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“ANNIE’S SONG” by John Denver – Ukulele solo arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch . . . In fingerpicking style and contained in the Solo Ukulele Instrumentals Vol. 1 Enhanced edition

October 26, 2013

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A live performance of Annie’s Song by John Denver

“Annie’s Song” is a pop/country song recorded and written by singer-songwriter John Denver. It was his second number-one song in the United States, occupying that spot for two weeks in July 1974. “Annie’s Song” also went to number one on the Easy Listening chart. It went to number one in the United Kingdom, where it was Denver’s only major hit single (many of Denver’s American hits were more familiar in the UK through cover versions by other artists). Four years later, an instrumental version also became flutist James Galway’s only major British hit.
“Annie’s Song” was written as an ode to Denver’s wife at the time, Annie Martell Denver. Denver “wrote this song in July 1973 in about ten-and-a-half minutes one day on a ski lift” to the top of Ajax Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, as the physical exhilaration of having “just skied down a very difficult run” and the feeling of total immersion in the beauty of the colors and sounds that filled all senses inspired him to think about his wife

Below is a performance of my arrangement of Annie’s Song

My arrangement of Annie’s Song is a fingerpicking arrangement. As in the majority of my fingerpicking tunes I recommend using the thumb on the 4th and 3rd strings. The index finger on the 2nd string and the middle finger on the 1st string. This would be played in this fashion throughout the piece.
Look at the short example below.
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The thumb plays the 4 4 2 0 on the 3rd string while the middle finger plays the 3 3 2 0 on the 1st string. After that the thumb would then switch to the 4th string. The index finger would play the 2nd string and middle finger would continue on playing the 1st string.

The one big exception to the fingering rule would be found at Meaure 32 when you have all 4 strings played simultaneously. Since we are only limiting ourselves to 3 fingers. I’m calling the thumb a finger here. Then we would play those 4 notes by simply rolling the chord in a downward strum.

Here is the clip to show that exception:
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“Annie’s Song” is contained in my Ukulele Solo Instrumentals (Fingerpicking style) Volume 1 enhanced edition.  It can be purchased by making a payment of $28.95 through the paypal button on the Ukulele Mike website:

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Once it is purchased, it will be personally emailed to you within the day . . .

I also currently have 3  collections comprising my Chord/Melody series . . . They can be purchased individually or all 3 together at a combined discount.

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One Comment leave one →
  1. May 3, 2016 2:54 p05

    Reblogged this on UKULELE MIKE LYNCH – All things UKULELE and commented:

    I also have a Chord/Melody version of Annie’s Song

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