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Thread: Songs well-fitted for the Banjo Uke?

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    My wife kept at me (okay, some here may be surprised, but it truly happened) to get a banjo uke.

    Maybe she doesn't like the sound I'm getting out of my other ones.

    But, yeah, it's on its way, and soon to be here, and I'm wondering out loud now: what songs work well with the instrument? with that banjo voice?


    Paper Moon?

    When It's Hog-Calling Time in Nebraska?

    When It's Peach-Pickin' Time in Georgia?
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    Mainland mahogany soprano
    Kala KA-SC
    Kala La Salle tenor



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    When I bring mine to our group, I play whatever they're playing. It does seem to go nicer with something country, like "I'll Fly Away," or "On the Road Again," but if a uke can play the tune, so can a banjo uke. What are you getting?
    Too many ukes, but I can't stop buying!

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    Maybe "Rainbow Connection"?

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    I tend to play mine when I'm looking for a percussive sound. At our jams, it's great for a song like "Doo Wah Diddy Diddy." Subtle they ain't. But they're tons of fun.
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    Hmmm.... I'm trying to teach myself "Dueling Banjos"

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    La Vie en Rose sounds very nice on the banjolele.
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    Anuenue Moon Bird Tenor
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    1923 Gibson tenor trap door banjo (ukefied)
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    Loquax autem mutus es

    1920s Martin Style 2
    Anuenue Moon Bird Tenor
    Kanile'a K1T
    Pono Tenor Pro Classic (Macassar and Cedar)
    1923 Gibson tenor trap door banjo (ukefied)
    Kiwaya KSU-1L (long neck soprano)
    Flight TUS-35

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobhost View Post
    Maybe "Rainbow Connection"?
    Oh, yes, great tune and perfect for banjo uke, Bob! That song never fails to tug at the heartstrings!

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    I don't know how old you are but back in the 60's, "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter" by the Herman's Hermits might be a good one to try. It was played on a banjo.

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    St James Infirmary

    A group I belong to is working on it, and one fellow has a banjo uke - it sounds great.
    "Got a whole lot of nothing, and I watch it like a hawk." - Louis Prima, 'I'm Living in a Great Big Way'

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