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“First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes for GCEA and Baritone Ukulele

I was a senior in high school when I first heard this song (2005) and it still makes me bawl when it hits just in the right way.

Play-along for both tunings

I have an ambitious plan to post one song per week. Stay tuned! (Literally)

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“In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” in C for Ukulele

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.

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Helplessness Blues – Ukulele Song Sheet and Play-along

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!

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“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” for Baritone Ukulele

I was like, “I’ll just make those two Christmas tutorials and call it good.” Right.

This song is challenging, not just because of the chords used, but the sheer number of chords that we don’t see terribly often in the simpler songs. Hopefully in the video it helps when I break it down, it definitely took a lot of time for me to learn this. Don’t give up!

Tutorial plus Play-Along
Standalone Play-Along

PDF Chord Chart to download for free 🙂

Merry Christmas!

Stephy

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9 EASY, Secular Christmas Songs for Baritone Ukulele – Video and Chord Chart

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 BARITONE 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.

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9 EASY, Secular Christmas Songs for Ukulele – Video and Chord Chart

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.

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Happy Birthday in FIVE Keys! Ukulele Chart

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.

Save this image or download the PDF below.