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August 22, 2014

Originally posted on UKULELE MIKE LYNCH - All things UKULELE:

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One day many years ago, upon leaving my music room and heading for the faculty lunchroom I met up with my principal in the school hall.  I had in my hand my ever present uke. . . She said rather off handedly  “Mike, did you know my grandfather invented the ukulele?”  I stood there in silence for what seemed forever. . . In my mind I guess I always thought the ukulele just existed . . . not something that was invented and on top of that this lady was of portuguese desent not obviously Hawaiian. . . By the way her name was Mildred Nunes. . . So I responded. . . “Seriously?  your grandfather invented the uke?”  Yep, then she followed up with “do you know that I’m of…

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“Für Elise” by Ludwig van Beethoven – Solo ukulele arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch

August 22, 2014

Originally posted on UKULELE MIKE LYNCH - All things UKULELE:


According to Wikipedia we find that Fur Elise (For Elise) is one of Ludwig van Beethoven’s most popular compositions. The score was not published until 1867, 40 years after the composer’s death in 1827. The discoverer of the piece, Ludwig Nohl, affirmed that the original autographed manuscript, now lost, was dated 27 April 1810. It is not certain who “Elise” was. It has been suggested that Ludwig Nohl may have transcribed the title incorrectly and the original work may have been named “Für Therese” a reference to Therese Malfatti von Rohrenbach zu Dezza (1792–1851). She was a friend and student of Beethoven’s to whom he proposed in 1810, though she turned him down to marry the Austrian nobleman and state official Wilhelm von Droßdik in 1816.

Here is a YouTube video of my arrangement of this piece for solo ukulele:

“Fur Elise” is a full out fingerpicking arrangement. As in…

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Massive Chord/Melody collection from Ukulele Mike Lynch available now

August 21, 2014

Chord Melody without banner

I’ve had hundreds of requests for more and more Chord/Melody ukulele solo arrangements.

For so many people they have proven to be an immediate success. They are so much easier

to learn then complicated fingerpicking, arpeggio style arrangements. Although those do

have their place and can be of great elegance and beauty, these chord/melody arrangements

are more readily accessible to most players.

Chord/Melody arrangements are by far the best introduction to instrumental solo

playing. One can play convincing instrumentals with much more ease than

usually experienced with fingerpicking solo playing. Only the thumb is used in

this stye of playing. No other fingers are involved. This acts to simplify the

process so one can concentrate on the distinctive melody of the piece.

In many cases the melody will be found to exist on either the first or second

strings. One needs to merely hold down the main chord while the melody is

played above. I’ve taken such elaborate pieces as the Schubert Ave Maria and

brought it down to its most important chordal structures. No more awkward

finger picking arppegios in these pieces. Simply play the chord and the melody

will sing out on the top. A fine way to begin playing solo instrumentals and yet

many professionals use this arrangement technique throughout their playing

careers. Be patient with yourself as you learn to play these compositions. Try

to set reasonable goals for each day’s practice session. Learn a few measures at

at a time and before you know it you’ll be playing whole arrangements. You’ll

surprise yourself at how beautiful your playing will become. And as always . . . .

Happy Strumming!!

Below is the entire contents of this collection. I have pulled various chord/melody pieces

from earlier releases and added 25 brand new arrangements to the mix. In some cases I’ve

taken former fingerpicking arrangements and rendered them into Chord/Melody such as Silent Night, What A Wonderful World and Greensleeves.

Contents Chord Melody Slide

Watch the You Tube video below . . .

Here is a collage showing the notation layout of the songs in this collection . . .
chord Melody Collage slide

52 Songs in all . . . at only $29.95 this amounts to less than a dollar a song.

There are songs here for those who are new to solo ukulele playing on up to more advanced.

I’ve included standard treble clef notation along with the tablature for each song.

Tablature doesn’t do a great job in establishing length of notes but the treble clef right above

will let you know if its a quarter note, half note, eighth note etc. . .

The Chord/Melody eBook can be purchased by making a payment of $29.95 through the paypal

donate button on the Ukulele Mike website:

Once purchased, the eBook will be emailed to you within the day.

Once you do make the payment, PayPal will allow you to add additional information such

as the name of the resource you wish to purchase.

I still offer my Solo Ukulele Instrumental eBook 2013 enlarged edition for sale..

It has a few of these Chord/Melody songs in it plus many more fingerpicking arrangements.

It sells for $28.95 . . .

SPECIAL COMBO PRICE: Buy both the 2013 enlarged Solo Ukulele ebook along with the brand new Chord/Melody eBook. . . Combined price: $48.90 (Make note there are a few pieces from the 2013 book that are in the new Chord/Melody book)

One would have to purchase the 2 collections at the same time to receive the discount.

