find Another You (in C) -- The first #1 song in the UK and USA by an Australian group (The Seekers).
Almost anthing by Rev. Dennis Kamakahi.

*Can you believe that when this song was originally published, it was sold as sheet music for the piano AND the ukulele?! How cool is that?

Skitzic
04-05-2012, 03:59 PM
She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy.

Huge hit at open mics.

I'm not even kidding.







Disclaimer: I live in redneck country.

mm stan
04-05-2012, 04:02 PM
Wow didn't know the seekers were an australian group..one of my fav's too.
and I still can't believe Davy Jones passed away...lost another good musician..

stevepetergal
04-05-2012, 04:09 PM
Fly Me to the Moon

mm stan
04-05-2012, 04:15 PM
[QUOTE=Skitzic;909172]She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy.

Huge hit at open mics.

I'm not even kidding.
Aloha T,
I thought you were kidding, what makes this so popular at open mike?
http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/k/kenny_chesney/she_thinks_my_tractors_sexy_crd.htm

roxhum
04-05-2012, 04:22 PM
Nobody knows you when your down and out

uke4ia
04-05-2012, 04:23 PM
Probably my favorite cover tune to play is Procol Harum's "Homburg". The lyrics are nonsensical, but it has a great sound on uke. My favorite to play overall is a song I wrote called "Community".

Skitzic
04-05-2012, 04:24 PM
Aloha T,
I thought you were kidding, what makes this so popular at open mike?
http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/k/kenny_chesney/she_thinks_my_tractors_sexy_crd.htm

I wish I knew! I figure maybe it's because it's such a ridiculous song, played on what many people think is a ridiculous instrument, by someone in a ridiculous hat (I wear really weird hats at all the open mics I go to)?

I really do live in redneck country though. Maybe rednecks just really like tractors.

(the) Indigo Getdown
04-05-2012, 05:17 PM
I've been jamming away on an old jazz tune that I learned recently called Vipermad. Fun little song, sounds especially sweet on a banjolele.

http://ukulelehunt.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/viper.pdf

mikelz777
04-05-2012, 05:26 PM
Everyone Says I Love You sounds great on the ukulele and it's a lot of fun to play. It was sung by Groucho Marx (and his brothers) in the movie "Horsefeathers". I play it with the same chords used in this version performed by Kathryn Burke on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIISI3DPgM0


Some other songs that are fun to play: (from the Daily Ukulele)

I've Just Seen A Face - Beatles
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head

Shazzbot
04-05-2012, 05:56 PM
Percy Sledge - When a Man Loves a Woman
Unfortunately, I've got a nasty chest cold so I lost the top two octaves of my vocal range, which doesn't leave much to work with.
Frustrating.
Whoever stole my voice, please give it back.
Grrr....

Ryan<3Ukes
04-05-2012, 06:01 PM
Something by George Harrison :/ But that's because I'm always trying to improve my solo. I'm really trying to learn some more bluegrass and old blues and rag time stuff.

Tommy B
04-05-2012, 06:15 PM
"Crazy Love" by Van Morrison and "This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)" by the Talking Heads.

efiscella
04-05-2012, 06:29 PM
Three favorites each time I play:
Smooth by santana in a medley with Black Magic Woman
Dennis Kamahahi Medley: Wahine Ilikea, KoKe'e, Pua Hone
Medley:After You've Gone followed by Ain't Misbehavin' followed by Don't Get Around Much Anymore

mm stan
04-05-2012, 06:51 PM
Wow Keep them coming...I love that everyone loves the older songs....which intrests me alot... always nice to try other ukers favorites..
Another of my new favorites....http://myuke101.com/2011/05/jive-aces-present-bring-sunshine-ukulele-chords-tabs/
I like it in this key best...http://bettylou.zzruss.com/bringmesunshine.htm

bynapkinart
04-05-2012, 07:04 PM
My go to song recently has been "Satellite" by Eddie Vedder...but today I discovered the genius and awesomeness that is A.J. Leonard and I've been learning this:
http://youtu.be/0BZtjoiYoVY

mm stan
04-05-2012, 07:30 PM
My go to song recently has been "Satellite" by Eddie Vedder...but today I discovered the genius and awesomeness that is A.J. Leonard and I've been learning this:
http://youtu.be/0BZtjoiYoVY
Aloha Ben,
I found your song but I prefer it in the key of G...http://www.theguitarguy.com/ifihadyo.htm

bynapkinart
04-05-2012, 07:40 PM
Aloha Ben,
I found your song but I prefer it in the key of G...http://www.theguitarguy.com/ifihadyo.htm

I tried playing that, but I'm a tenor singer so I couldn't get to that range without stretching it a bit. I actually prefer this take of that song...the reason I linked to the other vid is mainly because I love that 5K he plays :)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Vkp2kDLDmI

mm stan
04-05-2012, 08:01 PM
Yup changed the key to "G"..
(G)I could show the (Am)world(D7)how to(G)smile
(G)I could be glad(Am)all of(D7)the(G)while...
(G)I could change the gray skies to blue(G7) if I had you......(C)

808boy
04-05-2012, 08:20 PM
Howz'it Bruddah Stan,
Haven't had much time to really play but when I do I like old standards with smooth flowing chord progressions, i.e.; Misty by Johnny Mathis, Dream a Little, Dream of Me by the Mama's and the Papa's, a lot of The Platters, any thing with lots of chord changes. Oh, Annie's Song by John Denver has nice chord progressions.
See you soon,...................................BO........ ........................
P.S., I'm bringing my Maui Music for you to see and try.

mm stan
04-05-2012, 08:25 PM
Wassup Bruddah 808boy,
Love Dream a Little Dream....see you soon bruddah, cannot wait to try dat Maui Music concert...

