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“Brahms Lullaby” by Johannes Brahms . . . . Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch . . . . contained in the Chord/Melody eBook THREE (now reduced to just $20.00)

June 15, 2016

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We learn from Wikipedia that “Cradle Song” is the common name for a number of children’s lullabies with similar lyrics, the original of which was Johannes Brahms‘ “Wiegenlied: Guten Abend, gute Nacht” (“Good evening, good night”), Op. 49, No. 4, published in 1868 and widely known as Brahms’ Lullaby. The lyrics of the first verse are from a collection of German folk poems called Des Knaben Wunderhorn and the second stanza was written by Georg Scherer (1824–1909) in 1849. The lullaby’s melody is one of the most famous and recognizable in the world, used by countless parents to sing their babies to sleep. The Lullaby was dedicated to Brahms’ friend, Bertha Faber, on the occasion of the birth of her second son. Brahms had been in love with her in her youth and constructed the melody of the Wiegenlied to suggest, as a hidden counter-melody, a song she used to sing to him.[1] The lullaby was first performed in public on 22 December 1869 in Vienna by Louise Dustmann (singer) and Clara Schumann (piano).

This is most definitely one of the easiest of my Chord/Melody arrangements. . . It’s a great one for newbie solo ukulele players.  It involves no chord barring whatsoever . . . Below is a short excerpt from the opening measures of the song . . .

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Just be sure to pay attention to where the melody goes.  It starts on the 2nd string throughout this whole opening sequence.  Therefore, do not play the 1st string.  This is probably the most difficult concept for ukulele strummers to get used to when playing solo instrumental pieces.  Below is an excerpt from the BRIDGE section . . .

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Now, momentarily, the melody jumps upto the 1st string but soon comes down to the 2nd and then to the 3rd string open.  So, it’s very important to pay attention to where the melody resides in all solo instrumental playing, but especially in the Chord/Melody format.

The “Brahms Lullaby” is contained in the Ukulele Chord/Melody eBook THREE and can be purchased by making a payment of just $20.00 through the paypal button on the Ukulele Mike website: Once purchased, it will be personally emailed to you within the day . . .



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  1. August 17, 2016 2:54 p08

    Reblogged this on UKULELE MIKE LYNCH – All things UKULELE.

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