“THE SOUND OF SILENCE” by Simon & Garfunkel – Complete video tutorial for the ukulele by Ukulele Mike Lynch

June 23, 2014

Silence complete

In researching the song THE SOUND OF SILENCE, I found this Wikipedia article and found it interesting enough to quote it wholesale. I learned a tremendous amount about this song that I never knew before.

“The Sound of Silence” is a song by singer-songwriter duo Simon & Garfunkel. Written in February 1964 by Paul Simon in the aftermath of the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy, the song propelled the group to mainstream popularity. An initial version preferred by the band was remixed and sweetened, and has become known as “the quintessential folk rock release”. In the U.S., it was the duo’s second most popular hit after “Bridge Over Troubled Water”.
The song features Simon on acoustic guitar and both singing. It was originally recorded as an acoustic piece for their first album Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M. in 1964 but on the initiative of the record company’s producer, Tom Wilson, it was later overdubbed with drums, electric bass and electric guitar, all without the knowledge or participation of Simon & Garfunkel and rereleased as a single in September 1965.[3][4] The single reached number one on New Year’s Day 1966 and was included in the 1966 album Sounds of Silence.
“The Sound of Silence” was originally called “The Sounds of Silence” and is titled that way on the early albums in which it appeared and on the first single release; only on later compilations was it retitled “The Sound of Silence”. Both the singular and the plural appear in the lyrics. In his book Lyrics 1964–2008, Simon has the title in the singular.
In an interview with Terry Gross of National Public Radio (NPR), Paul Simon said that the concept of the song “wasn’t something that I was experiencing at some deep, profound level—nobody’s listening to me, nobody’s listening to anyone—it was a post-adolescent angst, but it had some level of truth to it and it resonated with millions of people.”

Paul Simon began working on the song some time after the Kennedy assassination. He had made progress on the music but had yet to write the lyrics. On February 19, 1964, the lyrics coalesced, as Simon recalled: “The main thing about playing the guitar, though, was that I was able to sit by myself and play and dream. And I was always happy doing that. I used to go off in the bathroom, because the bathroom had tiles, so it was a slight echo chamber. I’d turn on the faucet so that water would run (I like that sound, it’s very soothing to me) and I’d play. In the dark. ‘Hello darkness, my old friend / I’ve come to talk with you again’.”
Simon showed the new composition to Art Garfunkel the same day, and shortly afterward, the duo began to perform it at folk clubs in New York. In the liner notes of their debut album, Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., Garfunkel claims: “‘The Sound of Silence’ is a major work. We were looking for a song on a larger scale, but this is more than either of us expected.” The duo recorded it for the first time on March 10, and included the track on Wednesday Morning, 3 A.M., which was released that October. The album flopped upon its release, and the duo split up, with Simon going to England for much of 1965, partnering up with singer-songwriter Bruce Woodley of The Seekers. There, he often performed the song solo in folk clubs and recorded it for a second time on his solo LP, The Paul Simon Songbook, in May 1965. In the meantime, Simon and Garfunkel’s producer at Columbia Records, Tom Wilson, had learned that the song had begun to receive airplay on radio stations in Boston, Massachusetts, and around Gainesville and Cocoa Beach, Florida.
On June 15, 1965, immediately after the recording session of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”, Wilson took the original acoustically instrumented track of Simon & Garfunkel’s 1964 version, and overdubbed the recording with electric guitar (played by Al Gorgoni and Vinnie Bell), electric bass (Joe Mack), and drums (Buddy Salzman), and released it as a single without consulting Simon or Garfunkel. The lack of consultation with Simon and Garfunkel on Wilson’s remix was because, although still contracted to Columbia Records at the time, the musical duo at that time was no longer a “working entity”. Roy Halee was the recording engineer, who, in spirit with the success of The Byrds and their success formula in folk rock, introduced an echo chamber effect into the song.[3] Al Gorgoni later would reflect that this echo effect worked well on the finished recording, but would dislike the electric guitar work they superimposed onto the original acoustic piece.
For the B-side, Wilson used an unreleased track he cut with the duo a few months earlier, on which they had tried out a more “contemporary” sound. The record single “Sounds of Silence”/”We’ve Got a Groovey Thing Going” entered the U.S. pop charts in September 1965 and slowly began its ascent. In the first issue of Crawdaddy! magazine, January 30, 1966, Paul Williams, in reviewing the later album, wrote that he liked this B-side song which he found pure “rock and roll”, “catchy”, with a “fascinating beat and melody” and great harmony.
Simon learned that it had entered the charts minutes before he went on stage to perform at a club in Copenhagen, and in the later fall of 1965 he returned to the U.S. By the end of 1965 and the first few weeks of 1966, the song reached number one on the U.S. charts. Simon and Garfunkel then reunited as a musical act, and included the song as the title track of their next album, Sounds of Silence, hastily recorded in December 1965 and released in January 1966 to capitalize on their success. The song propelled them to stardom and, together with two other top-five (in the U.S.) hits in the summer of 1966, “I Am a Rock” and “Homeward Bound,” ensured the duo’s fame. In 1999, BMI named “The Sound of Silence” as the 18th-most performed song of the 20th century. In 2004, it was ranked #156 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, one of the duo’s three songs on the list.
When director Mike Nichols and Sam O’Steen were editing the film The Graduate, they initially timed some scenes to this song with the intention of substituting original music for the scenes. However, they eventually concluded that the song could not be adequately substituted and decided to purchase the rights for the song for the soundtrack. This was an unusual decision for the time, as the song had charted over a year earlier and recycling established music for film was not commonly done. However, the film’s executive producer, Joseph E. Levine, approved of the creative decision. Nichols commissioned Simon and Garfunkel to compose additional original music for the film. With the practice of using well known songs for films becoming commonplace, “The Sound of Silence” has since been used for other films, such as Kingpin in 1996, Old School in 2003, and Watchmen in 2009. It appeared on the fourth season of the television series Arrested Development in 2013. On March 21, 2013, the song was added to the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress for long-term preservation.