His Sinfulness
04-05-2012, 08:33 PM
Warming up lately with "Sleeping by Myself" from Eddie Vedder's "Ukulele Songs". Loving Aldrine's version of RHCP's "Under the Bridge" too.

mm stan
04-05-2012, 08:51 PM
Aloha His Ukulele sinfullness,
Wow another nice song...added a chord.. hee hee http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/e/eddie_vedder/sleeping_by_myself_crd.htm
(F)I should have(Dm)known(Bb)there was somebody(F)else
(F)Down below()Dm)I always(Bb)kept things to (F)myself
thank you another great song..

Uke Whisperer
04-06-2012, 02:59 AM
My favorite musical piece to play right now is Praluium (Prelude) - Ferdinando Carulli

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Izq2SAf4GM&feature=player_detailpage
(From WWELTI booklet "solo ukulele für einsteiger" on ukulele. Played in two different tempos.

http://www.scribd.com/dingdong987/d/46523889-solobuch
page 36 & 37

Added to original post:
Once you look at it closely it is fairly simple to play.
I use thumb for strings 4 and 3, forefinger for 2 and middle finger for 1.
Sounds really nice played “straight”.
I also play it for practicing changing tempo, changing loudness and even playing around with accents and syncopation.

costaricadave
04-06-2012, 03:58 AM
I have been playing a lot of the Eddie Vedder Ukulele songs too. Been stuck on While my Guitar Gently Weeps for a while too. A few Radiohead songs and Use Somebody by Kings of Leon. Always looking for new songs to play. Trying to learn Going to California by Led Zep right now.

paeataa
04-06-2012, 05:44 AM
Right now is "You Belong to Me" by Jason Wade (OST. Shrekk)

ksiegel
04-06-2012, 06:08 AM
12-bar blues improv in A or C, Keep On Truckin' inspired by Hot Tuna, anything I can remember by John Prine, and for some reason, when I'm just noodling, Hawaii'an War Chant starts coming out... I know it isn't a war chant, but it is a lovely melody, and easy to play. I'd love to be able to sing it in Hawaii'an - and to know what it really says. (I've heard lots of different explanation...)

Gmoney
04-06-2012, 06:31 AM
This week its "Both sides now" - Joni Mitchell

I love the sound of the C5 - Csus4 - C progression! I can't sing it like her, of course, but its just such a sweet tune.

Scorpex's chords here: http://www.scorpexuke.com/songs/Both_Sides_Now_Joni_Mitchell.pdf

ukuleledaveey
04-06-2012, 07:02 AM
I also like Sweet Caroline...http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/g/glee_cast/sweet_caroline_crd.htm in the key of C
yes keep um coming...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMfaYIbg4A0&feature=related

Yep neil diamond plays awesomely well on the uke

Bob Bledsoe
04-06-2012, 07:22 AM
My favorites are always the more complicated ones I'm working on and tightening up.
Currently: The Unknown, Something and Aldrine's version of Under The Bridge.
I tend to play Mack The Knife when I'm just playing around.

Uncle Rod Higuchi
04-06-2012, 07:37 AM
Mapuana

Pili mau me 'oe

Ku'uipo i ka he'e pue'one

Chattanooga Choo Choo

Mame

Danny Boy

and a few others! : )

keep uke'in',

strumsilly
04-06-2012, 07:50 AM
been adapting "Mr. Bojangles" that I used to play on guitar to the uke. it's a little tougher walking the bass down with one bass string.

mm stan
04-06-2012, 08:05 AM
Mahalo Tom,
for the song and link....woo hoo....just love arpeggios playing...

mm stan
04-06-2012, 08:08 AM
CostaricaDave,
I should be trying EV songs too....not sure even where to start with that guy...you have any favorites you wanna list....as also for radiohead and kigs of leon..ha ha never even heard of them/??
I'm am an Old Led Zepplin fan thought..thank You

mm stan
04-06-2012, 08:09 AM
Aloha Paetaa,
Kun thai??
Now that sounds like a nice song...gotta check it out....thank you

mm stan
04-06-2012, 08:12 AM
Aloha Kurt...
I should be playing those songs too but I havent tried even one of them...I guess this is a good way for me and all to try others favorites...Keep them coming...Your friend, Stan

mm stan
04-06-2012, 08:16 AM
Aloha Gmoney,
Now this are the type of songs I like to practice...with those unfamiliar intro's ..glad I made this thread...woo hoo thank you great practicing...if it wasn't for this thread I would even know this song.....Thank you

mm stan
04-06-2012, 08:19 AM
Aloha Davey,
Yes Yes Neil Diamond has some great fun songs...good for playing at get togethers..

Aloha Bob,
Yes I haven't even played Mac the Knife yet..ha ha will try as I know the song, but not on uke.. As for your other picks, they are unfamiliar to me...yet

mm stan
04-06-2012, 08:21 AM
Howzit Unko Rod,
yes You always have a great list....Hope you make it back soon to the islands....so we can get together again....you get some winna ones...mahalo nui

1931jim
04-06-2012, 08:34 AM
A little medley....."Gonna sit right down and write myself a letter"
the last tone of word "you" goes right into the first tone of
"Whis per ing when you cuddle near me"

mm stan
04-06-2012, 08:54 AM
Intresting Jim...what song is that from...

