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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!

7-21-13 Sunday Uke Jam 11:00 – 1:00 at Rockwell

Fine Arts Camp alumni showing his mom a couple chords.

Fine Arts Camp alumni showing his mom a couple chords.

It was lovely out on the docks again last Sunday, but the temps have dropped again and the clouds reestablished themselves over our rain forest town, so  we’ll be back jamming at Rockwell tomorrow.

Maybe the Re(i)eds won’t go hungry this time!

Future's so bright...

Future’s so bright…

Work that finger pickin'

Work that finger pickin’

 

 

7/14/13 Jam 11 – 1 at Marine Park

Forecast is for sun. We’ll be at Marine Park on the grass if is sunny. Bring your ukuleles and your shades!

 

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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

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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

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.

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.