MY Vimeo video tutorial for THE SOUND OF SILENCE

I chose a fingerpicking pattern and a strumming pattern for this song.
The fingerpicking pattern is a standard 4/4 time arpeggio. THUMB MIDDLE THUMB INDEX
THUMB plays the 4th and 3rd strings
Index plays the 2nd string
Middle plays the 1st string.

The Strumming pattern is down up DOWN up down up DOWN up
notice the accented DOWN strokes. That emphasized DOWN stroke adds
energy and interest to the pattern. You will clearly hear it in the video.

I played the entire video on the newly released Ukulele Mike “Signature” tenor from Oscar Schmidt. I’m using a Low G tuning but it sounds equally well on a standard High G.

SOLO UKULELE INSTRUMENTAL eBook 2013 Enlarged edition in tablature format from UKULELE MIKE LYNCH

June 12, 2014

Ukulele Solo Instrumental eBook 2013 enlarged edition

Ukulele Solo Instrumentals in both fingerpicking and chord/melody style have been crafted by master Ukulele teacher, arranger and clinician UKULELE MIKE LYNCH. The selections in this book demonstrate a wide range of goes beyond strumming, this book is for you. Clearly notated and in large print for ease of sight. Below is the table of contentsstyles and levels of complexity. Some are challenging for more advanced players while many are attainable by entry level solo players. If you are wanting music that

Instrumentals contents

Selections from this collection such as FINLANDIA, CHERRY BLOSSOMS, PARIS NOCTURNE, CRAZY G, EDELWEISS, & TILL THERE WAS YOU are currently being performed by hundreds of ukulele players throughout the world.

The collection sells for $28.95 and can be purchased by making a payment through the paypal donate button on the Ukulele Mike website:

The eBook will arrive to you in your email box as a pdf file and can be downloaded or transferred to a tablet, computer or other mobile device. The
table of contents and songs are clickable for ease of navigating through the book.

Check out the brand new UKULELE MIKE LYNCH Signature tenor model from Oscar Schmidt. It can be purchased online through, eBay, Ukulele World and many other online sites as well as your local music store.

Signature image from OS

Hawaiian Ukulele Cruise with Ukulele Mike in Feb 2015

June 9, 2014

Hawaiian  Islands
Hawaiian  Islands

Go here to see some pictures from last year’s fun filled Hawaiian Ukulele Cruise

UKULELE MIKE “Signature” Tenor Ukulele from Oscar Schmidt now available on, eBay, Ukulele World and other online sites

June 8, 2014

UKULELE MIKE “Signature” Tenor Ukulele from Oscar Schmidt now available on, eBay, Ukulele World and other online sites or your local music store

Signature image from OS

I’m so proud to announce the release of my “signature” tenor ukulele from Oscar Schmidt . . . This has been in the works for over 2 years. Oscar Schmidt generously allowed me to design the specifications of this ukulele from the ground up. I chose solid red cedar because of it’s brightness and
great projection of sound. I had the body designed to be a bit larger than typical plus I had the neck designed to be slightly wider to allow guitar players like myself or anyone with larger hands to handle the chords with comfort. Not too wide though, just the right amount. I also wanted a slotted headstock and gold precision Grover tuners. This will be available through your local music retailers or online. At this time, I have been alerted that it can be purchased through UKULELE WORLD at a great discount price.
It comes strung with premium Aquila strings and a durable hard shell case.

A big thank you to all of you who have allowed me to make this instrument possible. Thanks also, to Tom Ferrone and all the fine people at Oscar Schmidt for their work and efforts to spread the aloha message of the ukulele throughout the world . . . Happy Strumming Ukulele Mike
Ask for Model OUUM200K when inquiring online or with dealers.

Signature Long rectangle


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