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    Hi,

    I was thinking that once I got good enough at the ol' ukulele, I'd try my hand at playing for kids, like sick kids and the like. Problem is, I don't exactly have many songs in my repetoire for that yet. So what fun songs do you folks know that kids would like, hoepfully beyond the traditional nursery songs. I was thinking of songs along the lines of Kate Miccuci's Mr. Moon (which actually inspired me to pick up the uke). Any songs similar to that in feel?

    Thanks,
    Sleeps in a shoe

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    Maybe check out the "Rise up Singing" song book -- lots of sing along songs for kids and everybody!

    Lots of great folk songs here too:
    http://doctoruke.com/songs.html

    Good luck!

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    the only problem may be working with the hospital...they arent going to let you do that unless you have some sort of established relationship with them or an "in". Typically its been my experience that you need some certification or some formal training before they trust a stranger.

    I've always thought it was super dumb, since I would have loved to played for kids over the years or even just visit and encourage some sick folks. Unfortunately the laws and restrictions become a necessary evil when so many predators and psychos walk the streets

    good luck man...it would be awesome if you can do it.

    someone was saying on another thread that its not about "kids" songs as much as it is about "fun" songs...even the old classics that make you feel good on the inside. Rockin Robin, Build Me up Buttercup etc

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    Quote Originally Posted by cornfedgroove View Post
    the only problem may be working with the hospital...they arent going to let you do that unless you have some sort of established relationship with them or an "in". Typically its been my experience that you need some certification or some formal training before they trust a stranger.
    Playing in a hospital is a wonderful idea, but you might need to get a track record established first by playing for an elementary music class, church programs, birthday parties, or with an established kids entertainer. Having a little brochure with some references will help open doors,

    Some great sources for kids songs are: the "Get America Singing" (2 books) and the "Wee Sing" series of song books (Silly Songs & Singing in the Car volumes come to mind).

    HUG - the Halifax Ukulele Gang has a songbook with lyrics & chords to lots of songs. Here's the link:http://www.box.net/shared/ffh56np261

    One bit of advice: If you want kids to sing along, be sure to put the song in a good key for them. From C (3rd string-open) to c (1st string at 2nd fret) is a nice range. More than two steps above or below that range is stretching things a bit..

    It's a great idea! Good Luck!

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    Any spongebob song of course!
    -the campfire songsong
    -The f.u.n. song
    - the theme song
    they're all great
    youtube.com/dumdork55

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    I'm thinking "Puff the Magic Dragon" would work well....
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    My 8-yr old loves Gustafer Yellowgold. Butterpond Lake seems very uke-able but I haven't found/figured out he chords for it yet...

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    Here's some of what's in the "Kids" section of my big fat binder-o-music:

    Do Re Me - Sound of Music (TUSC)
    Don't Stick Your Finger Up Your Nose - Barry Louis Polisar (CFG)
    Going to the Zoo - Tom Paxton
    He Eats Asparagus, Why Can't You Be That Way? - Barry Louis Polisar (CFG)
    I'd Like to Live on the Moon - Sesame Street
    I Wanna Be Like You - Richard and Robert Sherman (TUSC)
    Ladybug's Picnic - Sesame Street
    The Marvelous Toy - Tom Paxton
    My Hair Had a Party Last Night - Trout Fishing in America
    On Top of Spaghetti - Traditional

    The ones marked TUSC are available in the TUSC songbook, and the ones marked CFG are C-F-G or I-IV-V in any other key you want to play them.

    I'm a big fan of Barry Louis Polisar, and my daughter likes Laurie Berkner and Trout Fishing in America. Both Barry and Laurie have songbooks; Laurie has a lot of fan-generated tab on her web site. Peter, Paul and Mary did an album in 1969 called Peter, Paul and Mommy that has the aforementioned Paxton tunes, Puff and a few others.

    Watch yourself with Puff, by the way... We've become a wussified enough nation that you'll probably get dragged off and pronounced a terrorist for promoting drugs to kids.

    If you have Sirius or XM (or some DISH Network packages), spend some time listening to the kids' channel. There's a ton of good contemporary stuff around.

    HTH.

    --Mark
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    It's pronounced "Blrfl."

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    Having songs are great but in my experience with young children under 10 yrs old they don't really care what u play and they aren't very critical. Kids just love music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeG View Post
    My 8-yr old loves Gustafer Yellowgold. Butterpond Lake seems very uke-able but I haven't found/figured out he chords for it yet...
    DeG.... that's like one really really bad acid trip. Considering that a lake of butter that is also called a pond is ridiculous... playing in melted butter would be rather painful on one's skin... BRING THE TOAST!

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