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  1. #11
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    Oct 2012
    Queanbeyan, NSW Australia.


    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulelerick9255 View Post
    So in that tuning what chords are you playing? Are you strumming it or fingerpicking it and if you are fingerpicking what is the pattern? If you have a print out of your arrangement in that tuning I would love to see it
    The tuning I'm playing has the same relationships string to string as standard tuning, its just that all strings are tuned 3 semitones below standard (G,C,E,A) ukulele tuning. I'm fingerpicking but sorry, I don't have any TABS for it. I'm using the chords as they are simply more accurate. Thanks to vonbiber for his work yet the chords he's using are simplified chords. The fan site is the first port of call for anything to do with Gordon Lightfoot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Ukulelerick9255 View Post
    I do not know what you mean by play the key of G guitar shapes how can you play guitar shaped chords on the ukulele
    Standard ukulele tuning is g,C,E,A. Standard Guitar tuning is E,A,D,G,B,E. Baritone ukulele tuning is D,G,B,E. Note that the D,G,B,E is the same for both Guitars and Baritone ukuleles and that in fact the relationships between the strings is exactly the same for the higher 4 strings between standard ukulele and standard guitar tuning its just that the ukulele is 5 semitones higher.

    On a guitar, the open D maj chord is x,x,0,2,3,2. On a baritone ukulele D maj is 0,2,3,2 and with regular ukulele tuning, 0,2,3,2 is called G maj. The shape is exactly the same. It just has a different name and a different pitch.

    So, ANY ukulele chord can be played on the first 4 strings of a guitar and the highest 4 notes of any guitar chord can be played on a ukulele. They will just have different pitches and names.
    So, if you take the standard shapes for the guitar chords in the key of G over the highest 4 strings, and just play them on your ukulele, you will have transposed the key of G maj chords up 5 semitones to the key of C maj.

    ie, 0,0,0,3 is G maj for a baritone ukulele/ guitar. 0,0,0,3 is C maj for standard ukulele tuning.

  2. #12
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    Jun 2020
    Kaneohe, Oahu


    I'm a big fan of video tutorials, because I'm an idiot and need pictures with everything. And in a little fairness to me, I'm an old dog with no musical background, just a few weeks into my journey. Still learning the basics of theory, how to read tabs, etc. Heck, I'm barely more than a dozen chords along. Video really, really helps me.

    I find things that are helpful and not in various tutorials....but it happens that I've been thinking about this very song for a while, one of my all-time favorites, and had bookmarked some tutorials to pursue soon.

    There's a guy named Munson who has gazillions of covers for ukulele, banjo, guitar, bass, mandolin, piano...and I'm probably leaving some other instruments out. He has a real gift for making things as easy as possible without sacrificing everything that matters for making songs more than the sum of their chords. So he's got a tutorial in G with some variations that you can level up as you see fit. Capo on the 2nd fret to get to Gord's original key, a variety of strumming patterns, etc. If you want the easiest route, start with Munson.

    I'm doing a lot more tutorials from the Morristown Uke Jam. Man, their tutorial for this song is one of the best things I've ever seen. Marco is the guy who teaches this one, and he builds it in layers. Up for playing a few beginning chords with the island strum? Here ya go. Sounds great. Ready to add a few riffs? Here's the intermediate version. Want to play something that sounds uncannily like Gordon considering you're on a ukulele? Here's the finger picking, riffs, and solo. He made it so clear, so approachable, that I felt my skills increasing just as I listened to him.

    Of course, then I made the mistake of trying to actually play, and found that my skills were remarkably similar to where I'd left them the day before. LOL But of the hundreds of tutorials I've seen for all kinds of songs and techniques, it happens that this is near the tippy-top of my list.

    I obviously have nothing to add to this thread about accuracy compared to Gordon's composition, the recording, or anything whatsoever about theory (which I'm genuinely enjoying learning!), and I don't mean any disrespect to the wise ones posting here....but anybody else who's barely underway might find something helpful here.

    I'm still gonna be sticking around here to move beyond the basics! Thanks to everyone adding such great information to this thread!

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