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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 2, Ukevember 2013! Guava Jelly / Ka’au Crater Boys

Aloha, Ukevember watchers!

Today we participated in the MS Walk at the Phoenix Zoo with our getup in the video. We were up early and ready for Day 2 of Ukevember as well.

We have a fun song for you today. My husband helped me out on this one – plus I think he just wanted in on the fun. If you’ve never heard this song, you’re in for some funny lyrics. Something that says “Come rub up on my belly like guava jelly” just gives you a laugh!
Try it with these chords.

Day 14 Ukevember! “On the Sunny Side of the Street”

If you don’t know swing, start off with this song! There are fast versions, but today I played it mellow 🙂 I’ll upload the tab for it soon! Enjoy 🙂

Day 8 Ukevember! Au Privave by Charlie Parker

I’ve always wanted to play Charlie Parker solos on a mallet instrument (marimba/vibraphone/xylophone). Well, today, I’ve challenged myself to play Au Privave from a lead sheet on an ukulele! In the video you might hear a metronome. I tell my students all the time, “Play it SLOW to get your muscle memory working, and with a metronome!”. I’m following my own advice. This recording is slow, but I would like to repost a video of me playing this at the correct tempo. Take a listen.
Top 3 Reasons to play this tune:
1. Because you love Charlie Parker (don’t know who he was? Google him)
2. Want to show off your made skills on the instrument!
3. Because you like bebop jazz.

I haven’t put the tab together, but I will as soon as I can.

Day 5 of Ukevember ’12! Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag by James Brown

What’s YOUR new “bag”? I brought the Funk today! When you hear this song you can’t be still, you’ve got to move. What is James Brown singing about? Well, a “bag” is slang for a way of doing something or a kind of lifestyle. In this song, Brown is singing about how he’s come up with something new. A new groove, a new style! Recorded in 1965 in Charlotte, North Carolina – did you know it won a Grammy for Best R&B Recording? He should’ve won something for his dancing while singing moves. What a character. I love his songs.
I’ve attempted to add some ‘rhythm’ to my playing so it’s not a lot of strumming.
Here are the Chords and Lyrics to James Brown “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”

Top 3 Reasons to play this song:
1. To get the groove going in your playlist
2. To tell everyone YOU’VE got a “Brand New Bag”
3. Because you want to see people on the dance floor

Day 4 of Ukevember ’12! “I Will Follow You into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie

There are many steps to life – accepting change, building a future, stepping into the darkness of the unknown, as well as death. No one is immediately ready for any of these things, but I bet having someone by your side can help in just the right way. If someone says “I will follow you into the dark” like the song says, what do you think is meant? I think it means that no matter what is thrown into the mix of everyday life, I will follow you in that darkness and be there beside you when your soul embarks. I will help you through it even if it just means staying by your side when everyone else says no or obstacles stand in the way. Do you have someone who will follow you into the dark?

Here are the Chords and Lyrics to Death Cab for Cutie “I Will Follow You into the Dark”

Day 3 of Ukevember ’12! Oh! by Eric Hutchinson

What is your life in a short story??? Have you ever tried to write a short story with a point at the end? This song narrates 5 different stories in 4 lines each. Can you do that? I’m attempting to add one at the end of our adventure today. Check it out.

Here’s a story from this morning:
Drove to the MS Walk in the dusk of the morn,
people in the crosswalk, others honking their horns,
they exclaimed, “Hey get out of the way, we’re going to be late”
the walkers said “We walk for those who can’t, for MS, did you donate?”

How’d I do that? See my ‘formula’ below 🙂

Here are the Chords and Lyrics to Eric Hutchinson “Oh!”

Here’s an outline I used to write my ‘short story’. Maybe you can submit your short story?

Line 1: What happened to you (possibly bad) and where were you?
Line 2: Describe something that happened as part of Line 1, and who you met? (ending rhymes end of Line 1.
Line 3 and 4: Interaction with the person you met in Line 2. End of these lines rhyme.

Clever? Me thinks so. Comment with yours!

That’s right. We walked for MS Society this morning. Thank you to those who did donate. Would you like to donate? Visit here.

Day 2 of Ukevember ’12! All Over Now by Eric Hutchinson

Today’s song is about moving on and letting go. Yesterday was “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz.
These are complete opposites! I think sometimes one of the hardest things to do in life is to let go. Maybe the hardest part is realizing that you SHOULD move on and let go. Or maybe the hardest part is telling someone they should move on and let go. Some people can’t have meaningful conversations…or tell someone how they feel. There are a lot of hard things in life, I guess. One of them is also writing words to a song. I love Eric Hutchinson because of his playful way of using words in his songs. Take a listen, or look at the lyrics below. After you view my top 3 reasons to play this song, of course!
Here are the Chords and Lyrics to Eric Hutchinson “All Over Now”
I’m adding my top 3 special reasons why you’d learn to play this song. Sometimes musicians look for songs to express their feelings. Each post I’ll add some reasons I thought of.
Reasons for playing this song?
1.To play for someone to let them know you are moving on and letting go
2. To play for a someone who should move on and let go
3. To play for the sake of singing words put to playful use and using a cool new pluck on your ukulele

Day 1 of Ukevember ’12! I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz

That’s exactly right. I won’t give up – not on love, friendship, family, friends, and right now – Ukevember! It’s a whole new year and it’s time to get that ukulele out and add 30 more songs to the ukulele library. I had a lot of fun last year and hope to bring you some new songs this year. This song is brought to you today by a student of mine. He requested to learn this song and now I’m playing it for Day of Ukevember 2012.
Here are Chords and Lyrics to Jason Mraz “I Won’t Give Up”
I’m adding my top 3 special reasons why you’d learn to play this song. Sometimes musicians look for songs to express their feelings. Each post I’ll add some reasons I thought of.
Reasons for playing this song?
1.To play for someone to let them know you won’t give up on them
2. To play for someone as an apology?
3. To play for your kids (or anyone!) as they move onto a new adventure in life

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