1931jim
04-06-2012, 09:31 AM
Intresting Jim...what song is that from...
I really should learn some new songs Stan, HaHa!!
This is from 1935ish and I believe "Whispering " is about 1920ish.
"I'm gonna sit right down and write myself a letter.
And make believe it came from you.
I'm gonna write words Oh so sweet,
They're gonna knock me off my feet
Kisses on the bottom
I'll be glad I got 'em"

Then the last line of the final chorus goes....
"And make believe it came from you"

and that is where I go right into the song...
Whispering while you cuddle near me,
Whispering so no one can hear me.
Each little whisper seems to cheer me.
I know it's true There's no one dear but you.

etc etc
Jim

paeataa
04-06-2012, 10:06 AM
Aloha mm stan,

Yes, I am Thai :) Nice to meet you, sir.

Most of the songs I've been playing (including You belong to me) are just for strumming and singing along. I wish I knew how to do fingerstyle on uke. That'd be so much more fun!


Aloha Paetaa,
Kun thai??
Now that sounds like a nice song...gotta check it out....thank you

mm stan
04-06-2012, 10:41 AM
Aloha mm stan,

Yes, I am Thai :) Nice to meet you, sir.

Most of the songs I've been playing (including You belong to me) are just for strumming and singing along. I wish I knew how to do fingerstyle on uke. That'd be so much more fun!

sawadee kup Paeatea...
here is some arpeggio learning links for you..
http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=ukulele+arpeggio+picking&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

Bob Bledsoe
04-06-2012, 12:20 PM
Aloha Bob,
Yes I haven't even played Mac the Knife yet..ha ha will try as I know the song, but not on uke.. As for your other picks, they are unfamiliar to me...yet

Here's "The Unknown" - a really amazing instrumental by Kalei Gamiao:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMJiy3ORx28&feature=related

Jake's version of "Something" is close to the arrangement I'm playing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BvlT_No5YE

Dominator has really great tutorials on both pieces...

As a bonus, another one I love playing is this mariachi song I learned from Ukuleletim:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hTPI4lrThYI

Bob Bledsoe
04-06-2012, 12:27 PM
Almost forgot Under The Bridge - Fun song with a deceptively difficult chord change/strum situation. Took me a long time to get it:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6fqABle09E

efiscella
04-06-2012, 12:29 PM
Just had some fun playing The Princess Poopoolay Has Plenty Papaya did that in a medley with Kainoa and The hukilau

mm stan
04-06-2012, 02:29 PM
Aloha Jim
Mahalo for the lyrics for, I gonna sit right down and write myself a letter..
I'm like you just love them vintage songs...thank you again..

mm stan
04-06-2012, 02:31 PM
Aloha Bob,
thank you for the videos..wow they are great..will need to work on them in the future..if you
get some tabs, would you share them ...Mahalo Plenty..

mm stan
04-06-2012, 02:34 PM
Just had some fun playing The Princess Poopoolay Has Plenty Papaya did that in a medley with Kainoa and The hukilau
Aloha Efiscella,
yes yes the crazy princess song...and her papayas.. it's a really fun one...a song I haven't worked on yet
maybe I need look at it and think of better chords or a different key....thank you

ukuleledaveey
04-06-2012, 02:41 PM
Aloha Efiscella,
yes yes the crazy princess song...and her papayas.. it's a really fun one...a song I haven't worked on yet
maybe I need look at it and think of better chords or a different key....thank you
I love that song it is in the daily uke book :)

Bob Bledsoe
04-06-2012, 02:53 PM
Aloha Bob,
thank you for the videos..wow they are great..will need to work on them in the future..if you
get some tabs, would you share them ...Mahalo Plenty..

No tabs for The Unknown yet but Dominator is doing a series of video tutorials on his site. We're 5 videos in and waiting for the last one.
Dominator has Tabs for "Something" on his site as well as video tutorials for that one.
He is a really great resource:
http://dominator.ukeland.com/index2.shtml

Here's the tab for "Alacron Y Pistolero" - http://ukulelesecrets.org/2011/04/22/alacran-y-pistolero-spanish-ukulele-vocal-video-and-tab/

Aldrine has a tutorial for Under The Bridge that he recently posted on UU but no tab as far as I know: http://ukuleleunderground.com/2012/02/uke-lesson-50-under-the-bridge/

Gillian
04-06-2012, 02:53 PM
The theme of our next uke meeting is ships and sailing songs so with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic's sinking, I just finished the songsheet for "My Heart Will Go On".

