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“LET IT BE ME” – Solo Ukulele Fingerpicking arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch

June 8, 2014

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“Let It Be Me” is a popular song originally published in French in 1955 as “Je t’appartiens”. The score was written and first recorded by Gilbert Bécaud. The lyrics were penned in French by Pierre Delanoë. The English language version used lyrics by Mann Curtis and was performed in 1957 by Jill Corey in the television series Climax!. Corey’s version, with orchestration by Jimmy Carroll, was released as a single and was moderately successful.

The most popular version of “Let It Be Me” was released in 1960 by The Everly Brothers. It reached 7th position on the Billboard Hot 100. The harmony arrangement of this version was often emulated in subsequent remakes. This was the first Everly Brothers single to be recorded in New York, and not in Nashville. the musicians that backed up the brothers on the record included Howard Collins, Barry Galbraith and Mundell Lowe on guitar, Lloyd Trotman on Bass, Jerry Allison on drums and Hank Rowland on piano.

In the process of arranging this tune for solo ukulele I decided that it seemed to work best not as a chord/melody arrangement but rather as a fingerpicking style arrangement. The chord progression is simple. . .It’s in the Key of F which is a most apt key for solo uke work. It just cycles through the standard F Bb Dm C chords throughout the piece and in fact much of the left hand is already set once you place the fingers down for those chords. Below is a You Tube video that will illustrate how

I would play this song. Note that the fourth and third strings are exclusively played with the thumb while the index finger plays all the notes on the third string and the middle finger plays all the notes on the first string.

Here is an example of the notated arrangement showing the flowing arppegio style . .

The tablature can be purchased for $5.39 by paying through the paypal button on the Ukulele Mike website: Once purchased, I will personally email it to you as a pdf file for you to download.

Watch and hear the arrangement here

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