|Posted on November 5, 2013 at 4:15 AM||comments (0)|
I recently received a huge bundle of hand-written song sheets from a lovely musician in Queensland, named Ian - a lifetime's collection of songs which he'd written out and added chords to. He was happy to share them with anyone who could use them.
I realised I'd never get more than a fraction of the sheets written out fully in the usual CathysChords format, with chord diagrams etc. (and also there are many songs which are beyond the levels I've done, as well as many I don't know). So my solution was to scan the sheets as they are and make them available for download.
Most are handwritten (or typed with chords written in), and they have no chord diagrams, timing etc., so are more suitable for intermediate-experienced players. Some have quite easy chords, though, so check the levels if you're not sure.
I have levelled the songs roughly according to the Guitar Songs levels elsewhere on this site. Many have chords that are not included in the CathysChords charts, so if you're not an experienced player you may need to look up some of the chords online.
You can play the songs on ukulele if you like, but once again you'd need to research the chords used.
I've started the scanning/levelling/uploading/listing etc. process, and so far have done the songs with titles beginning with A. I'll do more when I get time.
The songs sheets are in PDF format (some have more than one song if they fit, to save printing costs): download them from Miscellaneous Songs.
|Posted on October 6, 2013 at 12:45 AM||comments (0)|
New Song for guitar -THE STREETS OF LONDON - Level 8 - C, F, G7, G, D7, Em, Am
This is such a beautiful song, and lovely to play on the guitar. The chord changes are fairly constant but steady and you can play this song as slow as you like.
If you want to do a right-hand pattern, I'd suggest B, 1,3, 2,3; 4, 1,3, 2,3; etc... (note that B=bass note of chord; 1,3 etc. are the strings numbered from the highest/thinnest string).
It's not a regular 1-2-3-4 rhythm: I've left spaces after the bass and between the 1,3 and 2,3 ... stress the bold notes and listen to a recording if you can't remember the rhythm.
This is an easy song to rush - take your time and don't speed up; in fact, you can slow down some of the later verses/choruses and sing/play more softly tp add light and shade to the song. Remember you're telling a story.
I've only done the chord diagrams for guitar so far, but if anyone is really keen I can do the ukulele version (harder to play on uke as it has Em, which is tricky).
Here's the link for the PDF song sheet: THE STREETS OF LONDON - guitar Level 8 - Key of C
|Posted on June 17, 2013 at 7:50 AM||comments (0)|
Thanks Todd from California for pointing out an error in my guitar song sheet for The Lion Sleeps Tonight... I had the wrong fret for the starting note! Apologies if this confused anyone; I've fixed the sheet and replaced the link with the new one (with a colour picture, too). The new link is http://bit.ly/126cBiu
|Posted on February 22, 2013 at 5:05 AM||comments (0)|
Thanks to Mike for letting me know about the broken link for Rivers of Babylon (Level 7 for guitar). I have re-done the link and checked it, so it should open OK now. The new link is http://bit.ly/12Vzk6L.
Thanks also to those who have ‘liked’/commented on the Facebook page. I checked in once, very quickly, when I was away (Internet access was very expensive), and I’m back now and online again. It’s very encouraging to see that people are enjoying the material on the website – and of course to get donations: thank you so much to those who have contributed to keep the site afloat and ad-free!
Now that I’m home I’m catching up on things (and sleep) but I hope to find some time soon to look at a couple of new songs for the site… stay tuned:)
|Posted on February 7, 2013 at 4:05 AM||comments (0)|
I'm heading off for a holiday this weekend (South Pacific cruise with my Mum) so I'll be mostly out of touch for a couple of weeks (apparently Internet acccess costs an arm and a leg)... so I apologise in advance for not responding to any messages promptly.
I'm also posting a message here for Joanie, who contacted me by email a few days ago; unfortunately, my reply kept bouncing back, so in case you see this Joanie, here's the reply (it may also be helpful to others who are unsure of timing):
Lovely to hear from you- thanks for making contact. I’m glad the site is helping you to have fun with your uke.
The timing can be a bit tricky at first, because you’re probably not used to the strumming action so it may feel awkward; and you need to play slowly at first, which makes it harder.
You may want to practice tapping along with songs you play on CDs etc to get used to making the rhythm with your hand. Every time you sway/clap/tap along to music, you’re getting the feel of the rhythm in your body, which helps you to get the strumming in time (you’ll nave the odd pause when you change chords at first, that’s normal).
I made a video for someone who had trouble with strumming to Tom Dooley- it may help you. It’s for guitar so ignore the chord formations, but it demonstrates the strum. It’s on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czIUFFuPmTc if you want to have a look (excuse the singing- I’m no singer!).
Keep practising and having fun, and let me know how you’re going,
|Posted on January 1, 2013 at 6:35 PM||comments (0)|
Dido sings this in Dm (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j-fWDrZSiZs) but I had a request for an 'easy' version so I've written it out in Am.
You can put a capo on the 5th fret if you want to sing in the recorded key, or you can use the capo (or no capo) to make it a lower pitch of you like (you just can't sing with the recording as you'll be in a different key, e.g. capo 1 would make it Bbm, Capo 2 would be Bm, Capo 3 would be Cm etc.)
The song sheet for guitar is here: L.10 White Flag in Am_Am,Em,G,F,C,Dm
I haven't written it up for uke but if anyone is keen to get the ukulele version (in Dm with no capo - the chords are not too hard), let me know
|Posted on December 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM||comments (0)|
Wishing everyone a wonderful, safe and musical New Year!
And to get into the mood, I've written out Auld Lang Syne (all verses & translation -- interesting - never realised that "ye'll be your pint-stowp" meant you'll buy your own drink!).
I've written out several versions (I find the D/Eb one very high to sing, so did one in C as well). A link to Dougie Maclean singing on YouTube is on the song sheet; he sings in Eb, so you can just play the D version with a capo in the first fret if you want to sing in that key.
Here are the links to the PDF song sheets:
For ukulele (both versions easy):
|Posted on December 18, 2012 at 5:10 AM||comments (0)|
This beautiful, haunting song was featured in Billy Connelly's World Tour of Australia. I've made up some chords for it and written it out for guitar:
The PDF songsheet has a link to the YouTube clip (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-NJ8WhF6SU). The recording is in C, so you can sing along, but I find it easier to sing with a capo on the 3rd fret.
If you'd like me to do a ukulele version, leave a message in the Guestbook or Facbook page.
|Posted on December 11, 2012 at 6:55 AM||comments (0)|
I was actually looking for another song on YouTube and found this - it has simple, appealing tune and a gentle, light-hearted story. I actually have a CD of the Dubliners singing this song as "the Old Dungarvan Oak".
The Frank Hennessy recording of The Old Carmarthen Oak is in the key of G, and the chords are nice and easy, so I've written it out for guitar. I can do the uke version if anyone wants it.
The song sheet is here: L.4 The Old Carmarthen Oak in G; chords: G,C,D,D7
and the You Tube clip (with some interesting pictures) is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rfdaSXYbfdc ;
|Posted on December 6, 2012 at 3:50 AM||comments (0)|
This song is always a vibrant, catchy number in the Carols concert on TV each year. I had it in my head this afternoon when I got home from the shops so looked for the chords online, with no luck. I thought I'd have a go at working out some chords, but found I needed to use some bar chords... so it's not really easy to play, but fun all the same.
I've put all the chord diagrams and a link to the YouTube clip in the Song Sheet. You can download the PDF here: http://bit.ly/TT8UtE ;
Note that this is my interpretation of the song, with no assurance that the chords are accurate; this version is for study purposes only.