To cleanse my brain of Celine Dion, I practiced "Guava Jam"(using Dominator's tabs), then played "Daydream" by John Sebastian (funny lyrics), then "Ain't Misbehavin", then "Don't Sing Aloha When I Go",(1926), then "White Sandy Beach"...ahhh...Celine's gone...

mm stan
04-06-2012, 03:16 PM
Aloha Gillian,
I have played a few sailing theme songs in the past years...ahhh geting old and just cannot remember right now.
hope they will come soon...I remember a hawaiian one too, but just don't remember now..geez getting old and
learning too many songs I guess..LOL...didn't try Don't Say Aloha When I Go...sounds nice ..you got the tab
for that one.. let me know Mystery Man Stan

jungleturtle
04-06-2012, 03:31 PM
Miss the Mississipi and You is another current favorite. Works real well on the uke.

mm stan
04-06-2012, 03:36 PM
Aloha Jungleturtle,
Looks like a pretty straightforward easy and fun song...Dylan, but never heard of Jimmy Rogers..wow written by bill
Halley..
http://dylanchords.info/00_misc/mississippi_and_you.htm

Gillian
04-06-2012, 04:20 PM
Aloha Gillian,
I have played a few sailing theme songs in the past years...ahhh geting old and just cannot remember right now.
hope they will come soon...I remember a hawaiian one too, but just don't remember now..geez getting old and
learning too many songs I guess..LOL...didn't try Don't Say Aloha When I Go...sounds nice ..you got the tab
for that one.. let me know Mystery Man Stan

Hey, Stan,

Go to our uke club's Song Book Page (http://sanjoseukeclub.org/song_book.htm) and download the pdf for "Don't Sing Aloha When I Go" chords and lyrics.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zu9_DcKCCig.

Aloha:)

Nickie
04-06-2012, 04:35 PM
I really enjoy playing the song I wrote

The Patient

and

Amazing Grace in G (I finger pick a part in it)

and

5'2" since a friend showed me how to fingerpick the chords

and

Don't Worry, Be Happy, when my damn whistle works!

and

This Bob Wills waltz, I used to play on fiddle, but can't remember the name of it.

rem50
04-06-2012, 04:46 PM
ain't misbehavin'. just love the words and progressions.

mm stan
04-06-2012, 04:51 PM
Mahalo Gillian,
Played the video and guess what...I just figured I could follow the slide guitar with my C stings...going up and down the neck...it is fun...try it
Wow I didn't know you was with the San Jose Uke Club....love that songbook....Mahalo plenty again..

mm stan
04-06-2012, 04:56 PM
Aloha Nicky,
Wow that is great your friend thought you how to arpeggio 5 foot 2 and Don't worry be happy, I always have fun with that one.....
Hmm the Patient eh, got the lyrics and chords...did you ever check out any picking links yet... let me know..

BeardedGent
04-06-2012, 04:56 PM
Well, since I just started I've enjoyed playing Wonderful Tonight although I use G, D, C, D, and G for the chords to make it easy on myself. I took the strumming pattern and picking from the video here on the site. I'm a bit lost on how to put them together to play a solo song. I've never tried to sing so I don't sing and strum along. It's a lot of fun though.


Mine is Ain't She Sweet....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5k-OE0-fWs
http://sanjoseukeclub.org/Song%20Sheets/Aint%20She%20Sweet.pdf

mm stan
04-06-2012, 04:58 PM
Aloha Rem50,
What key do you play it in?? thanks
http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/b/billie_holiday/aint_misbehavin_crd.htm

Ryan<3Ukes
04-06-2012, 05:15 PM
I am now tired of playing something by George Harrison. I would ask for a song reccomendation but there are already like 60 listed here :)

mm stan
04-06-2012, 05:18 PM
Aloha Ryan,
My latest favorite George Harrison song is .."Here Comes the Sun" from the San Jose uke club songbook....
http://sanjoseukeclub.org/Song%20Sheets/Here%20Comes%20the%20Sun%20(chords%20and%20tabs).p df

mm stan
04-06-2012, 05:22 PM
Aloha Bearded Gent,
Haven't Played that song In a long time...it is one of my favorite Eric Clapton songs...I had the chords around somewhere...it is a somewhat above average song..not sure if those chords would work though.....How about these chords or you can use the transposer to change the key on this link...http://www.e-chords.com/chords/eric-clapton/wonderful-tonight

Ryan<3Ukes
04-06-2012, 05:28 PM
Aloha Ryan,
My latest favorite George Harrison song is .."Here Comes the Sun" from the San Jose uke club songbook....
http://sanjoseukeclub.org/Song%20Sheets/Here%20Comes%20the%20Sun%20(chords%20and%20tabs).p df
Thanks stan! I don't sing but I'll try to make an arrangement out of that. I kind of wanna put some twists on some old roy smeck stuff.

BeardedGent
04-06-2012, 05:29 PM
Aloha mm stan,

The chords I'm using work well as a beginners version. It sounds nice when I don't mess it up although not as nice as the version Aldrine teaches here in one of the older vids. Wonderful Tonight and Tears in Heaven are two of my favorite Clapton songs.


Aloha Bearded Gent,
Haven't Played that song In a long time...it is one of my favorite Eric Clapton songs...I had the chords around somewhere...it is a somewhat above average song..not sure if those chords would work though.....

BeardedGent
04-06-2012, 05:51 PM
Ah, I see how I put the song together now as far as the strumming goes. Now I just have to figure out how to fit in the picking. Thanks Stan.


Aloha Bearded Gent,
Haven't Played that song In a long time...it is one of my favorite Eric Clapton songs...I had the chords around somewhere...it is a somewhat above average song..not sure if those chords would work though.....How about these chords or you can use the transposer to change the key on this link...http://www.e-chords.com/chords/eric-clapton/wonderful-tonight

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-06-2012, 05:54 PM
Just got the Herb Ohta songbook, so I've gotta add "Ja Da" to my list. And "Imagine". Both great songs either as instrumentals or to sing.

jungleturtle
04-06-2012, 06:02 PM
Yeah, Arlo Guthrie does a good version of it, too, complete with yodeling section!


