Cathy's Chords - songs for guitar & uke

Lyrics and chords to old folk songs and favourites from the 50's on. 
Learn-to-play acoustic guitar and ukulele tips for beginners... and some banjo as well.

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The Last Thing On My Mind - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 11:40 PM

What a great melody from talented songwriter Tom Paxton. I wrote this one out years ago in Key G, as that’s the key we prefer to sing it in, but then I thought I’d do the Seekers version as well (love their guitar work and harmonies); the Seekers do it in Key C, with one less verse.

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This Land Is Your Land - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on April 8, 2020 at 5:30 AM

This is such a lovely song, good to play on guitar, ukulele or banjo. I’ve written it out before for guitar, but I’ve added versions for ukulele and banjo, in 2 different keys so you can pick which suits your voice/s better.

Here are the links to the song sheets:...

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Polly Wolly Doodle - easy for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 11:40 PM

Here’s another easy, fun song with only D & G chords; it works well on guitar, ukulele and banjo – just a bit livelier than The Old Grey Mare, but with only 2 chord changes in each verse!

 

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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The Old Gray Mare - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 11:10 PM

With only 2 chords – G and D – this is an easy song for guitar, ukulele or banjo!

You can play at a nice, slow pace if you’re unsure of the chord changes. 

 

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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Purple People-Eater -for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on April 6, 2020 at 10:10 PM

What a fun song this is! It’s an easy one to do (just D, G, A7) on guitar or ukulele, and not too hard on banjo (especially if you swap an A chord for the A7).

I’ve written it out in the same key throughout the song, but in the recording, the key jumps up a semitone a few times.

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Mama Don't 'Low - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on April 5, 2020 at 2:50 AM

You can have lots of fun with this one, either in a multi-instrument group or with children (making up extra verses with more instruments for children to pretend to play, or other actions that Mama doesn’t approve of...)

 

I wrote it out a while ago in key of A (A, E7, D7 chords) as...

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This Old Man - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 4:20 AM

 

This one is lots of fun to do with young children; it’s nice and easy for guitar, ukulele or banjo, and you can play at a nice, relaxed pace until you’re confident with the chord changes.

 

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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When You're Smiling - for guitar & ukulele

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 3:55 AM


This bright, cheerful song works well on guitar or ukulele. It was always popular at the old folks’ home, and it’s great for kids, too.

Don’t be put off by the ‘18+’ level, it’s just because there are less-common chords, but they’re not hard to learn (there’s even a ukulele tutorial ...

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Seven Drunken Nights - the Dubliners - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on April 4, 2020 at 3:35 AM

This is just a fun ‘let-your-hair-down’ song for adults, made popular by the Dubliners.

I’ve put in an F#m chord (Key A version) or Em chord (in Key G) as this sounds better to me, but you don’t have to play it if it's too tricky – you can just stop and start the backing as you like.

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Fiddlers Green - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on March 21, 2020 at 4:10 AM


I wrote this song out for our 'Friday Folkies' group, at the suggestion of one of our members, John G, and we've had fun playing it.

Our group won't be meeting for some time now due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but this site is safe, so here's my version - based on New Barleycorn recording (though in different keys; you can use a...

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