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trowacat
08-20-2013, 05:18 AM
I'm looking for new songs to learn on the uke and I was wondering what are some of your favorites!

Jon Moody
08-20-2013, 05:58 AM
Ones that I will usually whip out at a store (take that out of context....heh)

-Boodle Am Shake
-Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard (easy 1-4-5 in A)
-Solsbury Hill (the intro sits really well if you put it in C)

trowacat
08-20-2013, 06:12 AM
Ones that I will usually whip out at a store (take that out of context....heh)

-Boodle Am Shake
-Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard (easy 1-4-5 in A)
-Solsbury Hill (the intro sits really well if you put it in C)

Hahaha, that got a good laugh out of me.
Ill check all of these out thanks!

Shady Wilbury
08-20-2013, 06:18 AM
Heya, Monkey.

Any way you could share your arrangement of Solsbury Hill? I'd love to learn it. :)

Thanks for sharing.

Casey

therinkydinktink
08-20-2013, 06:47 AM
It changes weekly but at the moment;
Hot Tamales - Robert Johnson
I'm the Urban Spaceman - Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band.

Manalishi
08-20-2013, 07:03 AM
'Doctor Jazz' or the old perrenials
'Ain't She Sweet' or 'Five Foot Two'!

Jon Moody
08-20-2013, 07:08 AM
Heya, Monkey.

Any way you could share your arrangement of Solsbury Hill? I'd love to learn it. :)

Thanks for sharing.

Casey

Give me a bit, but I can probably write something up for it, or maybe do a quick video demo. It's actually really easy, once you see it. Hardest part is remembering that it's in 7/4.

PhilUSAFRet
08-20-2013, 07:15 AM
Anything I can remember all the chords and words to.

Hippie Dribble
08-20-2013, 08:18 AM
Anything I can remember all the chords and words to.

yep Phil, so true :biglaugh:

addicted2myuke
08-20-2013, 09:52 AM
Bye Bye Blues
I'm Beginning to See the Light
I'll Fly Away
Ain't We Got Fun?
The Best Things in Life Are Free
Blue Skies
Bye Bye Blackbird
Get Out and Get Under the Moon
Give My Regards to Broadway

I love songs from the 20s and 30s even though it's before my time. They're all from The Daily Ukulele"

bborzell
08-20-2013, 10:03 AM
Current favorite is what ever I am learning at the moment = Here, There and Everywhere.

Olarte
08-20-2013, 10:11 AM
Right now it's Williw Nelson's Crazy, here is my rendition http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?84614-My-rendition-of-Crazy-Willie-Nelson-Ukulelehunt-Arrangement

BIGDB
08-20-2013, 10:37 AM
Mine favorites to play are: Dragon, smash the window, and Mach 4. They all sound cool and are very fun to play

bnolsen
08-20-2013, 10:57 AM
I currently like "fly me to the moon", "beyond the sea", "summertime" from scorpexuke.com

"raindrops keep fallin on my head", i sort of merged several tabs for this one (C Cmaj7, Gm7, C7 for chord progression and Em instead of Em7 where noted).

"le vie en rose" http://www.doctoruke.com/lavieenrose.pdf

"summertime" and "le vie enrose" I picked up from videos posted on UU.

of course you have to sing!

trowacat
08-20-2013, 12:32 PM
Bye Bye Blues
I'm Beginning to See the Light
I'll Fly Away
Ain't We Got Fun?
The Best Things in Life Are Free
Blue Skies
Bye Bye Blackbird
Get Out and Get Under the Moon
Give My Regards to Broadway

I love songs from the 20s and 30s even though it's before my time. They're all from The Daily Ukulele"

Maybe I should consider getting this book, would you recommend it?

Hippie Dribble
08-20-2013, 01:40 PM
Maybe I should consider getting this book, would you recommend it?

I would, for sure. Very user-friendly, the arrangements are simple and there's an enormous range of music to suit many tastes. If you're predominantly into the old-time stuff however, I would look here (http://vintageukemusic.com/ordering.htm)

ukuLily Mars
08-20-2013, 02:28 PM
Bye Bye Blues
I'm Beginning to See the Light
I'll Fly Away
Ain't We Got Fun?
The Best Things in Life Are Free
Blue Skies
Bye Bye Blackbird
Get Out and Get Under the Moon
Give My Regards to Broadway

I love songs from the 20s and 30s even though it's before my time. They're all from The Daily Ukulele"
Me too! I love that era. I was getting ready to play a few songs for a party with my parents and a bunch of their friends, and my mom said, "Don't you know anything, you know, newer?"

My favorites right now are "I'm an Old Cowhand (from the Rio Grande)" and "Dream a Little Dream of Me," but in general I'm in one of my nothing-written-after-1940 phases.

rem50
08-20-2013, 03:38 PM
depends on what I am trying to learn at the time. Right now I am working on a song Eugene Ukulele posted "It had to be you". My wife really doesn't mind the words :) I am trying to work in the flats and "taps" Jon does!

