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Mary Mack - Scottish folk song - for guitar & ukulele

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 11:30 PM Comments comments (0)


I learnt this fun song at a couple of Scottish folk song workshops. It’s quite easy to play with just 2 chords, but if you sing it fast it’s a tongue-twister (and the chord changes are fast too).

 


I couldn’t find a Youtube clip with the exact tune or words I learnt, but the Morrigan recording is quite close, though with instrumental extras which I’ve left out of the song sheet. It’s at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6v8I_XCc0Y ;

 

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar - L.8 Mary Mack_Key Am_Am, G

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for ukulele – Uke L.5 Mary Mack_Key Am_Am, G

 



Home on the Range - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 1:10 AM Comments comments (0)


This song works well on banjo as well as guitar and ukulele, so I’ve done a new, simplified version in the Key of G, with easy chords.

It's in 3/4 rhythm, so you can do a simple ‘One,2,3,’ strum, or make it more complex as you wish.

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The Pete Seeger recording (see link below) is in a slightly lower key, with more chords, but you can enjoy playing and singing this easy version.

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar -  L 4. Home On The Range  simpl. 2 in G_G,C,D7

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for ukulele - Uke L 2. Home On The Range simpl. 2 in G_G,C,D7

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for banjo -  B.L 3. Home On The Range  simpl. 2 in G_G,C,D7

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There is a YouTube clip of Pete Seeger (Key F) here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=okgNvda192w&feature=related. ;

 


If I Had a Hammer - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on September 16, 2016 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This is an old standard, and fun to sing. The chord changes are fast and quite constant, so you need to practise the sequence (‘turnaround’) but it’s very repetitive so once you’ve got it, it should flow quite smoothly.

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Here are the links for the song sheets:

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For guitar L. 5+ If I Had a Hammer in G _G,C,D7,Em

For ukulele Uke L.15+ If I Had a Hammer in G _G,C,D7,Em

For banjo B.L 5+ If I Had a Hammer in G _G,C,D7,Em

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There is a YouTube clip of Peter, Paul & Mary (Key A) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxWTDcP9Y5E  

Lodi (Creedence) - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on September 15, 2016 at 2:05 AM Comments comments (0)

This song has an easy 5-chord structure with spaced changes, a great, steady rhythm and an easy-to-sing tune. I’ve written it out in Key of G as it seems easier to sing (and play), but the recorded version I refer to starts in Bb and changes to C in verse 4. I’ve just left it in G and haven’t put in the instrumental break etc.

I also did a Key of E version a while ago for guitar, so I’m adding that in case anyone wants to try it.

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar - L 5 Lodi - Key G_G,C,D,D7,Em

                   L17+ Lodi - Key E

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for ukulele - Uke L.17 Lodi - Key G_G,C,D,D7,Em

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for banjo - B.L.5 Lodi - Key G_G,C,D,D7,Em

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There is a YouTube clip of the song here (Key Bb>C): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRWWAUGWoVM:  

California Dreamin' - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

I was asked to write this out for our Friday Folkies group. This is the way we do it, with 2 singing parts. I’ve simplified the chords a bit, and I’ve only done it for guitar so far… not sure how the chords would sound on uke but it’s lovely with the full sound of guitar.

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It’s not easy to play or sing, but it’s well worth persisting with. The chord changes are not difficult but they’re constant, mostly every 2 beats, and the song parts need at least 2 voices for best effect. It took us lots of practice before we could get it smoothly.

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Here is the link to the song sheet (for guitar): L.14+ California Dreamin_Key Am

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You can hear the song on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-aK6JnyFmk  

 

 

 

 

Silent Night - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on September 13, 2016 at 9:55 AM Comments comments (0)

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The old versions (Key D) for guitar and uke have now been fixed/updated, and a Key C version added for guitar and uke as well as for banjo.

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Here are the links to the song sheets:

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- for GUITAR:

L.2 Silent Night_Key D_D, G, A7

L.7 Silent Night_Key C_ C, G7, F (new)

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- for UKULELE:

Uke L.2_Silent Night_Key C_ C, G7, F (new)

Uke L.12. Silent Night in D _D, G, A7

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- for BANJO:

B.L 7 Silent Night_Key C_ C, G7, F

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Comes a Time - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on September 7, 2016 at 2:10 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

Classic Neil Young, lovely to sing, this song works better on guitar than ukulele as the chords sound better, but still worth a go on uke if you like the song. The timing of the lyrics is a little off-beat at times - listen to a recording to pick it up (I've tried to indicate it on the song sheets)

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The recorded key (G) has a Bm chord in it, so I’ve done an easy version for guitar with simplified chords (don’t be put off by the “level” of 17+); it’s in the Key of A, so a little higher than the recorded version but still not too high to sing. This version isn’t any easier on uke, so there’s just the one song sheet for uke.

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar - L.10+ Comes a Time_Key G

                   L.17+easy Comes a Time_Key A

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for ukulele - Uke L.17 Comes a Time_Key G

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There is a YouTube clip of the song here (Key G): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsWrmJjD2eY  

 

 

Before I met You - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on August 21, 2016 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)

 

 

This is a simple but pretty tune with spaced out chord changes and only 3 chords: A, D and E (these are easy chords on guitar; on ukulele you may prefer to play it in G - just substitute G, C and D). It’s a regular waltz (3/4 time) rhythm. It lends itself to some easy vocal harmonies if you feel so inclined.

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar - L.13 Before I met You_Rec.Key A_A,D,E

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for ukulele - Uke L.17 Before I met You_Rec.Key A_A,D,E

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There is a YouTube clip of the song, Recorded by Carl Smith in Key A (as above), here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=db07PsahbcY  

 

 

Dark Eyed Molly - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on August 21, 2016 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This is a lovely, old-fashioned song, written by Archie Fisher using a haunting old melody from a Basque lullaby. It’s waltz time (3/4), like so many old songs, and has only 3 chords, but the timing of the melody is a bit tricky at the start of each second verse.

Eva Cassidy did a beautiful version, with slghtly different words, in key of G – good if you have a high voice, but I’ve done it in Key of D as well as I find it easier to sing.

The Archie Fisher recording from 1976 is in Key of F (so you could play D chords with capo on 3rd fret if you wanted to match it).

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar

L.4 Dark Eyed Molly_Key G_G,C,D

L.11 Dark Eyed Molly_Key D_D,G,A

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for ukulele –

Uke L.11 Dark Eyed Molly_Key G_G,C,D

Uke L.13 Dark Eyed Molly_Key D_D,G,A

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There is a YouTube clip of the Archie Fisher recording here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pll4agymvh8

 

 

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