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    Quote Originally Posted by EDW View Post
    This may also help (I wish I could take credit, bit it is one of those things floating online)

    1. Most Blues begin, "Woke up this morning..." See verse two below

    5. Blues cars: Chevys, Fords, Cadillacs and broken-down trucks. Blues don't travel in Volvos, BMWs, or Sport Utility Vehicles. Most Blues transportation is a Greyhound bus or a southbound train. Jet aircraft and company motor pools ain't even in the running. Walkin' plays a major part in the blues lifestyle. So does fixin' to die. See verse three below.

    22. Persons with names like Michelle, Amber, Debbie, and Heather can't sing the Blues no matter how many men they shoot in Memphis.
    A couple of decades back, my friend Ted and I were asked to do a blues set at a local folk club. One of the songs we did was this one. The middle verse was by Martin Mull, but we decided that it had to be fleshed out a bit. I'm not sure where the first and last verses came from, so we gave Martin Mull the credit. I think we called it The Yuppy Blues.

    Ever since my baby left me, I don't know what to think
    No ever since she left me I just don't know what to think
    Guess I'll have another Valium and go and calmly shrink.

    Woke up this afternoon and saw that both my cars were gone
    Yes I woke up this afternoon and saw that both my cars were gone
    I got so goldarn mad I threw my drink across the lawn.

    I took my BMW down to the tune up stand
    Yes, I took my Beemer down to the tune up stand
    I said, "Check the fuel injection, Pleeeeease Mr. Tune Up Man.



    Debbie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CjwO0LurN9A
    Michelle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYk38MDmRWQ
    Amber https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TarhO5ZvKAg
    Heather https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSS7TQE9FYc
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    My favorite ukulele Blues player/teacher is this guy:

    daddystovepipe
    https://www.youtube.com/user/daddystovepipe/search?query=ukulele[

    He does guitar too, but the above link should take you to his uke content.

    I've tried working on some of his tutorials, but I just can't get my thumb to keep the beat independently. It's one of those "pat your head and rub your tummy" kind of things. I'll keep working at it, but for now it seems impossible. Wonderful stuff tho! It looks deceptively simple when he does it.

    -Brett

    Quote Originally Posted by jnicholes View Post
    Hello
    I want to start with the blues.

    How exactly do you play the blues on the ukulele? Are there certain tabs you can follow?

    What are the blues anyway?

    Can someone help me get started with the blues?

    Jared
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    Quote Originally Posted by ripock View Post
    I wanted to add something to this thread that I think is very important. You can do more with the blues than just play the blues.

    I would describe myself as a roots/Americana musician. I understand the fundamentals. I know the intervals. I know, in every key, my seven shapes (the five shapes, plus two at a higher octave). I know the progressions. However, I never, ever play the blues. I use the rudiments of the blues to construct my music.

    I think of the blues to be an obsolete art form...sort of like Christmas Songs. For me the blues, and Christmas Songs, are set in stone. They are wonderful, and I love to listen to them, but whenever someone tries to make a new Christmas Song or Blues song, I cannot help but think of it as silly and trite.

    But all isn't lost. We cannot go backwards but we can go forward. That's my point. If you, like me, think the blues is a bit confining, I just want to say that there is so much to be done musically using the tools of the blues as a spring board. So, I unreservedly promote and endorse studying the blues with the caveat that you can do so much more with it than: I woke up this morning....bum buuuuuuuuum bum bum, I got out of bed, bum buuuuuuuuuum bum bum...brushed my teeth, bum buuuuuuuuum bum bum, dragged a comb over my head....
    Folks often accuse genres of music that they don't really know or like of being confining. I used to tell my parents that I didn't like classical music because it all sounds the same. My dad used to say the same thing about rock music. Many of my friends say that about rap music. I have a friend who says, "Once you've heard one fiddle tune, you've heard 'em all."
    There is a lot more to the blues than, "I woke up. . .comb over my head" for sure. You just have to listen for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Yates View Post
    Yesterday I spent a chunk of time making a blues uke basic instruction and when I tried to post it I got the message that it was forbidden because it looked like SPAM. This post had no spam or anything else that I would think was spammy at all. Any ideas what I might have done wrong? Maybe it's just too long. I'll try I in two parts.
    The way get around that is instead of clicking Post Quick Reply or even after and get a message, click Go Advanced, then click Submit Reply. it may give a message to wait 30 seconds, do so and it should work.
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    The ukulele blues that Martin Mull did is here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...ature=emb_logo
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    [QUOTE=EDW;2213989]
    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Yates View Post
    A couple of decades back, my friend Ted and I were asked to do a blues set at a local folk club. One of the songs we did was this one. The middle verse was by Martin Mull, but we decided that it had to be fleshed out a bit. I'm not sure where the first and last verses came from, so we gave Martin Mull the credit. I think we called it The Yuppy Blues.