Aloha Jungleturtle,
Looks like a pretty straightforward easy and fun song...Dylan, but never heard of Jimmy Rogers..wow written by bill
Halley..
http://dylanchords.info/00_misc/mississippi_and_you.htm

efiscella
04-06-2012, 06:13 PM
Stan-- I see you like the old songs. Me too. Here is a song that I remember my grandmother singing to me when I was a little kid. I only knew it from her and now thanks to youtube.com, I can hear it that way she heard it. I am trying to figure out the chords. Here are two versions. The one with the live band is a real hoot.

Chong He Comes from Hong Kong

http://youtu.be/obbkDi5WUVs

http://youtu.be/0gg2w7oLNc4

mm stan
04-06-2012, 06:26 PM
Aloha efiscella,
Wow that is a cool song...I think that Bonsai guy you tube video is a member here....you can buy the song sheet here for 6.50 let me know if you get it...the lyrics are there free
http://www.shoporium.com/shops/baldwinsattic/view_item.php3?id=40739

mm stan
04-06-2012, 06:28 PM
Aloha Ralf...
Oh man you making me jealous....send them to me....PLEASE... hee hee

mm stan
04-07-2012, 04:38 AM
Lets keep this thread going to benefit everyone to learn and try others new songs..keep them coming ..

rook
04-07-2012, 06:03 AM
I am currently enjoying "Footprints" by Paul McCartney. Always liked this song from his 1986 album 'Press To Play' and decided to try and learn it; great tune.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqFo5aKshDY

1931jim
04-07-2012, 06:07 AM
Whoppeee!! new songs to learn. So much to do, so little time....some people say "Time is money"
I say "Time is the interval between heart beats." My wife thinks I am crazy, but all you's'n's gals and guys are sure of it.

mm stan
04-07-2012, 06:14 AM
Aloha Rook,
wow never saw this album nor this picture of Paul....thank you for the video and the song....let me know how it goes for you ...

mm stan
04-07-2012, 06:20 AM
Aloha Jim,
Yes as we get older.....we tend to spend more time for ourselves...and enjoy..... isn't that what it's all about...and our ukulele journey is a great new way to expand our horizons in life....
I know we can always find new songs daily to spark ourselves and share with others... thank you

Dat1Guy
04-07-2012, 07:19 AM
Mines going to have to be either Dream a Little Dream of Me (but in Gb-B-Eb-Ab tuning) or Older by They Might Be Giants (in almost any tuning)

Joe H
04-07-2012, 07:21 AM
Right now the three song I'm playing are:

Istanbul
Rainbow Connection
Last Caress by the Misfits

Nickie
04-07-2012, 07:54 AM
Aloha Nicky,
Wow that is great your friend thought you how to arpeggio 5 foot 2 and Don't worry be happy, I always have fun with that one.....
Hmm the Patient eh, got the lyrics and chords...did you ever check out any picking links yet... let me know..

Stan,
I haven't posted the lyrics, although I bet the nurses here could relate... Haven't seen any picking links, either.

mikelz777
04-07-2012, 09:14 AM
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)

This is another one from the Daily Ukulele that's a lot of fun to play. I like the rhythm and it's challenging (at least to me) because of the quick chord changes so it's a nice one to practice.

mm stan
04-07-2012, 11:04 AM
Aloha Joe,
I have never heard of those songs before...will look into them thank you.. never heard of the misfits too
must be getting old..geez

mm stan
04-07-2012, 11:07 AM
Stan,
I haven't posted the lyrics, although I bet the nurses here could relate... Haven't seen any picking links, either.
Aloha Nicky,
You might want to try this link for learning picking patterns and choose which works well for you..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QXlK...AD075CB2309E10 let me know how it works for you..

mm stan
04-07-2012, 11:10 AM
The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)

This is another one from the Daily Ukulele that's a lot of fun to play. I like the rhythm and it's challenging (at least to me) because of the quick chord changes so it's a nice one to practice.
Aloha Mike,
I too like the challenge of quick changing intresting chord patterns which sounds nice, will give it a go..thank you

mikelz777
04-07-2012, 02:12 PM
Aloha Mike,
I too like the challenge of quick changing intresting chord patterns which sounds nice, will give it a go..thank you

I like it because it seems so well suited for the ukulele, it's upbeat and peppy. What's challenging for me is going into and out of the barre chord when playing it at the tempo the song requires, kinda fast. It's a good one for me to practice because I need work moving to and from that barre chord and just working with barre chords in general.

mm stan
04-07-2012, 02:24 PM
Aloha Mike,
Have you tried these chords....http://www.e-chords.com/chords/simon-garfunkel/tha-59th-street-bridge-song-(feelin-groovy)

Hippie Dribble
04-07-2012, 04:08 PM
today it's this one...


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_oOypaEzyQ

SuzukHammer
04-07-2012, 04:37 PM
Cake - I will Survive

A fun song.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=596qaxm-u4o

Robbiew Williams - Better Man

lullaby for the baby boy.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gY2ekm_krNU

mschway
04-07-2012, 05:00 PM
I don't really sing. Believe me when I say you wouldn't WANT to hear me sing. ;) I mostly fingerpick or thumb-lead melodic strum.

This week's faves (In no particular order):

Besame Mucho
Lady Be Good
In My Life
Cannonball Blues (Carter Family)
A'Oia
Hanohano Hanalei

robbocx
04-07-2012, 05:02 PM
Currently 'Daydream Believer' in F.

