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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!

No Jam for Mother’s Day 5-11-14

 

 

We are taking a break from the weekly Sunday ukulele jam tomorrow at T.K. Maguire’s so that the mom’s can have their Mother’s Day brunch in peace. We’ll be back at it next Sunday. If you have a mom, play her a song. Here’s a link to the ukulele tabs for a song we sing at preschool when we want to celebrate those we love:  Skinnamarink.

Or, if you are really ambitious, make a YouTube video for the moms in your life. This one sets the bar a bit high, but you get the idea.  Benjamin J. Ames and his 4-year-old cover “Tonight You Belong to Me”

Enjoy the day and come play with us next week!

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!

Solstice Jam 6/21/13 at Rockwell 11-1

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Winter solstice sun over Douglas Island multiple exposure. Photo via Navigation Calculation Forum

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Summer Solstice | June 20 2012 10:30pm | Juneau, Alaska. via SunChronicles tumbr

Forecast is for rain, so we’ll probably be at the Rockwell for the jam. Bring your summer sun songs for solstice!

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.

Bustin’ a Jam

Some Jambusters turned out at the Gold Town Nickelodeon this evening to play a few tunes prior to the showing of Life on Four Strings, a documentary about Jake Shimabukuro. Thanks to Collette Costa for inviting us and Betsy Sims for the photo.

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Jake will be here to perform in  Juneau THIS MONDAY, Feb 11th! The show is almost sold out, but there are still a few seats left. Visit the Juneau Jazz & Classics website for info and to purchase tickets.

Jan 13th, 11-1 Ukulele Jam at Rockwell

I’ve been away, but hear that the jam numbers are growing. If you have attended over the winter break and want to send me the titles & artists of songs played, I’ll hunt down links to videos and chords to post so folks can practice. Looking forward to seeing old friends and making new ones!