In this tutorial we’ll be playing “Brand New Key” by Melanie Safka. An absolute joy! I hope you love learning this song as much as I did!
This was a request – sometimes I get requests for songs that are done by soooo many people, but if you’re particularly drawn to my teaching style, and want to practice your fingerpicking and faster chord changes, this would be a good choice!
The video covers just chords for GCEA tuning, but I have chord charts for both GCEA and Baritone tunings.
In this post we have a video and chord chart for “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel. This version is in the key of C, as opposed to its original key of G. I recommend trying both keys to see which one fits your voice the best! Even though I can sing in a low range, I felt like I could project a bit better in this higher key.
Emo millennials rejoice! Our anthem is here! We can now fully feel our sadness toward the state of the world today by channeling it through “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel.
In this post I have a play-along video plus chord charts for both GCEA and DGBE ukulele tunings. This version is in G, which is the original key. I will also have a version in C coming out, which is easier for my female vocal chords and may be easier for those playing a GCEA tuning.
This arrangement is in G, which worked better for baritone ukulele and for my female singing voice. I have song sheets for both GCEA and Baritone tunings on this page.
Play along with me here if you’d like –
This song has been speaking to me a lot lately. I think this project, this content I create, the things I share so more people can partake in music making – that may be the “great machinery serving something beyond me.” Maybe this work is my orchard.
Enjoy it, and happy New Year!
This is a collection of 9 easy (meaning no barre chords, usually less than 4 chords per song, no 4-finger chords), secular Christmas songs you can learn and play along with on the ukulele. When you’re learning, please feel free to utilize the YouTube functions of slowing down the video to half speed or repeating chapters. Some of the changes happen fast!
Songs included: Deck the Halls, O Christmas Tree, Silver Bells, All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town, Up on the Housetop, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Jingle Bells, and The 12 Days of Christmas.
Download the PDF below. I never want funds to be a barrier to music making, but if you would like to support my work, you can buy me a coffee.
You know when you’re at a birthday party and someone starts singing “Happy Birthday,” but they started too high and you have to change keys in the middle of the song?
Don’t do that. Start low. Thanks for coming to my TED Talk ;D
Anyway, I procrastinated making this chord chart, but now that it’s made I’m going to probably use it forever. My brain really wanted the chart to be the other way with the keys on the left and the I/V7/IV as columns, but it just didn’t work out if we wanted to be efficient with our space. Which we do – save the trees and all that.
This is my favorite song to teach with only 2 chords!
Why did I chose to teach it C-G7 for this video? I seriously have no idea, because when I was teaching this to young kids it was much easier to teach this song using F and C7. Ah well. Maybe I’ll make an F-C7 version if there is demand.
Also included: Two strumming patterns!