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#1 randythoades

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 03:17 PM

Well, here's the thing. I am learning concert ukulele to take camping and impress everyone with my natural musical ability!!
Doing ok so far but at the stage of playing full songs now. When I try to play songs I know on ukulele they just sound wrong somehow. I think it because I am playing the songs as I know them in guitar keys.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good tab book specifically for ukulele with rock and pop songs for learning rather than Amazing Grace and Scarborough Fair?

I got a couple off Amazon (playlist series) but some of these also sound a little odd and a lot of the tracks are a little obscure. Others on Amazon get very mixed reviews so I would prefer t go with a recommendation.
I want to learn some good and easy campfire songs for people in their 40s.

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 07:13 AM

For camping, this series of books is great for guitar...

https://www.amazon.c...+chord+songbook

If you don't know the chords on uke yet, you can cheat by penciling in the guitar shapes a fourth down.

I don't play uke enough to remember the tenor/concert/soprano chord shapes, and I ruin what ability I have by playing baritone uke half of the time (tuned to the top 4 of the guitar). So I've learnt to transpose on the fly.

Edited by dlloyd, 20 July 2017 - 07:30 AM.


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Posted 20 July 2017 - 03:39 PM

Thanks Dlloyd. I have some of these books for guitar and agree they are great. Not tried these particularly with the uke but it was the key sounding appropriate that was the issue with other (actually uke specific books). I will give it another go though with transposing. Thanks
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1971 Aria Violin bass 1420b
1981 Aria Pro II TSB 350
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Custom (home) build J-bass
Bassix EUB

Hartke HA3500
GK MB200
PJB D200
Ashdown VS112 cab + VS212 cab + VS115 cab
Trace Elliot Boxer 30 practice amp

Ohana Concert electro ukuele
Korala bass uke

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:14 PM

Most of the time I can transpose directly, but occasionally I have to count back through the alphabet...

I have a really stupid mnemonic device for doing that quickly... rather than try to recite, "G F E D C B A" (which I can't do quickly), I say:

"Gee if he de-ceive B.A."

which is much quicker to recall.

It's part of a dumb rhyme I learnt as a kid to beat other kids saying the alphabet backwards:

"Said why eggs? Double your fee... your tee is our Q.P. Oh animal K.J., I hate Gee if he deceives B.A."

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Posted 20 July 2017 - 05:23 PM

There's also the tab collections at uke hunt

http://ukulelehunt.c...s/chords-genre/

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:16 AM

View Postdlloyd, on 20 July 2017 - 05:14 PM, said:

Most of the time I can transpose directly, but occasionally I have to count back through the alphabet...

I have a really stupid mnemonic device for doing that quickly... rather than try to recite, "G F E D C B A" (which I can't do quickly), I say:

"Gee if he de-ceive B.A."

which is much quicker to recall.

It's part of a dumb rhyme I learnt as a kid to beat other kids saying the alphabet backwards:

"Said why eggs? Double your fee... your tee is our Q.P. Oh animal K.J., I hate Gee if he deceives B.A."

Hahahahaha. That's good! I like your style.

Edited by SpondonBassed, 21 July 2017 - 06:17 AM.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:18 AM

View Postrandythoades, on 17 July 2017 - 03:17 PM, said:

Well, here's the thing. I am learning concert ukulele to take camping and impress everyone with my natural musical ability!!
Doing ok so far but at the stage of playing full songs now. When I try to play songs I know on ukulele they just sound wrong somehow. I think it because I am playing the songs as I know them in guitar keys.

Does anyone have any recommendations for a good tab book specifically for ukulele with rock and pop songs for learning rather than Amazing Grace and Scarborough Fair?

I got a couple off Amazon (playlist series) but some of these also sound a little odd and a lot of the tracks are a little obscure. Others on Amazon get very mixed reviews so I would prefer t go with a recommendation.
I want to learn some good and easy campfire songs for people in their 40s.

Thanks in advance

I have a house-mate who dabbles with uke. I'll see what he recommends out of the books he has bought. Do you tune to a high g (gCEA) or low G (GCEA)?

He has strung his home-built baritone ukulele with a low g to get a guitar like sound.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:09 AM

View PostSpondonBassed, on 21 July 2017 - 06:16 AM, said:

Hahahahaha. That's good! I like your style.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 07:34 AM

View Postdlloyd, on 21 July 2017 - 07:09 AM, said:

Reverse alphabet champion 1982-1986. Never beaten.

Great!

Now put a funky bass line to it and audition for Sesame Street.

Heeheehee. I love to play with stuff like that. It's fitness training for the mind. I sometimes play difficult sections backwards to try and understand the more complex lines

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 08:37 AM

Brilliant, love that rhyme! I will have to teach the children...

Uke is tuned with high G. Thanks SpondonBassed, it would be appreciated. And thanks again Dlloyd, I will check out that website over the weekend.
Much appreciated chaps.
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Hartke HA3500
GK MB200
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Ashdown VS112 cab + VS212 cab + VS115 cab
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Posted 21 July 2017 - 12:54 PM

View Postrandythoades, on 17 July 2017 - 03:17 PM, said:

...Does anyone have any recommendations for a good tab book specifically for ukulele with rock and pop songs for learning rather than Amazing Grace and Scarborough Fair?...

As promised, out of my mate Jack's collection there are two books to fit the bill, both from the Ukulele Playlist series;

The Ukulele Playlist Red Book
32 Rock and Pop Classics arranged for ukulele!
Featuring:
  • Queen
  • Oasis
  • Rihanna
  • Green Day
  • Amy Whitehouse
  • Sonny & Cher
And many more...
ISBN10: 0-571-53390-6

and

The Ukulele Playlist White Book
33 Rock and Pop Classics arranged for ukulele!
Featuring:
  • Bob Dylan
  • Kylie Minogue
  • Ian Dury & the Blockheads
  • Robbie Williams
  • Michael Jackson
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
And many more...
ISBN10: 0-571-53391-4

There is also

The Ukulele Playlist Purple Book
Over 30 Jazz Classics arranged for ukulele!
Featuring:
  • Fly me to the Moon
  • Let There be Love
  • Lullaby of Birdland
  • Moondance
  • Stormy Weather
And many more...
ISBN10: 0-571-53566-6

I hope these help. Looks like you'll have a lot of fun.

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 01:07 PM

View Postdlloyd, on 20 July 2017 - 05:23 PM, said:

There's also the tab collections at uke hunt

http://ukulelehunt.c...s/chords-genre/

I've just passed that onto my mate, thanks for the pointer. I am glad they didn't register it as Uke Hunt dot com though.

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 09:31 AM

Perfect. Thanks to both!!
Thomann European Slimline Upright bass
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1971 Aria Violin bass 1420b
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Hartke HA3500
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Ashdown VS112 cab + VS212 cab + VS115 cab
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Ohana Concert electro ukuele
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 08:51 AM

I tend to raid this collection and print off what I need http://www.scorpexuk...lele-songs.html

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 09:08 AM

View Postoggiesnr, on 06 August 2017 - 08:51 AM, said:

I tend to raid this collection and print off what I need http://www.scorpexuk...lele-songs.html

Steve

Good one. Many thanks.

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Posted 17 September 2017 - 02:30 PM

http://www.doctoruke.com/songs.html

Another decent collection.
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