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“SIMPLE GIFTS” . . . . 1848 Shaker Dance Tune . . . . Ukulele Chord/Melody arrangement by Mike Lynch . . . . contained in the Chord/Melody eBook TWO . . . . Now reduced to just $20.00

July 28, 2016

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From Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” ballet . . .

“Simple Gifts” is a Shaker song written and composed in 1848 by Elder Joseph Brackett.It has endured many inaccurate descriptions. Though often classified as an anonymous Shaker hymn or as a work song, it is better classified as a dance song.The tune was written by Joseph Brackett (1797–1882) in 1848. Brackett, a lifelong resident of Maine, first joined the Shakers at Gorham, Maine, when his father’s farm helped to form the nucleus of a new Shaker settlement.

I did a highly acclaimed fingerpicking arrangement of this song 3 years ago and is found in my Solo Ukulele Instrumentals 2013 fingerpicking collection enlarged edition. . . But more recently, I decided to try it as a Chord/Melody arrangement and discovered it worked incredibly well in that format as well . . . As you may know, Chord/Melody arrangements are generally more easily accessible for solo players since no fingerpicking is involved. . . . only the strum of the thumb . . . . Try the short excerpts below and I think you’ll be surprised at how easy this song is to play. . . Great tune for beginning solo ukulele players . . . 

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Notice all of the “zeros” . . . that means those strings are played but no left hand fingers are place on the strings.  . most of the melody rides on the FIRST string . . . the melody goes all the way up on the FIRST string to the 10th Fret . . . Looks really impressive in performance . . .

Below is a short clip of the BRIDGE section . . .

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“Simple Gifts” Chord/Melody arrangement is contained in the Ukulele Chord/Melody eBook TWO.  It can be purchased by making a payment of $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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Table of Contents:

eBook TWO Contents

Each of the Chord/Melody eBooks can be purchased individually for $20.00 or all together at a comb0 “TRILOGY” discount  . . . . Now REDUCED to only $50.00

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  1. August 6, 2016 2:54 p08

    Reblogged this on UKULELE MIKE LYNCH – All things UKULELE.

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