It's a fun song with a great chord progression.

mikelz777
04-07-2012, 05:13 PM
Aloha Mike,
Have you tried these chords....http://www.e-chords.com/chords/simon-garfunkel/tha-59th-street-bridge-song-(feelin-groovy)

How do you make a Cm7sus?

Lalz
04-07-2012, 09:10 PM
Another current favourite is Hard Times Killin' Floor Blues (the Jack Owens version) transposed up and played in ACEA tuning with low A.
Not quite nailing it yet though: first got the "bass-line" melody down and now struggling myself through the faster fingerpicking bits. Love it!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JKhYLft6_p4&feature=player_embedded#!

mm stan
04-07-2012, 09:12 PM
Aloha Bruddah Eugene,
Wow you really know how to pick them...this should be my song...Luv it...really says it all... Mahalo Nui
Really fun one.....intresting style and learned some stuff from it...wow wee

mm stan
04-07-2012, 09:18 PM
Aloha Frankie,
Wow both inspirational songs...loved them...Mahalo nui.... hey the tuk tuk in the first video....you know what I mean...ha ha

mm stan
04-07-2012, 09:22 PM
Aloha MSCHway,
Don't know the first two...will check them out... yes beatles, carter family, and the Hawaiian songs I really like...will revisit them...thank you so much...
Just ordered some air rifle parts from Bellingham couple months ago...

mm stan
04-07-2012, 09:24 PM
Aloha Robbocx,
Yes I will play that one in rememberance of Davy Jones....May he Rest in Peace....love the key of F too...you got any special site you got it from?

mm stan
04-07-2012, 09:28 PM
Aloha Mike,
I'm not into music theory......maybe some others can help you...I just used a simple Cm7 and it sounded good to me...0333
here is a site that says Fsus7....but I know that is wrong, at least sounded wrong...http://www.bing.com/search?q=Cm7sus+ukulele+chord&FORM=IE8SRC
Hope it helps...thank you....

mm stan
04-07-2012, 09:33 PM
Aloha Lalou..
Wow thank you love the blues....so you got the melody line...can you share it when you get it done...
and a half step up on the G string...will try dat out and a low A...love adjusted tunings...thank you.. woo hoo
reminds me of the Robert Johnson crossroads somewhat...
I like GCEg .....

Lalz
04-08-2012, 01:12 AM
Aloha Lalou..
Wow thank you love the blues....so you got the melody line...can you share it when you get it done...
and a half step up on the G string...will try dat out and a low A...love adjusted tunings...thank you.. woo hoo
reminds me of the Robert Johnson crossroads somewhat...
I like GCEg .....

Indeed, using different tunings is a lot of fun! The original song is in D minor tuning on the guitar (DADFAD). Got transposing and tuning advice from Aaron Keim in his music theory thread (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?60805-Music-Theory-Questions-Ask-Away&highlight=music+theory) (great thread!) and got help with the score from 23skidoo (thanks!)

I'm a bit shy about videoing myself (I tend to freeze and/or run for cover whenever I see a camera) but I might do it if I get confident enough. If not I could PM you the tabs when I finish transcribing them :)

BasicUke
04-08-2012, 02:36 AM
I am still a beginner, but I am finding quite a few that I really like playing right now...

Pumped up Kicks (Chords (http://ukulelehunt.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/PumpedUpKickCapo.pdf))


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDTZ7iX4vTQ

And my current favorite cause it's just so fun to play!

Bad Bad Leroy Brown (Chords (http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/j/jim_croce/bad_bad_leroy_brown_crd.htm))


http://youtu.be/VaVPASJmeMU

All the Mens just call him Suh!

I am also finding some of the songs that I tried back when I got started and were too hard are now pretty darn easy!

Thanks for all the suggestions. Now I am looking for an easier version of this (Chords (http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/www.guitaretab.com/m/misc-soundtrack/26927.html?1944-06-06=always&transpose=&tuning=GCEA))


http://youtu.be/8MxGC1j2ogM

mm stan
04-08-2012, 09:41 AM
Aloha Basic Uke,
are you comfortable in Bb..http://www.azchords.com/m/misctelevision-tabs-5377/cheerstheme-tabs-229804.html
Or this one....http://www.azchords.com/m/misctelevision-tabs-5377/cheers-tabs-150250.html
Yes love Jim...bad bad leroy brown... hope it works for you....
Thank you for the links and chords...the first one with the transition from Em to G ..I like to make a G finger chord
pattern and extend my pinky while keeping my G chord finger position on the 4th fret of the C string..takes practice
but it is easier and smoother when you get it...let me know if it works for you..

mm stan
04-09-2012, 08:34 AM
This is my favorite today...I love doing the picking on this song too
White Sandy Beach..http://sanjoseukeclub.org/Song%20Sheets/White%20Sandy%20Beach.pdf
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yp77FYXat8

barefootgypsy
04-09-2012, 10:06 AM
Favourites today - because I love the songs and the chords -

Til There Was You

The Way You Look Tonight

Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks - some chords that terrified me til I realised they are noodling around A and Dm......

benjoeuke
04-09-2012, 10:31 AM
Wow, what a great thread! it's so nice to have all these great songs thrown out there to remind me that they exist and I should be playing or learning them.
Here's my two latest favorite forgotten treasures:
"Sea of Love"
"Stand By Me"
Both are beautiful and simple :)

mm stan
04-09-2012, 03:54 PM
Aloha Benjoeuke,
Yes yes Please continue to send in your daily favorites..I am learning so much..I didn't know "Sea of Love"
was an old song..I really like it..thank you for sharing...it is on my favorite list...than you for sharing..
http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/c/cat_power/sea_of_love_crd.htm
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDoUN-edWKw
I really thought Sea Of Love was Just Riatea Helm's new Album..I am sure you all know her and her uke
http://www.mountainapplecompany.com/raiatea/

