Category Archives: Playlists

Links to videos and chords of songs played at the weekly Sunday Jams.

Fine Arts Camper Requests

Last week I posted songbooks listing lyrics and chords for easy children’s songs, many of which we are playing in ukulele classes at Juneau Fine Arts Camp this month.  There have been some camper requests this past week, so I am posting links for them as promised.

Last summer, Trevor came to ukulele for all 4 weeks. When he returned this summer, he was still strumming the chords to Five Years Time by Noah and the Whale,  almost always at break-neck speed. It is a fun strumming pattern with a mute/beat in the middle that is very appealing to the older kids. Lyrics & chords are available at Ukulele Hunt. This song is a good one for practicing the transitions between C – F – G – F, and is a chord progression that works for other songs, like Twist & Shout, Labamba, Wild Thing, Louie, Louie,and Get Off of My Cloud. Only three chords and you practically have a busking set!

Owen, who is new this year to ukulele, asked me to look up the song Wonderwall, by Oasis. Happily,  the tabs provided on Ultimate Guitar had fairly easy chords (Am,C,G,D, and F), so we were able to give it a go with the 4th -6th graders. In looking up ukulele chords for the song, I happened upon this ukulele cover/tutorial posted by DerMoppelt on YouTube with a neat chord progression using variations on the G chord.

Elena performed and taught us all Speak Now, by Taylor Swift (tabs). A couple other easier pop songs for these guys are:  Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men (tabs);  Somebody That I Used to Know (official) by Gotye (tabs) or a fun ukulele team cover; and last summer’s favorite, Hey Soul Sister by Train (tabs).  These tab links are from ukutabs.com, a site with a helpful feature that allows you to transpose up or down by half steps until you find chords that you can play. Of course, the chords you can play are not always in a key you can sing, so choose your poison.

Finally, for Noah, E Huli Makou by David Chung.  This song is included in the 3-chord songbook, but since it is not a familiar one, I am giving a few more resources for those kids who want to keep working on it and parents who want to help them. Chords & lyrics (along with chord charts) are at Kanikapila.us , and  a translation and history of the lyrics (with a few different verses) can be found at Huapala.org. To hear the song and get a feel for the strumming pattern and Hawaiian pronunciation, watch it performed by Kealoha at 808ukejams (note: he  plays the G7 and C7 during “Ke Aloha”  instead of the NC – no chord – pause we have been playing in class.) The kids have all learned the hula to this song, too. You can see them in action on the Fine Arts Camp Facebook Page.

As always, everyone is welcome the Sunday ukulele jams at TK Maguire’s lounge, from 11-ish-1-ish.  Bring copies of songs you want to play, unless you would rather perform solos!

Ukulele Keiki: Juneau Fine Arts Camp, June 2014

The first week of Juneau Fine Arts Camp was a resounding success, with about 30 kids coming to ukulele classes to sing, strum and dance. If you have a child entering Kindergarten through 6th grade in need of fun, artsy things to do during the next three weeks, you should check it out.

FAC wk1

Concentrating on a new chord

In honor of these newest recruits, I am posting 2- and 3-chord songs, many of which we played during camp. Thanks to Amy for turning me on to Songsheet Generator, a program that formats the chords exactly where you want them over the lyrics in a song along with a graphic of the chords at the bottom of the page. The chord graphic doesn’t show up in the songbooks below, but there are plenty of chord charts available online. Many of these songs and more be found on Dr.Uke’s Beginners page.

For those adults who are learning to play and have young children in your lives, you may find this list useful as well. I picked up the ukulele again after a 20-year break so that I could play for my son. He now plays ukulele and guitar with much greater facility than his mother -consider yourself warned!

In addition to the beginner songbooks below, we are going to try something new for the weekly ukulele jams. The 2nd Sunday Jam of each month will be dedicated to beginners and those wanting to work on easier chords and at a slower pace. We meet at TK Maguire’s restaurant in the Prospector Hotel (near KTOO and the State Museum contruction site). If you want to eat breakfast before you play, come before noon. We will play from 11:30 until about 1:30 or 2, or until our fingers get sore.  Of course, all are welcome on any Sunday, regardlesss of ability. And now for the songs….

