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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!

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.

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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

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!

A Little History

In light of the recent legislation passed here in Juneau benefiting the oil companies, and in anticipation of the return of the cruise ships to our shores, a little history about the song, Waimanalo Blues seems to be in order.

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 at an old Hawaiian homestead on Oahu in 1993.

Gabby Pahinui backyard jam 1970s

 

“This song was written by Thor Wold and Liko Martin in Hawaii in the 1970’s to protest the increasing development of the islands of Hawaii. Although the song focused on the Windward side, the concern was for all the islands and the rights of the Hawaiian people, as it was in that way a protest song of the folk narrative style.”  – Carol Forsloff

 

 

 

Waimanalo Blues
Wind's gonna blow so I'm gonna go
Down on the road again
Starting where the mountains left me
I'm up where I began

Where I will go the wind only knowsWaikiki hotels and Ala Moana
Good times around the bend
Get in my car, goin' too far
Never comin' back again

Tired and worn I woke up this mornin'
Found that I was confused 
Spun right around and found I had lost 
The things that I couldn't lose 

CHORUS: 
The beaches they sell to build their hotels 
My fathers and I once knew 
Birds all along sunlight at dawn 
Singing Waimanalo blues 

Down on the road with mountains so oldWaimanalo with Mt. Olomana in background. Photo by David Siu 
Far on the country side 
Birds on the wing forget in a while
So I'm headed for the windward side 

All of your dreams 
Sometimes it just seems 
That I'm just along for the ride 
Some they will cry because they have pride 
For someone who's loved here died 

The beaches they sell to build their hotels 
My fathers and I once knew 
Birds all along sunlight at dawn 
Singing Waimanalo blues 

Cyril Pahiui 12-12 (5)

We had the pleasure of seeing Cyril Pahinui (son of Gabby Pahinui) play when we were home in the islands last Christmas. He was so smooth on slack key, with skillful accompaniment by Jeff Au Hoy on steel and Peter Moon, Jr. on ‘ukulele and guitar. Ironically, they perform at the Kani Ka Pila Grill in the Outrigger Reef in Waikiki at, yes, one of “their hotels”. But the servers were locals and very friendly and the music was full-on Hawaii. Cyril came over in between sets to say hello and pose for a picture with a fan. A class act. If you are on O’ahu and have a free Wednesday evening, I recommend checking the calendar and going to hear them play.

Cyril Pahinui was part of another ensemble performing Waimanalo Blues, this time with Arlo Guthrie. It was for a TV show, “The Byrds of Paradise” back in 1994. Juneau Jazz & Classics is bringing Guthrie to Juneau in a few weeks. I wonder if we could get him to play it. Guthrie now owns the rights to the song.

Speaking of artists to check out when you are in Hawaii, a fellow Jambuster recently returned from visiting Hilo, on Hawaii Island (aka the Big Island) and came across another talented young ukulele artist,  Brittni Paiva. He says if you scroll down the full list of her YouTube Uploads to the 30-40th of the 80+ posted, there are some useful lessons. Thanks  Mark!

Jambusters & friends at AK Folk Fest 2013

 

Links from Ukulele Workshop at AK Folk Fest

Less than ten years ago there was an ukulele workshop at the Folk Fest and I was the only attendee. Today over 20 people turned out to play a few tunes, practice some chord changes and strum patterns and basically just get our “uke” on. What fun!

As promised, below are the links that were listed on the printouts. If I forgot anything, or you find other links you want to share, please 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 Rockwell Jam some Sunday soon!      

 ~Rhonda, Amy & Reid

Basic Ukulele Chord Chart (along with some info and history) from Squidoo

Basic Strum Patterns

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/

 

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/

 

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

39th Annual Alaska Folk Fest Underway

AFF39Poster

 

The Alaska Folk Fest is every night this week from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m., and all day Saturday and Sunday, at Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau. Performances, workshops, jams and dances will be happening both at the festival and around town. The scheduled events are available online and at Centennial Hall. Joining the lineup of festival workshops this weekend, the Jambusters crew will be leading a Beginning Ukulele workshop from 1:30-3:00 on Sunday in the Egan Room at Centennial.

One thing not on the schedule but not to be missed  is the 3rd annual Liars’ & Fiddlers’ Consort  happening at the Alaska State Museum on Saturday from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Open to all tellers of tall tales willing to spin a story for those in attendance. It was a hoot last year and definitely on my itinerary for this year’s folkfestivities.

Most of the usual Jambuster suspects will be attending workshops, getting ready to perform (GO SELMA!) or just sleeping in this Sunday, so there may be a small turnout for the regular Rockwell jam from 11-1. Of course, if anyone shows up the jam is on. Collette even suggested it be a true Jambuster jam, complete with all ukuleles, banjos, bagpipes, and players of saws and cowbells. Our mascot will be Bert as the One-Man-Band in Mary Poppins ( from a post by sameasiteverwas )

mary poppins one man band

 

And if no one else shows, you can always enjoy a yummy brunch from Costa’s Diner at Rockwells and play with yourself. Happy festing, everyone!

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