SuzukHammer
04-09-2012, 04:05 PM
Aloha Mike,
I'm not into music theory......maybe some others can help you...I just used a simple Cm7 and it sounded good to me...0333
here is a site that says Fsus7....but I know that is wrong, at least sounded wrong...http://www.bing.com/search?q=Cm7sus+ukulele+chord&FORM=IE8SRC
Hope it helps...thank you....
I think the Cm7 sounds better as 3333. And its easier.

angusdegraosta
04-09-2012, 07:53 PM
Most recently "Land of the Navajo" by Peter Rowan, on the Old & in the Way album - also "Rich Man's Spiritual" by Gordon Lightfoot. It's fun when you remember a song, then say to yourself "Hey, I bet that would work on uke..."

These two sites have great songs too:

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

...just in case you haven't seen these.

Patrick Madsen
04-09-2012, 08:17 PM
Those sites were really good Angus. I put in my favorites list. Thanks

mm stan
04-10-2012, 10:50 AM
Aloha Angus,
Wow Loved the song in the Key of C .....nice one...thank you....here it is..http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/www.roughstock.com/cowpie/songs/g/gordon-lightfood/rich_man_spiritual

benjoeuke
04-10-2012, 12:40 PM
Aloha MM Stan, thanks for the link... funny but ya know, that's my friend Harry from 'The 5th String Music Store' in Berkeley, Ca... great guy, great store.
Today's song for me is Bo Diddley's "Crackin' Up" ...my 5 yr old son is dancing around like a maniac on an Easter candy sugar high singing "Chuk-chuk-a-luk-chuk-chuk, oh yeah! You're crackin' up!" ... after 10 minutes of this, catching his breath, "Daddy, what does crackin' up mean?" lol
Simple 3 chord song and makes you feel good to sing it :)

Aloha Benjoeuke,
Yes yes Please continue to send in your daily favorites..I am learning so much..I didn't know "Sea of Love"
was an old song..I really like it..thank you for sharing...it is on my favorite list...than you for sharing...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDoUN-edWKw ...[/url]

mm stan
04-11-2012, 12:31 AM
Aloha Benjoeuke,
wow what a song...holy moly..http://www.elyrics.net/read/b/bo-diddley-lyrics/crackin_-up-lyrics.html
do you have the chords to this song..

benjoeuke
04-11-2012, 06:18 AM
Aloha from grey California MM Stan... Ya, Crackin' Up is a 1-4-5 song, I have the original Chess Records version but I would have to fire up the turntable to listen! lol... I believe Bo did something like (G)////(C)//(D)// but either his guitar was tuned a little flat or sharp or something, or the tape speed was slightly off on the machine? lol... Anyway, the Stones did it too, probably also in G (if I know anything about Keith)... but ya, pick your key, I was playing it (F)////(Bb)//(C)// just sounded good to me on my uku that way... :)

mm stan
04-11-2012, 02:28 PM
Aloha Benjoeuke,
Mahalo for da chords...I tried um and like it very much...a fun song....yes the simplest songs brings me so much happiness...
I hope everyone will continue to add to this thread.... I am having a blast...Keep um coming gang....

angusdegraosta
04-11-2012, 07:32 PM
Great Patrick! And Stan, I play the song in C too... I think the Ab also sounds fine as 0343 (as a maj7). It's such a neat song.


Aloha Angus,
Wow Loved the song in the Key of C .....nice one...thank you....here it is..http://www.chordie.com/chord.pere/www.roughstock.com/cowpie/songs/g/gordon-lightfood/rich_man_spiritual

BasicUke
04-20-2012, 08:27 AM
Had to revive the thread. Just started playing I WILL FOLLOW YOU INTO THE DARK (http://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/d/death_cab_for_cutie/i_will_follow_you_into_the_dark_crd.htm) by Death Cab for Cutie and it's fun! (Thanks for the song, Phil!)

The strum is hitting the G string with your thumb, then DU UD


http://youtu.be/rePcHxFJIuU

Jim

vanflynn
04-20-2012, 08:35 AM
Lately it's "E Ku'u Morning Dew". This version is the easy picking one but just like the way it sounds on the uke

mm stan
04-20-2012, 09:49 AM
Aloha Jim,
Thank you for reviving this thread...I love playing yours and other favorites...it is also great for everyone to learn and play too..
Wow this is a really cool song...thank you, mm Stan happy strummings..

mm stan
04-20-2012, 09:50 AM
Lately it's "E Ku'u Morning Dew". This version is the easy picking one but just like the way it sounds on the uke
This is one of my favorite songs....here is the tab....happy pickings...mm stan mahalo nui..http://web.mac.com/johnpak/iWeb/homepage/Uke%20Song%20Sheets%20A-K_files/E%20Ku%27u%20Morning%20Dew%20tab.pdf

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-20-2012, 10:09 AM
Career Opportunities (The Clash) on the bariton uke. Ah, that's fun.

mm stan
04-20-2012, 12:53 PM
Aloha Ralf,
Mahalo Nui...never played a clash song yet...you have any special chords....

