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“GREENSLEEVES” now available as a Chord/Melody arrangement in the new 52 song eBook from Ukulele Mike Lynch

August 31, 2014

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This what we know, historically, about the well known song Greensleeves . . .
“Greensleeves” is a traditional English folk song and tune, over a ground either of the form called a romanesca or of its slight variant, the passamezzo antico.
A broadside ballad by this name was registered at the London Stationer’s Company in September 1580,] by Richard Jones, as “A Newe Northen Dittye of ye Ladye Greene Sleves”. Six more ballads followed in less than a year, one on the same day, 3 September 1580 (“Ye Ladie Greene Sleeves answere to Donkyn hir frende” by Edward White), then on 15 and 18 September (by Henry Carr and again by White), 14 December (Richard Jones again), 13 February 1581 (Wiliam Elderton), and August 1581 (White’s third contribution, “Greene Sleeves is worne awaie, Yellow Sleeves Comme to decaie, Blacke Sleeves I holde in despite, But White Sleeves is my delighte”). It then appears in the surviving A Handful of Pleasant Delights (1584) as A New Courtly Sonnet of the Lady Green Sleeves. To the new tune of Green Sleeves.

Watch and listen to my arrangement on YouTube

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“SCARBOROUGH FAIR” – Old English Ballad – now available as a CHORD/MELODY arrangement for ukulele . . . great for entry level soloists

August 31, 2014

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“Scarborough Fair” is a traditional ballad of Great Britain about the Yorkshire town of Scarborough.
The song relates the tale of a young man who instructs the listener to tell his former love to perform for him a series of impossible tasks, such as making him a shirt without a seam and then washing it in a dry well, adding that if she completes these tasks he will take her back. Often the song is sung as a duet, with the woman then giving her lover a series of equally impossible tasks, promising to give him his seamless shirt once he has finished.
As the versions of the ballad known under the title “Scarborough Fair” are usually limited to the exchange of these impossible tasks, many suggestions concerning the plot have been proposed, including the hypothesis that it is about the Great Plague of the late Middle Ages. The lyrics of “Scarborough Fair” appear to have something in common with an obscure Scottish ballad, The Elfin Knight (Child Ballad #2), which has been traced at least as far back as 1670 and may well be earlier. In this ballad, an elf threatens to abduct a young woman to be his lover unless she can perform an impossible task (“For thou must shape a sark to me / Without any cut or heme, quoth he”); she responds with a list of tasks that he must first perform (“I have an aiker of good ley-land / Which lyeth low by yon sea-strand”).
The melody is very typical of the middle English period.
As the song spread, it was adapted, modified, and rewritten to the point that dozens of versions existed by the end of the 18th century, although only a few are typically sung nowadays. The references to the traditional English fair, “Scarborough Fair” and the refrain “parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme” date to 19th century versions, and the refrain may have been borrowed from the ballad Riddles Wisely Expounded, (Child Ballad #1), which has a similar plot. A number of older versions refer to locations other than Scarborough Fair, including Wittingham Fair, Cape Ann, “twixt Berwik and Lyne”, etc. Many versions do not mention a place-name, and are often generically titled (“The Lovers’ Tasks”, “My Father Gave Me an Acre of Land”, etc.).

SCARBOROUGH FAIR is another piece that I would have traditionally done as a flowing 3/4 waltz time arpeggio style. Fingerpicking is the most common way to achieve that style, but I was determined to make this more accesislbe to more people by arranging it as a more simpler Chord/Melody style. No fingers involved whatsoever. On the thumb is used in more straightforward way. Strum a chord then play a melody line then play the thumb again etc etc


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ANNOUNCING! ODE TO JOY by Ludwig van Beethoven now in a Chord/Melody format . . . perfect for entry level soloists

August 30, 2014

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What do we know about “Ode To Joy”? . . . Here’s what we learn from Wikipedia:

Ode to Joy” (German: “An die Freude”, first line: “Freude, schöner Götterfunken”) is an ode written in the summer of 1785 by German poet, playwright and historian Friedrich Schiller and published the following year in Thalia. A slightly revised version appeared in 1808, changing two lines of the first and omitting the last stanza.

It is best known for its use by Ludwig van Beethoven in the final movement of his Ninth Symphony, which does not set the entire poem and reorders some sections (Beethoven’s text is given in that article). Beethoven’s tune[1] (but not Schiller’s words) was adopted as the Anthem of Europe by the Council of Europe in 1972, and subsequently the European Union.

