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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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Posted on August 5, 2016 at 4:00 AM Comments comments (0)

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Games People Play - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on August 5, 2016 at 3:55 AM Comments comments (0)

This is quite an a old song, written and recorded by Joe South in the late ’60s. It has interesting words, a good clear rhythm and only 3 chords: A, D, and E, so it’s easy to play on guitar, though you need to listen to the recording (it’s on Youtube here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5znh58WITU8 ) to pick up the timing of the words.

 

It’s trickier on ukulele, but if you wanted to sing a bit higher you could play C, F and G chords instead of A, D, and E.

 

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar - L.13 Games People Play_A,D,E

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for ukulele - Uke L.17 Games People Play_A,D,E

 


Beginning strumming tips

Posted on July 2, 2016 at 2:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Whether you are learning to play 'sing-along' style on guitar or ukulele, you will need to learn how to strum a good, steady rhythm with your right hand.

 

 

Strumming rhythms can be harder than it looks when you're not used to it.

 

You need to have a clear idea of rhythm. If you're not used to making rhythms, you can practise tapping along to songs when you are listening to music- with your foot, your hand (or just a finger if you're driving a car at the time!). The more you get your body used to tapping rhythms, the easier it will be to get your hand strumming in time.

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Lots of people start with just strumming 'down' all the time, in rhythm with the song.

Once you get used to strumming 'down, down, down', etc. with your thumb, and your wrist can relax, you can start flicking the strings as you bring your hand back up between down strokes. It may feel awkward at first, but the more you do it, the more natural it will feel- remember a nice, relaxed action.

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You can practise just doing rhythms without playing chords or songs at first to get it established, then try some simple songs that you know well. Don't try to do do many things at once to start with, as you'll get discouraged.

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I did a couple of brief videos on YouTube a few years ago when I had a request for help with simple rhythms. Here are the links if you want to have a look (please forgive the singing!):

Tom Dooley - basic strum:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czIUFFuPmTc

Mockingbird (Hush Little baby) - basic strum:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OH81RpPJxQ  

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Keep practising - a bit every day if you can to build up your 'muscle memory', until it comes easily and you can start using your other fingers or a pick, and you can try experimenting with more elaborate rhythms.

 

 

The Boa Constrictor Song for guitar and ukulele

Posted on June 10, 2016 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

 

This is a really fun song to sing with kids (and just fun anyhow!)

It’s easy to play on guitar or ukulele.

 

Check out the audio clip at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa48bc0P0XI (Peter, Paul and Mary version) if you’re not sure how it goes.

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar - L4. The Boa Constrictor Song_Key G_G,D7,C

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for ukulele - Uke L.2 The Boa Constrictor Song_Key G_G,D7,C

 

 

Dedicated Follower of Fashion (Kinks) - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on June 3, 2016 at 10:30 PM Comments comments (0)

 

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This is an old Kinks song from the ‘60s. You can find clips on YouTube if you don’t have a recording. It works well on ukulele or guitar, with easy chords especially on uke but fairly fast changes.

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The rhythm is nice and regular, 4/4 time with a stress on the second beat of the bar rather than the first.

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Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar - L 9. Dedicated Follower of Fashion_Key C

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for ukulele – Uke L.12 Dedicated Follower of Fashion_Key C

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There is a YouTube clip of the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA5gJ0hZpCc

 

 

 

 

Worried Man Blues - for guitar, ukulele and banjo.

Posted on April 19, 2016 at 4:40 AM Comments comments (0)

 

  

This song is fun on guitar, ukulele or banjo.

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I’ve done 2 versions- the second version has an extra line in the verse. I’ve put a link to a YouTube clip in the ‘Carter Family’ version.

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In the ukulele song sheets, I’ve substituted E7 for the E chord, as it’s easier to play and either works fine in this song. I’ve also left out the A7 in the banjo Version 2, as it’s not needed and it’s hard to play on banjo.

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Here are the links for the song sheets:

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Banjo-

B.L. 11 Worried Man Blues_Carter family_Key A_A, D, E

B.L. 11 Worried Man Blues_Version 2_Key A_A, A, D, E 

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Guitar-

L 13 Worried Man Blues_Carter family_Key A_A, D, E

L 13 Worried Man Blues_Version 2_Key A_A, A7, D, E

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Ukulele-

Uke L.14. Worried Man Blues_Carter family_Key A_A, D, E7

Uke L.14. Worried Man Blues_Version 2_Key A_A, D, E7

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There is a YouTube clip of the Carter family version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcvWrxrNk4k 

 

 

Take me Home, Country Roads - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on April 3, 2016 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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This song has been done on the site before in the key of C, but I realised it wasn’t on the main lists (and the starting note was wrong), so I’ve replaced the original song sheets, made new sheets in Key G and also banjo versions.…

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Here are the links to all the song sheets:

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for guitar -

1) L.7 Take me Home, Country Roads in G_G,C,D,D7,Em,F

2) L.17 Take me Home, Country Roads in C_ C,F,G,G7,Am,Bb

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for ukulele -

1) Uke L.15 Take me Home, Country Roads in G_G,C,D,D7,Em,F

2) Uke L.7 Take me Home, Country Roads in C_ C,F,G,G7,Am,Bb

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for banjo -

1) B.L.7 Take me Home, Country Roads in G_G,C,D,D7,Em,F

2) B.L.17 Take me Home, Country Roads in C_ C,F,G,G7,Am,Bb

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There is a YouTube clip of the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tk4F-sDqF2Q  

 

 


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