 
2-Chord Children’s Songs

3-Chord Children’s Songs

4 or more Chord easy Children’s Songs

40th Alaska Folk Festival, 2014

AFF 40, artwork by Ray Troll

 

Another Folk Fest has almost come and gone with much great music, jamming and ukuleles. Our Ukulele for Beginners workshop yesterday at the festival brought us together with a few old friends and many new ones. It promises to be a good year of jamming and all are welcome on Sundays, from 12 – 2 at T.K. Maguire’s, downtown at the Prospector Hotel (behind KTOO and the State Museum construction site.)

As promised, below are the links we mentioned at the workshop. If you find other links you want to share, please add them in the comments or let me know and we’ll get them posted. Safe trip home to everyone visiting from out of town and we look forward to seeing some more of you locals at a jam some Sunday soon!

 

You can find basic chord charts by doing and image search for “ukulele chord chart” and finding the one you like best.

Basic Strum Patterns

AFF #40 Codfiysh Joe – Selma & Reed.                    Photo by Skip Gray

 

Ukulele Mike’s 12-Bar Blues lesson

Uke Boutique’s 12-Bar Blues in G (scroll down to May 21, 2012 post)

 

General Resource sites

http://www.topukulelesites.com/

http://www.boatpaddleukuleles.com/top50/

http://www.alligatorboogaloo.com/uke/

http://ukulelehunt.com/

http://www.ukulele-tabs.com/

http://ukutabs.com/

http://ukuleleunderground.com/ 

 

Greyscale – Amy & (one) John
Photo by Skip Gray

Song Chord Index Links

(in addition so several listed above)

http://www.doctoruke.com/

http://www.scorpexuke.com/songlist.html

http://www.seattleukulele.org/members/songpdfs/

http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/

 

Free Songbook Downloads

(When I traveled to England this past winter I came across two ukulele sing/play along gatherings that both had songbooks online to download and bring to their weekly events. We have aspirations to do the same, but for now these are great resources to have.)

http://ukulelewednesdays.com/songbook/

http://www.oxfordukuleles.co.uk/songbooks.htm

 

Tutorial videos

Aldrine Guerrero at Ukulele Underground

Brett McQueen at Ukulele Tricks

“Ukulele Mike” (Mike Lynch) has a YouTube Channel

 

Buying an Ukulele

Elderly Instruments has its own Ukulele Department

Roswick Giles Music store out near the airport also carries a variety of ukuleles and ukulele supplies, if you just need one RIGHT NOW or want to support your local music store.

Strum on!

Playlist links from March 2013 Rockwell jams

 

Been away from the blog for a while, but the Sunday Rockwell jams continue. There have been many new songs played, so many that I am not even sure I have listed them all. Also, I am working on a song links index page for the playlists so they will be easier to look up. Suggestions for improvement are welcome, though no promises about prompt responses.

 

Ain’t She Sweet  by Milton Ager (music) and Jack Yellen (lyrics), 1927
Chords & lyrics at Doctor Uke, easier version at Seattle Ukulele Players Assoc
Performed by Paul McCartney & George Harrison

Exactly Like You  by Jimmy McHugh (music) and Dorothy Fields (lyrics), 1930
Chords & lyrics at Doctor Uke
Performed by Friends of Old Puppy

Granddaddy by A.J.Roach
Chords & lyrics download
Performed by A.J. Roach & Nuala Kennedy

Island Style by John Cruz
Chords & lyrics at UkuTabs
Performed by John Cruz, with Jackson Browne & Jack Johnson

Little Talks by Of Monsters and Men
Chords & lyrics at  UkuTabs
Performed by Of Monsters and Men

Littlest Birds by The Be Good Tanyas
Chords & lyrics at  Ultimate Guitar
Performed by  The Be Good Tanyas and a sweet ukulele cover by zurozuros

Love is a Rose by Neil Young
Chords & lyrics at Ultimate Guitar
Performed by Neil Young

Red Clay Halo by Gillian Welch
Chords & lyrics at Ultimate Guitar
Performed by Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

Side By Side by Gus Kahn (lyrics) and Harry M. Woods (music), 1927
Chords & lyric at Doctor Uke
Recorded by Cliff Edwards (“Ukelele Ike”) and Patsy Cline

Sloop John B, traditional
Chords & lyrics at Richard G’s Ukulele Songbook
Recorded by Kingston Trio, Johnny Cash, and The Beach Boys

( Not a Juneau Jambuster session, but definitely kindred souls singing at Ukulele Night at the Royal George in London. FIELD TRIP!)

