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“TAMMY” from the motion picture TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR – Solo ukulele chord/melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch – included in the new 52 Song CHORD/MELODY eBook

September 29, 2014

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I had a ukulele player tell me that my arrangement of EDELWEISS was perfect for a summer’s day on the back porch swing. . . Here again is another one of those kind of pleasant laid back summer evening pieces to learn. Like EDELWEISS it is fairly accessible for moderately advanced beginners thru intermediate players. If you are insterested in creating some of your own ukulele instrumentals keep in mind that the key of F is quite good for that. . . G and C are also good, but F is supremely good for the uke.

In this arrangement I decided to us a Chord/Melody style. It works SO well with the Chord/Melody technique. No fingerpicking involved. . . simply strum the chords and pick the individual melody notes with the thumb. Below is a short excerpt of TAMMY to illustrate how the standard treble clef notation and the tablature…

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Massive 52 Song Chord/Melody collection from Ukulele Mike Lynch available now

September 29, 2014


Chord/Melody arrangements are by far the best way to get into solo instrumental playing

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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…

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

September 29, 2014


Another excellent starter piece in this collection

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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…

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

September 28, 2014


A good starter from my new Chord/Melody eBook

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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”)…

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The Frank Sinatra classic “FLY ME TO THE MOON” now as a chord/melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch and included in the new 52 song Chord/Melody eBook

September 28, 2014

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“Fly Me to the Moon”, originally titled “In Other Words”, is a popular song written in 1954 by Bart Howard. Kaye Ballard made the first recording of the song in 1954. Since then it has become a frequently recorded jazz standard often featured in popular culture. Frank Sinatra’s 1964 version was closely associated with the Apollo missions to the Moon.

In 1999 The USA based Songwriters Hall of Fame recognized the importance of “Fly Me to the Moon” by inducting it as a “Towering Song” which is an award “…presented each year to the creators of an individual song that has influenced our culture in a unique way over many years.”

“Fly Me To The Moon” sounds best when it “swings”, however, in my chord/melody arrangement I have laid it out as a pretty straightforward piece with easily understood time values for the notes. After one masters the notes then…

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“YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE” – Solo Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch – Included in the new 52 Song CHORD/MELODY eBook

September 24, 2014

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“You Are My Sunshine” is a popular song written by Jimmie Davis and Charles Mitchell. and first recorded in 1939. It has been declared one of the state songs of Louisiana as a result of its association with former state governor and country music singer Jimmie Davis. According to a 1990 article by Theodore Pappas, the original song was written by Oliver Hood.
The song has been covered numerous times — so often, in fact, that it is “one of the most commercially programmed numbers in American popular music.” The song, originally country music, has “virtually lost” its original country music identity, and “represent[s] both the national flowering of country music and its eventual absorption into the mainstream of American popular culture.” In 1941, it was covered by Gene Autry, Bing Crosby, Mississippi John Hurt and Lawrence Welk. In subsequent years, it was covered by Ike and Tina Turner, Aretha…

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

September 24, 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…

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