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    Default your favorite chord progression when a stranger asks you to play

    i get this question a lot when i'm walking around with my uke. "can you play that?"

    i usually respond with a funky variation of the chords used to play the Strokes "Someday" :

    2100 - 2102 - 2224 - 2222 - 2224 - 2222 - 2102 - 2100
    __1____3_____1_____3_____1____3______1_____3___< these numbers refer to the corresponding duration the chord above it is played

    gets 'em every time

    what's your favorite, good sounding ukulele chord progression...

    *** besides g c f am
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    How about:

    C E7 F Fm C G7 C G7 C
    _3__3__3__3__3__3__1__1__1

    Played fast and punchy, I can almost fool people into thinking that I know what I'm doing.
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    I usually play a hawaiian turnaround. To get them into the character. They go, "ohh that sounds like the old cartoons".

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    F - F7 - Bb - Bbm - D7 - G7 -C - E7 - Am - D7 - G7 - C7 - F - C7 - F

    about 1 or 2 strums each.
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    I play "Ain't She Sweet" - and I'll even admit that I don't know what half the chords are, it's one I learned from watching someone else play. But I can do it from memory and it makes me look like I know what I'm doing

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    Abmaj7 / Eb13b5b9 / Abm9+7 / Fmaj7#5 / Bbm7-5sus4 / Eb13b5b9 / Abmaj7 end with Bb Phrygian scale run....

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    At Mainland last week, I played "Should I stay or should I go" on their banjo uke (and it sounded like heaven! *grin*) which is usually enough to make people think I know what I'm doing...

    DDDGGGGD x2 GGGFFFFG DDDGGGGD AAAAAAAA DDDGGGGD

    If that doesn't work, I'll go into a song I'm working on (and WILL get down if it kills me) which has some interesting stuff going from D to Dm and C9 to Cm.
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    This is one I like to do for a quick "demo". It's from my original "I'm Just Me", and I think it has sort of a 1920's feel to it. I slide the 3230 to the 5450, makes it feel like I know what I'm doing .

    F(2010) A7#5(0110) Dm(2210) Adim?(2320)-(2323) (Bb6maj7?)3230 (?)5450 3230 3533 3443

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    A progression I've found in Howlin' Hobbit Ukulele Exercices

    Bb Gm Cm (5333) F Cm F Cm F Bb F Bb F Gm Cm F

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