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    Why is Beatles so favored in this forum. I like their songs to listen, but to play along? Or what key, really? Or to play their songs just with ukulele with no other?

    Their tuning was a bit off from what we tune our instruments and play:
    http://www.beatlesnews.com/blog/the-...t-of-tune.html

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    There is no justification...ever. There...I said it. ha ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by ubulele View Post
    Shows us what to think of your opinions.
    Oh a big fan I guess? Or just a violent person?

    I was just trying some constructive criticism, instead too hard to judge what I like too about their music. I guess for some people their songs are a religion.

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    I love the Beatles...even in E

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    Justification? I think the OP asked the question the wrong way but by all means teach some songs in the Key of E. The key of E is important if you want to play popular guitar songs in their native key.

    I transpose to E all the time because it suits my voice but I can't say it has a special sound to me. My case is somewhat different though because I'm not in standard tuning. I tune mostly E,A,C#,F#. This effectively is guitar tuning or baritone tuning with a capo on the second fret and then I just play ukulele G shapes or guitar D shapes. Guess what? LOTS of guitar songs that you may want to cover are guitarists playing D shapes with a capo on second fret so therefore in E.

    Anyway. It would be a good learning exercise to teach students that its possible to take a song in many keys and transpose them to E to see if it suits their voices in E. A lesson in transposing.

    E is also common because its fairly easy on guitar. Its A in standard ukulele tuning.

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    Hi, Doctroid!

    The second part and third part of Departure Suite by Jake Shimabukuro are written on the key of E. This song is one of the favorite songs in the album of Travels. This second part is my favorite tune to play. Part 3 may be bit difficult to play but part 1, which is not key of E, and 2 are worth to try in your class.
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    In my life - Beatles uses the Eb chord IIRC
    "If a lot of people play the ukulele, the world would be a better place to live."

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    Some songs can end up in some uncommon keys. The thing you need to know is that, these songs in odd keys usually were NOT played on standard tuning instruments. Using a capo to transpose is REALY common on guitars. Different tunings is pretty common too.

    Now there maybe some really good studio musicians in the world that can use bar chords and play in any key they like at a moments notice but many of the songs that your trying to play in an uncommon key weren't originally played that way without a capo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    The Beatles are popular with ukulele for a number of reasons, I don't know them all.
    My reason is that they are objectively awesome. If you're going to learn a Beatles song, it isn't going to be C-F-G. As a rule of thumb, you're going to need about 10 chords and there are going to be a fair share of minor chords, sus4 chords, add9 chords, and maj7's. If you don't cheat with a capo, you're going to learn a lot of different keys. In fact, to some degree you could say that to know the Beatles is to know music. Okay, that's a bit over the top, but you will receive quite a musical education just by understanding their catalog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jarmo_S View Post
    Why is Beatles so favored in this forum. I like their songs to listen, but to play along? Or what key, really? Or to play their songs just with ukulele with no other?

    Their tuning was a bit off from what we tune our instruments and play:
    http://www.beatlesnews.com/blog/the-...t-of-tune.html
    I am not old enough to be alive when Beatles played. I am 34. But I guess that my high school music teachers were young when Beatles played, I remember Beatles songs appearing a lot in the material they brought to class. And when I put some on the stereo at home, my father would sing along. So for me Beatles oozes of something that can bring generations closer.
    You could also say that about The Rolling Stones, but there is more risk of some of the lyrics being offensive to some. (Not to me)
    And of course they have great melodies :-)
    Most of them might have a lot of difficult chords, but that arrangement of 8 days a week we did in school was not hard.
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