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Cottonfields - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 12:10 AM

 

Classic Creedence, easy and fun to play and sing. I’m not sure where I got the extra verses from, but I’ve included them – and an extra A7 chord which may not be authentic but I think sounds good (leave it out if you prefer).

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar -

      L.12 Cottonfields _CCR_Key A_A, D, E7, A7

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for ukulele -

     Uke L.14 Cottonfields _CCR_Key A_A, D, E7, A7

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There is a YouTube clip of the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4zPEmRufMU

 

Botany Bay - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on April 1, 2016 at 7:45 AM

 

This song is perfect for a sing-along, if everyone knows the tune. It’s quite simple to play (you can leave out the Em if you wish).

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar -

       L 4-5. Botany Bay _Key G_G,C,D7 (Em)

for ukulele

       Uke L.2-15 Botany Bay _Key G_G,C,D7 (Em)

for banjo -

       B.L.3-5 Botany Bay _Key G_G,C,D7 (Em)

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There is an animated YouTube clip of the song (children’s version by Aussie Kids’ Songs – Key A i.e. capo 2 or play A, D, E7 – no minor chord needed) here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKgXldJb5p4  

There is also a YouTube clip by Gary O’Connor which isn’t a very good recording but I like the sound – especially the banjo – at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2w1lYFKGYQ

 

 

Me and Bobby Mc Gee - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on April 1, 2016 at 7:10 AM

I’ve written out the ‘Kris Kristofferson’ version of this well-known (at least in my generation) song. It’s an easy-to-sing-and play song (just one trickier chord on ukulele), with a nice slow, laid-back rhythm.

There’s a key change after the first chorus (up 2 semitones) so I’ve written it out in Key G with a change up to Key A chords, as this is easier to play than the recorded key of A>B (use a capo on 2nd fret if you want to play in the recorded key).

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar

         - L.12 Me and Bobby McGee_Key G-A 

for ukulele

         - Uke L.14 Me and Bobby McGee_Key G-A

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There is a YouTube clip of the song here: Kris Kristofferson – (capo 2= Key A>B)

- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-J7mLyD3yc  

 

"The Shores of Botany Bay" - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on April 1, 2016 at 5:25 AM

 

 

 

This is a traditional Irish/Australian song about emigrating to Australia, with a catchy tune and rhythm. The Bushwackers Band version* is closest to the one I remember, so I’ve based the song sheet on that (though I’ve left out the intro and instrumental break, and it’s in a different key).

I’ve written the song out in 2 keys; you can choose which is easier to sing. Both keys have not-too-hard chords on guitar or ukulele, though some fairly fast changes (uke Level 16 is harder but you can leave out the B7 chord).

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar -

1) L.12_Shores of Botany Bay _Key Am; Chords- Am, C, G7, F, Dm, E7

2) L.14_Shores of Botany Bay _Key Em; Chords- Em, G, D7, C, Am, B7

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for ukulele

1) Uke L.14_ Shores of Botany Bay _Key Am; Chords- Am, C, G7, F, Dm, E7

2) Uke L.16_ Shores of Botany Bay _Key Em; Chords- Em, G, D7, C, Am, B7

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*There is a YouTube clip of The Bushwackers version of the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvAtbkDdeyI  

They do it in Dm, so you could play the Am chords on guitar with a capo on the 5th fret (or change the Em chords to Dm, F, C7, Bb, Gm, A7).

 

 

 

The Wheels on the Bus - for guitar, ukulele and banjo

Posted on March 20, 2016 at 6:10 PM

 

 

 

This is a great song to do with children – you can add in lots of verses and have fun with it. There are several versions around, with slightly different tunes and words, so I’ve written out 2 main ones for guitar, ukulele and banjo, and a third one for guitar.

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They are all easy to play on guitar or ukulele, and not hard on banjo. 

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Versions 1 and 2 just have 2 chords, so if you want to play in a different key, you just need to play the ‘main’ (tonic) chord and the (relative) ‘7th’ chord in that key; e.g. Key C: C, G7; Key E: E, B7; Key F: F, C7; Key G: G, D7; Key A: A, E7.