Ukejenny
08-20-2013, 04:08 PM
It constantly changes. Right now, I am enjoying "Tonight, You Belong to Me" from the movie, The Jerk. Also, "Give Me Love", by George Harrison and "If I Had You" - an oldie.

kapahulu50
08-20-2013, 05:00 PM
Top three are crazy G, kaulana napua, and e ku'u morning dew. Depends on who is around!

imagesinthewind
08-20-2013, 06:30 PM
i warm up with Sloop John B, the folk version, not Beach Boys and the main riff from Baja, the surf tune from The Astronauts.
i'm looking for an amazing version of Blackbird, for my son.

I'll Fly Away
08-20-2013, 09:34 PM
I'm brand new to 'playing' ukulele, so I'm learning a wee bit at a time. I'm a long time lover of Blue Grass, and am currently working on "Amazing Grace" and 'I'll Fly Away" (a favorite, hence my handle). Going slow and having fun with it. Trying to ignore my competitive A/R tendencies, which almost always cause me to stop if I don't feel I'm the "best" (so juvenile, no?). I had a shot at guitar and dulcimer in the '60s and bluegrass was my thing -- Pete Seeger, Mike Seeger and the New Lost City Ramblers, Jean Ritchie (dulcimer, and ever so sweet voice), Kentucky Colonels--Lisbeth Cotton (Freight Train), you name it. You Los Angelinos of a certain age will for sure remember the Ash Grove and Bernie Pearl. Okay, I've dated myself now.......:(

jangann
08-21-2013, 06:44 AM
Guess I'm on a Beatles kick lately:

Blackbird
Something
In My Life

All haunting.

trowacat
08-21-2013, 10:58 AM
Right now it's Williw Nelson's Crazy, here is my rendition http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?84614-My-rendition-of-Crazy-Willie-Nelson-Ukulelehunt-Arrangement

Ah that was very nice! :)

buddhuu
08-21-2013, 11:26 AM
"Rosie" by the late Don Partridge.

Tootler
08-21-2013, 12:02 PM
I'm rediscovering the delights of early Rock n Roll with my Risa "stick" uke.

At the same time, I'm steadily extending my repertoire of folk songs.

Just for fun though, it's either Whiskey in the jar or Putting on the Style.

Uncle Leroy
08-21-2013, 12:18 PM
Linus and Lucy
Caravan
Something
All of Me
Before You Accuse Me
Layla
Come Together

I'll Fly Away
08-21-2013, 12:39 PM
I'm rediscovering the delights of early Rock n Roll with my Risa "stick" uke.

At the same time, I'm steadily extending my repertoire of folk songs.

Just for fun though, it's either Whiskey in the jar or Putting on the Style.

I love Whiskey in the Jar. Haven't heard it in years. Do you happen to have a link to the chords for that one?

Tootler
08-21-2013, 11:54 PM
I love Whiskey in the Jar. Haven't heard it in years. Do you happen to have a link to the chords for that one?

I've PM'd you words & chords as I play it. I thought I had put it on you tube but it's not there so I must have taken it down for some reason.

Mercury
08-22-2013, 01:30 AM
My faves;

Nights on Broadway - Bee Gees
Hanohano Hawaii - Traditional
Oppan Gangnam Style - PSY (for laughs)

UkerDanno
08-22-2013, 02:50 AM
I enjoy playing House of the Rising Sun and For What it's Worth...both available on scorpex.

Inner Prop
08-22-2013, 03:08 AM
For quiet slow stuff I think, :
"So Lonely (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I54IqeulWs)" - Police or
"Edelweiss (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l8t85khtIw)" (my grandmother had a music box I listened to whenever I had to stay over at her house)

For more lively stuff I like,
"Wild Rover (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afO3IQX2Qnc)" - Pogues or Dropkick Murphys (take your pick, I can't help slipping into an accent when I sing it, this was the first song I memorized)
"Everyday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASYAi763LHw)" by Buddy Holly

I also like:
"Should I Stay or Should I Go (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW8mF2be0I0)" - The Clash
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXw-DUzTx7A)" - The Tokens
"In Between Days (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgMa_OGHXOo)" - The Cure
"The Unicorn Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R8mfufPWM4)" - Brobdingnagian Bards version
"Drunken Sailor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGyPuey-1Jw)"

(I have all of the above memorized)

"Burning Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcJac6OykfM)" - Elvis (but I can't figure out the ending)
"Good Riddance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW1YWMrNVRA)" - Green Day
"Hey Jude (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L40qSu34Dtk)" - The Beatles
"The Rose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzisVBFMMdE)" - Bette Midler
"F@#$ You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKxodgpyGec)" - Cee Lo Greene

The only song I can pick a little to is "Stairway to Heaven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD1KqbDdmuE)" so I play that a bit usually and when people recognize it I switch to something else because I don't have the whole thing memorized nor do I like the way I play most of it.

