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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Wagon Wheel - great group song- for guitar, uke, banjo

Posted on December 14, 2019 at 3:25 AM

This is a fun song to do in a group; it has a catchy rhythm and works well with a variety of instruments and some vocal harmonies. I like the “Live at Daryl’s House” version, as it’s a bit more relaxed pace and you can see/hear the different instruments and voices (the link on the songsheets is to the official video).

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New Christmas Song: "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

Posted on December 14, 2019 at 12:15 AM

This is a very pretty Christmas Song, though it has quite a wide range from low to high, so it’s not easy to sing.

I’ve written it out in a few keys to try. If you can use a capo, it’s easier to find a reasonable key to play & sing in.

Here are the links to the song ...

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The Mingulay Boat Song - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on December 11, 2019 at 11:35 PM

This is a stirring sea shanty which is good to play on on guitar, ukulele and banjo: it has a slow, regular pace, and the tune is easy to memorise. There are only 3 chords: D, G and A.

You may need a capo if it’s too low to sing (the Clancy Brothers recording is in Eb, so capo 1), or you could transpose to a different...

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New "Wonderland" Christmas Songs

Posted on December 11, 2019 at 12:15 AM

 

I've finally finished writing up a couple of new songs: couldn't resist trying "Summer Wonderland", Ronan Keating's "Southern Hemisphere" version of Winter Wonderland ... and then I thought I may as well write out

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CathysChords is still going!

Posted on December 11, 2019 at 12:10 AM

Things have been very quiet with CathysChords this year; I've been dealing with major family health issues, and have had little energy or inclination to work on music. The site seemed to be less popular, and donations had died off so I thought maybe it had passed its use-by date and wouldn't be worth supporting any longer.

However, there has been an influx of support with messages and donations, so it seems there's still life in the old site!...

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"Aussie" Christmas Songs

Posted on December 8, 2017 at 5:25 PM

I haven't been able to make any new songs sheets for ages, but I'm hoping that the links to the current songs have now all been fixed (please let me know if you find any duds!)

Thank you to Dianne for her suggestion of Aussie versions of favourite Christmas songs, including “Deck the Sheds with Bits of Wattle” and “Aussie Jingle Bells”.

You can find the lyrics for these songs online:

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Disappearing links and pictures

Posted on July 11, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Unfortunately, some of the links I replaced a few months ago don't seem to be working. Now that I've realised, I'm gradually going through every link on the site to check which ones need to be fixed... but it's a slow job.

In the meantime, there should be alternative links to all songs - so if you find one that doesn't work on one page, look for the same song (at the same level) on one of the other pages. If you find all the links for one song don't ...

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All Fixed Now!

Posted on March 27, 2017 at 8:00 PM

It's the end of March, and everything seems to be working now without any major problems!

All the pages on the site have been updated to the new site format, all the song sheet files have been moved to a new storage folder in Dropbox, and all the important links to the song sheets have been re-done on the main site lists.

I took the opportunity to fix up some of the older ( guitar) song sheets; these revised sheets a...

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MARCH 2017 - ALL FILES TO BE RE-LINKED!

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 7:35 PM

2017 has had a frustrating start so far - first, the website builder I use was changed, so the whole site no longer worked, and I had to find a new template (from a very limited range), adjust the layout of all the pages, and try to use a new site builder which often won't work at all! So much for 'progress'...

One result of all this was that I spent so long on the computer that my latent R.S.I. in right arm became a major problem and I was told not ...

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Mary Mack - Scottish folk song - for guitar & ukulele

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 11:30 PM



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 l...

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