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    Default Play Lists for Gatherings?

    I've been teaching teenagers and know what songs and styles the love.

    BUT now I'm starting a community group that will have children, teens, young adults, adults, and retired folks. Before I recreate the wheel, can some of y'all share set lists being used by other groups?

    Thanks!

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    We use a lot of Cynthia Lin's song arrangements in my community group.

    I am faculty advisor to a college group. We let the students pick songs first, and then try to find chord sheets.
    - Laura

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill1 View Post
    The music at a social event is going to be set up to be easy to play or very well known so there is not a need to spend a lot of time learning the tunes.
    I agree with Bill. Can you share with me your song ideas that are easy to play and very well known? Finding and/or creating chord charts is not an issue. I'm just curious what songs other groups have found work really well with mixed aged groups.

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    It's good to have a mix of songs. A few of your teenagers' favorites. Some classic rock for the boomers (Bad Moon Rising, The Weight). Something millennial (500 Miles, I'm Yours, Hey There Delilah). Classic country (Hey Good Lookin', Your Cheatin' Heart, Folsom Prison Blues). Motown (My Girl, Heatwave). Something from the Great American Songbook (Blue Skies, Sentimental Journey). Campfire folksongs (the other 500 Miles, Midnight Special, This Land is Your Land, Country Roads).

    Everybody knows Beatles songs. They sing along with Hey Jude at retirement homes and preschools. I Want To Hold Your Hand. Eight Days a Week. I Saw Her Standing There.

    Songs from Disney/Pixar movies. When You Wish Upon a Star. Let It Go. Can You Feel the Love Tonight? You've Got a Friend in Me. Other movies too: Singing In the Rain. Somewhere Over the Rainbow.

    Local favorites. Around here you can't miss with Sweet Home Chicago.

    Your first meeting will be the hardest. You can invite people to suggest their favorite songs next time. You can't please everybody with every song, but hopefully everyone will find at least one song that's familiar and makes them feel like this is the right place to be.

    You Are My Sunshine will never let you down.

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    As a millenial with a range of music tastes, I think acmespaceship's response is right on the nose. The classics will probably do the trick. Disney is great. Classic folk songs and classic rock are great. Beatles are great. I don't listen to much country but I don't see why not. Good songs that most people will have heard of (obviously maybe not the youngest kids, but they can learn some good songs). You Are My Sunshine was in fact the first song my friend taught me when I was learning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UkerDan View Post
    I've been teaching teenagers and know what songs and styles the love.

    BUT now I'm starting a community group that will have children, teens, young adults, adults, and retired folks. Before I recreate the wheel, can some of y'all share set lists being used by other groups?

    Thanks!
    what's your playlist for teenagers?

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    Here's what the teens were into:


    Dynamite (C F G Am Em) -https://youtu.be/6eOUkJiaxT8
    Shut Up and Dance With Me - https://youtu.be/zS-EKntqk3Q
    Old Town Road (A C G D) - https://youtu.be/0hdgX3DwBGM
    Wake Me Up / Avicii (Am F C) - https://youtu.be/0VtcmM-WfD8
    Uptown Funk (Dm & G7) - https://youtu.be/UMrrSeCiUoU
    Wavin’ Flag Coca-Cola Celebration - https://youtu.be/5Xrk5pThEeU
    Shake it Off - https://youtu.be/1H4v8mOV1-0
    Best day of my Life - https://youtu.be/7fL9zbj4M4w
    One Call Away (C F G Am) - https://youtu.be/SlqINOuqGtc
    Stay With Me / Sam Smith (Am F C) - https://youtu.be/6XZCuy_0b8Q
    Watch Me (Whip / Nae Nae) Dm & Am - https://youtu.be/ejKLWMFoYWI
    Girls Like You -https://youtu.be/Az0NNK1xBOM
    See You Again - https://youtu.be/8hzSjhog80Q

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    Quote Originally Posted by acmespaceship View Post
    Your first meeting will be the hardest. You can invite people to suggest their favorite songs next time. You can't please everybody with every song, but hopefully everyone will find at least one song that's familiar and makes them feel like this is the right place to be.

    You Are My Sunshine will never let you down.
    Thank you! This is just what I was looking for!

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    Interesting posts. I am new to the uke, and also a local uke group. Our group has a songbook which is very eclectic. It covers Folk, Metal, Rock, Pop, and standards such as Singing In The Rain. Many members highlight their musical preferences during the sessions. When I am on my own, I tend to key on songs I like. I also ( and this comes from my teaching background ) try to select songs that will build up my Uke skills. I tend to focus on what I call the holy triad...which is C, G, and F. This allows me to work on my strumming refinements. My private list to learn and refine has the following : Never Ending Song For You, I’m into Something Good, Shambala, After The Gold Rush, Act Naturally, Pumped Up Kicks and Renegades.

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    Do a search for uke groups and look at their websites and you will see a lot of downloadable setlists and individual songs.

    Also check out U3A Uke groups, many here in the UK have such setlists in PDF format.

    Do of course ask nicely if you can download and use the efforts of their own hard work.
    Col.
    From the UK with a bad case of MIAS.
    Korg PA700, Korg Kross 2, Gibson LP, Fender Jazz Bass,
    + Amps, PA, Boss GT100, mixer.
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    Uke wish list, a Bass, make and model yet to be determined

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