Here are the links to the song sheets:

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for guitar

L.1. The Wheels on the Bus (1)_Key D_D, A7 (“English” version)

L.1. The Wheels on the Bus (2)_Key D_D, A7 (“U.S.” version)

L.11 (easy). The Wheels on the Bus (3)_Key D_D, A, A7 (“London” version)

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for ukulele

Uke L.12 (easy). The Wheels on the Bus (1)_Key D_D, A7 (“English” version)

Uke L.12 (easy). The Wheels on the Bus (2)_Key D_D, A7

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for banjo -

B.L 11-14 The Wheels on the Bus (1)_ Key D_D, A7 (“English” version)

B.L 11-14 The Wheels on the Bus (2)_ Key D_D, A7 (“U.S.” version)

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Links to YouTube clips of the various versions (in varying keys)

(1) “English” version – ‘ The Farm Bus’ ( -Key F; i.e. capo 3). animated YouTube clip- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADosXS9sunY  

(2) “U.S.” version - Mother Goose Club Playhouse video clip -with actions; – Key F (capo 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xO7nZ6_K1-0

(3) “London” version Kids Action Songs – English - Key E (capo 2) animated YouTube clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dva841rOYU

 

 

 

Father and Son - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on March 16, 2016 at 3:20 AM

  

 

This is one we’ve been playing for years but I realised I hadn’t put it on the site.

We’ve always played it in Key G, but I’ve done a C version as well, as it’s not easy to sing solo using the 2 ‘voices’ - low and high. You may need to find your best key; try out both the G and C versions (and use a capo on guitar if you need to).

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It’s worth listening to the recording to get the timing as well as the melody – there is a link below to a video clip in Key G.

Here are the links to the song sheets:

for guitar

- 1) L.15. Father and Son 1_Key G

- 2) L.10+ Father and Son 2_Key C

for ukulele

- 1) Uke L.16 Father and Son 1_Key G

- 2) Uke L.15 Father and Son 2_Key C

There is a YouTube clip of the song here (Key G): www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-7c4VNGOgU  

 

 

Thelma Brown (Lived in a Zoo) - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on March 15, 2016 at 1:35 AM

 

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Peter Combe is an Australian entertainer with a great range of funny and quirky children’s songs dating back quite a few years now.

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This is one of my favourites; it’s not the easiest to play as it has fairly fast changes and quite a few chords, but you can make it easier by ignoring the key change at the end and just playing the previous (chorus ) chords. No guarantee the chords are correct but they sound OK to me ;)

Here are the links to the song sheets:

for guitar

- Thelma Brown - Level 14-15 - Key:G (> A); Chords: G, D7, C, Am, Em, B7, (A, E7, D, Bm)

for ukulele -

- Thelma Brown - Level 16 - Key:G (> A); Chords: G, D7, C, Am, Em, B7, (A, E7, D, Bm)

There is a YouTube audio clip of the song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D715RyXST0

You can find lots of his songs- lyrics, CDs/DVDs, songs on iTunes and sheet music- at www.petercombe.com.au  

 

'Pack Up Your Troubles' - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 8:25 AM

 

This old song is perfect for sing-alongs in old folks’ homes, as it’s up-beat and everyone in the older generation knows it.

It’s a good idea to announce it first (unless you have an instrument such as a piano to play an introduction), and to go through the song twice so everyone has a chance to catch up.

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The version I have is in the key of D, which has quite easy chords for guitar and ukulele, and is OK to sing in.

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Here are the song sheets (with extra large font for sing-along):

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for guitareasy L.11 - Pack Up Your Troubles – Key D; Chords: D, G, A

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for ukuleleeasy L.13 - Pack Up Your Troubles – Key D; Chords: D,G,A

 

Never Smile at a Crocodile - Peter Pan - for guitar and ukulele

Posted on March 12, 2016 at 11:00 PM

 

 

Another really fun ‘classic’ song for kids!

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I’ve done it in G so it’s easier to play and sing (the recording is in Bb, so use a capo on 3rd fret if you want to match it). If you don’t do the chord run after Verse 2, it’s easy to play on guitar and not hard on ukulele so don’t be put off by the levels.

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Play with a strong, steady down-beat to accentuate the chords and ‘stomp’ rhythm.

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Here are the links to the song sheets (they are also on the main guitar/ukulele songs lists):

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for guitar

- Never Smile at a Crocodile – Level 16-17 – Key G; Chords: G, C, Em, D7, A7, G7 (Bb, Fm)

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for ukulele

- Never Smile at a Crocodile – Level 15-17+ – Key G; Chords: G, C, Em, D7, A7, G7 (Bb, Fm)

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YouTube clip of the song - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0bf8gKYUqJw

 

 


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