Here's another solo ukulele arrangement, this time for Stevie Wonder's "Sir Duke" from the 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life. This is a fingerstyle arrangement that features both the melody and an accompanying bass line of sorts. I had to work on it for some time to really get both parts to come together. It's pretty much the same as the arrangement you'll find in Week 8 of my 2013 Ukulele Video Series (see below), minus the improvised solo section. Click here to download the sheet music in both standard notation and TAB.
Here's my solo ukulele arrangement for the Bill Evans classic Waltz For Debby. Perhaps Evans' most recognizable composition, it's a beautiful tune that sounds great on the ukulele. It's more or less the same arrangement featured in the video from Week 2 of my 2013 Ukulele Video Series (see below). Click here to download the sheet music in both standard notation and TAB. Enjoy!
This was quite an undertaking, but I finally made good on a promise to Oscar Whitehead, who I met in Australia at the Cairns Ukulele Festival. Oscar asked for a transcription of my tune Blue Uke, The first track on Introducing...The Paul Hemmings Uketet, so here it is in its entirety -- all seven pages of it!
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A few people have asked for the TAB for my solo ukulele arrangement of The Beatles' Birthday that's up on YouTube. There are two versions available to download, one with both standard notation and TAB (click here) and one with just the TAB (click here). Enjoy!
While many people use the ukulele to accompany themselves singing, some of us have not been blessed with the most sonorous of singing voices. This workshop teaches players how to simultaneously play chords and melodies on the uke, enabling them to perform recognizable renditions of the songs they love without disturbing the neighbors. Intermediate to advanced.
Triads, or three-note chords, are the building blocks of all chords on the ukulele, and expanding your understanding of them will set you free from having to rely on the same old open chords at your next kanikapila! This workshop examines how these three-note wonders are constructed and provides players with the ability to play major, minor, diminished, augmented, and suspended chords. Topics covered include intervals, chord qualities, and inversions. Beginner to intermediate.
Make a quantum leap in your understanding of ukulele chords and say goodbye to your old chord book! By unlocking the magic of the diminished seventh chord, the only 4-note chord on the ukulele that has the same shape for all four inversions, this workshop teaches players how to play four inversions for virtually any kind of seventh chord on the uke. Chord types covered include major seventh, minor seventh, dominant seventh, and half-diminished (or minor seventh flat fifth) chords. Intermediate to advanced.
Since its inception in the early 20th Century, the Blues has influenced every style of American music that has followed. This workshop provides students with an understanding of its rhythms, harmonies, and the iconic 12-Bar Blues chord progression that is essential for playing jazz, swing, rock, and just about any other genre of American music. Topics covered include 7th chords and the 12-bar blues chord progression, swing rhythm, and the Blues scale. Beginning to Intermediate.