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Archive for November, 2014

Day 23, Ukevember 2014! Quit Playing Games With My Heart / Backstreet Boys

I requested suggestions from friends to fill in song titles for letters of the alphabet I was missing from my song list (on the far right of this page). The letters I needed were: J, K, N, Q, R, and Z. I knocked off Q tonight thanks to my friend, Juliemar, from Florida! Miss you girl! Hope you and I can play and sing together sometime again soon. Thanks for suggesting this tune. Brought me (way) back. Haha!

Chords to come soon.

Day 22, Ukevember 2014! But Not for Me / George Gershwin

Another late upload! My favorite version of this tune has to be with Chet Baker. It also has some not so familiar chords and transitions…that need to be practiced!

8 more days of videos to go. Have you joined in on the fun? I can’t believe this month is almost over…YIKES!

Chords to come soon.

Day 21, Ukevember 2014! Bring Me Sunshine / Jive Aces

The melody from this tune kind of reminds me of Tiny Bubbles for some reason. Maybe its the 7 chords…hm…

Today’s Ukevember tune is brought to you by an ukulele student who introduced it to me! We haven’t played it together, but when/if we get back to ukulele lessons, we will definitely add this tune. BTW, Steve, I wish you were singing it and not me! 🙂

Chords to come soon.

Join me in Ukevember if you haven’t yet. The month is almost over!

Day 20, Ukevember 2014! Every Little Thing She Does is Magic / The Police

We are on the last port of our babymoon cruise: Grand Cayman! I brought my uke thinking there must be a good shot where I can get the beach in the background. Well, the guards asked what kind of instrument was in the case (guesses were mandolin and violin). They were surprised when we said ukulele! They also wanted to hear me play it. Josh told them to look up ukevember on YouTube. One security guard searched and found my Unconditionally video post and played it. He started singing along! Then said he would watch each and every video. That really made my day – he was so sweet!
Back to today’s song…When I heard this tune in our neighborhood restaurant Josh said it must be on Ukevember. So, here it is! I used a combination of plucking and then strumming for variety. I also used different variations for D, G, and A chords in the verse and the A and D chords in the chorus to make the transitions easier (the barred version). Think of using variations of the chords to make the movements between chords easier – sometimes it turns out pretty well where you won’t have to move that much! I’ll explain later when I add the chords for this one.

Day 19, Ukevember 2014! Life is Wonderful / Jason Mraz

Another Jason Mraz tune. Introduced to me by a friend who wanted to learn the chords on guitar. I hope she’s practicing because we’re going to need to play this one together soon. 🙂

Today is also a different friend’s due date. Yes, we are pregnant around the same time (she and a lot of other friends!) but her due date is 3 months earlier. Today is the official day they’ve been waiting for, but no baby yet! This song is for her and her husband…La la la la la la la life is wonderful! Baby coming and all!

About the video, we recorded on the balcony on the cruise ship in Mahogany Bay on Isla Roatan. There is a chair lift you can take to Mahogany Beach (we took it, of course!) and then we floated in loungers in the water. Very relaxing day of the babymoon. *sigh*

Enjoy! Check back soon for chords!

Day 18, Ukevember 2014! You and I Both / Jason Mraz

A tune from Mr. A-Z, Jason Mraz. 🙂
It’s NOT my best vocal, but we recorded in a neat place. Another stop on our “Babymoon Cruise”. Watch the video to see where we recorded! I also did not practice this until the day of recording. I should know better by now! 🙂

Day 17, Ukevember 2014! Straight No Chaser / Thelonius Monk

Whew…this one is nowhere near the tempo it needs to be BUT it is a work in progress. I never looked at that song until the day I recorded it! As I was practicing, I noticed this is a really great tune to use as practice for moving along the fret board (the first 4 frets anyway).
I recorded this on our “Babymoon” where we took a cruise to different ports for the day. Watch the video to see where we recorded today!
Will post where I found the lead sheet soon!

Day 16, Ukevember 2014! You Are the Sunshine of My Life / Stevie Wonder

This song can be played by someone who is willing to adventure a little further out from the standard chords. Go ahead, you know you want to do it!!!
Besides being written by one of my favorite musicians, I think this is a fantastic tune. Everyone knows it or has heard of it…and if you haven’t, someone should’ve showed it to you a long time ago! Enjoy and join me in Ukevember!

Day 15, Ukevember 2014! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! / Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne

Whew. Some neat chords in this one. Can’t beat listening or singing this while roasting marshmallows. We now have a fireplace this year so maybe this actual scenario will happen!

Have you uploaded any tunes for Ukevember? It’s almost halfway through the month. Join in! Try and upload at least one. It will make my day. Post it in the comments below or on my YouTube channel.

Enjoy! Chords to come later.

Day 14, Ukevember 2014! What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? / Frank Loesser

This is a great tune. I had to look up some chords on a chord chart because of it’s added 7 chords. Also, I do not know what G-flat 9 or F-sharp minor 7-flat 5 chords are off the top of my head. Do you? 😉

The whole break from Christmas through New Year’s is my favorite time of year. Especially now that I have someone really special to spend it with (and one coming on the way!).

Enjoy! Maybe we will get back to regular tunes after this one. Who knows! Stay tuned.

Chords to come later.

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