    The ukulele blues that Martin Mull did is here

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_c...ature=emb_logo
    Thanks for that EDW. I learned it from Sneezy Waters and had never heard Martin Mull's version till now.

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    Sorry for the late reply. I just found out I am moving in 40 days. I got the moving blues.

    Little joke there.

    Seriously, though. here are the lyrics to a blues song I attempted to write. Based on a true event in my life.

    One sunday i went out to hunt

    My target was a duck.

    Little did I know when I went out that day

    I would have really rotten luck!

    I went in the water carefully to set up a decoy

    When all the sudden, out of nowhere

    I jumped a mallard boy.

    I aimed my gun very carefully

    and fired a single shot

    And to my surprise, it fell OUT OF THE SKY

    My first greenhead I got.

    I went in the water to retrieve the duck

    Course I had my waders on

    When all the sudden I slipped and fell

    and thought I would be gone!

    While struggling, I said to myself,

    My life is not worth a duck!

    I left the duck to the eagle

    There you have it rotten luck!

    I barely made it to the shore

    I was so cold that I cried!

    And thats the story of the day

    The day I almost died.


    Here is the melody, which repeats itself many times. Trying to find chords to go along with it.



    Jared

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    You can hear his intro to that album cut here


    or a live version


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    I will admit that much of basic 12 bar blues is repetitive.....

    The Wanderer and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy are essentially the same song and are 12 bar blue format
    Rollover Beethoven and Route 66 are the same, with a quick turn around on the 4
    Folsom City Blues is a rip-off if Crescent City Blues (bought and paid for)
    Glenn Millers In the Mood is 12 bar format
    His Marching With the Saints is a jazzy Saint Louis Blues
    The beginning of Dueling Banjos - the echoing partial scale - is 12 bar blues

    At the Hop by Danny and the Jrs
    Buckets of Rain by Bob Dylan
    Going up the Country by Canned Heat
    Hound dog
    I Feel Good
    Johnny B Good
    Kansas City
    Sweet Little Sixteen
    The Thrill is Gone

    All of these are 12 bar format

    Go on to 16 bar, where the I chord is repeated 8 times instead of 4 and y’all got a mess of blues
    Until later, I remain,
    EARLY IN THE MORNING, your ICE CREAM MAN, as I FLIP, FLOP AND FLY, I’m just a WHITE BOY LOST IN THE BLUES

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    You can't copyright the chord changes to a song (nor the title), so many songs share the same or very similar changes. Nearly as common as the blues were the I vi IV V changes found in many old time rock and pop songs: Blue Moon, Heart & Soul, Twenty Six Miles, Poor Little Fool. . .

    I was listening to Herb Ellis & Stuff Smith doing How Come You Do Me Like You Do? I started playing along and realised that I'd played those same changes before.

    I first learned them from a Pink Anderson tune played by Paul Geremia called Bring It On Down.
    I was playing it when Maggie came in and started singing Alice's Restaurant. Over the next few years I discovered a bunch more tunes that use these same changes.

    Intro: D7 / G7 / |C / G7 / |

    [:C / B Bb |A / A7 / |D7 / G7 / |C / G7 / |
    C / B Bb |A/ A7 / |D7 / / / |G7 / / / |
    C / / / |C7 / / / |
    F / / / |Cdim/ / / |
    C / B Bb |A / A7 / |D7 / G7 / |C / A7 / |
    D7 / G7 / |C / G7 / :]

    Here's my list so far. Can you add any?

    -Bring It On Down - from Paul Geremia(Pink Anderson?)
    -Boogie - John Hartford
    -Alice's Restaurant - Arlo Guthrie
    -Can't Tame Wild Women - Bill Boyd & His Cowboy Ramblers
    -They're Red Hot - from Robert Johnson
    -How Come You Do Me Like You Do? - Austin & Bergere1924 (from Stuff Smith/ Greenbriar Boys)

    My mom used to sing an old pop song called JADA that has a different bridge, but otherwise the same changes.

    [:C / B Bb |A / A7 / |D7 / G7 / |C / G7 / |
    C / B Bb |A / A7 / |D7 / / / |G7 / / / |
    C / D7 / |G7 / / / |
    C / D7 / |G7 / / / |
    C / B Bb |A / A7 / |D7 / G7 / |C /A7 / |
    D7 / G7 / |C / G7 / :]


    Then there's Five Foot Two and Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone which share the same changes.

    C / / /, E7 / / /, A / / /, A7 / / /, D7 / / /, G7 / / /, C / / /, G7 / / /,
    C / / /, E7 / / /, A / / /, A7 / / /, D7 / / /, G7 / / /, C / F /, C / C7 /,
    E7 / / /, / / / /, A7 / / /, / / / /, D7 / / /, / / / /, G7 / / /, G7sus / G7 /,
    C / / /, E7 / / /, A / / /, A7 / / /, D7 / / /, G7 / / /, C / G7 /, C / / /
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