|Posted on April 4, 2012 at 12:10 AM|
I was avoiding doing The Other Side of the Sun (Janis Ian) for ukulele as the chords are a bit tricky, but decided to have a go at the G version- not too bad.
Janis sings in B, though, which has lots of awkward chords (and it's a bit hard to use a capo on a ukulele, especially on the 4th fret!).
So I worked out the A chords for ukulele- better to sing if you have a voice like mine. The chords are a bit awkward still, so I've made the E optional (you can just play E7 instead; sounds fine to me. It's a lot easier for me to play these chords on my concert-sized uke as the neck has a little more room between frets, but I still need to practise the chord changes. Worth persisting though, as it's such a lovely song!
If you don't have any Janis Ian albums, "do yourself a favour" , as our beloved Molly Meldrum would say, and go and buy some! If you're lucky enough to catch her in live performance, don't miss it (I'm waiting for her to come to Australia..)
Both Ukulele versions are in the Ukulele Songs lists, but here are the links:
L. 17. The Other Side of the Sun - Key: G; Chords: G,G7,C,D,D7,Am,Bm7,F,Eb
L. 18+ The Other Side of the Sun - Key: A; Chords: A,A7,D,E,E7,F,G, C#m, F#7
Note- if you want to play in Janis's key, you could try the A version with a small capo on the 2nd fret.