Sweet Pea by Amos Lee
Chords & lyrics (in B flat) at UkuTabs
Recorded by Amos Lee

Waimanalo Blues by Liko Martin and Thor Wold, 1974
Chords & lyrics at Tropical Storm Hawaii
Performed by Henry Kapono, Izrael Kamakawiwo’ole, Cyril Pahinui, and Roland Cazimero

White Sandy Beach by Willie Dan
Chords & lyrics and performance by Israel “Iz” Kamakawiwo’ole at UkuleleTab.net

Playlist links from 2.24.13 Rockwell jam

This past Sunday we played many of the same as before, with the exception of a few Reid Tippet originals that are not yet in print. One song we played that I have not yet linked is below. Some day I’ll get everyone up doing the hula that goes with it!

E Huli Makou by David Chung                                                                                                                                                                                      

This is one of the first hulas I learned as a kid and is a good way to learn a few Hawaiian words and hula moves. Chords & lyrics are at Kanikapila.us. I learned to play this song with a G chord for the verses and a G7 for the vamp instead of the G7 throughout, but either works and both are easy. Translation and history of the lyrics can be found at Huapala.org. The site lists some additional verses not commonly sung and it does not include the “i hope” (pronounced ee-ho-pay) verse, which means “go back”. To catch the strumming pattern, you can play along with Kumu (teacher) Kealoha at 808ukejams, but if you want to see how to really dance this hula, watch Auntie Mokihana. One of my new goals is to be able to move like that by the time I’m her age!

Playlist links from 2.17.13 Rockwell jam

It was a full day last Sunday. We packed a lot of music into a couple of hours. Check out the links, print off the chords and lyrics and come join the jam!
Five Years Time by Noah and the Whale
Lyrics & chords at Ukulele Hunt
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Walking After Midnight by Alan Block & Don Hecht
Originally recorded by Patsy Cline
Performed on ukuleles by Aisling Out Walking
Lyrics & chords at Ukulele Boogaloo
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Lighthouse by The Waifs
Lyrics & chords at Ultimate Guitar
(Disclaimer: our friend Matthew lead us on this one with his guitar. We haven’t tried it with ukes only-yet!)
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Drop Baby Drop by Mana’o Company
Tutorial video at Ukulele Underground, and lyrics & chords to that cover
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Singing the Blues written by Melvin Endsley
Originally recorded by Marty Robbins
Lyrics & chords at Doctor Uke
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Clemetine usually credited to Percy Montrose (1884), though sometimes to Barker Bradford, and believed to have been based on another called Down by the River Liv’d a Maiden by H. S. Thompson (1863).
Lyrics & chords at Doctor Uke.
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Tupelo Honey by Van Morrison
Cover on ukulele by Ken Middleton
Lyrics & chords at Ultimate Guitar
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Blue Moon by Lorenz Hart & Richard Rodgers
Lovely version by The King
Lyrics & chords at Ukulele Boogaloo
The last Blue Moon (second full moon in the same month) was last year on August 31, 2012, and the next one is not until July 31, 2015.
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I’ll Fly Away, by Albert E. Brumley
The popular version from “O Brother Where Art Thou” is with Alison Krauss, but when Etta James sings, it makes you want to go to church
Lyrics & chords from  CathysChords.com
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I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
Lyrics & chords at Ukulele Hunt
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You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
Lyrics & chords at Ukulele Hunt
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Crawdad Song, traditional (my granddaddy taught me this one)
Well know version recorded by Woodie Guthrie
Lyrics & chords at Kanikapila
Speaking of Woodie Guthrie, his son Arlo Guthrie will be performing in Juneau on Friday, May 3, 2013 to kick off  this year’s Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival. Tickets are already on sale.

Playlist links from 1.20.13 Rockwell Jam

A good crowd showed up last Sunday to jam, including some new faces. Here’s what we played:

A Beautiful Home , a traditional gospel tune recorded by Hank Williams

Go to Classic Country Lyrics for lyrics and chords.

