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I DREAMED A DREAM from Les Miserables – Ukulele Solo arranged & performed by UKULELE MIKE LYNCH

April 15, 2014

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I DREAMED  A DREAM from Les Miserables – Ukulele Solo arranged & performed by UKULELE MIKE LYNCH – Available for purchase $5.39 by paying thru the PayPal donate button on the UKULELE MIKE website:

I thoroughly enjoyed arranging this elegantly beautiful melody for the ukulele.  I think it once again clearly shows that this tiny 4 string instrument is capable of great expressiveness and truly great music making.  This piece should not be rushed and played with sensitivity and feeling throughout.  It’s important to use simple flowing, rolling harp-like technique to all of the chords. . . It helps make the uke sound like a larger fuller instrument. . . Gives the illusion that is has more then only 4 strings.  I’m intending to do a future lesson on applying vibrato to single notes. . . I tried employing it in a few places in this arrangement. . …

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Jake Shimabukuro teaches the Triple Strum

April 15, 2014


Check out this lesson from Jake Shimabukuro on the Triple Strum for the

Check out Jake’s tour schedule and definitely plan on going to see him
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AVE MARIA by Franz Schubert – Solo Ukulele Arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch

April 13, 2014


I was pleasantly surprised when I attempted to arrange the Schubert Ave Maria as a chord/melody piece rather than a fingerpicking piece. It really allows it to breathe . . . Sometimes, thinking outside the box is a good idea. . . I need to remind myself to do that more often . .

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AVE MARIA by Franz Schubert – Solo Ukulele Arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch
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The Lady of the Lake and the Ave Maria

According to Wikipedia the piece was composed as a setting of a song from Walter Scott’s popular epic poem The Lady of the Lake, in a German translation by Adam Storck (de) (1780–1822), and thus forms part of Schubert’s Liederzyklus vom Fräulein vom See. In Scott’s poem the character Ellen Douglas, the Lady of the Lake (Loch Katrine in the Scottish Highlands), has gone with her exiled father to stay in the Goblin’s cave as he has declined to join their previous host, Roderick Dhu, in rebellion against King James. Roderick Dhu, the chieftain of Clan Alpine, sets off up the mountain with his warriors, but lingers and hears the distant sound of the harpist Allan-bane, accompanying Ellen who sings a prayer addressed to the Virgin Mary, calling…

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El Condor Pasa – Arranged for Ukulele by UKULELE MIKE LYNCH

April 12, 2014


El Condor Pasa is contained in my Solo Ukulele eBook Volume 1 Enlarged 2013 Edition – $28.95 . . . Can be purchased through the paypal donate button on the Ukulele Mike website:

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El COndor Title Slide

El Cóndor Pasa (pronounced: [el ˈkondoɾ ˈpasa], Spanish for “The Condor Passes”) is a song from the zarzuela El Cóndor Pasa by the Peruvian composer Daniel Alomía Robles, written in 1913 and based on traditional Andean folk tunes.
It is possibly the best-known Peruvian song worldwide due to a cover version by Simon & Garfunkel in 1970 on their Bridge over Troubled Water album. This cover version is called “El Condor Pasa (If I Could)”.
Paul Simon heard a version called “Paso Del Condor” by Jorge Milchberg, who was head of the group Urubamba (then known as Los Incas), who told Simon that the song was an 18th-century musical composition by an anonymous composer. Simon became interested in the song and composed new lyrics for the melody. The song appeared on Simon and Garfunkel’s 1970 album Bridge over Troubled Water and they used without permission the instrumental version of Los…

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WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD – Solo Ukulele Arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch

April 11, 2014

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Wonderful World Louis Armstrong

“What a Wonderful World” is a song written by Bob Thiele (as “George Douglas”) and George David Weiss. It was first recorded by Louis Armstrong and released as a single in 1967. Thiele and Weiss were both prominent in the music world (Thiele as a producer and Weiss as a composer/performer). Armstrong’s recording was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999. The publishing for this song is controlled by Memory Lane Music Group, Carlin Music Corp., and Bug Music, Inc.

I really enjoyed arranging this piece for solo ukulele. I chose the Key of F as it is one of friendliest keys for solo ukulele compositions. Having said that, I must mention that one chord that is fairly essential for the Key of F is the Bb chord and this piece certainly has a lot of them. Since F is so important for ukulele playing its vitally important…

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The POWER of the THUMB – A great way to get into strumming

April 10, 2014

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By far the easiest, least complicated way to get into strumming is to simply use the thumb. No intricate fingering needed here. Below are 2 examples of thumb stroke patterns. One in 4/4 time and another in 3/4 time. Both of these patterns are also referenced to the FJH Music Company publication: EVERYBODY’S UKULELE METHOD BOOK 1 written by myself and Philip Groeber.



by Ukulele Mike & Philip Groeber
Available through your local music retailer or online . . .

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1.When strumming be sure to now allow the strum to stop while changing chords. When practicing a song and you find you make great big pauses between chord changes then slow down. . .practice sections slowly first.

2.Be careful not to strum the rhythm of the song’s melody. The strum should be consistent throughout.

3.Choose strums that seem to fit the character of the song. Any song can be played with a variety of strums. It’s important to build a large “vocabulary” of strums.

ARIRANG – Traditional Korean Folk Song – Arranged for ukulele by Ukulele Mike Lynch

April 7, 2014

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ARIRANG – Traditional Korean Folk Song – Arranged for ukulele by Ukulele Mike Lynch
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“Arirang” (Korean: “아리랑”) is a Korean folk song, often considered the unofficial national anthem of Korea
Many versions of the song open by describing the travails the subject of the song encounters while crossing a mountain pass. “Arirang” is one name for the pass and hence the title of the song. Some versions of “Arirang” mention Mungyeong Saejae, which is the main mountain pass on the ancient Joseon Dynasty road between Seoul and southeastern Gyeongsang Province.
In December 2012, the song was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity programme by UNESCO. This was followed by an announcement by the Cultural Heritage Administration of Korea of a five-year plan to promote and preserve the song. The plan is aim to support “Arirang” festivals by regional organizations, as well as building an…

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