In arranging this piece, I originally did it as a fingerpicking arrangement with flowing 8th note arpeggios. This has always been so popular with young students and entry level instrumentalists that I decided to go back and devise a simply Chord/Melody arrangement. I selected the key of G and it works so nicely on

the ukulele . Here is a small excerpt from my arrangement . Notice the top staff is standard treble clef notation. The bottom staff is in tablature format.


Listen and watch my YouTube performance of this Chord/Melody arrangement of ODE TO JOY

While watching this video, notice that I am constantly trying to hold down the chord as long
as possible while the melody line plays. By its very nature, the ukulele tends to have a very fast decay of sound so we need to help it sustain as much as we can. If we play a chord then
even slightly let up pressure from the strings that will mute the string making our playing choppy. This requires attention to detail. . .It pays off though, as our playing becomes smoother and more elegant.

This is a “classic” chord/melody arrangement which basically established the chord on the first beat of the measure then plays a short melody line then goes to the next chord etc. etc. Once again I can’t overemphasize the need to be patient and learn a measure at a time. Memorize that measure then add another and so forth. This may seem a bit tedious at first but over time we WILL
get to the place where we can “sight read” a line and play it outright. But the keyword is patience oh and daily repetitive practice . .. I once had a piano instructor who told mas a young boy he had the opportunity to meet the composer Bela Bartok. He asked Mr. Bartok for advice and Bartok said PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE. May our PRACTICE time be fun. . . may it always be a joy. . . Happy Strumming . . .

ODE TO JOY is included in my brand new CHORD/MELODY eBook.
Here is a link detailing the contents of this collection:
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Now 2 Books combined for a discount . . . UKULELE SOLO INSTRUMENTALS Volume 1 2013 Enlarged edition PLUS Brand new CHORD/MELODY eBook from Ukulele Mike Lynch

August 29, 2014


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When purchased together, the combo price is $48.90
Payable through the paypal button on the Ukulele Mike website

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN from The Sound Of Music now available as a Solo Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch

August 29, 2014

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Listen to the full performance and watch the highly detailed VIMEO video tutorial here . . .

Here are some excerpts that illustrate the notation format of this piece and all of the pieces

contained in the new CHORD/MELODY eBook. The top line is standard treble clef notation while the

bottom line is formatted as Ukulele Tablature

Example 1.

Music 1

Example 2.

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Example 3.

This is part of the dramatic ending of Climb Every Mountain . . . Try it out

Music 3

CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN is included in my brand new 52 Song CHORD/MELODY eBook – $29.95
It can be purchased by paying through the paypal button on the Ukulele Mike website:
Once purchased, I will personally email it to you within the day as a pdf file.
If you should also be interested in combining this purchase with my earlier released SOLO UKULELE INSTRUMENTALS 2013 Enlarged Edition, there is a discount for that. The total would be $48.90 for the 2 collections.
Here is a table of contents for the new CHORD/MELODY eBook

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YESTERDAY by Sir Paul McCartney – Now as a solo ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch

August 27, 2014

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YESTERDAY – Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch

YESTERDAY is included in the brand new CHORD/MELODY eBook from Ukulele Mike Lynch.

It sells for $29.95 and can be purchased by paying through the paypal donate button

on the Ukulele Mike website:

Once purchased, it will be personally emailed to you within the day as a pdf eBook.

Here is a blog detailing the entire contents of the new CHORD/MELODY eBook

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FINLANDIA by Jean Sibelius – Ukulele arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch

August 24, 2014

Originally posted on UKULELE MIKE LYNCH - All things UKULELE:

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From the Wikipedia site we learn that Finlandia, Op. 26 is a symphonic poem by the Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. The first version was written in 1899, and it was revised in 1900. The piece was composed for the Press Celebrations of 1899, a covert protest against increasing censorship from the Russian Empire, as the last of seven pieces, each performed as an accompaniment to a tableau depicting episodes from Finnish history.

The premiere was on 2 July 1900 in Helsinki with the Helsinki Philharmonic Society conducted by Robert Kajanus. A typical performance takes anywhere from 7½ to 9 minutes.

A recurrent joke within Finland at this time was the renaming of Finlandia at various musical concerts so as to avoid Russian censorship. Titles under which the piece masqueraded were numerous, a famously flippant example being Happy Feelings at the awakening of Finnish Spring

I was first exposed to FINLANDIA…

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