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Drop Baby Drop  by Mana’o Company

The video is from the Art Tv Hawai’i archives Mana’o Company performing at the Sheraton Bay Resort (Kona?) in 2010.  For a step-by-step lesson on how to play this song, check out this tutorial video by Aldrine Guerrero at Ukulele Underground.  The chords can be found at e-chords.com,  Tabs for picking are written out in a post by Poi Dog on this Ukulele Underground Forum – scroll down to message #9.

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We’re Going To Be Friends by Jack White (White Stripes)

One version of the lyrics and chords can be found at UkuTabs.com.  Another version by GRANT YEARDLEY on Ultimate Guitar has easier chords, but I don’t think they sound quite as good.

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We also played a few from past playlists (You &  I   and  Five Years Time), and closed with none other than,

Happy Trails by Dale Evans Rogers (recorded with husband Roy Rogers)

There is a good PDF of the sheet music at Dr. Uke, with chord charts above each line in the lyrics, though it is only the first verse. Full lyrics (along with the Roy Rogers Rider Club Rules) can be found at royrogers.com.

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Some of the chord charts displayed on these links are for guitar. You can go to UkuTabs.com or Uke-Chords.com for the ukulele charts.

Come play with us Sunday  11-1  at Rockwell!

Playlist links from 1.13.13

Count On Me by Bruno Mars
Listen to this MTV Sessions Live version on YouTube with Bruno on ukulele
Chords from UkuTabs.com
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I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons
Watch a live performance and download chords from UkuleleHunt.com
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You and I by Ingrid Michaelson
Listen and download chords from UkuleleHunt.com
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Five Years Time by Noah and the Whale
Chords at UkuleleHunt.com
Watch the official YouTube video .
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Don’t Fence Me In by Cole Porter
Chords at Ukulele Boogaloo
Listen to Roy Rogers for a traditional rendition,
Or check out FinRaucous rocking it on his ukulele.
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Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s
Listen and watch the YouTube video .
Chords at Kanikapila.us
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Fellow Jammers, let me know if I forgot any songs or if you have better/alternate links.

Sunday Jam, Dec 2nd, 11-1 at Rockwell

Hoping for a full compliment on Sunday, since Thanksgiving travelers should be back in town.

The chords linked in the last post for Rhythm of Love were not great.  Found better ones at Kanikapila.

Slim Pickin’ for the Sunday Jam, Nov 25 11-1 at Rockwell

Many of the usual suspects are busy being thankful outside of Juneau this week, so it may be a small gathering at Rockwell’s tomorrow. Brunch is being served regardless, so come eat and see who else shows. Here are the songs we played last week:

12 Bar Blues in A, as taught by Ukulele Mike. We play faster with each 12 bars until it all falls apart. Fun way to warm up. Amy’s tip: just add the pinky for the 3rd note (A7) instead of sliding the middle finger over.

Rhythm of Love by Plain White T’s. Chords and lyrics can be found at Uke-Chords.com.

Five Years Time by Noah and the Whale. There were several sources for this one, but I’m linking the one from UkuTabs, since I liked the little band bio on the page. There are only a couple chords repeated throughout, but I’ve been playing along with the YouTube video to get the strumming pattern down.

Buck Naked Trolls  by our own Jambuster, Reid. Unfortunately, you’ll need to show up some Sunday to hear or learn this one, since he has never put it to paper and I hear that the lyrics change with each new playing!

Five Foot Two by Sam Lewis, Young and Hendersen. Ukulele Boogaloo is another good source for chords and lyrics, though the format for writing the songs out is a bit cramped for me. For guidance, check out the Ukulele Mike tutorial of this song, or watch a sweet rendition on YouTube by Aunt Vi.

Don’t Fence Me In  by Cole Porter and Robert Fletcher. I found chords and lyrics on Doctor Uke , yet another good source, and the song is written out in a couple different styles to choose from depending on your familiarity with the fingering.   FinRaucous is a one-man-jam on his version of this classic.

 

The Junior Juneau Jambusters wandered away to the back room, so I am not sure exactly what they played. They seem to be liking Mumford and Sons:

Cave by Mumford and Sons. UkuleleHunt has a download for these chords and some tips for playing, or GuitareTab if you just want to see it without downloading.

I Will Wait (on SNL) by Mumford and Sons. Chords without lyrics at Ukulele-Tabs and lyrics at DirectLyrics.

 

Have a great week and keep strumming!