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Christmas stuff, and some other stuff too

November 21, 2012 1 comment

Peter has been in contact (twice!) with some interesting suggestions. Here is what he wrote:

Christmas Crackers. Three favourite Christmas songs
Apologies, I too spend autumn days lamenting the way Christmas starts too early.
However, I found these renditions last December while drifting sideways on YouTube and they are far too wonderful to just get played once a year – and they also contain some great chord changes which I could never get my fingers round on first sight.
There are copies of the chords for all three in the Ukearist Folders
Any takers?

I discovered two of the songs from the Ukulele of Piers Partridge in Bristol (Coveywood), and the other on Ukulele Hunt.

Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas  Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane (1944)
The Bestest Christmas Ukulele Song in the Whole World – on YouTube from Coveywood 11 December 2011 – has the Pindrop band performing it, and How To Play The Bestest Christmas etc has a (sort of) explanation of the chords.
Coveywood plays it in G, with his usual quirky chords, but having been enthused by Coveywood, at the moment I prefer the chords in C on Ukulele Hunt from Woodshed which has a PDF of the chords (and there are over 20 of them……). Copies in the Ukearist folders – and as the homework from yesterday’s meeting.

Winter Wonderland (1934) Felix Bernard and Dick Smith
I got hooked into playing Winter Wonderland last December by the great video of Bosko and Honey playing this on a link in Ukulele Hunt. While the song itself is familiar, the intro they play is unexpected and wonderful, and makes it into something special.
On the Ukulele Hunt page the video of Bosko and Honey has now been removed, but at November 2012 you can still find it on YouTube. The Ukulele Hunt page has link to chords and words from Woodshed. The Ukearist folders contain copies of this that I reformatted this last year to include the introduction.

Winter Wonderland (ukulele with Bosko and Honey)

Christmas Ukulele Winter Wonderland  Ukulele Hunt

“Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!”, also known as “Let It Snow”, lyricist Sammy Cahn and composer Jule Styne iJuly 1945. It was written in Hollywood, California during one of the hottest days on record.
Let It Snow
The Best Christmas Ukulele Song In The World – on YouTube from Coveywood December 2010. Goes through and shows the chords, I transcribed these last year and there are copies in the Ukearist folders.


And the other message goes thus:
Ukearist Tune of the week?

In the replies section of some of the instructional stuff on Ukulele Hunt, among others, there are occasional comments saying that ‘our ukulele group has this as the designated song for the next meeting’, and I wondered if any Ukearistees would be interested in pursuing an occasional something similar.

In particular Aldrine Guererro /Ukulele Underground is producing a song tutorial around once a month – I think the latest is #59; which are excellent. They generally last up to 15 minutes with run through of the chords, the strumming pattern and picking patterns for intros, riffs etc that the original contained; and there is generally a second Play Along YouTube video, where he and friends play the whole song through and you can …play along.

I see the advantage of this being that UU chooses the songs, and so limits choice, of which there is always too much, down to a much smaller list, and a simple yes/no answer on our part. And hopefully if we all start from the same video, in combining the strums/picking patterns we should end up with a more cohesive end result.
In particular, I find the strumming patterns quite challenging/useful and he chooses them well to give appropriate texture.

I/we learned Good Riddance from one of these Ukulele Underground lessons in the past, and I have recently been trying the Sweet Home Alabama episode from about September 2012. Many of the 59 or so song titles and the artists they come from are complete blanks to me – but so was Good Riddance before I tried it and that seemed to go well.

In the last couple of months there have been a few more familiar titles – Hotel California, Sweet Home Alabama, Fire and Rain which all sound possible, and it would focus things (although irrational) to only consider one of the lessons from the last few months.

Any interest in this? I think the next couple of meetings may be easily filled with seasonal stuff, but in the New Year would anyone be interested in having a named song tutorial to look at/learn for the following meeting? Either in principle or have look at the UU song library list and specific suggestions?


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