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“Four Strong Winds” by Ian Tyson . . . .Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Ukulele Mike Lynch . . . contained in the Chord/Melody eBook TWO

July 18, 2016


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Ian & Sylvia perform “Four Strong Winds” in 1986

“Four Strong Winds” performed by John Denver

“Four Strong Winds” is a song written by Ian Tyson in the early 1960s and recorded by Canadian folk duo Ian and Sylvia. A significant part of the early 1960s folk revival,[1] the song is a melancholy reflection on a failing romantic relationship. The singer expresses a desire for a possible reunion in a new place in the future (“You could meet me if I sent you down the fare”) but acknowledges the likelihood that the relationship is over (“But our good times are all gone/And I’m bound for moving on …”).

The song has a clear Canadian context and subtext, including an explicit mention of the province Alberta as well as references to long, cold winters. In 2005, CBC Radio One listeners chose this song as the greatest Canadian song of all time on the series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.

This is probably one of the most accessible solo Ukulele instrumentals in all of my collections.  Take a look at the short clip from the opening measures of the song below . . . .

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Just look at all the “zeros” in these  opening measures. . ..  That means you play those strings but no fingering is needed . . . the Melody basically rides right along, for the most part, on the FIRST string.  Furthermore, in all Chord/Melody arrangements no fingerpicking is needed.  Just simply brush the strings with the thumb. ..

“Four Strong Winds” is contained in the Ukulele Chord/Melody eBook TWO.  It can be purchased by making a payment of $23.95 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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eBook TWO Contents

Each of the Chord/Melody eBooks can be purchased separately or all together at a combined discount.  The combo is currently reduced to $50


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All 4 of the Chord melody ebooks can be purchased at a combo discount price of  $70


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  1. August 3, 2016 2:54 p08

    Reblogged this on UKULELE MIKE LYNCH – All things UKULELE.

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