To all of you brave ukers who decided to follow my blog or sign up for notification emails, I thank you, and to the 690 of you out there who visited my site on September 22nd I want to say, “What? Really?” (Was that a special day or something?) LOL Anyway, I am posting today some of my favourite songs by some of my favourite groups, and/or from movies.
I hope you enjoy them like I do.
Hallelujah, by the Langley Ukulele Ensemble, from BC, Canada.
Mele Kalikimaka, from the movie Christmas Vacation:
A Charlie Brown Christmas (the Meaning of Christmas)
You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, animated, 1966.
Have you ever wondered who that voice belonged to? A fella named Thurl Ravenscroft is credited as being the owner.
Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
I finally finished compiling my favourite holiday and performance songs into one big document. I am very proud of this little song book to date. All of the Christmas and holiday songs I posted are in this song book, but the descriptions for strumming and other helpful hints are not included.
Holiday Songbook 3
I will write a couple of paragraphs below to help with some of the content.
A couple of days ago I posted a separate song sheet for additional Scottish verses for Auld Lang Syne. It turned out to be too small of a font for me so I retyped it out larger and added my choice of chords to it. You can print out the newer version here: Auld Lang Syne Scottish lyrics.
“Away in a Manger” is my favourite version of this sweet children’s Christmas song. It’s the version where you start up high and travel down: they refer to it as the “non-traditional” version.
The “Chipmunk Song”. This song is in 3/4 Timing, or Waltz Timing. The only thing I left off is the ending, whereby I strum 3 beats on the last G (instead of 4), then 3 beats on C minor and one ending Down strum on G.
For “Hallelujah”, it is probably best to go back and look at the post I wrote on it and view Brett McQueen’s how-to video.
“Mele Kalikimaka” is not in the traditional Key of F, and the strum is the traditional D Du uDu pattern.
I hope everyone has fun and enjoys these songs. If anyone has any other concerns or questions just fill in the comment section and I will answer you. Anyone just wanting to criticize my arrangements, needn’t bother, you know exactly what you can do with that….
Yes, another 80’s song! High five!
Hallelujah was written by Leonard Cohen in 1980. A very famous and popular version was recorded on guitar in 1994 by Jeff Buckley.
A version by Rufus Wainright was used in the 2001 film Shrek, featuring (another Canadian) Mike Meyers. Other famous artists to cover this song include Jon Bon Jovi.
So this arrangement is intended for linear ukulele, which means it sounds better on an ukulele that has the low G string on it.
That’s what I use.
(Actually, I use both.)
The video below is a really good instructional by Brett McQueen over at Ukulele Tricks, explaining how you can do two possible picking patterns, and how it fits together with the chords. I use a lot of his video’s both at his website and on youtube.
Brett’s website: http://www.ukuleletricks.com/ukulele-songs/