PacaLele
08-22-2013, 03:19 AM
In the summertime by Mungo Jerry
Goin up the country by Canned Heat
Raindrops keep fallin on my head
Take it easy by the Eagles

Kevin B
08-22-2013, 10:22 AM
Now that is a hard question.
In no particular order:
The Sea of Love
Gentle on My Mind
I Know You Rider (Or just "Rider")

trowacat
08-22-2013, 12:00 PM
For quiet slow stuff I think, :
"So Lonely (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I54IqeulWs)" - Police or
"Edelweiss (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l8t85khtIw)" (my grandmother had a music box I listened to whenever I had to stay over at her house)

For more lively stuff I like,
"Wild Rover (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afO3IQX2Qnc)" - Pogues or Dropkick Murphys (take your pick, I can't help slipping into an accent when I sing it, this was the first song I memorized)
"Everyday (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASYAi763LHw)" by Buddy Holly

I also like:
"Should I Stay or Should I Go (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW8mF2be0I0)" - The Clash
"The Lion Sleeps Tonight (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXw-DUzTx7A)" - The Tokens
"In Between Days (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgMa_OGHXOo)" - The Cure
"The Unicorn Song (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3R8mfufPWM4)" - Brobdingnagian Bards version
"Drunken Sailor (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGyPuey-1Jw)"

(I have all of the above memorized)

"Burning Love (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcJac6OykfM)" - Elvis (but I can't figure out the ending)
"Good Riddance (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW1YWMrNVRA)" - Green Day
"Hey Jude (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L40qSu34Dtk)" - The Beatles
"The Rose (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzisVBFMMdE)" - Bette Midler
"F@#$ You (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKxodgpyGec)" - Cee Lo Greene

The only song I can pick a little to is "Stairway to Heaven (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RD1KqbDdmuE)" so I play that a bit usually and when people recognize it I switch to something else because I don't have the whole thing memorized nor do I like the way I play most of it.

Thanks for all the links! I love the unicorn song as well! It really is catchy. :)

trowacat
08-22-2013, 12:01 PM
I enjoy playing House of the Rising Sun and For What it's Worth...both available on scorpex.

Wow I never knew of scorpex... I don't know if it's common but thanks!

Inner Prop
08-23-2013, 12:19 AM
Wow I never knew of scorpex... I don't know if it's common but thanks!LOVE Richard G's site. I get almost all my sheet music there.

trowacat
08-23-2013, 07:01 AM
LOVE Richard G's site. I get almost all my sheet music there.

I think i'll have to start doing the same! :)

villafranca
08-26-2013, 01:08 PM
My go-to's:
Weird Fishes (Arpeggio), Radiohead
Don't Let Me Down, The Beatles
Best of My Love, The Eagles
Stand By Me, John Lennon version
Hunger Strike, Temple of the Dog
Sea of Love, The Honeydrippers

Gillian
08-26-2013, 04:44 PM
Just an FYI for the newbies here. If you go to the Beginners Forum, there is a "Ukulele Resources" (http://www.ukuleleunderground.com/forum/showthread.php?15464-Ukulele-Resources-(Updated)) sticky. Kanaka has compiled a lengthy list of sites where songsheets are available.

RobinMS
08-26-2013, 05:09 PM
Try to Remember ( from The Fantasticks), and I've been looking at some waltzes -- Waltzing's for Dreamers, by Richard Thompson, and Waltzing With Bears.

uke4ia
08-26-2013, 05:20 PM
Other than originals, ones I love to play include

Homburg (Procol Harum)
Supper's Ready, especially the Willow Farm section (Genesis)
Find the River (REM)
Baker Street (Gerry Rafferty)



Heya, Monkey.

Any way you could share your arrangement of Solsbury Hill? I'd love to learn it. :)

Thanks for sharing.

Casey

Here's the way I play "Solsbury Hill". I wrote this up for someone a while back. For every line in the verse, you play a certain chord, then a D, then back to the first chord. If you're using a high G string (re-entrant tuning) when you go back to the first chord, try to emphasize the G string and minimize the A string.

It's all in 7/4 time except for two bars of 4/4 at the end of the verse ("Son, he said.."). So it can take a few tries to sync up the rhythms of the playing and singing.

Intro:
Gsus4 G
C G D (single notes F# G A)

Verse:
G D G
G D G
Em7 D Em7
Em7 D Em7
G D G
G D G
Em7 D Em7
Em7 D Em7
Cmaj7 D Cmaj7
Cmaj7 D Cmaj7
Em7 D Em7
Em7 D Em7
C G D (single notes F# G A)

Somehow, the most views I've had for any video is for "Solsbury Hill" on a tiple that's noticeably out of tune: Solsbury Hill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSzCYWNkhHA)