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UkeKiddinMe
03-06-2013, 01:52 PM
Hey Soul Sister is the first song I will work on when I get my uke this week.

Can we use this thread to list all the modern tunes like Soul Sister that are great for the uke?

:cool:

durgidog
03-06-2013, 02:37 PM
Sweet Pea by Amos Lee is popular on uke (and the first song I learned).

Dan Uke
03-06-2013, 02:44 PM
I'm Yours by Jason Mraz will be much easier as Soul Sister uses some tough chords
Count on Me by Bruno Mars

Mandalyn
03-06-2013, 02:49 PM
Ho Hey
By the Lumineers.

Easy and fun. :)

UkeKiddinMe
03-06-2013, 03:09 PM
Excellent. Thank you. Keep them coming.

UkeKiddinMe
03-06-2013, 03:11 PM
By the way, are there Really any such thing as Tough chords on a uke? ;)

I experienced tough chords on a guitar, but there were 6 strings, a wider neck, and a much longer scale. How can any chords be really Tough on a 4 string uke? ;)

gyosh
03-06-2013, 04:19 PM
By the way, are there Really any such thing as Tough chords on a uke? ;)

I experienced tough chords on a guitar, but there were 6 strings, a wider neck, and a much longer scale. How can any chords be really Tough on a 4 string uke? ;)

Ukekiddingme?

UkeKiddinMe
03-06-2013, 04:26 PM
Well, I have yet to touch my first uke, but this guitar and bass playing noob is expecting to easily play any chord he needs on a short scale, 4 string uke. I guess we'll see. :D

erivel
03-06-2013, 04:31 PM
Here's a little secret: any "modern" song can be played and sound good on the uke. Just pick the ones you like and learn them. :)

gyosh
03-06-2013, 04:37 PM
Well, I have yet to touch my first uke, but this guitar and bass playing noob is expecting to easily play any chord he needs on a short scale, 4 string uke. I guess we'll see. :D

It is much easier but I'd be super impressed if you could cleanly play any chords you see. I have some very accomplished professional musician friends that aren't able to do that . . . but if you can, more power to ya'!!!

Enjoy and welcome to UU.

ricdoug
03-06-2013, 04:48 PM
Learn Somewhere Over the Rainbow in the key of C and use the same chord progression for I'm Yours and Hey Soul Sister and it will be easier. You can even substitute a G for the Em in this version: http://www.ukuleletricks.com/somewhere-over-the-rainbow-ukulele-chords/

UkeKiddinMe
03-07-2013, 10:01 AM
A good resource. Has several of the types of tunes I was looking for:

http://www.ukulele-tabs.com/famous-ukulele-songs.html

ChaosToo
03-07-2013, 10:09 AM
Loads and loads of modern songs available as Uke chords. Google will find you literally hundreds! And if you get stuck, just search for songs with guitar tabs/chords......should be easy enough to work out for 'only' the 4 stringed little ukulele......:p

mds725
03-07-2013, 10:29 AM
Ukekiddingme?

That's just too funny!

buddhuu
03-07-2013, 12:51 PM
The OP is asking for suggestions of modern songs "like" 'Hey, Soul Sister'. I.e., specific songs similar in genre, style or feel. Links to lists of song tabs and suggestions to check Google (while helpful) don't quite answer the question as I read it.

Maybe check out:

I'm no Superman - Lazlo Bane
Fall at Your Feet - Crowded House
Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors - Editors

UkeKiddinMe
03-07-2013, 04:50 PM
Oh well. I was gonna come back here and post the PDF I assembled for myself for my entry into bari uke land.

I don't see a way to attach anything to a post. Bummer.

I just put together a PDf with
- Good Riddance - Greenday
- Hey Soul Sister - Train
- I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow

that with 4 tunes, covers: C, C#m, D, Dm7, E, E7, Em, F, G, G#m, A, Am, and B.

Not bad, ay?

Hippie Dribble
03-07-2013, 05:10 PM
As erivel rightly said, ou can literally play any modern song on a uke just like you can on a guitar. To compile a list is a moot point as it would fill up book after book with every song ever written. I think your personal challenge is simply to google the songs you'd like to play the most (and maybe sing?) and get yourself a book of uke chords then go for it. You'll have a ball!

As to the question of ukulele being easy for you...well, the uke is easy to reach a basic level of proficiency, but, like every other instrument it will be as challenging as you choose to make it. There are some very very difficult chords and progressions that pros like James Hill and Bob Brozman still find challenging after years of performance time under their belt. I think you'll be surprised. The only limit on the complexity of the instrument is what you yourself place on it.

twistedsoda
03-07-2013, 05:30 PM
My favorite to play these days, EVERYBODY TALKS by the Neon Trees.

ricdoug
03-07-2013, 05:31 PM
The OP is asking for suggestions of modern songs "like" 'Hey, Soul Sister'. I.e., specific songs similar in genre, style or feel. Links to lists of song tabs and suggestions to check Google (while helpful) don't quite answer the question as I read it.

As I read this thread, the OP was also told the chords were tough. My link points out that playing those songs only one step up uses more simple chords in the key of C. The responses in this thread are all helpful IMHO. Ric

UkeKiddinMe
03-07-2013, 05:35 PM
As erivel rightly said, ou can literally play any modern song on a uke just like you can on a guitar. To compile a list is a moot point ...


Hey - thanks for the encouragement. As I said originally, I have been around music a long time. Yes, I know I can play any song on the uke.
The purpose of the thread was to identify a short list of modern tunes that were done with a uke or sound good with a uke.
Soul Sister was the perfect example - that one tune sold a whole lotta ukes.

Kay?

Hippie Dribble
03-07-2013, 05:43 PM
Hey - thanks for the encouragement. As I said originally, I have been around music a long time. Yes, I know I can play any song on the uke.
The purpose of the thread was to identify a short list of modern tunes that were done with a uke or sound good with a uke.
Soul Sister was the perfect example - that one tune sold a whole lotta ukes.

Kay?

Sure...I get you but I'm a firm believer that almost every song can be adapted to ukulele successfully, it's such a flexible instrument. The Train song was more a symptom of an already existing revival than the starting point of it.

hmmm, maybe check out this "Seasons of The Ukulele' (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?66328-Putting-together-all-the-seasons-of-the-Ukulele) thread which lists all the playlists from each week. In it you'll find 50+ songs each week over 55 weeks now, where folks have adapted all kinds of songs from every genre imaginable - mainly modern, sometimes old - to the uke. Should be a useful resource for you. Cheers

mds725
03-07-2013, 06:34 PM
Oh well. I was gonna come back here and post the PDF I assembled for myself for my entry into bari uke land.

I don't see a way to attach anything to a post. Bummer.

I just put together a PDf with
- Good Riddance - Greenday
- Hey Soul Sister - Train
- I'm Yours - Jason Mraz
- Somewhere Over The Rainbow

that with 4 tunes, covers: C, C#m, D, Dm7, E, E7, Em, F, G, G#m, A, Am, and B.

Not bad, ay?

You could upload the pdf to somewhere and then post a link.

His Sinfulness
03-07-2013, 07:50 PM
I agree with Eugene Ukulele - you can play anything on a uke. I will add - this is especially true if you are flexible about the sound of your instrument.
I play uke in a band with two guitars and a bass. We play tunes from all over the pop spectrum - Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Jack White, Pogues, Mumford and Sons, Violent Femmes, Franz Ferdinand, Tom Petty, Lumineers, Fleetwood Mac, Tracy Chapman, Old Crow Medicine Show, etc. In our arrangements, the uke is used to cover mandolin, banjo, or guitar lines, and very occassionally, to play an actual uke part.

I use three different instruments (an accoustic tenor with a pick-up and pre-amp, a concert banjolele, and a solid body tenor with steel strings) a bit of amp tweaking, and the occasional pedal to achieve the desired tones. It is always very satisfying to hear someone say, "I didn't know you could play (insert any song here) on a ukulele!"

ChaosToo
03-07-2013, 08:30 PM
Hey - thanks for the encouragement. As I said originally, I have been around music a long time. Yes, I know I can play any song on the uke.
The purpose of the thread was to identify a short list of modern tunes that were done with a uke or sound good with a uke.
Soul Sister was the perfect example - that one tune sold a whole lotta ukes.

Kay?

Check out Jake Shimabukuru's rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody', or the numerous 'modern' songs done by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain - both showing that in the right hands any song can sound 'good with a uke'. There's also the 'Seasons' on here that have a massive variety of songs spanning the ages - all sounding 'good with a uke'.

It's all a matter of interpretation.....and imagination.

Personally, I've found chords for a massive range of 'modern' songs - from Metallica, Pink, Green Day, Amy Wino, etc, along with a bunch of more folky numbers and a few quirky ones. Some have been uke specific chord sheets and some have been guitar chord sheets that I've altered to suit (by reading how to do it on here).

Whilst it might be technically interesting to draw up a big list of modern songs, I'm a firm believer in playing for fun - and it's surely only fun if you find the songs that you personally enjoy playing - whether they be old or new?

At least that's how I see it :D

Hochapeafarm
03-07-2013, 08:49 PM
I wholeheartedly agree, Eric! Although this song won't qualify as a "modern" one (it's from 1980), I am working on David Bowie's Ashes to Ashes right now on my uke. I am digging how it's sounding on the uke -- just wish my skill level was better to do it more justice, but hey, learn by doing, right? :-)


Here's a little secret: any "modern" song can be played and sound good on the uke. Just pick the ones you like and learn them. :)

etf
03-07-2013, 09:19 PM
I enjoyed learning Pumped up kicks by Foster the people. http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OyjqQyTul3k

buddhuu
03-08-2013, 09:21 AM
[...] The responses in this thread are all helpful IMHO. Ric

Indeed, as I already acknowledged.


[...] Links to lists of song tabs and suggestions to check Google (while helpful) don't quite answer the question as I read it.[...]

ricdoug
03-08-2013, 06:04 PM
I rest my case http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZBlwVQO3A8&feature=player_embedded

philrab66
03-09-2013, 01:41 AM
By the way, are there Really any such thing as Tough chords on a uke? ;)

I experienced tough chords on a guitar, but there were 6 strings, a wider neck, and a much longer scale. How can any chords be really Tough on a 4 string uke? ;)

Obviously not if you have played guitar. The person who said they where hard has not much experience.

His Sinfulness
03-15-2013, 09:15 AM
The tough thing about some chords on uke is fitting all of your fingers on the strings. The D chord, for instance, is often a problem for guys with bigger hands.

UkeKiddinMe
03-15-2013, 10:03 AM
The tough thing about some chords on uke is fitting all of your fingers on the strings. The D chord, for instance, is often a problem for guys with bigger hands.

I'm seeing that. :)