BasicUke
04-20-2012, 01:06 PM
Career Opportunities (The Clash) on the bariton uke. Ah, that's fun.

You crazy baritone ukers!! ;)

Sometimes it seems like The Clash songs were written with ukuleles in mind!!

Rick Turner
04-20-2012, 01:14 PM
Working on Django Reinhardt's "Nuages", though I'll never get that chromatic run he rips off a couple of times. There are a bunch of ways to work the chords around the melody that are great. I've transposed it into "C"; here's a great version by Django:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LY2BQk9s11Y his whole solo is just unbelievable...so fast in parts, yet so beautiful at the same time. He really mixes it up.

He recorded Nuages a lot, and there is a great solo acoustic version that I heard long ago and can't find now.

My friend Amity Rose is going to work the clarinet part on melodica. Hopefully it will become a "Uke Ellington" standard for us.

mm stan
04-20-2012, 01:45 PM
Aloha Rick,
Oh man love those vintage riffs....real smooth.. yes I was going to say that clarinet sounds so soothing...wow Thank you so much fo the song...
Yes this thread has introduced me to songs of other members favorites...songs I may have otherwise passed on... this is good for all to experience and gain from them..
will search for the chords and try the Key of C let me know how it comes along with your friend with the melodica.. nice melody...Thank you Rick

ukuloko
04-20-2012, 02:58 PM
Currently La Vie En Rose!!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-20-2012, 03:58 PM
You crazy baritone ukers!! ;)

Sometimes it seems like The Clash songs were written with ukuleles in mind!!

Joe Strummer learned a few ukulele chords before he picked up a guitar. His first musical performance was busking at a train station with a uke!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
04-20-2012, 04:02 PM
Aloha Ralf,
Mahalo Nui...never played a clash song yet...you have any special chords....

I just visit the tablature (http://londonsburning.org/main_tablature.html) page at londonsburning.org. Most of the tabs there are good. I always let the key of the song determine which uke tuning to use---or sometimes where to put a capo---so the chords will be easy.

ukuleledaveey
04-20-2012, 04:35 PM
I just visit the tablature (http://londonsburning.org/main_tablature.html) page at londonsburning.org. Most of the tabs there are good. I always let the key of the song determine which uke tuning to use---or sometimes where to put a capo---so the chords will be easy.
I'm gonna ask a real dumb question, but i genuinely don't know , im new ro music playing and self learning etc, when you said about placing the capo ralf - how does that exactly work, does it change the tunning so you transpose to another key ? as the standard baritone is dgbe, i know if you put the capo on the 5th it is gcea, or have i just answered my own question lol thanks for the clash song site :)

Im playing "waiting for my man " by the velvet underground , a lot lately, going to be doing it with a friend live at our uke club on monday night, heres a vid i made of it, so my mate could practice at home without me there :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaY4TH9eiaw&feature=plcp&context=C4645713VDvjVQa1PpcFPd-bP9jRogmEXbEl4evD87PpmmjjBkDRA=

mm stan
04-20-2012, 04:38 PM
Currently La Vie En Rose!!
Aloha Ukuloko,
nice and easy chord progression..need to watch a video on this song..as french may be hard for me.
what is this song about?? http://www.e-chords.com/chords/edith-piaf/la-vie-en-rose
Thank you

mm stan
04-20-2012, 04:40 PM
Aloha Ralf,
Mahalo nui for sharing the nice link...wow lots of songs..
http://londonsburning.org/main_tablature.html
@davey....http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capo

ukuloko
04-20-2012, 04:44 PM
Aloha Ukuloko,
nice and easy chord progression..need to watch a video on this song..as french may be hard for me.
what is this song about?? http://www.e-chords.com/chords/edith-piaf/la-vie-en-rose
Thank you

While I love Ediths, but my heart was stolen by Louis Armstrong's version, which is in English! Check it out here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8IJzYAda1wA

I also play it using ukuleledavs tabs: http://ukuleledav.web.officelive.com/Documents/la%20vie%20en%20rose%28goschenhobel%29.pdf

mm stan
04-20-2012, 05:50 PM
Kia Ora Ukuloko,
thank you....wow....loved the Louie video...this song I know I heard many decades ago....I remember the tune...wow what a great revisit...
and I will try the tabs too...they look good..

Rick Turner
04-20-2012, 06:28 PM
Stan, I wasn't happy with any of the arrangements I found on line, so I just went at it by ear. With Django, there are always ambiguities. The trick is to nail the melody and then work the harmonies around that one string and note at a time, and then know when NOT to try to play yet another chord, but go back and forth between the chord melody thing and single or double stops. What you find with the different sections of Nuages is that you can keep the melody pretty clear and yet change the chord progression a bit.

Another thing about Django...diminished chords all over the place in all their inversions and sometimes used chromatically.

I am NOT a trained musician, and my reading skills are practically non-existent, but working on Ellington, Goodman, Reinhardt tunes, etc. has been an amazing journey. I "get" harmonic movement much better now that I've had to listen and learn at a whole new level.

mm stan
04-20-2012, 11:08 PM
Mahalo Rick,
I like the vintage stuff and it is hard to find good arrangements I like....and I don't mind diminished chrds one bit....thank you for sharing...
will be sending a songbook link to your PM....

BIGDB
04-22-2012, 10:46 PM
Smash the window - James hill. So fun

mm stan
04-22-2012, 11:36 PM
Aloha Bigdb,
thank you for sharing...never heard this one..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=As_p5BjjFrE