About this site:
This site has been going for over 6 years, now, starting with just a few songs for guitar and gradually growing over the years to include many more songs, playing tips, ukulele and also some banjo songs.
It has been funded out of our family budget and by donations from users. The countless hours I've put into it over the years have been repaid by all the wonderful feedback I get from people learning or teaching, many of them picking up an instrument for the first time.
I've battled through a steep learning curve setting up a website, learning how to format the pages, store the documents and images online, inserting links, funding the site as it grew, and coping with all the changes and problems with the sites I've used.
Now, my website host has completely changed its formatting, so my 'old' site no longer works properly - hence the odd formatting with the site banner and some of the text. In addition, the song sheets are all stored in a 'public' folder on Dropbox, which will become obsolete in March, and none of my links will work from then! I have to move every file and re-do all the links on the site.
So please bear with me as I go through this arduous process and try to fix the site. If you find links that don't work, please let me know (I think the 'Contact Me' app still works, although it's also been 'discontinued'). You can also leave a message or any feedback in my Guestbook, and if you're on Facebook, you can follow CathysChords on Facebook, and send me messages there also.
Menu - Another 'improvement' the website host has made is to only show one line of the menu at the top of each page, so not all the pages are easily visible; you need to select 'More' for a drop-down list. Check below for the full list of pages.
Here are the links to all the other pages on the site:
ALL THE SONGS - a table of 'all' the songs on the site* for guitar/ukulele/banjo (no links, just titles in alphabetical order, with key/s, chords and level/s) - *not always updated - check Updates, News for latest songs
HOW TO MAKE CHORDS - written for guitar, but mostly relevant to chords on ukulele or banjo, too
RIGHT-HAND TECHNIQUES - also written for guitar, but the strumming part is relevant to ukulele and basic banjo, too
SONGS FOR KIDS - list of guitar songs suitable to sing with children; ukulele or banjo versions are also available for some (check the ukulele/banjo lists or ALL THE SONGS table)
SONGS FOR 'OLDIES' - list of guitar and ukulele songs suitable to sing with old folks
FOLK GUITAR BASICS - What you need, types of folk-style guitars, capos etc.
LIST OF SONGS FOR GUITAR - alphabetical order
UKULELE SONGS - Playing tips, chords and a levelled list of songs
LIST OF UKULELE SONGS - alphabetical order
BEGINNER BANJO SONGS - Tips, Tuning, Chords, Beginner Songs (levelled), Christmas Songs
CHRISTMAS SONGS - for guitar/ukulele/banjo
CHANGING THE KEY - use a capo or transpose to a 'better' key; tools to transpose
SINGING TIPS - some basic tips for those who 'can't sing'
LINKS - some links to YouTube clips for some of the older song sheets (later ones often have links in the sheets)
UPDATES, NEWS - blog of latest songs and changes to the site, etc.
GUESTBOOK - feedback welcome; I love to hear how you're going!
DONATIONS - always most welcome; even a couple of dollars helps with site cost!
I have been playing acoustic guitar for about 50 years, and over the last 30 or so years I've been helping others to pick up the basics and watching their enjoyment as they realise they can play a song, then progress as far as they want.
The acoustic or folk guitar and the ukulele are both wonderful instruments for many reasons- they can be very easy or very challenging to play; they are very portable, so can be played almost anywhere; they're ideal for sing-alongs or playing in a group; you can usually manage to buy one second-hand (or even new) for under $100, and they sound great!
Lately I've become interested in banjo, too, so I've started adapting songs to suit basic strumming-style chords for banjo (there are plenty of sites for learning the more complex right-hand techniques for banjo, but I'm sticking to very basic playing here).
Over the years, I have collected many songs which are good to play on guitar and sing, either individually or in a group. Some are very simple to play...so as long as you can sing reasonably in tune, make 2 or 3 chord shapes, and strum in time, you can play!
About 24 years ago, I set up a basic guitar class for adults at our local Living and Learning Centre. This has evolved over the years into a small group of singers/guitarists of varying ability and ages, who meet weekly to sing and play together, share songs etc. This has been a very rewarding experience - I highly recommend it if you have some experience, time and a venue.
The Songs on This Site
I started learning by playing the songs performed by Peter, Paul and Mary, the Seekers, the Everly Bothers etc. These songs are still known and loved by many people, so they are still part of our repertoire. They mostly have fairly easy chords, but also lend themselves to extra right hand techniques, vocal harmonies, etc.
When first I started playing guitar, we had to either buy sheet music or copy out all the words and chords of songs by hand - there were no internet, computers and printers, no photocopiers (and no Liquid Paper, even, so you had to be careful!)
When I started typing some of the songs up on computer, to make them a bit neater, I thought I may as well share my versions with anyone who would like them – hence this website, which has grown gradually from then.
There are lots of sites with thousands of songs already on the internet, but they can be very difficult to sort through- especially for less confident players. I'm making mine as easy to read and to use as possible, so I've put the songs in levels, starting with beginner songs and basic information and tips. I also make the writing on the song sheets as large as feasible for easy reading!
The songs I have done so far are in PDF format- just click on the links to download each PDF file. Please note: the song sheets are in .PDF format; the links will take you to a Dropbox folder, but you don't need to sign up to access the files.
Keeping the site going:
Apart from the time I put in to the site, it also costs money to maintain and to cover the bandwidth used. I tried running ads on the site, but I hate sites with intrusive ads, and I don’t like advertising products or services I don’t even know, let alone endorse.
So I’ve been funding the site myself, which is becoming difficult as our family budget tightens (especially now I’ve been retrenched and so now ‘retired’). However, thanks to occasional donations by kind users, I have been able to keep the site open so far.
If you find the site useful for your own learning or if you use the song sheets to teach others, you may like to contribute a little to the running costs – donations can be made here. Every donation is useful – even a few dollars helps!
If you don’t have any extra money, that’s fine- please keep using the site for your enjoyment :)
Leave me a message in my Guestbook if you have any comments or requests, and join as a member* if you'd like (very) occasional notification of new additions. You can also "Like" the Facebook page for up-to-date news or check out the Updates, News page - I post new songs there as I get them done.
Please note that the songs on this site are my own interpretations. They may not be accurate, and are for private, study purposes (so they are not intended to infringe copyright. They are not necessarily in the same key as the recorded version/s.
*This is a hobby site - I have no commercial links, so I will never send ads or pass on your details to anyone else.